You know what makes my day?
A simple phone call or interaction with patients or the family…
Today, a husband called me wary about his wife (my patient) when hanging up the phone pauses and says “you are taking care of a very special lady right there, take very good care of her.” Just like that, I assume the responsibility of being their gatekeeper.
When I was helping her recline her chair, in hopes of preventing post operative atelectasis and muscle atrophy, she whispers be careful honey, you should wear a back brace for all that you have been doing for me.
Then, later I keep checking in on her to see how she was doing and she says “I am okay, I know I am in good hands”
These are the moments I live for. Forget the surgery – the mitral valve repair, her pressor requirements which we had a hard time weaning – hypokinetic biventricular function needed epinephrine and norepinephrine which help your heart’s contractility, the complications, I am in this because nursing is what makes me human. I did not start off loving nursing, I grow to love it more and more each day.