Monday, June 15, 2009

A quote that hit home

Something at work has been bugging me for a long time. It is a subject of skill...I mean, it is a staple...a foundation of nursing ....something that takes practice and patience.

What am I talking about?? I am talking about starting IV's.

In the beginning, as a lowly Nurse Intern I wanted... and even craved to start IV's. As sad as it sounds, I would find any viable excuse to start an IV. The best part was that I could start almost ANY IV, especially the ones seasoned Nurses could not get. that I am a full fledged Nurse, you would think that I would continue to have the confidence and skill to continue starting IV's with no problem.

Huh...sadly I am in the rut of "I suck at starting IV's"...a place I NEVER thought I would be. I feel like I have this rain cloud of bad luck that follows me as I go to start an IV. Even if the patient has the most AMAZINGLY GINORMOUS veins....I poke only to find the vein blows....
*sigh* Anymore, my confidence is zilch and I feel defeated BEFORE I even start.

Well, tonight I was praying to God and asking Him to help me start my IV's and to get out of this rut. I prayed for a simple answer, one that would make sense and one that even I could understand....

****NOW comes the part of the post-title*****
I was going through my email this evening and stumbled upon a cute email of quirky smart quotes. As I was reading, one quote in particular stood out to me concerning my IV-problem:

"If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished"

Maybe....just maybe the reason I am doing so poorly with IV's lately is because I have a 'defeated' attitude towards it. It makes sense.

God is awesome.....
I truly TRULY believe I will get out of this crappy IV-less rut!! By God I will!