When I was in graduate school, my schedule was a little busy. I’m sure many of you can relate - juggling work, school, friends, family, and other responsibilities can be daunting. My weeks went like this: clinical Tuesdays and Thursdays, classes all day Wednesday, and work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (three 12-hour night shifts).
It was exhausting, but fortunately the hospital where I worked paid 100% of my tuition and allowed me the flexibility of working 36 hours each week, while getting paid for 40 hours and receiving full-time benefits. This schedule didn’t leave much time for anything else, but I was pursuing a goal and luckily had a supportive (and understanding) network of colleagues, friends, and family.
My best day during that year and a half was Monday. I felt so free driving out of the city on Monday morning. While traffic on the other side of the highway was stop-and-go, I breezed home without any problem. Driving with the windows down (even in winter - had to stay awake!) and the radio on with some “snappy tunes” had such a calming effect after 3 shifts in the MICU. Having the entire day ahead to myself was such a gift. Of course, there was studying to do, and showers, meals, and sleep to squeeze in, but it didn’t matter. Monday was my best day.
What's your best day? Remember, nurses, no matter how busy you get or how overwhelmed you feel, take a little time to take care of yourself. Have a great Monday!