Gayana Chuklansev, (@ohitsgayana), ICU RN
"Being a female in the nursing community is definitely hard, because as nurses, there are not that many men as there are females. We take over the nursing field and it gets really difficult when you're working with other women, because instead of trying to empower one another, nurses have this old school attitude of "eat your young", so it's definitely really, really hard to be a new nurse in the new unit, or on a new unit, and try to prove yourself to the older nurses.
To prove yourself, especially if you are a new nurse, you have to definitely know your stuff. You have to study all the time, you have to stay on top of all of the information, you have to make sure you come in early, get your patients' information down.
Don't let other nurses push you around, and if you don't know something, you definitely have to ask for it. In nursing, there's no such thing as a stupid question. You're never going to know enough as a nurse. I feel like when you go into nursing, you're learning every single day." Gayana Chuklansev, ICU RN. #RealCaregiversRealStories
“Nurses have a lot of challenges that they deal with at work and taking care of sick people is one of them. Some of the ways that I decompress is I love to workout. Fitness is a second passion of mine next to nursing. I can't take my patients' problems home with me, but I can go and let go of those problems at the gym. Some of my favorite things that I love doing is changing at work, drinking my pre-workout, and heading to the gym after a really, really long stressful day, and then just lifting some heavy weights. I'm all about women empowerment, and lifting weight makes me feel like a very strong woman. When you're moving patients in beds, you don't have to wait for a third person. I'm strong enough to where I can only do it with another person. Weightlifting comes in handy at work. I train my back muscles, you need that. You need a strong back to be a nurse. I train my arms, I train my legs. You need all of that for proper body mechanics at work. Fitness and nursing go together for me.
I probably would have been a vet if I wasn't a nurse. We got my first cat, Nala, she was firstborn, the first baby. and I needed something to take care of at home. Something to keep me company. Nala was the first rescue that we got. Then we got Milo, our second rescue, who's a huge 17-pound cat. Then we got our third rescue, Max, who's a four-pound little anxious ball of fur, and I love him. You know, what really keeps me going as a nurse is my patients, because granted, sometimes you don't get the happiest patients. because they're in a hospital, they're sick, they don't want to be there. But for me, personally, I'll get that one patient and they just look up at me and smile, and hold my hand, or sometimes they'll even kiss my hand, that makes my job worth it.
They really, really inspire me because no one's going to take care of them. They can't even take care of themselves, so that is my driving factor. It's that I take care of these patients as if they're my own family members and I know that if I'm not there, no one else is going to do it. They don't have their family members at bedside, they don't have a caretaker at bedside, and if I don't change this man's diaper, he's just going to sit there. So, that's what keeps me going. It's knowing that I'm making a difference in these patients' lives.”
“#NursesWeek is huge and I never understood why it was such a big deal until I started working as a nurse. We work hard, we don't take many days for ourselves. We don't get many "thank you"s We don't get a lot of the appreciation that we deserve. And that's totally fine, but Nurses week is the one week where we get to go all out and we get to get our massages and get recognized and get "thank you"s from the doctors, so Nurses week is an amazing time to show appreciation to ourselves and fellow nurses. Happy Nurses week, to all of you guys. We definitely deserve the best. We earned it.
"One of the things that I would advise nursing students to do is actually to go volunteer at a hospital. I think that's the most important thing that I did in my nursing school career. I went to a hospital, I signed up as a volunteer, or they actually had an internship, and I got to follow nurses around for their day-to-day tasks. That was really beneficial, because I got an insight on what a nurse's day really looks like. I really thought-- Not to think that nursing is a glamorous job. It's not by any means, but I really didn't realize how much cleaning nurses have to do. We are involved in that patient's care head to toe. We are cleaning that patient, we're changing their diapers. I really didn't realize that nurses do all of that. You definitely have to expect the unexpected, because every shift is different day to day, shift to shift.