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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   T
    Originally posted by Enright:
    I love my job. I am a nurse consultant for a government agency and I do community health teaching on health and driving.I have direct contact with citizens over their health concerns and those of their loved ones. I do over 40 public speaking presentations a year to community groups in my state. The job requires an RN and I deal with just about every health issue that can befall a human. It has really kept me on my toes! I also act as a judicial reviewer for people with health crises who want to get their license back.

    I'd like to make the point that I did not land in this job out of school. I had a series of other nursing jobs over 14 years. I always felt I had skills that were not being utilized in hospital nursing. I agree with prior poster who said that if you don't love the job, move on. It was only by finding out what didn't work for me that I found what I did best. Good luck.
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    Your job sounds interesting. Any advice for others to get into it? I am interested in peds and newborns.
  2. by   Sas Dadd
    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?
    I am a newly qualified nurse of 1 year!! and I absolutely love my job. I am a RNLD which means that I care and support people with learning disabilities and associated medical problems/disabilities (unfortunately not a qualification acknowledged outside of UK).
    My job is very challenging and stressful at times, but it is also very rewarding.
    Come to the UK and train as an RNLD - you won't regret it!!
  3. by   glcas
    I love what I do!! I am a nurse in a psychiatric facility (behavioral health). I know that the nurses in other situations cannot understand how i could love helping people with mental illness but then, I don't think I could handle the stress of an ER or OR or EEEEEK, med-surg. All those machines!! To each his own. Why do I love it? I seem to have always had an affinity for the mentally ill. I have an innate ability to empathize and understand. The brain and thinking processes fascinate me. Every patient is different. It is always a challenge to think up a new way to help someone; you can't see it like a broken leg, you can't cut it out like a tumor. We save lives and give hope. Not too bad a legacy.
  4. by   glcas
    I love what I do!! I am a nurse in a psychiatric facility (behavioral health). I know that the nurses in other situations cannot understand how i could love helping people with mental illness but then, I don't think I could handle the stress of an ER or OR or EEEEEK, med-surg. All those machines!! To each his own. Why do I love it? I seem to have always had an affinity for the mentally ill. I have an innate ability to empathize and understand. The brain and thinking processes fascinate me. Every patient is different. It is always a challenge to think up a new way to help someone; you can't see it like a broken leg, you can't cut it out like a tumor. We save lives and give hope. Not too bad a legacy.
  5. by   teamrn
    I've worked as a hospice nurse for the past 9 years, and do I LOVE it. Yes, there are the ups and the downs, like in any job, but there have been a few days while I'm driving from house to house, when I've pinched myself, and said (to myself!)"Ican't believe that I 'm paid to enjoy what I do." Granted, not paid that much, but I get to do the teaching that I love, pain and symptom managemant that I feel is so necessary and often overlooked. I work with such an incredible team of CNAs, social workers, volunteers and chaplains, and I also have the opportunity to be of support to the patients and families who are experiencing one of the most difficult times that can be faced. I am able to be a part of that, and love it.
  6. by   TKOLRN
    I love what I do, however I don't always love where I do it...After 15 years, 13 1/2 of which I have been an ER nurse, I can still say I like nursing..It's all in how you cope with it.
    Ted
  7. by   st4304
    I work in a diagnostic cardiac cath lab with a staff of five RNs. My hours are 6:30am to 3:00pm Monday thru Friday. No weekends or holidays. We average three to four caths a day with a few other procedures (pacemaker implantations, TEEs, DSEs, cardioversions, etc.) thrown in. We also put in PICCs. I am on call one night a week and every fourth weekend (only four of us take call). I get called in (mostly for temporary pacemakers or IABP insertions) about 4 to 5 times a year. I work with a great bunch of cardiologists who are fun to work with! My co-workers are like my sisters. Even my manager is great. We have fun with our patients and receive "thank you's" regularly. Sound like the perfect job? For me, it is! I spent several years in ICU working short staffed and frustrated. Do I make good money? Hell, no! I could make more money in the big city just 40 min away, but I don't think I'd be happier.

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