Nursing

Yes…..I’m a real nurse

Hello everyone and welcome back! if you haven’t figured it out yet my name is Yesika and I am an RN.  Hence the name RNYESIKA 😀.  But you can  call me princess . HAHAHAHAHAHHAAHA jokes. I’m full of them and people always ask me am I a real nurse. Yes…yes I am.  I am not a writer, I’m not an educator, I’m not an English major… so be patient with me and my writing skills. I’m just a floor nurse that wants to share my life as a nurse….. because it’s HILARIOUS . …UNBELIEVABLE … MOVING…REWARDING… but I always tell my friends I swear when I retire I’m going to write a book!

So we all know how I fell into nursing… but why did I stay. Good question. let’s see… let me make a list

  1. Helping patients . … no.. and yes. majority of the time mine are sedated and intubated…but when they aren’t. they are actually really mean. they  yell, kick, scream, demand ridiculous things… one time I swear my pt asked me if I would “help” pull her poop out. 100% true story. then you have the pt’s who are just normal people with manners…that are sick, and you just want help and see them get better, or live. So it’s not the pts that make me stay.
  2. Money…. yessss that mean green! yes and no. I have worked at a place where the pay was disgusting . I did stay knowing I could make 3 times as much literally anywhere else. But I still stayed because I was comfortable there. Not money wise.. I got a part-time job nursing at a different hospital just to make up for the pay. Now I work at a great hospital where the pay is great… but those taxes kill me…. so it’s not the money. …. but I’m not complaining neither 😉.
  3. Coworkers . … *sigh* ok so…I’m 90% of the time the only Mexican nurse. My culture is different, my upbringing is different, my stories are different ,  my background is different. Not better or worse just different. On a side note …it was usually worse 😂😂😂😂.So I never instantly clicked with anyone. I’m quite,  keep to myself, takes a while for me to open up, and people take that differently. Either you love me or hate me. if you take the time to get to know me you will find out I’m absolutely FABULOUS . ..or you just choose right then and there that you don’t like me and we are enemies .  I have some amazing coworkers who I call friends… and then I have some coworkers that unfortunately have to be in the same floor with for 13 hrs. They can ruin your day.. or make your job super fun. so it’s not the coworkers.
  4. Nursing….. I love science . . I love learning..I love nursing. I love the human body. We are amazing ! It’s  super neat to me,  if I do this.. give that.. tritate  this.. titrate that.. try this ..try that.. keep doing this… stuff happens and you made it happen. I feel like I did something and it is very rewarding. Then you have your days where you literally do everything right, your on top of everything, your sweating because you’ve been running around all night trying to make things happen, but the pt dies anyways…or just gets sicker. It’s devastating. With nursing you never know, great days bad days it’s constantly changing. New medical advances, new rules, there is always  change.  I’m an adrenaline junkie… and nursing gives me my fix. We fit. I’m good at it. I’m not good at a lot of things…. but I’m good at this. It’s my thing.  I like it. So that’s why I stay.
Nursing

How and why I became a nurse

Why and how did I become a nurse. Well that’s a good question. I ask myself that sometimes during shifts. I would love to say it’s because I love people and I have an overwhelming desire to help those in need. But that would be a lie. I don’t hate really hate people,even though I prefer dogs over people, let’s just say it grew on me.

So backtrack many many years ago. I find myself a separated housewive with an amazing biology degree that I haven’t used in years and the realization that I am going to have to get a real job. Housewives don’t pay much. So I’m at chipotle having lunch and a see someone walk in with scrubs. So a light bulb pops in to my mind…. google nursing income… well my my my… I’ll be a nurse!!! That’s easy right??? Hahahaha oh if I knew then what I know now I wouldn’t of been so cocky.

So I find that with my degree I can skip over prerequisites and be that much closer to becoming a registered nurse. Sounds great right? WRONG WRONG WRONG … I see the price of college tuition. Anxiety. So I swallow my pride and ask my soon to be ex for money. After all I help but him through college. He hangs up on me and tells me to not call back because him and his new girlfriend sleep early now.

So I get two crappy jobs ..grab my kids, tell them I love them and drop them off with their dad. So for the next 3 years I work two full time jobs and go to school full time. Sounds fun right. Well it was the beginning of a new world, it sucked. Big time.

I will talk about nursing school later. Let’s just say I suffered my first of many full blown anxiety attacks in the first year of nursing school. I ate fast food, gained 60 lbs, got addicted to red bull, and only slept about 3 hrs a day.  I was fat, and my skin looked horrible, and I had bags and dark circles under my eyes for 3 years. That was just the school part. Horrible why would anybody continue with it…. nursing.

Nursing was exciting to me… I loved it. From day one I was hooked. Learning this and that.. going on clinicals and actually being hands on, interaction with real people. I saw my first code during my E.R rotation. Although i was just watching, it was the biggest rush I have ever had. Basically someone’s  heart stopped, breathing stopped, and with a bunch of chaos.. meds..chest compressions.. scrambling back and forth.. person was alive again HOLY CRAP!! Right then and there… I decided this is for me. I will be a nurse.. I want this. I almost quit nursing school… I was making ok money with my two jobs and I was thinking what I was doing to myself wasn’t worth it, until this day came. I vowed not to quit. And to see it through. Best choice I made probably my entire life.

So that’s how I became a nurse. I’m not a professional writer, truth be told English is my second language. So bare with me. But the nursing world is amazing and I have to tell my story of how nursing will make you crazy, laugh, cry, all within the first 2 hrs of your shift. True story.