Well, it’s my 3rd night working. I only have 9 patients tonight. Some patients don’t have much expression, but that is understandable. All of them have lost at least one close person in the earthquake, & most do not have a home anymore.
One thing is for sure, this is definitely the type of nursing that I love. No unnecessary charting. Providing basic, sound nursing care; co-workers that I have fun with; appreciative patients and family members; doctors & pharmacists that are always in the room.
Now of course, there are frustrating parts. No patient ratios; low supplies; the chart is a little unorganized and hard to follow; primitive living conditions; limited communication with the patients.
I’ve been thinking about what it will be like to go back home, where it’s easy to get distracted from what I really love about nursing. But, I will try not to complain like the Haitian people are not complaining about their situation. I hope to learn from them to make the best of the things that are in your life. An experience like this really puts things in perspective and reminds you to stay focused on what’s really important. For me that’s providing the best care I can to my patients.