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Nurses Are God's Gift And 4 Other Things You Learn Working At A Hospital As A Scribe

Working at a hospital can teach some lessons. Here are some I have come to discover.

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I am an individual who works at a hospital's emergency room, and there is never a shortage of lessons to be found. Some of them interesting, funny, or other things. I've managed to glean so much from my workplace.

Here are some things I did, and maybe you did as well.

1. Nurses are God's gift

Nurses do so, so much in the hospital. I know this is kind of a tired topic, but RNs and CNAs deserve much love for their hard work despite dealing with long shifts, unruly patients, codes, and so on. They administer medications, do a lot of data input, take initial stories, and are just as involved in the care of the patient as a doctor. Bless them.

2. You'll appreciate food from home more often

BELIEVE ME. Yes, some hospitals have chain restaurants that have decided to open up locations within them, but that's not always high quality either. And for those who do not have the luxury of access to those places? Some nights, I'd rather just wait the nine hours it takes for me to finish my shift than eat the food presented at the hospital. Ughhhhh.

3. Patients will DEFINITELY come in for anything

NOTE: This is not me saying some issues are trivial. Believe me, receiving help for medical problems is paramount, and it is important that, if you feel concerned, you go to receive medical attention as soon as it is feasible. There are some problems that... stun me. Stuff intentionally stuck in the ears. Getting medication for conditions because they forgot to fill the prescription. Attacking someone, then coming in. It is... I'm uncertain as to how I should describe it.

4. Computers WILL fail randomly if you scribe

Picture this; you're typing away on your computer. All is well, but you have not saved anything just yet. Then, a flash; the computer goes dark, and your progress disappears into the abyss. This. Will. Happen. It is just a matter of time. And you'll have to restart. And you'll be frustrated. You'll figure it out, though.

5. You'll learn a LOT about medical terminology and anatomy

You will discover so much about human anatomy gradually. The human abdomen, the thoracic cavity, conditions that could affect both of those, etcetera. You really do have an opportunity to look into the mind of a doctor, observe their movements and decision making. It is fantastic as an opportunity to learn about medicine.

This is just some of what I have managed to learn over the few months I have been able to work at the hospital. Though this is just a glance into my life as a scribe, there is so much to be said about the hospital. It has the good days and the bad, but it is not a job I would trade in.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Working On My Emotional Health Is At The Top Of My To-Do List

I'm finally realizing the importance of my mental and emotional health.

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The month of April has been so eye-opening for me. For the first bit of the year, I felt like I was in a slump; like I was just going through the motions and not fully living my life.

I was letting boy drama, school stress, and my poor actions to deal with those issues take over my life. I was allowing the anger and shame from those mistakes bubble up inside me until I was just about ready to explode.

I was allowing myself to go back to old ways of coping with problems that I knew weren't healthy, but I knew would be a short-term fix.

I simply wasn't living.

Then, one day I woke up and told myself I needed to change, and that if I didn't, I'd be on this same path ten years from now... or worse. I told myself I needed to get my life back on track with the Lord and with who I want to be as a rising senior in college.

After meeting with one of the leaders at my church (btw, everyone needs a Mrs. Jenny in their life!) and with my therapist, I'm starting to realize how important my emotional health is. My way of dealing with problems hasn't been working all that well, so I know it's time to try something else.

It's all going to be a huge learning process (and at times, an uphill battle), but I know working on my emotional health now will build me to be the best I can in the future.

By learning to become more open to healthier ways of dealing with issues as they come up (like not avoiding problems and actually facing them head-on), I know I can become my best self, and that is something I'm willing to work on with my whole heart.

So, I'm learning to let go of needing to control everything in my life because honestly, wanting to control everything puts me more out of control than when I first started.

And, I encourage you to do the same.

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