I would absolutely in a heartbeat become a nurse again. I'm not working now d/t disability, but nursing is still a huge part of who I am. I worked for 19 years, and have kept my license current since then - CEUs, and learning in various situations.
It can be frustrating, but all jobs have that component. It's stressful- but most jobs have it to some degree (probably doesn't effect people's actual lives as much if not in healthcare- but I think air traffic controllers have us beat!).
Dealing with people can be incredibly frustrating, but I'd have to remind myself that they were at a point in their lives, for whatever reasons, were needing to be cared for in a facility of some sort (acute, LTC, drug/alcohol rehab, psych, coma stim). They weren't at their best- and MOST were great to take care of. The 'duds' made for some interesting memories as well
If I had to narrow down ONE thing (sort of ONE !!) to tell a prospective/new nurse, I'd tell them to always remember that the patient is more than likely doing the best they can with what they know
, and their illness doesn't define all of who they are
. Nurses (and other healthcare workers of course) only see a limited view of the person. They are much more complex than the assessments we focus on. How they interact is often based on crisis (even if a relatively 'minor' one, it's a big deal to them). That can help understand how amazing it is to take care of them- or remind me of how much they're going through. The vast majority are simply trying to get through what they're dealing with as best they can