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Nurses who LOVE their job, please reply. What do you do? Why do you stay in your position? Is there any nurse out there who is satisfied with their job and actually looks forward to going to work?... Read More

  1. by   Nittlebug
    I love my job too! I work in an ER and I love the nurses I work with! We really work as a team and I think of them as a second family. As far as gossip goes, this is the best I've ever seen it. If there's trash talking going on, people generally don't add to the fire, or change the subject. Job satisfaction has everything to do with the people you work with. If the team work is there, and everyone values the "team" concept, and promotes positive attitudes, you will love your job too.
  2. by   laurasc
    I also love my job. I work in a pediatrician's office, Monday to Friday from 9AM to 1PM. My boss is a really nice man and very easy to work with. What's really great is that he allows me to actually be a nurse. If I take a little longer with a patient, he has no problem with it. He will usually call the next one. He actually encourages me to teach and get involved. I've developed a wonderful relationship with all of the parents and they have come to know me and trust me as much as they do the doctor. We've also been involved in various clinical studies. The last one was a very involved study on enuresis and the one we are doing how is for the combined MMR and Varivax vaccine. Really interesting work and fabulous working environment.

    Also, with all the babies that I see, it gives me my baby fix so I don't get tempted into having another one myself. Something that hubby really appreciates.

    Laura
  3. by   sa48sh
    Originally posted by susanmary:
    Nurses who LOVE their job, please reply. What do you do? Why do you stay in your position? Is there any nurse out there who is satisfied with their job and actually looks forward to going to work? Any words of wisdom?
    It took me many years of misery,even to the point of wondering if I'd picked the right profession.But I finally found "my spot".
    Nursing offers such a variety of experiences and not all fields are to everyone's liking.
    I left nursing school with the idea that I could do hospital nursing(hated it) work in a nursing home(hated it) or a doctors office(pay too low).I was unaware of the multitude of choices available to me.
    Despite all the trials and tribulations of trying to find my place(even got fired from a job) I found my niche.
    I am a Certified Correctional Nurse
    I Absolutely LOVE it!!! The challenge,the diversity,the excitement!!!I have been working at a men's maximum security prison for 13 years,and I could write a book!!!
    I think,as I read in an earlier post, you have to keep moving around till it clicks.
    I'd done everything listed above plus home health,detox, mental health center,jail,etc.etc. Agency work gives you an opportunity to try out many different "careers" till you find one you like(pays better too)

  4. by   duckie
    Do I love my job....you bet cha!!! I just cannot imagine not going to work everyday and caring for my residents. I tried hospital nursing and it just wasn't my cup of tea. Then I went into geriatric and fell in love. On my unit I have 3 ladies that are 100+ years old. They are better than any history book I have ever read. One beautiful lady was a fashion model in the roaring 20's and oh, the tales she can tell. And what is so great about her is that she continued to model until she was 95, when she gave up her car. She has more snap than most young folks I know. If you want to know what life was like before TV, microwaves and let's face it...electricity and inside toilets, they know better than any history book. I have also heard such painful stories, such as one precious lady who was a slave. Her only son was sold and she never saw him again. In the books we got one view, but she made me feel her pain. I love all my residents very much and huggging them goodnight is part of my HS ritual, without those hugs, I wouldn't be the person that I am. They make me know that all my hard work does not go without notice and they make it all worth while. Yes I love my job, and I thank God for all those in my care.
  5. by   Jenny P
    I love my work, but the job is getting tougher as I get older. I work in CV-ICU and we have either 1 or 2 patients. But I'm finding the patients are much sicker than they used to be and that is why the job is so much harder. I've been in ICUs for over 27 years, and in this particular unit for over 21 years. I work straight nights because I think I make a difference in the outcome of my patients because they know I'm there. Nighttime in ICU can be quite scary for most patients, and having a caring person who listens to those fears can really help calm and settle a patient so they can rest and heal.
  6. by   oramar
    Originally posted by Duckie:
    I have also heard such painful stories, such as one precious lady who was a slave. Her only son was sold and she never saw him again.
    I am confused about this statement. It is 130 years since the Emancipation Proclamation. It is not possible for anyone alive to remember being a slave. Unless this occured in someother country. Even so, slavery has not officially exsisted for a long time in the world. However, there is a type of defacto slavery that goes on even now.
  7. by   nightingale1991
    With a small child at home and a husband who works shiftwork, I found it difficult to work in the hospital environment. I was approached to take a parttime position with a home health agency and jumped at the chance. No two workdays are the same! At one time I had clients ranging in age from 18months to 90+ years. I enjoy working with clients with a variety of needs. I also enjoy being out and about and not being stuck in a unit for 8 or 12 hours at a time. I find that I have been able to develop more personal bonds with my clients than I was able to build doing bedside hospital nursing. It can be very challenging as you are alone and have no coworkers readily available for help or advice, but I have found my assessment skills and problems solving abilties have improved greatly! The great majority of my clients are truly happy to receive my services as they are able to be in their homes and continue on with as normal of life as possible while dealing with an illness or recouperating from an injury or surgery.
  8. by   lkushen
    I too LOVE my CAREER! Nursing to me is just not only a job. I live for nursing. I enjoy being able to continuosly help others through the knowledge that I have acquired. Many lay-person don't understand what is going on medically with them, and as well as being able to help them attain better health, I can help them to UNDERSTAND exactly what is going on with them or their family member. Despite the issues of nursing shortages, inexperienced staff, patient loads - Nursing is what I live for. I know that every day, I make a difference in at least one person's life.
  9. by   duckie
    Originally posted by oramar:
    Originally posted by Duckie:
    I have also heard such painful stories, such as one precious lady who was a slave. Her only son was sold and she never saw him again.
    I am confused about this statement. It is 130 years since the Emancipation Proclamation. It is not possible for anyone alive to remember being a slave. Unless this occured in someother country. Even so, slavery has not officially exsisted for a long time in the world. However, there is a type of defacto slavery that goes on even now.
    You are very correct in what you say, but I never for a second doubted what she said to me, for her pain was very real. This took place somewhere between 12-14 years ago and she was in her upper 90's when she passed away. She had no family and only a couple of people ever came to see her. We all fell in love with her right away, I can still see her eyes in my mind. She was alert and oriented until the day she died and her story never changed at all, but as you say it is odd. There were other things about her that always made me question what she had been through in her lifetime, such as that she refused to sleep in a bed, stating that was for white folk. I don't think she meant anything mean by that statement as I am white. I loved her and so did everyone else that worked there. She never did sleep in a bed the whole time we knew her. When she first came to our facility, she slept in a slightly padded straight wooden type chair. Her legs became so swollen and after a lot of begging, she finally accepted a Lazy Boy recliner that my husband and I purchased for her and that is where she slept and died. She spoke to me of her faith in Jesus and the comfort she had in knowing she would see her son in Heaven. I don't know anything about her other than what she told us, but her tears told my heart she had suffered some terrible pain in her life and I believed her even though, as you stated, the Emacipation Proclamation was written in the 1860's.
  10. by   JulieW
    I think it's so important for people to get out of a job they hate and find one they love, or at least don't dread going to each day.

