It’s hard to believe that I’ve been a nurse for almost a year and a half now. I’m currently on my second nursing job, but I feel like I finally found my place in nursing where I want to stay– or at least stick around for a while. That’s the beautiful thing about nursing though. You’re never “stuck.” There’s so many different directions you can go in and so many different things you can do. You can stick to the technical, hands-on side of nursing or you can lean more towards implementing policies and procedures within the organization you’re apart of. That’s what I love about the clinic float pool. I have the best of both worlds and am able to provide direct patient care as well as patient care over the phone. It’s a whole different side of nursing I never knew existed, but it’s fabulous none-the-less.
There’s one common misconception that I want to debunk when it comes to clinic nursing. I feel like there’s this unspoken (or sometimes not so unspoken) tiff between clinic nurses and hospital nurses. This idea that clinic nurses don’t do a whole lot and we’re not as busy as the hospital nurse is. While I’ll completely agree that hospital nursing is very demanding physically and clinic nurses aren’t running our butts off as much as the hospital RN, we’re still frantically trying to keep up with the influx of patients, phone calls, orders, and emails throughout our day.
One common denominator throughout all of nursing? The lack of self-care in the nursing profession. There’s no denying that us nurses spend far too much time taking care of everyone else and we ultimately forget to care for ourselves.
Here’s a few things I’m always sure to have on hand to make sure I’m well taken care of and a few tips to taking a step back and taking care of YOU even when you’re talking care of 100 other people throughout your day.
1. Take Bathroom Breaks: This is huge. Sometimes the morning flies right by and I realize that I’ve literally had my legs crossed for the last hour because I’ve been too busy to get up and go to the bathroom. Nurses have a huge rate of urinary tract infections and the number one way to combat them? GO TO THE BATHROOM WHEN YOU NEED TO GO!
2. Tampax Pocket Pearl: No nurse I know is able to lug around a purse during that time of the month. We have scrub pockets for a reason, ya’ll, but sometimes those bigger tampons just don’t quite fit. Tampax Pocket Pearl tampons are beyond perfect for scrub pockets, or easy to conceal in your hand on your walk to the bathroom.
3. Lip Balm: Maybe it’s a nervous habit, but applying and reapplying lip balm of any kind can always get me through my day!
4. Pocket size Ibuprofen: Headaches happen and so do cramps. I’m so thankful for these little containers of ibuprofen so I always have some pain relief on hand!
5. Water + More Water: Along with not going to the bathroom frequently enough, I think another thing that us nurses forget to do is drink enough water throughout the day. No matter how many times I tell myself I need to drink more, this is something I always struggle with. Having a nice water bottle on hand is crucial!
6. Granola Bars: For the times when lunch is all too far away and you’re not quite sure if you’re going to get off work right on time– I always have a granola bar or 3 on hand!
Even if you’re not a nurse, I know some of these things can easily fit into your job or day-to-day lifestyle. And all of us mamas could use that little reminder here and there that we desperately need to remember to take care of ourselves. If we don’t take care of ourselves every now and again, there won’t be enough of us left at the end of the day to take care of our family’s as well!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.