- Talking rubbish to my mentor on the drive home from night shift, and finding out later she got home and was wondering what I'd been talking about and what I was laughing at! (yes I really don't need anyone else to have a fun conversation LOL)
- I got to see the inside of a lung and a colon on the same day (via those very clever cameras on long bendy sticks, thank you nameless patients for letting the student come in too.). Absolutely fascinating.
- I've learned what to do in some emergencies (believe me, this is a source of great comfort for us student nurses who worry that they will miss something important and not know what to do!)
- Seeing one of the staff shake a large bottle of milk of magnesium with the top not on properly (this has actually happened on quite a few of my placements, but still funny).
- Seeing a chest drain inserted, and watching what happens next (genuinely, it is AMAZING the things that can be done when someone is unwell).
- All the smiles and good wishes from wonderful patients who are really unwell, but are still cheering you on because you're a student and they want you to do well. Very special people.
- The honour of looking after patients in their final days - this is such a privilege, and a humbling part of being in this profession.
- Being able to wave off the patients who got better and left us to go home :) such a sad feeling to say goodbye, but so very happy to see them get better :)
- Being told that my manner of being a bit hyper and full of beans when I'm working cheered someone up :)
- Last but by no means least - being slightly taken aback when an older chap told his neighbour 'I wouldn't kick her out of bed'. Nice. But very very funny.
Can you tell I love my job :) happy days!
Ten things on the 10th is courtesy of Shimelle, who will be running a post today :) check it out at her blog here.