I have been in this business since I was 19: as a CNA for 5, LPN for 7, RN for 1. I have been in ER, Tele, Stepdown, Rehab (SCI TBI, Trauma), LTC, Home Health; Agency, AND Independent Contractor. My goal is to become a NP and a educator; I want to give back to this profession because I enjoy IT.
I have no plans to leave the bedside right now; most of my jobs have been "back breaking" and I still have my knees, back, and hips intact...love having my teammate in the trenches and having body mechanics down to a science...and a little yoga along the way to ensure a dose of alignment and WOOSAH.
One of the things that has made me enjoy nursing (yes, it can be enjoyable) is my attitude and how I advocate; I advocate no less for my patients that I do for myself; even my co workers. My approach to making "waves" and changes has worked due to the approach that I was taught in nursing school...always back to the nursing process. The process if change (for the better) in this profession is like waiting for paint on the Wall of China to dry, but I decided many moons ago to be the change that I seek in the world. I realize that I am in control of my destination and my career; and my goals; but that doesn't change my attitude about this business...I treat this business with the respect that I have for it...by keeping my expectations reality based; I can put my A game on for each shift I worked; I know where I stand at allll times; and ANYTHING can and will happen. Knowing REALITY has kept me sane and happy in this profession. This profession is filled with the same people that are at our bedside, so personalities will be personalities, and what we do IS tough, and not for the faint if heart, and it's never personal-even if we deal with the personal-it's always business.
As a LPN, I have created policies and programs to help my facility run smoother, side by side with administration; I helped create mock emergencies, preceptorship programs for new LPN and RNs. I am a 1 year RN, learning a leadership role to strengthen my practice, and my leadership and educator role.
I continue to build my practice and remain beyond flexible; fluid in this profession. My take on the profession has prevented me from burning out, and allows me to enjoy nursing.
I am aware of the nuances of what I needed to be successful in this business-it IS stressful, filled with challenges, but so is life and interacting with HUMANITY in general. YOU must decide if nursing is for you...it is YOUR decision.