I was having a conversation with my recruiter for my first nursing agency about the current assignment that I’m on. I was telling her that I don’t like block scheduling. Block scheduling is when they put your days together. I was working 3 days in a row a lot. I was told in the interview that block scheduling would only be used if the nurse asked for it. The first month, the hospital had me working block scheduling every week. When I spoke up and told the manager, she stated that usually travel nurses like block scheduling. I don’t. Even my recruiter was telling me that most of her recruits like block scheduling. She called me weird but again I took it as a compliment. Because I spoke up, they stopped the block scheduling. I know that as a travel nurse, I have to be flexible. I can do block scheduling maybe once a month but I don’t like it.
I had a friend call me when she had a supernatural experience. She was feeling very uncomfortable about the situation. I told her that because of the way that I grew up, things like that are just normal for me. I’m very comfortable having supernatural experiences. She called me weird. Just another compliment for me
I was recently telling a patient that there is no normal. What is normal for me may not be normal for another person. Medications don’t work on every one the same way. Some patients may have side effects while another person taking the same medication may not. Some patients want to know the side effects of their new medication while some others don’t. One patient told me that they didn’t want me to go over the side effects because then they would have every side effect mentioned. They would just take the medication information but not read it. That was that patient’s “normal”. They believed that looking at the side effects would bring the side effects on. I didn’t think that was weird. I understood. I still had to provide the patient with the information but the patient also has the right not to listen to the information provided.
When patients ask what is the normal schedule for bowel movements, I have to tell them that every one is different. Some people go after every meal, some go once a day, some go twice a day, some go every other day, and some people go every two days. I can’t say what the “normal” schedule is. I then have to ask them what is their normal schedule. Some people haven’t thought about how much they go and I’m the first person to ask them that question. I’ve had some patients ask me why I need to know when the last time they had a bowel movement. One patient said that was a weird question because they didn’t come to the hospital for that issue. I told that patient, that is was a part of the admission assessment, we as healthcare workers need to know. We don’t want the patients to become constipated while in the hospital.
Some of the conversations that nurses have would be considered weird by other people. Nurses talk about bowel movements, wounds, and other things that would make some one else feel uncomfortable.
After graduating RN school, I applied to work at the GI lab where I interned at. I was excited to work there. It excited me to see the inside of the stomach and intestines. Unfortunately I didn’t get the job because they hired another of my classmates that applied earlier than me. Another of my classmates called me weird for wanting to work there. I thought it would be interesting.
I don’t consider myself weird, I consider myself a normal Shavawn. I’m just being myself. I used to hate when some one told me that I was weird. I wanted to be normal and fit in. Now I just want to be myself and if some one thinks that is weird, then I’m okay with that.
I wonder what the world would be like if more and more people embraced their weirdness. That may be just what the world needs. The world doesn’t need more people trying to be the same. The world needs more and more people that are willing to just be themselves and love themselves for it.