Oh gosh, where to start? Well, when I first decided to go into nursing, I was working in a highly technical field that required a great degree of skill with complex tasks. I wanted to apply that level of skill to doing something that would actually help people and contribute to my community in a positive way.
In nursing school
, I excelled and was at the top of my class. Loved all the complex pathophysiology and pharmacology, particularly in relation to the cardiac conduction system.
Hit the floor in an acute care setting right out of school, loved connecting with patients and family members, loved the cerebral aspects of nursing care, despised the drudgery.
Had a change of scenery, in a new department, been there a couple of years now. Still love it when I can connect with patients, when they're eager for information and I feel like I'm really helping them, but absolutely hate the menial tasks.
It's gratifying when I get an IV into a tough stick, when I can put a Foley in a poor little old man with urinary retention and watch the relief wash over him, hold the hand of a frail little old lady who doesn't remember why she's there, educate the young uninsured guy about resources in the community where he can get health and dental care cheap or possibly free, provide primary care for immigrants who may or may not be legal, because they don't know where else to go, catch something and point it out to the doc, who then changes his plan of treatment because of information that came from me, etc.
I hate "I need another blanket/more ice chips/a sandwich/to go to the bathroom/more nausea medication/more pain medication" and "How long is this gonna take, I've been here for three hours and I'm leaving if I don't get X,Y,Z" (In reality, you've been here less than one hour, and I don't give a crap if you leave, cause you really don't need to be here anyway, but I'm going to smile and apologize for the wait, and offer you another damn warm blanket, because that's good customer service). I hate waiting on people hand and foot. I hate being treated like a servant. I hate doing repetitive tasks that a trained monkey can do. I hate when people care more about getting their crackers and juice right away than they care about getting their life saving medications. I don't want to do this for the rest of my life!
Does that help?