Do you like being a nurse? - page 2

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For everyone out there, do you like what you do? Especially for all those people out there who dreamed of being a nurse, is it what you expected? I'm trying to get into nursing and sometimes I wonder can I really do it. And if I... Read More


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    I work med-surg and I love being a nurse! My floor is a bit different though, I work for a VA hospital and we dont have a "step down" type unit so our acuity ranges widely. Plus we have rehab patients, chemo patients, and hospice patients. It makes for a huge learning curve but I love that
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    For everyone out there, do you like what you do?

    I sure do. Second career nurse here and I really like my job.

    For all those people out there who dreamed of being a nurse, is it what you expected?

    I never dreamed of being a nurse, never had a romantic notion of it. But it is what I expected because I was a CNA for 3 years before becoming an RN.

    I also really want to know, how stressful is your job?

    It is incredibly stressful, and how the individual handles that stress is a crucial part of the job. Stress comes along with the job being demanding and challenging.

    After nursing school do you feel adequate enough to take care of your patients safely?


    Nope. That takes experience.

    Do you like going to work?


    Yep, and like anything else I liked it a whole lot more after I gained some experience and confidence.

    I guess I'm trying to get a grasp of what life is like as a nurse.


    Then get a job working alongside them in an area you want to work in. You may have to work your way to even get this type of position.

    I really want to be in a career helping people and no I am not trying to have an easy job, I am a very hard worker.

    Good.

    Basically I am spending a lot of time stressed with school trying to stay on top of things while trying to work and I have at least another two years of being stressed with school.

    Work on ways to handle the stress. Your instructors and classmates will have very good advice here.

    When I finally get done with school I don't want to have to worry about being stressed at work all the time.


    It doesn't get any easier when you get out of nursing school. It is a whole different kind of stress, but my personal experience is that I thrive on occupational stress while I simply "get through" academic demands.

    Good luck.
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    I love being a nurse, it is a difficult job but I still fulfilled especially when I see a patient going home.
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    It is hard to answer if I "like" being a nurse; it depends on what kind of day I had at work.
    Overall, nursing brings me great satisfaction.
    The work is difficult, but it is meaningful. After a temp job where I spent two full-time weeks feeding menus into a laminator machine and two more weeks photocopying mortgage files and having my brain atrophy, I appreciate meaningful and well-paid work.
    I never "dreamed" of becoming a nurse, though maybe the notion existed somewhere in my mind so I brought fewer expectations with me and never had to carry the burden of dreams disappointed.
    Nursing school is only the starting point; you truly learn most of what you need at work.
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    Now that I have children I can make this equation, for me at least: Nursing is like having children, there are moments where you are blown away by the human spirit and potential, and other times when you want to run out the door and hide in the woods.
    Bezoars, nu rn, Rebekah1882, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from Nurseinthemaking20
    For everyone out there, do you like what you do? Especially for all those people out there who dreamed of being a nurse, is it what you expected? I'm trying to get into nursing and sometimes I wonder can I really do it. And if I can will I like it like I've always thought I would. I've always felt like nursing was the career path for me. I also really want to know, how stressful is your job? After nursing school do you feel adequate enough to take care of your patients safely? Do you like going to work? I guess I'm trying to get a grasp of what life is like as a nurse. I really want to be in a career helping people and no I am not trying to have an easy job, I am a very hard worker. Basically I am spending a lot of time stressed with school trying to stay on top of things while trying to work and I have at least another two years of being stressed with school. When I finally get done with school I don't want to have to worry about being stressed at work all the time. I would love to hear your guy's experiences.
    I love being a nurse.....but the job is hard, stressful, frustrating, annoying, overwhelming, depressing at times....but for me, there is nothing else I would rather do.

    The first year after your graduate will be difficult and overwhelming...you will feel like you learned nothing in school and will never get anything right. That is normal.

    Anytime you deal with life and death and the brutalities, heartbreak of humanity.....it's a hard job.

    My favorite poem sums it up. By Melodie Chenevert RN......
    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 limited 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.
    TU RN, Rebekah1882, puppyrunner, and 1 other like this.
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    I love my job. Yes, it's tough work at times, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
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    Loathed being a floor nurse (like every single nurse I now work with in a specialty outpatient setting - we all agree it was awful). Very much enjoy my work now but if I'd had to stay a floor nurse I would have changed careers, without doubt. I paid my dues and I'm never going back into that miserable environment again!
    DizzyLizzyNurse, barbyann, and noyesno like this.
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    20% of the time. For every five days a week I work, I usually have one good day.

    I stay because I'm getting good experience. After I finish my BSN, next May, I'll have three years of med/surg experience and GTFO.
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    I went straight from nursing school to ICU which, I gotta say, was awesome. I'm a textbook nerd kinda girl and I love looking back and realizing how much I've learned and how much I still have left to learn. I admit I still fantasize about the day I leave the bedside, but I'm proud to be a nurse and generally enjoy it.
    Justin0930 and GrnTea like this.


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