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What Do You Love About Nursing? - page 6

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. Visit  kldepp08 profile page
    #65 0
    Quote from WoundcarePhilRN
    As a Vet I have enjoyed meeting and talking to America's Vets. Met many WW2 Vets, Korean, Vietnam and Gulf war as well. It's an honor to take care of them. The VA has failed them miserably. We owe them everything, we are free today because of the Armed Forces of the US. If you ever come across a Vet be sure to thank them and let them know their service to this nation is appreciated.

    For myself, it's the icing on the cake, would not want to do anything else.

    Thank you for your service, and continued service!
  2. Visit  nursegj profile page
    #66 2
    I've been a nurse over 40 years and have never regretted my choice. The great thing about nursing is that it offers SO MANY choices!. The field is ever expanding. I started out in Med/Surg then specialized in L&D and the OR. After I got older, I realized I wanted a change, so I went back to school, completed my BSN and MSN and became a nurse educator. This is the best of both worlds. I teach nursing and get to guide the upcoming generation of nurses and hopefully instill a nursing conscience and provide evidence based education. I'm also back in school pursuing a PhD in Nursing.
    Don't give up or be discouraged. There is so much you can do in our profession. Adults, pediatrics, oncology, research, education, public health, administration, military, missionary - just to name a few!
    Hang in there and you will find your niche!
  3. Visit  5150rn2 profile page
    #67 1
    First let me say this.. what they say about school is true. It will be one of the most challenging in every way thing you do. Better to tell you up front don't you think? But look at how many survived.. and for me it was worth every minute and every dime.
    Let me also share this.. nurses vent.. they have to and who else would understand but another nurse.. and in any profession you won't really find an online community where people are like" OMG I had the best day"
    so things like hours and bosses and charting and not peeing and not eating are part of a nurses daily life..
    But, then you have a day, when a patient looks at you after you have relieved their pain ( physical, mental emotional) and they say thankyou.. or when someone has been in the hospital for a long time and have fought their way back and now they are going home, you celebrate with them. I had days when I left all I could say thank goodness I didn't kill anyone today.. ( not literally) but there are days. the moments when you do take a sec and pause to talk to your patient. And that is s luxury these days..
    through my career (20 years and counting) I have done various types of nursing., and now I work in psych and I love it. Again good days bad days. But it's my passion.. it's so really hard to explain .. but you will know why you became a nurse.. and your "rewards" and "victories" will change and be different than mine.. it's about the heart of nursing . Does that sound absolutely cheesy and corny.. but it is what drives me..
    for everyone it's different, an ER nurse has a different perspective than an oncology nurse. And there will be days and jobs that make you wonder why the heck you did this.. and then some smallthing will happen and it will again come into focus..
    if someone is just looking for a job and there are nurses who 9/5 they probably won't be happy. It's a tough job., but the rewards are priceless. Can't imagine doing anything else. ( secret: often the most hard core scary nurses or instructors are the ones who feel the most and cry the hardest.and you'll likely never see it , but trust me it's often true. You can learn a lot from them .
    So follow your heart on this one, only you know what speaks to re this career choice.
  4. Visit  natmanzo profile page
    #68 0
    I am a nursing student as well. I am graduating in December if all goes well. I work as a NA on a cardiac progressive unit so I will be using both experiences.
    What I love about nursing is that the options are endless. You will find your nitch! When I am at work, I love the interaction with my patients and their families. Being in a hospital is not easy so I love to make people smile. Sometimes it is as simple as sitting with them for a while so they have someone to talk to. Nursing school (although awful most of the time) is great because you are surrounding by the support of your peers. I got to witness two vaginal births while in my OB rotation and it was one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed. I hope to be an L&D nurse some day, although I have peds now but we shall see.
  5. Visit  Tpa.travlr946531 profile page
    #69 1
    Oh yeah, they always act like this at nursing school orientation. Some teachers will seem mean and intimidating, while others love student nurses. It's the same when you are working with nurses on the floor and you're a student nurse.
    What do I love about nursing? There are so many things I could list here. One of the best things about my job is working with student nurses! If I could have one every day I would!
    I love teaching at the bedside, not from the nurse's station. Other preceptors might stay at the nurses' station and direct you to do tasks and call it teaching. That's fine IF you feel comfortable. If you don't feel comfortable doing something you have been asked to do, you must speak up!
    I also enjoy catching things or finding things the rest of the interdisciplinary team has missed or overlooked. Things that need to be addressed. After you develop keen assessment skills, you will be able to do this too. Often times, patients and families are grateful that we found it and spoke up because we have addressed their needs, sometimes they didn't even realize the need!
    I'm in my ninth year, and I still love it. I can't imagine doing anything else. When/if you get burned out, you can do something else in nursing. The sky is the limit. For me, I started travel nursing. I got a national certification. And finally, I went back to school so I can be a clinical instructor one day.
    Good luck in school. You can get through it. On your worse day, remember why you chose nursing. The rewards are more plentiful than the bad day everyone has once in a while. You made a great decision.
  6. Visit  wannabeny profile page
    #70 0
    I'm a nursing student in my 2nd semester, so hugs for support and congrats on your acceptance!!

