Quote from Nash3222
I was at my local gym and saw the a T shirt that said:
I sacrificed my life, so I could save your life. I am a nurse.
Yeah, I wouldn't be caught dead wearing that
particular Tshirt. How ridiculous.
When it comes to education I personally don't think that a nursing degree qualifies as one of the more difficult ones. Of course it's all relative and different people find different things challenging depending on their individual strengths and weaknesses.
As far as the job itself, I do believe that it is a rather demanding profession.
I think that the mix of shift work (which is common in healthcare even if not everyone does it), inadequate staffing levels, the very real possibility that a human being gets seriously harmed or even dies if you make a mistake and the frequent and close contact with human suffering, the various emotional manifestations of loss (of function, ability, health) and death sets healthcare work apart from many other professions. So yes, I think that it can be a hard job.
If I'd venture a guess, I'd say that the rate of burnout and compassion fatigue is significantly lower among for example librarians and botanists (but what would I know, I'm neither).
So yes, I think that nursing has its challenges but you certainly don't have to sacrifice your life in order to be a nurse. I find that kind of martyrdom attitude rather off-putting.