Nursing is a tough job. The profession itself entails a lot of responsibilities, dedication, and hard work to get us through the day to day. But things I like about nursing are the rewards no matter how small. These may be petty and quirky but they never fail to bring a smile to a nurse’s face.

1. When you get a flash on a hard stick.

It’s all hallelujahs when you see that streak of blood flow right through the catheter signifying a bull’s eye IV insertion. Extra brag points when inserting on a dehydrated or pediatric patients.

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2. Finding a pen when you actually need one.

After doing the Macarena dance, of course.

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3. That miraculous moment when you were able to take lunch. 

And yes, that is tantamount to experiencing a miracle.

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4. Peeling open a pair of surgical gloves.

The sound of satisfaction of opening the packaging of a surgical gloves. Might as well be a ringtone, right? It’s that “peeling feeling” that kinda resembles this:

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5. Priming an IV tubing with zero air bubbles.

It’s like the planets have aligned suggesting the start of a perfect shift!

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6. Receiving your paycheck.

You feel like you’re the richest person on earth…until you have to pay your bills.

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7. Taking off your socks or bra after work.

Nothing feels better when you can stretch and rest those sore muscles.

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8. Seeing urine outflow when inserting a foley catheter.

You get a sigh of relief that you did a job well done.

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9. Writing “RN” after your name.

Admit it, you still do a little happy dance in your head!

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10. Successfully drawing a blood sample from a patient after your colleagues fail to do so.

With chin up, it’s like you have established who the “alpha nurse” is in your unit.

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11. Patients or SOs who are grateful to your service waving goodbyes and thank yous.

We’re all smiles knowing that we made a difference in that person’s life.

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Did we miss something? Tell us your “best feelings” in the comments section below!

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