A typcial day at work might start or end with an admission or discharge. Care would be for one or two patients per nurse, depending on how critical the patient is.
Learning could be something small about the patient from a family member speaking to me. Or, it could be something larger, such as a diagnosis and treatment that I am not familiar with.
The managers on the different units, ICU, Cardiac Cath lab, and IV/PICC team, I had great, stable relationships with. There was always a good report.
I have always meshed well with my co-workers, and consider myself a team player. I am cool under pressure, whether a patient is coding, or we are starting CRRT, or a patient emergently needs open heart surgery, and we have to insert an IABP.
The hardest part of the job is when I have to deal with riled family members, or a patient suddenly dying, seeing a patient improve but then they steadily decline until they are a DNR.
The most enjoyable part of the job for me are compliments from patients, staff, and family. A "thank you" and "great job" go along way with me. And I absolutely love seeing a patient visit after his/her discharge, just to say hello.