It's Not Always About the Medicine
From August 3-8, I went away to Boy Scout Camp to work as the nurse for the week. This is the first year we have been involved in the organization with my six year old son and the first year that we decided to send him away to resident camp. The mom in me decided that there was no better way to be watchful than to be on the same property as him, but to give him space to grow and learn amongst his peers.
As a professional, it took me out of the hustle and bustle of electronic records, x-ray machines and telephones. It took me into nature, amongst hundreds of excited children, and back to tender loving care, Band-Aids and high fives. It reminded me that no matter where you are in medicine, it is not always about that. It is being holistic, knowing where your patient is coming from and how to make them feel better right in that moment. As a person, it has allowed me to be calm, creative and centered.
This too ends and the real world of medicine awaits me yet again. But I return refreshed and more understanding for individuals. I hope that the kids and adults alike enjoyed their time here at camp, and if they had to come visit me, at least left with a smile.
I reminisced at the fact that almost a year ago I was finishing my clinicals and was on my way to starting a new, exciting career. It is truly hard to believe that time has gone by so quickly but am excited to find out what year two has in store for me. There are definite professional hopes that I have, and I believe that you truly can never stop learning.
The kids at camp taught me how to be a caring provider while showing me the joys of GAGA ball, whittling, songs and dance, and outdoor life. Thank you, Camp Workoeman!! Do not ever doubt yourself; remember where you have come from and where you can go with your profession as an APRN. If you are on the journey of getting there, keep going, don't stop and never look back!