Survey: Would you encourage your child to become a nurse? - page 5

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  1. by   Li'l abner
    Originally posted by nurs4kids


    SBRN,
    You have everything exactly correct, except for a few things your innocence protects you from. We all entered nursing for the reasons you described, with the same hopes of helping the sick. We are all willing to sacrifice to care for others. The part you've not encountered yet, though, is the part that destroys nursing, and it is NOT NURSES!!

    You see, all those wonderful things you describe above about listening to your patient, talking to your patient, making sure everything was ok... WELLLLLLLLLLLLLL, LOL..you can do that when you're a student, because you DON'T have 15 patients. I'm one of the blessed ones, I have 5 max, BUT I KNOW what my fellow nurses go through on a REGULAR BASIS.

    When you're caring for 15 patients, the humanity part quickly goes out the door, you become a robot doing as much as possible in the little time available. You pop that NG tube down, you give the enema then you RUN to the next patient's room to start an IV. While you're starting that IV, you're paged to go to another room where a 300lb patient has fallen on the floor. As you're returning that patient to the bed and assessing for injury, you hear the rush of panic outside the door. Another patient of yours has coded. An hour later, you've transferred that patient, hopefully, and you're still trying to see the other 11?? no, no 12?? oh well, you glance at your cheat sheet to see how many patients you still must see. And the rest of the shift continues just as it began.
    Finally, the next shift has come, you sit down to chart with 15 minutes left in your shift (NOTE, your employer will NOT pay OT, yet you must finish your charting before leaving). On your drive home, you think about Mr NG tube/Enema. You hope he's not too upset that you didn't have time do what you would LIKE TO DO, do what you entered nursing for..care for the entire person, concern yourself with his emotions, give the back rub, take the time to SIT AND LISTEN. You pray you didn't forget anything critical. Before you go to bed at night, before you start the next shift, you ask a prayer..you pray that God will lead you safely through the shift, lead you safely so that you harm no one or overlook a fatal sign...You leave and you thank God for guiding you through another impossible shift w/o further damaging the ill.

    So, you see, IF nursing school was realistic of nursing, then we'd be as pro-nursing as you, BUT nursing school is preparation for nursing. It is by NO means an indicator of what is to come!!

    Welcome to nursing, it will be everything you've dreamed of...and alot more
  2. by   Li'l abner
    Originally posted by Li'l abner
    I have to agree with this letter. I started out 26 years ago with high ideals like sbrn. Nursing school was hard but I thought that it would get easier as I learned the shortcuts. What I got was harder work as the nursing cuts came. I am now working as a nursing practioner in the high arctic. I work by my self, so I am responcible for the health care of about 350 residence in the town, but I still find it easier and less stressful that having to putup with the nursing shortages in the hospitals. I agree that you should keep your rosey glasses on and I hope that nursing turns out to be all you hoped for. I wish you a long and happy career.
    RAH
  3. by   KARRN3
    NOT ONLY WOULD I ENCOURAGE EITHER OF MY CHILDREN TO GO INTO NURSING, MY MOM IS TAKING EARLY RETIREMENT AND IS GOING TO GO TO NURSING SCHOOL.WE HAVE A MOST NOBLE PROFESSION WHERE OUR ACTIONS TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES.DESPITE ALL THE TROUBLE WITH ADMINISTRATION AND THE TRAGEDY WE SOMETIMES SEE, I WOULDN'T TRADE BEING A NURSE FOR ANYTHING AND WOULD ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO JOIN OUR RANKS.

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