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This is just something on me mind that I had to put out there...

It was my 3rd shift last night and the 1st with me going solo and I made one colossal stuff up after another: Thought I was to start at 11pm. It was supposed to be 10:30pm. Still don't have my log in details yet so I when the phone system started to go haywire I couldn't do anything about it. Couldn't call for aide from the RN. Couldn't use the computer to mark in the details from my shift. Didn't even know who was to get pad changes. 4 times the RN had to come and see what was happening. Boy did I feel like a wet sock.
There was a patient who I was told would get nasty and aggressive if things weren't done the way he liked. And I thought; "If there is one thing I'm not going to f'up tonight it will be dealing with this guy." So I read up on the man in his care plans and progress notes. Nobody had written down how to deal with this guy..
So I went in and just did what I was trained to do, which was apparently the correct thing. He was impressed and we got to talking. He found out what shifts I'll be working and what had gone down earlier in the shift. And he said with a smile and a thick Scottish accent: "It doesn't matter how you start or how many times you stumble, If you can work your way through it and do better your a F'n champion."
He made me feel a whole lot better.

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