    I came from the horseracing world...where we were on the track by 5am 7 days a wk, galloping 6-10 1200 lb animals in 15 degree weather, counting any day you didn't break a bone/get thrown as a good day.

    Nursing school is kinda equal to that. But, in my opinion at least, well worth it. You'll feel overwhelmed, but you hit your groove, and it goes by quickly.

    I love the fact that I get one style of uniform, and it doesn't involve a vest and a helmet.

    The sense of humor involved is definetly top.

    The challenge of constant change & having to adapt to it.I feel very satisfied at even the smallest interactions with patients.

    There is ALWAYS something to learn. And so many paths you can take career wise.

    It has given me even more of an appreciation to how nurses are the center of the healthcare field.

    From my experiences so far, there's big highs and big lows, but I still couldn't imagine doing anything else.
  7. Visit  camillemmrn profile page
    #71 0
    I have been a RN for 35 years. I still work fulltime. I have had a fabulous career. I started out at a large teaching hospital on a general medicine floor. From there I "floated" for a year to all the specialty units (Recovery, PICU, NICU CCU, etc), I then did ICU for 10 years and loved it, from there I did hemodialysis for 3 years (loved that too), now for the last 20 years I have been a k-12 school nurse/intake nurse @ a school for deaf and/or blind (I love this job too). I've had other nursing positions that I haven't liked. I'm the kind who can tell right away if the job is for me, if I don't like it I leave. In between jobs I've done camp nursing, worked as a RN in a juvenile detention center. Fortunately that was at a time where if you were a RN you could walk in nearly anywhere and get hired on the spot. I understand times have changed. I have been blessed in my career. But, having said all that, if I was a young woman today I think I would have chosen to be a veterinarian or an MD......don't know why but back when I was in college I never thought of that. I still toy with the idea of going to vet school, but not sure they'd take a 60 year old! Good luck with your career. Never feel you have to stay in a job that's not right for you. Find your passion.
  8. Visit  Zakaton profile page
    #72 0
    Yep, that about right. Do not forget, there will be legal issues, complaints, letters to CNO, investigations. Find a lawyer now. You will learn about yourself a lot of interesting stuff.

