What I love about nursing - page 2

Ok, the thread about how nurses hate nursing and that we're depressing made me want to start one about why we like what we do. Please, if you don't have anything positive to contribute - don't add... Read More

  1. by   Diahni
    I love nursing for these reasons. I love showing people that I care and that I understand. It's not all about the paperwork and the tasks. The element of human comfort goes such a long way in someone's journey either to recovery or down the final road.[/quote]

    There aren't too many jobs out there that require big intellect AND deep human skills. Nursing requires a lot of the same skills that motherhood does, and you even get paid for it! Sure, there is lots of weather, but really, what job doesn't?
    Diahni
  2. by   NaomieRN
    As a new nursing student, I want to become a nurse because I like helping people. So far, I am enjoying every second of clinicals.
    Thanks for posting.
  3. by   clemmm78
    Quote from Epona
    Clemm... hi.. what type of medical writing do you do??
    Hi back. :-)

    I write and edit documents for both MDs and the general public. I've worked on many CME projects and I've worked on patient education. My favourite work is patient education.

    For four years in a row, I've had pieces in the AAFP Annual Health Guide. I just love getting that royalty cheque!
  4. by   ABerryGirl
    Your life and job is "what you make of it". If you always see everything as a glass half empty, then that's all you'll ever have. If you always look at things as a glass half full, then that's what makes life worth living. I look at each day as a new opportunity to do better, learn more and make a difference. :angel2: If you take the time to stop and think about all the good things in your life/job, it makes the bad things not so bad. Remember, things could always be worse.
  5. by   LadyT618
    Quote from clemmm78
    Hi back. :-)

    I write and edit documents for both MDs and the general public. I've worked on many CME projects and I've worked on patient education. My favourite work is patient education.

    For four years in a row, I've had pieces in the AAFP Annual Health Guide. I just love getting that royalty cheque!
    That sounds interesting. Is an advanced degree required to get into med. writing? How do you go about getting into that? Thanks in advance.
  6. by   LadyT618
    What I love about nursing? The plethora of opportunities available to us within just one profession. No matter which aspect of nursing you're into, you're still helping people no matter what.
  7. by   fiveofpeep
    Quote from LadyT618
    That sounds interesting. Is an advanced degree required to get into med. writing? How do you go about getting into that? Thanks in advance.
    I am interested in this too further down the road...

    I was involved with the newspaper in highschool and now in college and writing is definately something I wouldnt mind doing on the side even if it were technical.

    By the way, this post is great. I love hearing about happy nurses
  8. by   joannep
    I love being a nurse, it is who I am, and what I do.
    My mother and grandmother were both nurses, and my daughter is at nursing school now. (She says she was brain washed from birth!)
    My best friends are nurses, I met my husband through a nursing friend.
    I love making a difference to patients, to their family.
    Some shifts are not great, some patients/relatives are not great, but it is a great career, a great profession.
    I wouldn't do anything else.
  9. by   angelcharm
    what i love about nursing

    i love nursing because its not just my profession, but its also what makes me who i am. i love making a difference at other people's lives.:spin:
  10. by   EmerNurse
    When I walk out after a long shift and I'm thinking "wow we did good work tonite", then I remember why I am a nurse.

    When I can make a difference, help a mom handle her 19 year old's heretofor unknown pregnancy, when that instinct kicks in and I help to find something that we didn't see before, when someone says "thank you".

    Yeah I love my job. Even on the worst shifts, I love my job.
  11. by   hptogram
    What I love about my job, (granted, I'm just a caregiver, no license or title yet, lowest of the low), is the residents. They are fantastic! Everyone has their bad days, so sometimes they can be a handful, but overall, they are great people. Even though management doesn't seem to care at all for the people who work for them, the residents do. They are almost always happy to see me. I get my joy from them.
  12. by   hikernurse
    Making a difference. Even if we can't change the course of an illness, people remember someone being kind to them at a time when they were most vulnerable.

    I love talking to a beligerent (no way that's spelled right, sorry) pt/family and soothing them. A lot of times all they need is someone to sit down with them, listen and work with them to find a solution. Had a pt like that the other day and although it took some time, they left happy with their care.

    I like that small things make a difference--back rub, vaseline for chappy lips. A lot of what we do hurts--wound care, shots, but there's also a lot of non-medical things that help.

    I like the feeling of putting in a good day's work. When I'm at work, I'm focused on my patients and their needs; my own problems kind of disappear. Plus, I'm grateful for the health my family and I have, having seen the disability illness can cause.

    Most important: When I was in the first day of nursing school the instructor told us that nurses do for patients what they can't do for themselves, but would do if they were able. It was like a lightbulb went off in my head--it put into words exactly why I wanted to be a nurse. It's kind of like being a mom; you tend to your little ones and teach and help them to care for themselves and let them fly.

    This is a great idea for a thread.
  13. by   dorselm
    I just got my letter yesterday that I was accepted into Nursing School! I was on cloud 9 until I went to this website and read the post "Why are so many nurses leaving". There are a gazillion responses out there and they are downright scary. True but scary. Then I read this thread and I feel like the sun has come out of a very stormy dark day. I feel like there is some hope for me in this position. I will be starting CNA training in December and then I will be working full-time in January. I will be started RN class in February and I'm not scared anymore thanks to this thread. I'm ready knowing what the road ahead is going to be but I also know that I have options and if one job doesn't workout, there are others to chose from.

    Thanks for posting this thread!:smilecoffeecup: :Melody:

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