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What do you, personally, contribute to nursing?!! I am contemplating a career change from corporate america to nursing and one of the main reasons is, I feel this need and desire to make a difference even if in the life of... Read More

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    Im as jaded as the next nurse, and no one will accuse me of being a starry eyed dreamer, but..... I *do* think we make a difference. Even if all I do all night is pass pills and change diapers and do dressing changes in a nursing home, at least I *know* I'm doing something
    these residents need to live and be comfortable. These people need to be medicated and toileted and fed and monitored. That's accomplishing something more than the vast, vast majority of the working population can claim.

    Now, being a pencil pusher or a salesman, *those* are jobs that would make me question what I contribute to society. I watch shows like 'The Office' and wonder "What in the name of God do people with these kinds of jobs do??"
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    Sometimes I do help the patient make the transition from a critically injured patient to an alive, talking person ready for a transfer to the floor. This brings real satisfaction.I have to honest. Hospitals ARE corporate America. I have been in nursing long enough to see the "corporate" attitude harden and become deeply entrenched over time.
    See, this is one reason I prefer NOT to work in a hospital. I used to work in one and the sense of entitlement and "customer service" eats away at you. The narcissistic nature of our society is really spotlighted in the hospital setting.

    But, and this may come as a shock to some, there are other places a nurse can work than in a hospital. My nursing home residents have their annoying quirks, but at least I feel like I'm providing a needed service. And my residents are *way* more appreciative than my hospital patients ever were.
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    Some days I love my job. Other days I consider quitting and applying for a cashier position at Dollar General. The nights when I'm being pulled 50 directions because we are short staffed. The nights when a patient yells at me for them not having enough ice in their water. When lucid patients soil themselves out of spite. I get spit at. Peed at. Yelled at more about pain medicine not being enough while they simultaneously complain about food and soda.

    One of the only things that makes me love my job is skills like IV starts and medications through them. Catching something that could have had a negative effect. Rushing patients to cath lab and them walking out a few days later.

    There are negatives and positives to every job, but honestly, I am considering leaving nursing. Instead of feeling like an educated professional, I feel like a degree holding waitress who is expected to please everyone with only words since supplies and groceries to keep on the unit are too expensive. With changes in healthcare I feel this will only get worse.

    Keep your job in corporate America.

    ~ No One Can Make You Feel Inferior Without Your Consent -Eleanor Roosevelt ~
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    I think that being a nurse is much more than a job. It is a calling. For me, I would be a nurse wether or not the pay was decent. I am currently working as an LPN in a nursing home/rehab facility. I work on the rehab side. You know the place between hospital and home. I am also in He tail end of the RN program at Tacoma Community College. And I work as a grocery cashier at Fred Meyer. I don't mind working at FM. But I LOVE working as a nurse. Even though going through nursing school, working, taking care of my kids, and now going through a divorce after 17 years, I wouldn't change my decision to become a nurse. I think you should see if you could shadow a nurse and see if that is something you truly are interested in investing the time and the money it takes in becoming a nurse. Research all aspects, because there are so many different avenues you can take in the nursing field. Best of luck to you. If you want it bad enough, anything is reachable.
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    I would like to think that I contribute in the way o making someone's stay in a place a way from home, is that much easier. And the little things like taking my time to just listen, do something, get something, say something to or for someone to help them through a difficult time. Somedays are really hard and not so fulfilling an other days are better than any words can express.
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    combsj25, look for meaning in religion or philosophy for you will not find it in any profession, especially nursing. Once you hit a hospital floor, you will find that you are just another piece, another bolt, in the big money machine that is health care in this country. You will be prepping patients for unnecessary, harmful and expensive medical procedures, you will be pushing pricey and noneffective drugs to patients like a pawn for the pharmaceutical industry and thus be making your contribution to the hospital's bottom line. Look at all the health care companies listed in the NYSE; this industry is not about meaning or helping people, it is about making money to shareholders and that will be your job when you become an RN. As far as ethics, conscience and meaning goes, I feel worst about my job as an RN than I did about my work as an attorney, and that is a pretty shameless profession.
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    What do you, personally, contribute to nursing?!!

    I am contemplating a career change from corporate America to nursing and one of the main reasons is, I feel this need and desire to make a difference even if in the life of just one person. I feel my current career is all about simply helping the corner office executives make a buck, and that my career - and thus a large part of my life has no meaning. So I am asking you help me by answering - what is it as a nurse, that you contribute?!

    Thanks in advance
    This almost sounds like an essay question for an application to nursing school or an assignment. We are happy to help with assignments....but in order to have a discussion I need your thoughts first. When do you start your nursing? You have had a couple of offers? Have you decided which school offer that you will accept?

    I have been a nurse for 34 years and I LOVE being a nurse......but it is a hard job. There are moments of greatness is awe.....but human beings are messy life is messy. My favorite poem says it best.....
    Being A Nurse

    by Melodie Chenevert

    Being a nurse means. . .
    You will never be bored.
    You will always be frustrated.
    You will be surrounded by challenges.
    So much to do and so little time.
    You will carry immense responsibility
    and very little authority.
    You will step into people's lives
    and you will make a difference.
    Some will bless you.
    Some will curse you.
    You will see people at their worst--
    and at their best.
    You will never cease to be amazed at people's capacity
    for love, courage, and endurance.
    You will experience resounding triumphs
    and devastating failures.
    You will cry a lot.
    You will laugh a lot.
    You will know what it is to be human
    and to be humane.
    A cautionary tale....nursing isn't any different than corporate America. Being a nurse means ALOT of hard work, long hours, with little to NO thanks (from patients), and NO recognition of your hard work........for the sole purpose to make money for the corporate head who is only out to make a buck.
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    As a new nurse (2.5years) I am disturbed and saddened by what I am reading. I find my job on a rehab unit of a nursing home very fullfilling and rewarding. Pt's come to us after knee/hip replacement surgery, we get cardiac pts, pt's with PICC's and the like. It is a very rewarding position, and as a new nurse a great place to start. I am 51 years young, I have been in the corporate world Underwriting mortgage loans for 15 years. I have also worked as a CNA (in homecare) for several years. It may be that I am a new nurse that I feel this way, although I do work with nurses who have been in the field for 15-20 years who still LOVE their jobs as nurses. My advise to the writer, consider obtaining your CNA license, work weekends to get "a feel" of what nurses do on a daily basis. Keep your day job, just in case. Good luck to you.
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    I do a lot of things to help a lot of people in work and in volunteer settings, but sometimes I think that one of the most important is the hours I spend here trying to help the newer nurses who are coming along behind me. Hard to beat that for dropping the pebble into the water to watch the ripples spread. You just never know ... but you do it anyway.
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    In spite of the health care industry, it's profit motives and dubious practices, nurses provide a vital service taking care of patients. If you are idealistic and need a nice ethical system in which to provide care, the system we have falls short by a long way. Nurses save people's lives and help them to recover or cope with serious illnesses. These are not small things. They do it within a flawed system. Advocating for your patient and their family, taking care of your patient to the best of your ability and providing good care; these are very important things. While some patients and family may not be appreciative or show their appreciation, many will, and at the least, whether you receive appreciation or not you know that as a nurse you did your best to give good care. There is a lot of personal satisfaction in that. When my family members have been hospitalized with serious medical problems, we (patient and family) greatly appreciated the nurses who did their best to give good care when my family member's lives were literally in their hands.

    As far as contributing as a nurse; one contributes one's best effort to advocate for and support patients and their family, and to provide good quality patient care.
    Last edit by Susie2310 on Feb 19, '13
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