Posted in MidLife & Beyond, Notes on Nursing

Forever Fierce at 53

Did you know today, 19th February is the 50th day of the year?

It’s Forever Fierce Day to show women that ageing is not to fear, but something to embrace and to defy the current conceptions of MidLife.

Over the Hilda over 50 feeling fab

Check out Hilda’s blog, Over the Hilda and meet Irish women who answer the question, What it means to be Fierce at midlife?

I celebrated 53 over the weekend.  It’s really just a number since age does not hold me back.  I’ve appreciated each passing year of my birthday and convinced myself the celebration should be a week long instead of just one day.

This year marks my 30th year as a Registered Nurse and my eclectic notebook is filled with many reflective vignettes.

I gained valuable experience and knowledge as a paediatric nurse on a Neurosurgical Unit caring for newborn babies with congenital conditions such as spina bifida and hydrocephalus.  As well as providing support to parents, siblings and  grandparents throughout the infant’s surgical journey.

One fall morning, a neonate was born with hydrocephalus in a community hospital 50 km outside the city.  Baby Y was transferred to our unit by midday and I was assigned as the Primary Nurse to Baby Y and the family.  As a newly qualified Nurse, I was feeling anxious and very unsure of myself. I knew textbook knowledge was one thing, but the clincal aspect of hydrocephalus in the newborn was different type of learning. 

I was very lucky to have Nurse S, as Team Leader during my shift, who had 20 years paediatic ICU experience and another 10 years on the Neurosurgical Unit. Nurse S, was very knowledgeable, experienced, no nonsense attitude preceptor. She guided me and provided me with feedback on my nursing care and skills as I dealt with each challenge of primary nursing care.  She taught me clinical skills by the 1-2-3 method. Which was watch me first, you tell me how to do it second then third time, you do it yourself. 

On reflection, I am who I am today because of the experience and opportunities which began on Infant Neurosurgery Unit 6B, where nurse team leading was at the forefront who rewarded the staff with positive feedback. I was a member of a nursing team that was well balanced in skill mix.

I am the sum of all those parts. I have taken a little bit of everything to develop a therapeutic relationship with my patients with a sense of compassion and empathy.

Each story in my notebook builds on the foundation of being Forever Fierce in midlife.

I have the strength to feel empowered and assertive making MidLife cool.

Have a great week!

Posted in MidLife & Beyond, Ramblings

My Eclectic Notebook 

Welcome to my Eclectic Notebook, where you will find my random thoughts, moans ‘n groans, opinions, and tips on just about everything from exploring new challenges in technology to artistic expression.

I am no stranger to blogging and social media, and this time around,  I’m finding my voice and working to shift the perception of women in midlife and beyond. My mission is to find an audience.