Independence in Nursing ??????

  1. Hi There-----

    I'm considering nursing as a possible career choice. I do have some concerns and wondered if you'd mind setting me straight.

    I tend to like to work in a team, but am most happy when I have my own responsibilities that are more mine than anyone elses.

    Also, I don't think I have a problem with authority, but I do like independence and to not be micro-managed while doing my job.

    Do these qualities conflict with being a floor nurse? I don't really know the hierarchy of who's above you as a nurse. Does this person/these people let you have your own "duties" etc.?

    I'd appreciate any and ALL help you might be able to offer.
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  3. by   kastas
    Quote from futurenurse2
    Hi There-----

    I'm considering nursing as a possible career choice. I do have some concerns and wondered if you'd mind setting me straight.

    I tend to like to work in a team, but am most happy when I have my own responsibilities that are more mine than anyone elses.

    Also, I don't think I have a problem with authority, but I do like independence and to not be micro-managed while doing my job.

    Do these qualities conflict with being a floor nurse? I don't really know the hierarchy of who's above you as a nurse. Does this person/these people let you have your own "duties" etc.?

    I'd appreciate any and ALL help you might be able to offer.

    No, I don't think they conflict with floor nursing. As a hospital nurse you are expected to make your own nursing judgements, but will have to quickly answer to the higher up if something happens. . . As far as working independently, I loved Hospice nursing. You always felt a part of the team caring for each patient, but you are out and about on your own. I liked not having someone leaning over my shoulder all day long. But, you always had someone to call if needed. . . I also like what I do now. I am on an L&D floor (I know very opposite from hospice, but the end of life thing wasn't for me). I do the triage area most of the time. I love being on my own out there and making my own decisions. It is faster paced, usually, and you don't have time to worry about who is leaning over you shoulder. Again, the help is available if I call for it.

    Good Luck in your carreer path.

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