A long, long time ago in a land far, far away in the late 80s, I had pounded into my brain the value of the RN. The director of the school of nursing at the college I attended was determined that the RNs who graduated from our school would always remember:
- the nurses role in the health care agenda
- the fact that nursing still remains the most trusted profession
- nurses are always there for patients.
- nurses recognize that patients are more than a set of symptoms that need to be treated
- nurses help patients navigate the system and understand health needs
- no one spends more time interacting with patients than nurses
- nurses are the puzzle solvers and guardians
- nurses are cost-effective in tough economic times
- nurses are leaders
- nurses are role models
- nurses have many faces
-American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing – Value of the RN
“Always value the RN you sign after your name”, she would exhort us. And I did. I have. Excluding motherhood, my five amazing children and my two perfectly perfect grandchildren, nothing makes me more personally proud of me than the RN I sign after my name. I’m proud because I know how hard I worked to earn that title and because of the countless lives I have cared for and influenced since 1990.
Save one life you’re a hero. Save a hundred lives and you’re a nurse. ~ Unknown
I worked hard, studied hard and continue to always learn as nurses do. I also, every two years, do what is necessary to keep my RN credentials current. Thankfully, the California Board of Registered Nursing sends out a reminder every two years.
Except for this year when they sent out nothing.
Yes, I should have been on top of the fact that my license was due to expire. I wasn’t; as I sometimes have not been in the past. The exact reason why I was thankful for the BRN sending out those reminders to renew your license. But thanks to the BRN’s new, easy BreEZe efficient set up, no renewal reminder was sent out. Of course I didn’t notice.
Take note boys and girls, the very first time you speak to your brand new department manager should not be when she is calling you to inform you that your license is expiring today.
Yeah, that could happen.
Thankfully I renewed my license before the day’s end. But not before a very brief moment of sick panic because, OMG MY NURSING LICENSE!!! Once again I was reminded just how important and valuable that RN is to me.
After I renewed my license, I programmed my personal calendar to remind me every two years because even BrEZe isn’t always so easy-breezy.
But you know what is kind of easy-breezy? These new Cherokee Workwear RN ID scrubs of mine that I picked up thanks to Katie Duke’s inspiration. My gift to me because I am an RN and it is Nurses Week this week.
We like good coffee, something to counteract the way that we abuse our hands because hand washing, hand washing, hand washing, massages, chocolate, but most of all we love when you say “thank you“.