FiveMinuteFriday_Green

I’m so thankful I can incorporate my one word, thankful, into my favorite Friday activity – Five Minute Friday, which I confess takes longer than five minutes for me to compose because I’m a deep slow thinker, but only takes five minutes to read. That counts, right?

Plus! In the month of October, we are doing things with a twist by participating in write 31 days. But wait! That’s not all! I’m also writing around my life as a nurse! Good times!

This week, the word is green.

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Back in the beginning of my nursing career, when I was as green as new tree limbs in spring, my very first real job was in a tiny hospital in my home town. I worked on a med/surg floor that had around 40 beds.

This was the old days, when smoking was still allowed inside. In the nurse’s lounge! LOL!

I was 22 years old. I would show up for work, get report, then take off down the hall to meet and greet the patients with the first set of vital signs.

I was so green that those adorable little old ladies and little old men thought I was a child. No really.

Honey, when you’re finished here, would you get me the nurse?

I am the nurse. 🙂

What!? I didn’t think you could be a nurse at 12!

I was so green, I had trouble keeping up with all the tasks, handing out the medications, changing IVs, starting IVs, treatments, charting, taking off orders. Those first years were really rough. I actually had nightmares.

And yet, by the grace of God, I survived it all. I am no longer green. I am seasoned.

STOP

Happy Friday!

This is day 16 of 31 days of five minute free writes. Be sure to head over to Kate’s blog to participate or read along or both.

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14 thoughts on “FiveMinuteFriday_Green

  1. I love nurses :). Out of the hundreds of nurses that took care of my husband when he had cancer, my favorite one had a green name ;)–Ivy! Nurses are unsung heroes and I salute you (and all nurses) for the wonderful job you do taking care of the ill (and sometimes uncooperative, cranky, grumpy and not nice).

  2. I’m grateful for your seasoning. I am a seasoned teacher, but a green writer. I enjoyed reading your post, and was inspired by your writing to try.

  3. What a delightful post! My sister is an RN and I have several friends that are nurses. My friend is a dentist and had to grow a beard when he was green as he got the same comments. “When you’re done, can you send in the dentist?” “I am the dentist”. 🙂 Your photograph is so joyful and life-filled! Thanks for sharing this week.
    I’m in a green season myself as a first-year school teacher. I’ve been substitute teaching for about 10 years, but it’s not the same as being the full teacher.
    ~Tammy
    (#6 in the linkup)
    (tammysincerity)

  4. All I could think about was what Kermit the Frog said, “It’s not easy being green!”
    I like that word – *seasoned* – I’m gonna use that. I’m not old, I’m seasoned. Yeah, I like it.

    GOD BLESS!

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