The good. The bad. The ugly. You learn a lot working under the hospitals roof. From life lessons to hilarious stories (we can’t make this shit up) you are in for a wild ride. Here are the top twenty-two things I’ve learned so far from my short time in the hospital as a nurse that can be applied to everyday life.
1. Never.. I mean never stop moving. Keep busy, social, and active. If you don’t use it, you lose it. This is every 90+ year olds advice when I ask. That, and that life goes by incredibly fast.
2. Life is unexpected. Plan for the absolute worst and hope for the very best.
3. Don’t hold grudges. Don’t be a dick. Never go to bed angry. Make amends and get over it people! We are not in high school.
4. Do something for yourself everyday. TREAT YO SELF. Go get a coffee, sleep an extra 10 minutes, get a massage, go drop cash at Home Goods, book a vacation, bake some dang cookies. Make yourself feel good. You’s is important.
5. Things that happen in life sometimes do not make ANY sense. Your heart will feel like it’s about to fall out of your ass. Those times, they suck.
6. You will “F” up. At work, in life, as a nurse, in a relationship, as a friend. Even the smartest and wisest person makes mistakes. Learn from it, accept it, fix it, make it better, keep going.
7. STOP SMOKING. Dear God, Please. That shits not cool anymore. Nobody looks cute on a ventilator.. Sorry not sorry.
8. A little bit of humor goes a long way. Make people laugh! Stay weird.
9. Be kind. Even the person who seems to have their shit together is probably struggling with something. People can put up a really good exterior.
10. You will be challenged. Is it going to make you or break you?
11. Always try to leave your last words to someone always something good. News flash: You unfortunately never know when’s the last time you’ll see them or make it right.
12. You can’t and will not please everyone. Smile, say thank you (it may be sarcastic..) and move the “F” on.
13. You will meet people in life that stick with you forever. For better and even for worse, you probably will still learn something from it. Keep that in your back pocket!
14. Listen to your mom (my moms a nurse too), because they are always right. ALWAYS. Except if they wear moms jeans. That is the only exception. Ps. Dads are also pretty freaking awesome, listen to yours.