Quote from mamba24
Has your opinion of people changed at all, do you still have faith in humanity so to speak after dealing with so many types of people?
I have NO EXPECTATIONS about humanity...that actually helps me be able to continue to interact with humanity, in all of its complex glory.
Do you still maintain your compassion for others?
I have empathy and the means to advocate, that's where my compassion lies, so...absolutely.
Do you get depressed at all from the circumstances?
Perhaps, when there is a situation that can be jarring enough...however, I've learned to leave work at work and each day is a new day...I've had enough circumstances in my life that I have survived, it has made me a better nurse and be able to cope better.
Why do you keep going back?
I actually like my career. There are tons of careers that make the same or more. I have never though of doing anything else. I also decided a long time ago to utilize the tools that I need as an advocate for my patients for my career. It keeps the lights on, mortgage paid, and. The ability to be flexible enough that I can travel leisurely.
Thanks a bunch, nursing has been on my mind for a few years now and I feel like this feedback would help me make my decision moving forward.
Another poster was spot ON when they said "What do YOU want?"
I was told as a middle schooler (this was the early 90s, during the first economic crisis) "do not get into nursing, there will be no jobs, and you will not enjoy it"...I was also told that I could not specialize in two areas of nursing at the same time as a goal. Well, I enjoy it, have been able to keep a job during most of the recession, although right now my goal of transitioning into another path has been delayed, but have maintained a nursing job; and I was a Rehab nurse and Peds nurse at the same time-two different positions-for a period of time. I have been able to reap the varieties of nursing. That has actually helped me not get too burned out in my career...maybe not burned out at all.
YOU have to do the research and make the conscious decision to enter nursing. Once you have the facts of the nursing SURPLUS, wiling to start your nursing journey in a area that you didn't think about entering. Put the time, effort into studying, AND STILL want to be a nurse, then come on...just make sure you are willing to stay as long as I plan to...hope to see you beside me for at least twenty years.
Sending positive vibes in whatever decision YOU choose.