Blessed and Joyful!

It’s 7:27 a.m. and here I am just blogging it up again. It’s nice to share some things about what’s been going on, and just to be able to reflect on what God’s been up to in my life.

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I woke up this morning feeling motivated to start the day. My friend Sarah and I had a sleepover last night, and we went over some things we have to complete today for school.

We have to do a mock-interview in front of our communications teacher, which at first did seem a little nerve wracking at first.

However, Sarah and I were able to practice our interview’s a few times and I was able to practice with my friend Kaitlyn the other day. I feel prepared, confident, and trustful that the Lord is going to help us both do a wonderful job.

On another note, I wanted to talk about my experience at clinical placement yesterday. It differed from my usual placements, because I was able to go out into the community with a nurse and give client’s their medication.

Each client deals with a mental health issue, and it was very interesting to see their behaviours and how their mental illness impacts their life.

I asked the nurse, “So what interests you in mental health?”

She said, ” Working in mental health, is more than just giving people their medication. It’s about being their life coach”.

When she said that, it really moved me to think about my own life, and how God has a way of putting us through trials and adversities in order to help someone else.

And this life, this precious God-given life is not at all about us. It’s about Him, and helping other people. So when I think to what the nurse had said about being someone’s “life coach”, I wondered how much more of an example I can be to someone who deals with a mental health issue, because I have dealt with my own issues from the past.

I can have compassion for the one suffering from a mental illness, and see that they’ve got potential. 

Once we had given all the client’s their medication, we headed back to the hospital to do some charting. There was a lot of down-time between when we had got back, and when it was time for me to leave. I had some time to study for my test I have today, and asked the nurse if she knew what atypical antidepressants were (it’s what we’re being tested on). She excitedly said “Oh yes! In fact, I have a whole book on them if you wanted to go through it, and I can make you photo-copies to take with you to study!” Like, what?! That was so incredibly sweet of this nurse to do.

She had also showed me how they chart electronically on client’s with a mental illness, and told me some very good pointers for working in the field.

I had mentioned to her that this was by far my favourite clinical day, and she said “I’m glad, I remember being a nursing student once too, and sometimes you just feel like a piece of furniture” I can relate to that, because there are some days where we stand around the nursing station without being given anything to practice.

All in all, I’m thankful for what the Lord has been doing in my life. He’s providing me with such great learning opportunities, and giving me hope that there is so much more to come. I’m really looking forward to where I’m going to be getting placed next semester for Med-surg too. Right now, things are pretty up in the air about which hospital I’ll be at, but I anticipate that where ever it is, I’ll be able to grow and experience more of God’s goodness.

What has God been doing in your life? It can be anything. From a good night’s rest, to a good report from your supervisor at work. How has He been blessing you?

If you take a minute just to reflect on all of God’s goodness, you’ll be able to experience an unshakable joy that no one can take away from you!

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

 

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