Nursing conditions - page 2

Are there any types of nurses that have decent working conditions (as in working hours/day work, allowing for breaks, not continually standing etc.)? How do you cope with your working conditions... Read More

  1. by   Mary3010
    Thank you everyone for your comments. I find it useful learning more about nursing as a profession.


    I'm not too sure why it says I have 1 year of experience. I actually didn't know it said that until you brought that up. Maybe I clicked on something by mistake. I'm currently at university and studying a course that I just don't love. I was thinking of changing into a healthcare job but I wasn't completely sure which one and I wanted to know that facts beforehand.


    I've been in a lot of wards and many hospitals/clinics and I always try and observe others working there to find out what their job may entail (my grandma needs to go). It's hard to know exactly who is who though. Also, watching dramatic movies with nurses etc. in them, I would imagine it to be different to reality. So I thought it would be best to hear directly from people like yourselves. That's why I was asking a lot of questions about nursing - sorry if there were too many.


    I look after my grandma with medications, checking her vitals, helping her with her machine, cleaning her and other stuff (I'm only guessing it's a nursing task I could be wrong). Other people observe me and either think I'm in healthcare or say I should be.


    I'm interested in a healthcare job where you can:
    *Be able to prescribe medication.
    *Treat physical injuries
    *Being able to read and interpret results e.g X-rays, ultrasounds etc.


    It doesn't have to include all 3, but something along the lines of this. I have been doing lots of researching and I thought that it might be a nurse practitioner or physician's job. Thank you so much!!!
  2. by   heynurse1996
    I'm a school nurse and as far as the standing walking thing goes I have a lot more desk time/rolling around on my "doctor stool" time than I ever did working Acute Rehab in the Hospital! I can pee when I need to eat (some days) and have a pretty normal schedule 7:00-2:30 I enjoy it but sometimes I'm nervous I'm losing my skills. I work prn home care to supplement that. Thank god I have never had a death as a school nurse but working in healthcare you can never 100% rule it out.
  3. by   Workitinurfava
    You are smart to ask these questions because some people going into nursing think it will be like the Johnson and Johnson commercial, Grey's anatomy or scrubs. You can experience some great things with this field but you will be servicing someone under time constraints. You won't have as much time to think of your own needs.
  4. by   Mary3010
    What sort of work do you do as a school nurse? Thank you for your comment!!
  5. by   Mary3010
    Thank you for your comment!! I thought that it might not be like the tv shows. I love any medical related shows like 'The Good Doctor', 'Love Child' and I love 'Call the Midwife' etc.!!!! It's probably not how work is in reality though.

    What ward do you work in? What is it like?
  6. by   applewhitern
    Do they have a School of Nursing at your university? That would be a good place to get information about nursing in general, including nurse practitioner.
  7. by   Mary3010
    They have a school of nursing and medicine...it's at another campus. Thank you!!
  8. by   Workitinurfava
    I have worked in many areas of nursing. I currently work as a psych nurse.
  9. by   heynurse1996
    Quote from Mary3010
    What sort of work do you do as a school nurse? Thank you for your comment!!
    As a school nurse I do everything from assessing sick students and monitoring/VA ect in my "clinic" to giving meds/making sure care plans are in place to responding to emergency calls. I have usually 2-3 "emergency" calls a month and usually they are pretty straight forwards, sprained something in pe, asthma attack,syncope episode.

    A lot of my job is also health education, everything from helping a kid with a new dx to explaining need/resources for contraceptives and lots of community out reach.

    I have a special education class as well and with that I had a diabetic whose insulin I draw up/monitor/carb counted for and two g-tubes, they don't get any meds so with them I hang the feeding/water that falls during the school day asses for placement, residual and all of that good stuff.

    I help in the special ed department as well when they are short an aide, I'll help do transfers and things like that.

    LOTS of accident forms, neuro checks, parent and student education and things like that.
  10. by   heynurse1996
    In my opinion call the midwife is a pretty good representation about what its like to work in public health hahaha
  11. by   Nature_walker
    I work in psych and I'm on my feet a lot. I am on a permanent evening shift of 3p-11p. However, I had to due my time on swing shift before I could get that. My shift is a bit busy, but I love my coworkers, so it makes my evenings fly by!

    I think it's good that you are asking questions and trying to learn about what nurses do everyday. I also think it is great that you realize already nursing life is not like tv nursing life! Ha ha!
  12. by   Mary3010
    Thank you for your comments.

    Workitinurfava: How would you compare your experiences working in the different areas of nursing?


    Heynurse1996:
    1. So do you also teach like a sports teacher would (the medical side of things)?

    2. I've never come across a school nurse before. Are they only in larger schools or do you travel between schools?

    Nature walker:
    1. How long did you have to do swing shift times for?
    2. Is that normally how it works (as in do you do swing shift times before you can choose day/night work?).
    3. What would make nursing different to tv?


    Thank you all again!!!
  13. by   heynurse1996
    Quote from Mary3010
    Thank you for your comments.

    Workitinurfava: How would you compare your experiences working in the different areas of nursing?


    Heynurse1996:
    1. So do you also teach like a sports teacher would (the medical side of things)?

    2. I've never come across a school nurse before. Are they only in larger schools or do you travel between schools?

    Nature walker:
    1. How long did you have to do swing shift times for?
    2. Is that normally how it works (as in do you do swing shift times before you can choose day/night work?).
    3. What would make nursing different to tv?


    Thank you all again!!!
    1. A little bit of teaching mostly to the paraeducators who take care of our medically fragile kiddos and lots of health education, not necessarily in a formal classroom environment mostly in my office. There is a ton of education with both students and parents (last week for example I had a student who's mom was confused why her kids temp had not gone down after giving him an 81mg asprin) sometimes there are a lot of families where you might be the only healthcare provider they see regularly so understanding available resources and being confident in your education is key.

    2. School nurses are pretty common....We have a district RN with a BSN and school nursing credentials who oversees and travels between schools (Not as often to the schools with LPNs mostly to the ones with "health aides") My school is mandated by the state to have a licensed nurse in each school with "medically fragile" kiddos/ any "nurse assist" per IEP or MD orders.

    Check out your local school district websites there a great resource

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