Knowing that I can say I graduate this year is very liberating. There is light at the end of the tunnel. The weight of all this is not quite so heavy, though I still feel a bit stretched thin. I decided to take today off.
Yesterday I posted the case study response, logged my patients for the week and sent in the time sheet for the clinical hours. Today, I decided to give my brain a much-needed rest. Of course, I fell into the trap of responding to “Bob” who commented negatively on the “Nurses masqurading as doctors” post. Oh, well, at least I didn’t get steamed up about it. There will be “Bobs” forever. The good news is, I surround myself with positive people who see the value in NPs, who are great clinicians and willing to share their pearls instead of assuming I am too “logic-impaired” to understand.
Life is good. I am learning every day. The book knowledge is turning into actual experience, the “oh crap, what do I do” moments are getting fewer and far between. I have helped people, have gotten lots of thank you’s and “good luck in school” from patients. My years of nursing experience have been augmented by new skills and knowledge, it’s all cool. I know I will never know it all, and learning will continue until the day I retire (hopefully around the time I turn 90).
So today will be spent hanging sheets on the line out in the beautiful sunny day we are having (there is nothing like fresh wind-blown sheets on the bed), watching a movie, sitting outside with a book, a cup of hot tea and watching the birds, hugging my long-suffering husband, having friends over for dinner, and just generally doing nothing related to healthcare.
Tomorrow I will study some more. Still sorting out the million birth control options and diabetes management which seem to be the top two things at the health department clinic…