    I've only been a nurse for 6 months and spent the first 5 on a med/surg floor. It was a horrible experience. We worked short staffed daily, had a ridiculous work load, and the nurses I worked with were wretched. I used to cry on my way to work each day. I figured that's just how it was going to be. Then I decided to apply for an office nurse position for less money and I honestly can say I LOVE MY JOB.

    I would like to tell all new grads out there who cry on their way to work to QUIT. That is a bunch of crap and there is something out there for you. You may have to accept less money, but the lifestyle of something you ENJOY is worth the financial pay-off. Don't be miserable in any job. You will find your nich if you look hard enough.

    Med/surg was not for me. It is for some. But if you find yourself dreading work no matter where it is, I highly recommend taking the initiative to change your situation because it makes such a world of difference.

    I LOVE MY JOB!!

    Julie
  11. by   galenight
    I, too, love my job and my career. I work in a small rural hospital. I work in the ER. It's not busy like the large metropolitan areas, but we get a variety as well. We also operate a community health clinic that operates as a doctors office for 16 hours of the day. This is a great convenience for the patients. One minute I am working with a sore throat, the next performing cpr, or assisting with a chest tube insertion. You never know what will walk, hop, roll, or run through the doors. I also work 4 days a month on the med/surg unit. We can have a 5 week old in one room and a 95 year old in the next. I learned more working on the med/surg unit for 3 weeks, than all of nursing school. So, for those of you looking for the right job in this wonderful career, don't despair. It's out there. Just keep on looking, never stop learning and most of all, ENJOY!
  12. by   iamme457
    I truly enjoy my work, each job in nursing has been an experience. I started my health care career as an ambulance dispatcher, advanced to EMT then Paramedic. I worked as a paramedic while I went to nursing school. Upon graduation I took a job on a med-surg unit as a GN then transferred to ICU/CCU at the same facility. After about 2 1/2 years in that unit I took a position as a flight nurse with the same health care system, that position included working in the ICU with the flight docs. That position was exciting for about 3 years at which time I decided to travel for a while. I worked in a Level I trauma center in the south for 6 months and at the same time worked in a community mental health clinic and hosted at a local sports bar. What does a sports bar have to do with a health care career you ask?? that was the bar that where the local medical students had jobs. I met future health care professionals from all over the world, and by the way is where I got the info about working in the mental health clinic. I never cashed a pay check there, I just kept a tab and the weekly paycheck usually paid the bill LOL. That place had wonderful food, I taught the chef how to make pierogi and he gave me his recipe for tortilla soup. I then worked in an open heart unit for about 3 months and returned to my old job in ICU and flight nursing. Yup, they took me back it pays to not burn your bridges when leaving a position, the chief of Intensive care asked the facility to take me back even though there was a hiring freeze. With the current downsizing and budget cuts I couldnt stand that job anymore. I was also working for an agency for extra cash and found a wonderful position as clinical coordinator at a large long term care/alzheimers/sub-acute facility. I continue to do air-ambulance on a casual basis through an agency, that keeps my PHRN and medical command status current. There are so many different jobs available with my training and experience I dont think I will ever become bored working in the health care field. Not looking for another position yet but I may go to school and obtain a nursing home adminstrators license.
  13. by   traumaRUs
    I too really love my job. I work full time in a large level one trauma center. I also do volunteer pre-hospital EMS work with the rural squad where I live. What a variety and what appreciation it gives you.

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