Feeling like you actually made a difference in someone's life, and helped a total stranger. Feeling like "this is the place I belong". Finding your favorite clinical rotation and falling in love with the setting (and its even better when you get a job offer in that area---ER here I come! I start May 28th).
Having a patient that you thought would be able to pull through, only to die on the next shift. All of the tests that must be passed the 1st time, or you're out of the program. Being eaten by bitter old nurses on a power trips. Starting IVs on babies... I still have a hard time with that, i hate to make them cry.
All in all, this is 1,2,3,4 years of your life (depending on prep-level), and then many more years of practice. The trials and tribulations of nursing school are short term, although they may not feel like it. Finding a career that fits you, and that you enjoy for years is worth it
My grandma always told me that if I find a job I enjoy, ill never have to "work" a day in my life. I hope she is right (but she usually is
Good luck no matter what you decide,
BrandyBSN - Graduation May18th, 50 days till finals are over!