Kronos Nurses “Letter to Self” – Megan Schramm BBA, RN, CNOR, RNFA
Megan Schramm BBA, RN, CNOR, RNFA is a Solution Consultant at Kronos
Dear New Grad Nurse Megan,
You have no idea right now, but oh, the places you will go! Don’t be disappointed by what you perceive to be an unimportant and unexciting first job in a nursing home… The lives you touch and those who touch you will teach you that regardless of our skills and certifications, taking the time to listen, to be there for our patients and to truly understand their struggles are some of the most important things a nurse can do. As you move onward and upward in your career, never forget that- regardless of where this adventure takes you.
Also, remember to be strong, yet humble. There will be many times where you will have to “stick to your guns” to make sure your patients are cared for in the best possible way… Take confidence in the knowledge and experience you will gain but remember- it takes a strong person to ask for help and admit they do not know something. You will have the privilege to work with some of the “best and brightest” in the business- learn from them and don’t be surprised when they learn a thing or two from you.
Lastly, never forget that allowing patients to see your “human” side is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Don’t be afraid to cry when the hospice resident passes away holding your hand, to participate in a family prayer before surgery, to suture the tail back on the teddy bear of a pediatric patient or to share the joy when you hand a new dad his son following a successful emergency C-section.
Most importantly, a nurse is not WHAT you are it is WHO you are… the amazing things you will be able to do, the strength you have yet to discover you possess, the experiences you will have…. Will help to create the person you are to become.
Your Older Self