Shadowing a few shifts is a great idea! You have to have a very strong heart
to be a nurse to deal with mean patients or mean coworkers. Some good vs bad for you:
1. People can treat you like a personal servant more times than not, but those times when you really help
someone can make the rest worth it.
2. Nurses are pretty clique-y and can cut each other down, but when the %$^% hits the fan, they can back you up and help you more than you expected.
3. Holidays? Forget it. You're family will be missing you. But giving patients little gifts or cards on Christmas Eve (especially in pediatrics!) or Halloween feels great!
4. Nursing school/college of nursing is AWFUL!!! Go straight for BSN. ADN's aren't getting work anymore without experience.
5. (from my school age kids) You have to do gross stuff, but you get lots of funny stories.
6. You have to worry about being sued for anything you do or don't do at every moment of every shift. CYA- cover your @$$.
Personally, I love my job, but there are the down sides. My friends feel the need to complain about nurses, ask me for medical advice, or ask about some miracle pill they saw on TV. I've missed birthdays, weddings, all kinds of things. My family often feels like they have to come second to my work schedule, BUT they sure are proud of me. When talking about their family, they love to lead off with their nurse mom