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So as I am researching different aspects of nursing, I was a bit floored by the amount of people that hated bedside nursing, in particular on the Med/Surge floor. I get that the work load is high and that can bring stress as well as all the intricate details about day to day nursing, but is that any reason to hate bedside nursing? I thought that is what the nursing profession was all about. Getting right in there, getting your hands dirty and providing the best patient care possible. What exactly are some students thinking nursing entails when they get into school?!
How have you researched this? Who are all the people who hate
bedside nursing? Fellow students, recent graduates working med-surg or veteran nurses with decades worth of experience of working bedside? Do they "hate" the fact that they have to get "their hands dirty" or
do they "hate" unreasonable nurse-patient ratios and an ever-growing list of responsibilities, many of them administrative, that makes it hard to devote enough time to each patient and takes a toll on their emotional and physical health?
Personally I strongly dislike working med-surg or any type of environment where I have more than two patients that I'm responsible for. I had a feeling that would be the case even as I started out in nursing school
. I also for various reasons prefer to not have the same patients for days or weeks or months on end. These days I have one patient at a time (anesthesia), or two occasionally when I pick up a PACU shift. I'm happy where I am.
We're all different and the good thing about nursing is that it is diverse. Regardless of our personalities and strengths and weaknesses, there's likely an area of nursing that will be a good fit. While bedside might be the "core" of nursing, you can provide the best care possible
in many different areas, it doesn't necessarily have to be bedside.