Most of us dreams of becoming the boss of the bosses, I mean, we always envision ourselves on the top. We want to fulfil the 5th stage in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which is the Self-Actualization stage less do we know that in attaining that, we have to deal with such great responsibilities.
Experiencing the shoes of Estrella Hospital – Emergency room and Nicu’s Head Nurse for this day made me remember one line from my favorite movie, Spider-Man that says “With great power comes great responsibility…”
Before the RLE exposure, when I hear the word “Head Nursing” from my fellow batch mates, it is always coupled with the words “Toxic, Paper works and Toxic” and when I was the one on duty, I proved them right. You have to prepare for your activities and you need to monitor your staff nurses all the time. Honestly, I even forgot how it is to urinate because I was busy facilitating my staff nurses. You have to comply with the paper works and you need to evaluate your staff. You are the boss and the decision always comes from you it’s like you call the shot and you are the final say. If you look at the brighter side, being the boss gives you pleasure and you don’t need to do bedside care and other nursing procedures however, decision making is a great deal and responsibility, once you made a mistake you can ruin one’s life.
With that, I learned that being a head nurse isn’t an easy job especially if you’re working in a Private Hospital in which, there are a lot of patients and most of the time, the ideal procedures are being set aside. The good news is that things do get better. I don't know how it happens, but somehow your brain gets good at remembering five or six things for an hour or two, ranking those things in order of importance automatically, and then (most important) discarding them once you've dealt with whatever they are. Thinking back, it took about many months for that to start happening for me, and another year for it to get really good. It's a...
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