I have a confession for you all. I haven’t been a nurse since Florence Nightingale first walked the halls with her lamp, I haven’t worked on every unit in the hospital, and I’ve never been a CNO or even a Nurse Manager. I still have a lot to learn about being a nurse and an adult in general. I’m not the best nurse, I sometimes miss IV sticks, and I don’t have all the answers. But I do try. I work hard, I love my patients every day. I encourage my coworkers, and bring a little slice of sunshine during the cloudy shifts. There are some nurses that have every skill and titration formula perfected and every line and drain perfectly labeled and aligned (ICU, I’m looking at you), and some nurses whose heart rate only elevates to the sound of crash carts screeching down the hall (*cough*ED*cough*). Then there are the nurses that thrive and feel energized by the more squishy side of nursing. I’m talking about the nurses who stay an extra few minutes in a room to talk about the patient’s dog, the nurses who sit in silence holding a patient’s hand as tears stream down their face, and the nurses who feel all of it. The emotional artists. This is me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a good nurse, I’m not the best, but I can do this job and keep my patients safe while doing it. But I feel most alive when I leave my patient’s room feeling like I made their worst day a little bit more bearable. I feel like I’ve made an impact when I help a coworker go from having a breakdown in the med room to feeling confident enough to tackle the rest of the shift. I’m Wyatt, RN, and I’m a helper.
First and foremost, I always identified with helping – that’s why I, and so many others, became a nurse in the first place. My goal is to be a helper in every part of my life. Together, we can make this world a little better. Mr. Rogers said it best for when times are scary, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
02. Oncology Nurse
When I was in nursing school, I wasn’t sure what kind of nursing I wanted to go into. During this time my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. A month later my now husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor and thyroid cancer. It felt like the world had decided for me, and I have been working as an oncology nurse since. This patient population truly is where my heart is.
Having a productive and healthy outlet is so important due to the high stress and emotionally taxing environment of nursing. For me running is how I meditate. I get to run for miles breathing in mountain hair with my two favorite, furry sidekicks. Whether it’s running, yoga, volleyball, or whatever you like, I highly encourage everyone to find a physical activity that they truly enjoy.
Rolling Hill Nursing
How It Got Started
I work at a busy, but relatively small community outpatient cancer center serving the entire Four Corners region. I started my nursing career at a large metropolitan teaching hospital on a large combined medical oncology and bone marrow transplant unit. Leaving the hectic, but rewarding and energetic life in Denver to come to the casual, idyllic mountain town of Durango, Colorado was definitely a culture shock… but I’m so happy. I run through beautiful nature with my dogs every day, it takes half an hour from my front doorstep to be on the ski slope, and I truly feel like a part of the community that I live in.
However, one thing we don’t have in our awesome mountain town (besides Trader Joe’s – I know it’s basically a crime) is a steady influx of new nurses. At my old hospital I always felt so passionate about welcoming and guiding new nurses. I wanted to make sure that every single person on my unit felt like they belong. I loved being a preceptor and watching people have their aha! moments. It’s honestly the best thing to see someone grow from their first day on the unit to their last day of orientation. I want to see people succeed. But nursing is hard. And especially being a new nurse is hard. Sometimes you might feel like you aren’t good enough, you’ll never be comfortable putting in a nasogastric tube, and might never know what being well-rested feels like again. I’m here to tell you you’ve got this, and you’re going to be great. Heck, you already are great, and my mission is to help you realize that for yourself. I started this blog because I want to help new nurses, and all nurses, to navigate and dominate the ups and downs of being a nurse.
A Doggone Great Team
Registered Nurse, BSN
Wyatt is an oncology nurse in Colorado. When not at the hospital, he can usually be found running with his two co-contributors. He is on a mission to learn, grow, and educate to help all nurses thrive.
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