End of residency, part 2

Today was the “graduation day” for my residency program.  Not like a real graduation, but there was cake, so I’m okay with that 🙂

A couple of the residents have already worked a few shifts “on their own,” and part of me wishes that they wouldn’t group text their experiences.  A couple of them had okay days, but one resident said that she had (what seems to be) a heavy assignment, and now I’m a little freaked out.  I tend to let others’ experiences freak me out, when what I need to do is either take their stories with a grain of salt, or just ignore them altogether.

I am immensely glad to have gone through this residency with the group that we had.  We all worked well together, we are very smart (not bragging, just stating a fact), and even our managers have said that they’ve had less problems with this residency group than they have with past groups.

Yes, I am still petrified to be somewhat on-my-own in the NICU, but I take comfort several things:

  1. Every nurse that I’ve spoken to on the unit says that they were terrified when they first started.  It’s a natural reaction.
  2. We all have been trained for this.  Do we know absolutely everything?  No.  But we have been trained in the basics, and we know how to find the answers we lack.
  3. My manager has said that he has received good reports about me from my co-workers, and that I am well liked on the unit.  It may seem like a simple thing, but having the willing support of co-workers can make all the difference.
  4. And most importantly, I take comfort in the fact that I am exactly where God needs me right now.  If God has truly called me to be a NICU nurse – as I firmly believe that he has – than he’s not going to leave me high and dry.  He will always be with me, and will enable me to work through whatever happens.

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