Quote from Ayvah
One of the hardest things about nursing school is the sheer amount of time it takes, time away from your family, to accomplish what needs to be done.
As a nurse, you get to be with your family when you get home, however, the time at work is harder. You are much more involved with the patients' care and are responsible for lives. Due to problems such as short staffing, it is a very common complaint that nurses are not able to give the kind of care they want to the patient.
Nurses are pressured to be martyrs. You will find many nurses who skip lunches or take severely shortened ones, who aren't always able to go to the bathroom when they need to, and who get yelled at for overtime. We are expected to take care of a sicker population with inadequate staff, and both the patient and nurse suffer as a result.
Of course things are different in different environments, and my post mainly focuses on bedside nursing
yeah that. count me in as one of the martyrs. i haven't taken a lunch in the last 7 shifts, where i clocked in at 0653 and out at 2230 for three straight shifts, and not much better the others. it's an insane pace that we run. short staffed, extremely high acuity, not enough techs, and no time for breaks. had i taken a lunch break on any of those days, i wouldn't have left until after 2300! then back up at 0430 again to do it over.
in a word, the answer to your question from my POV.
nursing school is a different animal. you are learning. as an RN, you will be DOING. there won't be anyone there to hold your hand while you draw up a dose of ______. it will be you who is watching your patient decompensate. it will be you who is desperately trying to get the residents to understand that YOU have been with this pt. for days, and the changes that you see are life threatening, and need to be addressed with more than 2 units of PRBC.
enjoy school as much as you can while you're in it. it's tough, no question. depending on where you work when you're out, you may not have the issues i've described. i work at a level 1 trauma center on a step down unit. there are plenty of jobs out there that wouldn't be nearly as stressful - i mean, i could work outpt. endo..
.. that's up to you.
good luck! may the force be with you!