    If you are smart, you will use nursing education to build upon. Get out of hospital nursing as soon as possible. There is no future there. Use the degree to get into smth else. You will never be appreciated for your work, reprimanded - very possibly.
  9. Visit  Wshrock profile page
    #73 1
    What I like about nursing? First of all, the nursing school I went to should never have been allowed to start. The first day of class as the 45 of us students were in the class room, the DON came in to welcome us to the school. Part way thro her welcome speech, she said that most of us would not graduate because we did not meet the requirements of being a nurse; one of the students asked what were the requirement, of being a nurse. With a very strict view, she said “To be a nurse, you must be female, white, single, wealthy, and good looking.”
    A few days later she saw me in the hallway and said “Wayne, why don’t you drop out so we don’t have to fail you out”. I told her “You do what you can to fail me out, and I will do what I can to pass and we will see who wins”. Of the five of us that did pass the program, I was the only one who did not meet the “requirement of being a nurse”. You see I am a married male who is not that good looking, not at all wealthy and up in years. Now, I can tell you that before the school year ended that DON was no longer employed by the school and most schools are not as horrible as the one I went to.
    So one may ask “Why did I go through all the hell just to get my LPN?” One simple reason, I love to help others. I have been an LPN now for around 25 wonderful years. I have had the enjoyment of working in a lot of different areas in medical field, such as the Orthopedic rehab, ER, med/surg, LTC, Clinic, Outpatient Clinic, doctor’s office, Urgent care center; Occupational health, Pain management clinic, Pediatric clinic, and an ER overflow, summer camp nurse, and Progressive care unit. So you see there are a lot of different areas to work in, Also over 15 of the great 25 years working as a traveling nurse and that is why I was able to work in so many different areas.
    Going back to the question, “What do I actually like LOVE about nursing?” I really do love to help other get and feel the best they can. Most of the time, you meet the patient when they are not their best, they hurt, they have been in an accident, they are ready to have their first baby, they are up in years and don’t have much time to live--all these people need the same thing, your love and understanding while providing physical help. I love being able to be there to assist them where they need help, to let them know that I have been trained to offer them the help they need and I am there with them. I look at each patient as my mother, father, brother, sister, son, or daughter, treat them like I would want them to be treated.
    I have very much enjoyed working with some of my coworkers, and because of them we were able to work through the problems. I choose to deal with my stress and there can be a lot of it, through my belief and love in my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as other, have said, “Nursing is like anything else--it is what you make it”. “Go in with a positive attitude and do the best you can.” To me the real pay is the satisfaction of a job well done, the paycheck is just icing on the cake so I can pay the bills
    Yes the Nursing school can be very difficult and challenging, and I think mine was one of the worst, but I survived being one of the 5 out of the starting 45, so if I can do it so can you.
    I am almost 70 and still enjoying nursing.
  10. Visit  FranEMTnurse profile page
    #74 1
    What Do You Love About Nursing?-hugs-2-you-My dear. as was posted earlier, although there is a lot of stressful moments in nursing, there are also numerous wonderful moments that make you feel so good, they make your stress go away at least for a short while. One of mine was witnessing a set of triplets being delivered, and how happy the grandmother was seeing the pictures of her new grandchildren. It literally made my day, even though I was yelled at by the Gynecologist. This is a lot of what you can experience too, and when you become an RN, You just may feel very good about your accomplishment. Why not try it if it's something you would love to do? After all, any field you choose has its stressful parts even if it's becoming a secretary, a housewife, a farmer, a mechanic, an engineer, etc.Good luck.
  11. Visit  al3x117 profile page
    #75 0
    Quote from Wshrock
    What I like about nursing? First of all, the nursing school I went to should never have been allowed to start. The first day of class as the 45 of us students were in the class room, the DON came in to welcome us to the school. Part way thro her welcome speech, she said that most of us would not graduate because we did not meet the requirements of being a nurse; one of the students asked what were the requirement, of being a nurse. With a very strict view, she said “To be a nurse, you must be female, white, single, wealthy, and good looking.”
    A few days later she saw me in the hallway and said “Wayne, why don’t you drop out so we don’t have to fail you out”. I told her “You do what you can to fail me out, and I will do what I can to pass and we will see who wins”. Of the five of us that did pass the program, I was the only one who did not meet the “requirement of being a nurse”. You see I am a married male who is not that good looking, not at all wealthy and up in years. Now, I can tell you that before the school year ended that DON was no longer employed by the school and most schools are not as horrible as the one I went to.
    So one may ask “Why did I go through all the hell just to get my LPN?” One simple reason, I love to help others. I have been an LPN now for around 25 wonderful years. I have had the enjoyment of working in a lot of different areas in medical field, such as the Orthopedic rehab, ER, med/surg, LTC, Clinic, Outpatient Clinic, doctor’s office, Urgent care center; Occupational health, Pain management clinic, Pediatric clinic, and an ER overflow, summer camp nurse, and Progressive care unit. So you see there are a lot of different areas to work in, Also over 15 of the great 25 years working as a traveling nurse and that is why I was able to work in so many different areas.
    Going back to the question, “What do I actually like LOVE about nursing?” I really do love to help other get and feel the best they can. Most of the time, you meet the patient when they are not their best, they hurt, they have been in an accident, they are ready to have their first baby, they are up in years and don’t have much time to live--all these people need the same thing, your love and understanding while providing physical help. I love being able to be there to assist them where they need help, to let them know that I have been trained to offer them the help they need and I am there with them. I look at each patient as my mother, father, brother, sister, son, or daughter, treat them like I would want them to be treated.
    I have very much enjoyed working with some of my coworkers, and because of them we were able to work through the problems. I choose to deal with my stress and there can be a lot of it, through my belief and love in my Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as other, have said, “Nursing is like anything else--it is what you make it”. “Go in with a positive attitude and do the best you can.” To me the real pay is the satisfaction of a job well done, the paycheck is just icing on the cake so I can pay the bills
    Yes the Nursing school can be very difficult and challenging, and I think mine was one of the worst, but I survived being one of the 5 out of the starting 45, so if I can do it so can you.
    I am almost 70 and still enjoying nursing.
    This was awesome man thank you for this! Great motivation!
  12. Visit  blondesareeasy profile page
    #76 1
    The income. That, and the job security.
    Sooner or later you'll be working beside a coworker with an iffy background, but "nurses are a dime a dozen " so they'll take anybody.

    You won't find a more screwed-up career choice anywhere.
    Your female coworkers are back-biting.
    The "nurse practitioners" are functional morons playing doctor without the years of clinical rounding necessary to make good judgment.
    Beware of those badges with "BSN" tacked onto it.
    A nurse anesthetist is actually a worthy, independent practice choice, however. You don't have to work with nurses and you'll be very independent with the highest income return you can expect. And you'll get some respect EXCEPT from real MD Anesthesiologists unless they want you to cover for them when they're on vacation.
  13. Visit  vintagemother profile page
    #77 0
    I like/love my job/employer! I am paid well! I enjoy taking care of people. Passing meds and teaching pts is a great fulfillment to me.

    I think that your school tried to scare you is to make you understand how intense nursing school is. It is hard, but is do able!

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