What nursing field do you think is easiest and hardest? - page 6

I know nursing in itself is hard but i just wanted to know what you all think what nursing field is easiest to do and which is the hardest?... Read More

  1. by   099080
    I know this is an old post but I had to put my two cents in

    easiest: ambulatory, outpatient, clinic nursing
    hardest: med/surg (way too many patients that complain way to much that aren't sick enough to be on any other floor but aren't quite ready to leave yet), or I would say peds is difficult but ive never worked in peds. psych would be difficult too pending on what psych hospital you are at. I personally would not take comfort in knowing someone i'm taking care of has voices in their head telling them to kill the medical staff. that being said, I do like the crazy old people.
  2. by   RNsRWe
    Quote from 099080
    I know this is an old post but I had to put my two cents in

    easiest: ambulatory, outpatient, clinic nursing
    hardest: med/surg (way too many patients that complain way to much that aren't sick enough to be on any other floor but aren't quite ready to leave yet), or I would say peds is difficult but ive never worked in peds. psych would be difficult too pending on what psych hospital you are at. I personally would not take comfort in knowing someone i'm taking care of has voices in their head telling them to kill the medical staff. that being said, I do like the crazy old people.
    I wonder if you read any of the other responses on this thread prior to posting?

    There is no possible way to declare one specialty "easy" and another one "hard". The one you are proficient in, the one you love doing, is the one you would decide is "easier" than one you are not knowledgeable in, and dislike doing. That one will always be harder.

    Oh, and the ones you have NO CLUE about? I find many people are quite sure whether those jobs are "easy" or "hard".....although they've never worked in those fields
  3. by   099080
    Lol. Ya I can say which one is easiest. And yur right I have no clue about the ones I said I have no clue about but I presume would be difficult. Yes I did read the other posts. But I appreciate you trying to start a little online fight here. Gave me some amusement this morning. I'm pretty sure this post was supposed to be based of of opinion not concrete evidence filled with facts and figures. That being said I still stand by what I said. And just because a job is hard doesn't mean it's not enjoyable.
  4. by   RNsRWe
    No fight intended, and none started. Takes two to play.

    Have a good day!
  5. by   pnkgirl25
    Easiest: Out Patient Surgical Centers
    Hardest: Psych and LTC centers. I would rather be unemployed then work either again.
  6. by   Johnyhouston
    Anesthetist nurse. From personal experience switching in the field.
  7. by   applesxoranges
    All are hard in their own way. Floor nursing? I couldn't just show up and start working there. I would have no ideas of the ins and outs of care needed.
  8. by   NorCalKid
    I have never worked psych but I think you guys are crazy thinking that’s an easy job.


    MedSurg is hard, the hardest job of my life.


    Working with and watching the discharge planners. That looks like a less physically demanding/ less stressful job. I don’t think it would be too bad(though I have never walked in their shoes).
  9. by   JaxJax5423
    easiest: mother baby unit

    hardest: med surge, LTC...NEVER will I work those
  10. by   Beaue
    Quote from healthstar
    @wooh

    So freaking true!! I hate it when nurses say any other profession is better than nursing, they are only saying this because they have not worked as a banker, teacher, dr, dentist, lawyer, social worker etc. Other people's jobs always seem easy.
    I sat with a resident at a hospital and respiratory therapy came into the room twice a day. They start off with a high pay racket but probably don't get many raises. Their duties seemed so much simpler than a nurse's duties and they didn't seemed stress with overload of work. The Respiratory therapy seem to enjoy their job but from the outside everything seems rosy.
  11. by   Pkham
    Easiest- As long as you aren't scrubbing and the anesthesiologist doesn't kill anyone, OR nursing seems really easy. Review pt info, set stuff up and let the surgeons do their thing. Forgot an instrument? I'll get that for you. Of course if things don't go as planned in any field, it will become difficult.

    Hardest- Can't be too sure, but from this thread psych nurses seem to be angered the easiest. Must be the stress from dealing with psych patients so I'll give it to them, just so they can calm down a little. It's only an opinion post.
  12. by   AliNajaCat
    Hardest is the one you dislike the most.

    Easiest is the one you love the best.

    This is one reason you will rotate through all the major specialties in nursing school, to give you some ideas.
  13. by   Wiesner94
    Hardest: Travel Nursing & Float Nurse doing Medical Surgical Nursing, Orthopedics, and Floating to different areas of the hospital
    Easiest: Doctor's Office and Rehab Nursing (patients recovering from traumatic events like brain injuries, strokes, or patients who need long term rehab from Orthopedic Injuries)

    This info is only from my personal experience working as a Traveling Nurse, Float Nurse, and Staff Nursing. I've never worked in Neonatal Care, ER, Prison, or Psyche. But I would think working in a prison or Psyche Nursing is very stressful. You don't know if a patient will physically assault you.
    Last edit by Wiesner94 on Feb 27

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