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It’s been about three months since my last post. I feel very bad about that, but my life and work…especially the latter, have always gotten in the way of keeping up with my needs, wants, and desires.
Well that is about to be a thing of the past.
I will finally, after three decades of nursing in Psychiatry, be retiring! Yes…I said RETIRING!
It has come out of the blue, and I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say that I was given an opportunity due to lay-off’s in my facility, for early retirement…and I’m grabbing it with both hands, and possibly a scissor-hold of the legs just to be sure!
I have a new chapter beginning in my life, and it will be filled with all the things I love to do most…travel, photography, sleeping, creating art (manual/digital), writing, gardening, sleeping, walking, spending time with friends, reading, doing anything fun, did I mention sleeping? Plus of course, and this is my actual priority…spending more quality time with my fiance and my family.
Now when I started this blog, all about nursing, which has been a very large part of my life…for over half my life in fact…I had no clue that this was going to happen. It is indeed a minor miracle, as I’ve been hoping and praying for such a thing, but even so…it took me by surprise. As we all know, we pray for things, and hope like the dickens, but part of us really doesn’t believe it can materialize!
I believe in Treasure Maps, or Vision Boards as some call them, and I’ve had one for many years that I update around New Year. I have made a Squidoo lens about it actually… click here if you’re interested in making one for yourself…and I can tell you this ‘miracle’ has been on it for a few years! Sometimes it takes quite a while for things to manifest, and in fact I have not been following my own rules on this, I haven’t been looking over the Treasure Map daily and focusing and telling myself that these things are coming to me. Which is why I’m sure it’s taken so long! I would remember it now and then and change the date on when I wanted it to happen, updating each year when it didn’t happen, and removing the items that had come into my life. Looking at it only now and then isn’t really enough, daily is much better. The more you focus your mind on something and visualize it coming to fruition, the quicker the Universe will help you to manifest it by putting the puzzle pieces into place.
But I digress….(a bad habit!)…I started this blog for nurses, and now I will be a retired nurse, or maybe…a casual part-time nurse depending on how my finances go! However, I will keep this going, and writing about nursing, my experiences, and thoughts and putting up any good articles or videos I find…and lets face it, I’ll have much more time now to find them (grin), although I hear you’re busier in retirement than when you’re working? Hmmm…well, I will still make time for this blog, and will also be working on my store over at Zazzle where I have a section devoted to nurses and in fact right here on my NurseNightingale site if you look above at the menu, you’ll see there are gift ideas for nurses of all types from me and other talented shopkeepers at Zazzle.com. I love making new designs for nurses, and especially for nurses week, and naturally I’m partial to psychiatric nurses so I try to include items for them that are respectful and not just the same old ‘psychiatric nurse joke’ type stuff I see everywhere which at times I find most annoying, depending on how crude or tasteless it is!

Anyway, that’s my latest news…I still have a few shifts left to work, and I haven’t really had time to get my head around it as it’s come up so fast, but every day it gets a little more real! It’s definitely going to be strange not having my life structured in this way, and I’ve thought recently, as I drive down the road I’ve driven down for 30 years, the road that leads to the hospital… ‘I’m not going to drive down this road ever again!’ As someone said to me the other day, “It’s surreal!” Yes…it is surreal, I can’t quite believe it myself, but it’s happening…and boy am I happy and grateful!
P.S. I won’t miss Meditech one little bit!

Florence Nightingale Pledge

This modified “Hippocratic Oath” was composed in 1893 by Mrs. Lystra E. Gretter and a Committee for the Farrand Training School for Nurses, Detroit, Michigan. It was called the Florence Nightingale Pledge as a token of esteem for the founder of modern nursing.

I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.

As you can see this ‘Florence Nightingale Pledge’ was not written by Florence herself, but attributed to her memory more or less.
I can remember far back in the distant mists of time, why I wanted to be a nurse.
It began as a small child, when I found a bird out of its nest, or a wounded animal to care for, I would bring it home and try my best to nurture them, feed them, comfort them…sometimes they died regardless.
At 16 when I left school (in England at that time, that was the school leaving age!)…I went to my local hospital, and applied to be a student nurse.
I can recall the long table with the “Matron” some “sisters” and I’m not sure who else, all staring at this young girl seated before them…Heaven only knows what they were thinking!
The matron finally summed it up….”We are not taking any more student nurses this year, please try again next year”.
(In retrospect, maybe I should have applied to be a Veterinarian!)

I remember commenting at the time, that I had had an offer of a job at the local shipyard, as a telephonist, and I would take that position until I could apply again. The matron raised an eyebrow, and replied, “Very philosophical of you!” or words to that effect. I think I ran home and looked up ‘philosophical’ in the dictionary…I’d been called a few things in my short life, but never that!

But…it wasn’t meant to be, at that point in time at least. I got married young (18), and emigrated to Canada, got divorced and had a young child by the time that I seriously looked at nursing, once again as a career.

I went into nursing because of a financial need, and because I had always had that yearning deep inside to take care of others.
I liked people, and I liked seeing them get well…choosing psychiatry, or actually it choosing me (more on that later)…was probably both a good choice and a bad one. The ‘getting well’ part is a bit of a three paces forward, two paces back kind of theme in mental health…and if you like seeing an end result in your practice, probably not the best choice for you!
But I digress….(that’s normal for me I might add)….I wanted to say at the start of this post that although I believe in the pledge above, nursing has changed a lot over those many years. My kind of nursing, and my current employer…well, lets just say, that working with people, which was my ideal, has now been mostly replaced with working with paperwork, lack of staffing, and no real support.
More on this and other issues later….

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