What Do You Love About Nursing? - page 3

I am going to be starting the nursing program in January. I recently had an orientation at my school, which seemed (to me) to be devoted exclusively to informing us how difficult the program would... Read More

  1. by   southern rn
    Having medical knowledge
    The title/ role "RN"; I like that distinction
    The paycheck
    I really do enjoy taking care of people and making them feel better
  2. by   lala4005
    What a great thread! I hope to be starting an accelerated BSN program over the summer, and also have been middle-of-the-night second-guessing the decision to go back to school a bit lately....my life is (hopefully) about to change in a big way in just a few months, and all of you have reminded me of why I decided to switch careers! Thank you OP and thank you to all the great comments!!!
  3. by   SHGR
    One of the best things about nursing was that it made me a better person.

    More mature, because I had to grow up pretty quick. Not that I was immature or bad before that, but I had to get better structure and organization.
    More able to take things in stride, because no matter how bad my life seemed, I wasn't the person in the bed (I worked oncology/hospice for a long time).
    Smarter, because I was always learning.
    Better able to deal with all kinds of people, because I wasn't very good at it previously and I had to learn pretty quickly.
    I had fabulous mentors along the way. I can honestly say that becoming and being a nurse was the best thing that I could have done. It made me grow, polished me, opened doors. Yes, it makes you cry sometimes, but it's worth it. Also, the pay is pretty good, which means that even if you don't love it, you have money to do the things you really enjoy.
  4. by   Allison007
    Thank you to everyone for all your lovely answers! It means more to me than I can say. I love reading everybody's perspectives, and I'm feeling a lot more optimistic.

    I enjoy hearing about everyone's different occupations and specialties, but I am particularly interested in research. If anyone has any experience in that area and would like to share, I'd love to hear it!

    Thank you again for your love and support!
  5. by   CuticleCare
    Nursing school is NOTHING like nursing. I always make sure to tell students that. Nursing has served me well over the past 20-odd years. The flexibility is my favorite part. Don't let those negative discouragers get you down. It'll be well worth it.
  6. by   Irish76
    I am a very new nurse, I passed my NCLEX 2 months ago. In nursing school orientation we were told the same things. I worked hard in nursing school and did very well. But I still had a life and you can to. You will find a way to make time for the things that matter to you. I am a very new nurse and still love it, but some days are very hard. I work with a great group of nurses and I have learned so much from them. But, no one is appreciated by management where I work. No one. We work short staffed nearly every single day. Nursing can lose it's shiny very fast. But, I still love taking care of people. I love thinking through problems and finding solutions. I love helping people to feel better. When the days get rough I hold on to that. I also have a life away from work. If you don't have a life away from nursing you will get burnt out.
  7. by   djh123
    Well, if you're still reading the comments, here are just a few thoughts.

    * Nursing school IS hard, is VERY time-consuming, and when they say you jump, you jump (6:40 am clinical? Lab time? Be at such-and-such for a psych clinical? Work on a paper at 10:30 pm on a Saturday night? It all happens). But remember, when you have a real job, you'll have a lot more free time ... so keep that in mind during the worst of nursing school.

    * Yeah, there is probably stuff to gripe about in just about any type of nursing job, but there is in almost ANY job (this is my second career), and the pluses can be pretty big. At any given time, I usually have at least a handful of residents, family members and co-workers who all think very highly of me - sometimes when *I* don't think so highly of myself - but that kind of thing can make your day (or week, or month) and bring your attitude and self-confidence back up on bad days.
  8. by   LetLoveNReasonUnite
    Getting to know all different kinds of people, hearing their stories.
  9. by   oceanblue52
    So many valuable comments on this thread. Here is my two cents:

    Nursing school is challenging. Study skills are important, you need to be able to synthesize a large amount of information, connect different topics to each other (Assessment-->Patho--->Pharm/Interventions). If you are passionate about the field and willing to work hard and grow (i.e. figure out what went wrong if you do poorly on a test/careplan and then fix it), you will do great. Even more important for both school and in life...you need to learn how to work with different personalities. You will no doubt encounter at least one professor, or a clinical instructor, or a preceptor that has a personality that rubs you wrong, or critiques you on seemingly petty stuff. Get used to it. You will have to deal with surely coworkers and providers all the time. Just smile and nod, think about why you do not like what they are saying and then figure out if it will help you in the long run. But often times in nursing school you have to grin and bear it to pass. And you might learn something! Brace yourself for this and you will be miles ahead of some of your classmates.

    Echoing other's comments, I really love being a nurse. It has it's stressors, but if you have an ideal working situation you can really develop great therapeutic relationships with your patients. Nursing is very much a science and requires good assessment skills, but in the right job you can hopefully find some time to actually listen to your patients and advocate for them. Every new job will bring its challenges and you will probably hate it at times. But every job has its downfalls; I would recommend reading this board though because you will get a feel of what is an acceptable workload, what is not and you will also learn some good clinical tips along the way.

    Please visit the Student Nurse board; we are happy to help you work through homework and other challenges as long as you give evidence of working through the problem. Good luck and welcome to AllNurses.com!
  10. by   marcos9999
    For a while I've been wanting to write two articles: one titled "5 reasons why you should not choose nursing" and the other "5 reasons why you should become a nurse" The interesting thing however is that the 5 reasons you should and the 5 reasons you shouldn't are exactly the same but just interpreted differently. Confused yet?

    In other words: all that is rough, annoying, dangerous, boring, exhausting; are what changes you into a brave, capable, lovable, ego less, fast, efficient, though skin person.

    It is up to you. Are you up to the challenge?
  11. by   NurseLauraM
    They did the exact same thing at my orientation! This sounds so silly now but I was so worried because I was single then and with everything they were telling me I thought, "oh wow... I'll never have time to meet anyone. I'll be single forever!!"

    That turned out not to be true at all! I spent time with friends, dated, worked part-time, and saw my family plenty throughout nursing school. I also had really good grades and never missed clinical (except once for my dad's wedding, which thankfully my school made an exception for!). Of course I also worked really hard and there were some challenging times. But in the end it was nothing I couldn't handle!

    Anyway, what do I like about nursing? It's never boring, I have a job I can be proud of, and I get to be around people all day (sometimes this is a negative but I once had a job where I worked totally alone and it was miserable!!) Also, I love the variety. I'm an NP in primary care though, so it's quite different from inpatient nursing. However, I still think these things hold true on the hospital side.
  12. by   Workitinurfava
    Using skills that I learned as a nurse to help my family or people that I know. I also like only having to work 12hr/3days a week.
  13. by   KandidNurse
    I like being a nurse in the ED because there is a lot of autonomy and I like the process of identifying issues and stabilizing patients. I like the 3 day schedule and the 12 hours typically go by relatively fast at my work. I also like that there is opportunity to take ones career in Nursing to many places depending on education, skill, etc.