What HARD truth have you learned once you became a nurse and/or CNA? - page 2

Good or bad. About the field in general, humanity, or society? How does that truth effect you and how you do your job?... Read More

  1. by   basenjilove808
    that is job was a mistake and people are very uneducated
  2. by   peripateticRN
    Quote from Wuzzie
    I'm not overly fond of humans.
    This
  3. by   Alex_RN
    My detox/withdrawal patients are lying to me, even when they aren't.
  4. by   NutmeggeRN
    You don't know when a death will impact you profoundly, even down the road...
    Last edit by NutmeggeRN on Dec 7
  5. by   Ruby Vee
    The patient is the one with the disease. You can't fix them, you can only educate them and provide the tools (and maybe the motivation) for them to manage their disease wisely.

    You can't fix stupid. But, if they're the one in the bed, you CAN medicate it. If they're the one in the chair next to the bed, you can't fix nor can you medicate stupid.

    Every disaster makes a really great story once sufficient time has passed.

    The most essential characteristic of a nurse isn't compassion -- it's a lively sense of humor.
  6. by   SobreRN
    Quote from serenitylove14
    1. Burnout can happen in less time then you think.
    2. Nurses take out their personal problems on patients and coworkers.
    3. Sometimes high pay = high stress and the job just isnt worth a poor mental health.
    4. Family members abuse disable family members in many different ways.
    You said it sister!
  7. by   missmollie
    What I find funny now I would've never found funny two years ago.
  8. by   LibraSunCNM
    Learned in no particular order as a former floor nurse and now a CNM:

    -People lie
    -Life isn't fair
    -Women of all ages and backgrounds know shockingly little about their own reproductive health
    -People will surprise you, often in a good way
    -Despite myriad issues as a profession, nursing has been a great career for me
  9. by   Nature_walker
    People will always surprise you, good or bad.
  10. by   Tele RN 92
    Some jobs are super high pay for a reason: burnout and nobody can handle them anymore! And some hospitals truly abuse nurses.
  11. by   ashley_bird
    Quote from LibraSunCNM
    Learned in no particular order as a former floor nurse and now a CNM:

    -People lie
    -Life isn't fair
    -Women of all ages and backgrounds know shockingly little about their own reproductive health
    -People will surprise you, often in a good way
    -Despite myriad issues as a profession, nursing has been a great career for me
    #3 is soooo true! I'm not even a nurse, but it was not until I took a 400 level sexual education class in college that I said to myself "Whoa! I bet you most girls do NOT know this and they SHOULD".
  12. by   VivaLasViejas
    Feces eventuates. And sometimes it eventuates all over the patient, the bed, and the nurse.
    Ignorance and stupidity are two completely different things. You can fix ignorance with education, but you can't fix stupid.
    The job is a lot tougher than it looks, even in nursing school.
    If the job offers a large sign-on bonus, run---as far and as fast as you can. Trust me, you DON'T want to work there.
  13. by   ixchel
    I learned very, very quickly that you can't save patients from themselves. That, to me, was no big deal. The hardest thing? When the patient DOES want to save themselves, but there are literally no resources available to make them successful at it.

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