What I love about nursing - page 3
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
Nov 22, '06Quote from hptogramHyptogram, you are NOT the lowest of the low! We all appreciate what you do!!!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.
I absolutely LOVE being a nurse!!! I work hospice and I feel like it is a perfect match for me. I work with people that I respect and most of them I would chose as friends, how unusual is that in any line of work? Nursing is awesome and humbling at the same time. I have the opportunity to make a difference, and to me that has always been my goal in life. I graduated with my RN at 48 and all the things that I've experienced in life are useful in relating to patients, family members, MD's.......people in general. I am so honored to be associated with such an honorable profession and I try to encourage and support all those I come into contact with. Come join us and become a nurse, you'll love it and you'll never be bored.
Nov 22, '06I love being a nurse because most days I get to see the better side of people. I get to see true, genuine, heartfelt, kindness. I get to (if only for a short time) be a member of their families. Patients tell me stories about events in their lives, secrets, or even gossip. I get praise for doing things I consider very minor. I have patients ask me when I get to go on break, or they have concerns about how long my days are. It amazes me that someone can be in pain or going through a crisis and they are concerned about me.
Do not get me wrong, there are days when I think satan has taken over the minds of each of my patients, and anything and everything will go wrong. But, if nothing else, I get to chalk it all up to a very entertaining story.
Nov 22, '06What I loved about nursing was my patients, the little Polish BaBa who always grabbed my hand and kissed it, the old romeo who told me I was beautiful , the sweet "thankyou dear" from the mouth of a dying patient,and so many, many more wonderful memories of my patients, my "sisters" and "brothers- my fellow nurses, the hard working CNA's.These are the reasons I did stay in the field as long as I did.
Nov 22, '06I love it because it fits my personality. I never knew that I was a very nurturing person until I got into this field. I especially love working with the elderly, and trying to make a difference for them, especially the ones that no one else seems to care for. I also love to teach people how to take care of themselves and how to manage the disease processes they are dealing with at the time. Right now I am a Med-Surg maniac, but could see myself in LTC eventually. Nursing is a wonderful profession with so many avenues. Sure some situations make you want to just scream your lungs out, but that happens with every job. But just feeling like you've made a difference whether you get a thanks or not makes everyday worth it!
Nov 23, '06Nice to see a positive post about nursing. I still believe nursing is a great career, no matter what it's flaws may be. What other job gives you so many different kinds of areas you can work in? How many other jobs can you moonlight in a different area to see if you would like it or not while keeping your fulltime position? I used to teach nursing clinicals and loved every minute of it...I wouldn't have done that if I hadn't still believed nursing is a great career choice.
Nov 23, '06I love my job because never before in my life have I felt such a "fit" as when in the company of fellow nurses. This crazy profession feeds my need for variety and oh so many challenges.
I love my job when a patient returns to the hospital and feels more comfortable when they get to their room because they remember me from last time. This happened to me last night. I love holding a patients hand to get them through a scary procedure. I love it when our confused geriatric patients tell me "I love you."
Truth be know, there is alot of not so great things about nursing, but all in all, for me its my patients that make it worthwhile.