👩🏻⚕️ICU Life Update: I love being an ICU nurse and taking care of critical conditioned patients. But sometimes there are some reasons why I don’t like doing it on nightshifts and these are the following:
▫️Taking patients to CT scan, MRI ( especially those with 10 drips, ventilated). ▫️Patients on NICOM protocol which means doing NICOM 4x every hour.
▫️Patients on CIWA protocol, agitated, restless and not sedated and on BIPAP, meaning you can’t restraint them.
🌚Unfortunately, these are the kind of patients I usually get every single time I work… ( hahaha…). There was a time when I made three (3) trips on CT scan for a trauma patient. I have to order an enclosure bed for a patient who constantly climbing out of the bed and do NICOM for patients who are already vasopressor.
🩺These are some of the things I do at the ICU. It’s actually difficult because it’s really a part of the job at the unit but sometimes I asked myself why am I still doing these things? thinking that I have a choice to change into a different assignment, but I still chose to stay. I sometimes come to think of it and realized that it’s not always what you want to do that made you a strong person and successful at the same time.
🌸Sometimes one has to do what she/ he hates to do to realize that facing challenges can make one grow up and become a better, courageous and strong individual. Loving what you hate to do is making one learns to be flexible and be optimistic about what lies ahead. As an ICU nurse, I am exposed to this scenario daily and must always be ready and learn to put myself into it and face whatever life has to offer at the ICU either good or bad, and consider them all part of the job. For those inspiring and new nurses, these challenges will always be a part of the job. Learn to accept them, have strong faith in God by believing that you can be an instrument of living a hopeful and joyful life, learn to be tough from it and enjoy every moment of it because you have become part of making other people’s lives from miserable to more meaningful, useful and productive individuals.