Great conversation starter.
I've only been doing it for 2 years now, so take this for what it is. Here are some random thoughts.
It is not what I thought it would be. I am very PROUD I have made it this far. It is MUCH harder than I had expected.
I love my days off.
I'm glad for the salary. It has allowed me to do great things, the best being putting my son in a private school which has benefitted him and me greatly. In this way, it really enhances my life.
I have time w/ my kids on THEIR time. Can make school events sometimes, etc. that I would not be able to do if I was working full time.
I have a LOT of career options now -- a dizzying array of choices -- and that is FANTASTIC at my age (46).
I get a lot of satisfaction from it, and it boosts my own self esteem to know that I am in such demand, that I can do so much for others and have them be so appreciative at times. It's a real boost at times.
It is also very tough to take at times when people are not at their best -- horrid patients, horrid situations, horrid family members, rude docs, rude co-workers, and the STRESS of trying to beat the clock every single shift.
It is exhausting. I am burnt out often. I need breaks from it or I go crazy.
I go crazy on my breaks because I miss it -- the craziness, the co-workers I like, the "gossip" the funny stuff that goes on around the unit, etc.
It's a tough field -- and I think it's a very hard field for women -- and yet it is a good field to go into for women. You have to be TOUGH.
(I never knew I was so tough . . . .
Had no idea . . .)