Do you like being a nurse? - page 4

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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    For the most part, I like being a nurse - though I wouldn't do it if I weren't being paid pretty darn well for my time. It is demanding - physically, mentally, and emotionally. It can also be very rewarding on occasion and it's pretty lucrative compared to the time investment required for entry.
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    Quote from DaniannaRN
    The director of my department said, "No matter what happens, I always believe the nurse first." You will never hear that in a hospital. Actually, you will never be believed in the hospital. Everything will be your fault and you will always be wrong.
    I have had a similar experience to the done DaniannaRN describes but I've now experienced quite the contrary.

    The hospital I work for now is not at all like this. The docs are respectful and understanding and most of the department bosses are pretty good.

    I don't know if it's because we have a strong union or if it's because we're an academic facility or if it's because of our California ratios or what but what you describe has not been my experience at this job.
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    i hate it. it's not the loving hand holding job i'd hoped. it's a lot of computer-paperwork and throwing pills or IV meds around and trying not to pi$$ people off. hey maybe if you're the super nurse for a famous plastic surgeon it would be great.

    it's like asking if you like being a Fashion Model; if you're a super model you love it, if you're hocking cheap clothes for the Cheap Store catalog=you don't love it. Not everyone can be a super model...
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    I can relate
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    I like my job a lot. Of course there are days where I feel frazzled or just run around the whole time, but it's not every single day. I really think it depends on the environment as well as the individual. I work with several nurses who just can't seem to get out of their own way and get SO stressed out. Everyone handles stress differently. Just FWIW I'm a floor nurse. It's my second career, and I enjoy the stability, benefits, and schedule.

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    I am one of those who never dreamed of being a nurse but decided to go to nursing school after my first child was born. My original plan was to go on to be a nurse midwife. My first job was on a post surgical floor. I had always planned on getting a job in LD but I just never did. I worked med/surg for 18 years! It was hard at times. The first year is always the scariest. You really do learn on the job. I am now working on the inpatient psych unit while I work toward my FNP. I believe my years in med/Surg have prepared me for this next part of my career. There were times when I dreaded going to work. There were times when I sat in the restroom crying because it was all just too much. There were times when I just wanted to quit. I didn't and I have to say I love being a nurse. My body would not tolerate floor nursing any more and I'm looking forward to my new career in nursing. I think med/Surg is a great place to learn a lot. Just don't stay there as long as I did!
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    I like it. Some days I look forward to work, other days I'd rather stay home, but that's pretty normal The key is going to be finding your "niche." Now first of all, be warned that you MAY not have much of a choice in where you start, depending on the job market. The market is fine where I live, I pretty much had my pick if where to start. The ICU/ED is a little harder to get into, but they do hire new grads, and had I really wanted to start there I probably could have.

    If you have options I would pick a floor job with a "general specialty." I'm talking step-down/PCU, or a Cardiac floor. University hospitals are nice to work for, I could have done neuro, trauma step-down, transplant, oncology, you name it. In each of these areas you will experience patients with all sorts of complex medical histories. I started in cardiac/vascular, and became proficient in caring for patients with renal impairment, electrolyte imbalances, neuro changes, lots of skin care, and of course psych issues.

    Look at it this way, med-surg is a specialty too, so don't go into it if you know you won't have a passion for it. No matter what area of nursing you go into, you will probably experience most of the disease processes that you learn about in school. As for your other question, did school prepare me? Absolutely not. 95% of what I needed to learn I learned in my last semester (my capstone experience) and on the job. School prepared me for the NCLEX, but not much can prepare you for nursing except for nursing.
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    For everyone out there, do you like what you do?

    Yes, I do. Nursing is a second career for me and I do love it.

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

    Yes and no. I thought I would have much more time to devote to patient education and counseling and, on a busy med/surg floor, there really isn't time for much of that. However, the bedside care portion is exactly what I expected.

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

    It truly depends on a variety of things. We max out at 6 patients so if I have any less than 6, it feels "easier". The psyche of the patient also comes into play. If the patient is emotional and needs a lot of support, it's not necessarily stressful, but it is time consuming. Having multiple admissions in a shift can make it stressful too because there is a lot of paperwork. So, in short, I would say if I got 3 admissions, had needy patients and had a full patient load of pts, it would be stressful. However, if it was a shift where I had 4 "easy" patients with no admissions, it would be non-stressful. On the other hand, sometimes 2 patients can have you running in circles

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

    No. No. No. LOL. Nursing school prepares you to take the NCLEX, NOT to take care of patients. But that's why you have a preceptor, a charge nurse, etc. A clinician my first year of nursing gave me the best advice. She said, "take note of who your resources are at the beginning of every shift." And by that, she meant - which of the nurses on duty is your "go-to" person, who can you ask a question of when you are uncertain, etc.

    Do you like going to work?

    Yes. I learn something new every shift and also find that I teach something new to someone (patient, fellow colleague) at every shift.

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

    It's different every day, you always learn something new, no situation is the same even if they "seem" similar", expect diversity, be able to make decisions quickly, think on your toes. You've got to be smart and be able to descipher information quickly but you also have to be able to find some way to relate to the patients so that they trust you. Being a patient is a very vulvernable position to be in and patient's will look to you for guidance and reassurance.

    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.

    Well, this is good because you will help people, nursing is not an easy job and you need to be a hard worker to be a good nurse.

    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.

    Try to find ways to manage your stress. Stress doesn't ever go away, it just changes.

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

    If you are anything like me, you will be more stressed as a first year nurse than in school. School was stressful - yes. But it doesn't compare to the stress of taking care of actual live people and not just some textbook example. In school, a C is passing. In real life, it's 100% and that weighed very heavily one me.

    Good luck.
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    Just want to say thanks everyone for the responses! They were very helpful.
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    Oh shoot... jumping on this thread late. I was frustrated about my work so I came here and searched for how people like their job as nurses...
    I am currently working in a post acute/rehab/nursing facility. I feel like most patients are more post acute than anything. A few are long term care. Nurses take care of 26-ish patients per shift. Pretty rough and busy all the time. A quarter of the patients were pain to deal with, but there are some nice ones too who'd brighten you up. We use paper charting, push a med cart around with MAR in giant folders. I got this job as a new grad, with no prior experience in health care. They gave me 3 days of training and threw me in. I could have asked for another week of training but from what I've heard, everyone there was pretty much trained in 3 days, so I sucked it up. I'm at my 4th week and I had lost 6 lbs in 2 weeks. It's stressful as hell. I'm stressed out every day and I'm not even the type of person who stress out a lot.
    I miss the posh med-surg floor I was trained at-- pyxis for meds, computer charting on walking stations, 5 patients per nurses. Well I'm waiting to hear back from the VA hospital (they use pyxis and computer charting, yay). My interview went pretty well... so, pray for me please! It's pretty hard for new grads to find jobs where I am.
    I wouldn't say I don't like nursing in general though. I had a professor who had told us story of how she found a job that suits her. She actually rotated around in a few different departments within a big hospital system before finding something she was really good at and really enjoy. She encouraged us not to get discouraged by a couple of unpleasant nursing experiences, there are so many niches in nursing, you shall find something you like.

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