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1. Aging quicker than average due to the stress?
2. affects your personal relationships?
3. contracting disease that is incurable
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- Apr 6, '10 by Blackheartednurse1.NO-young looks are usually genes.Also get used to idea that eventually one day you'l start aging-dont stress there is always BOTOX or better yet accepting your fate
2.Hmm-if the relationship is meant to be it is meant to be....we unlike doctors dont have to spend endless hours in the hospital so I definitely dont think nursing job will affect personal relationships
3.There is always a chance you can contract some serious disease,but those are rare instances though
Are a new nurse or a nursing student? Seriously if I would be you I would rather focus on surviving in a ocean full of sharks
- Apr 7, '10 by Crystal112I am a student contemplating nursing... thanks for your reply! I've heard that people can psychologically age which causes physical aging...Hmm...
- Apr 7, '10 by fiveofpeepmy hands sure do. I have old lady hands already from the handwashing and Im only 21
- Apr 7, '10 by foreverdayYes. Most I've seen look much older then their age. Aging is a mixture of genetics AND lifestyle. Anyone who works long work hours(with no breaks) and without adequate nutrition while taking on heavy, unrealistic physical workloads will age quicky. Don't forget about the mental stress. The constant worry for getting in trouble and the pain of things you see(its a hospital by the way) will take a toll emotionally. All those things do speed up the aging process.
- Apr 7, '10 by foreverdayAlso yes it can affect your personal relationships. I remember taking in the abuse others did to me in nursing and then taking it out on my loved ones. I can say before nursing I'd never done that before. Nursing tends to be a very toxic environment. The sad thing is I didn't even realize it until I really took a look at myself. I started sounding and behaving like the evil administration and nurses around me.
and yes crystal to answer your final question you will be exposed to more things than you can even imagine.
Really think hard about pursuing nursing. I mean think REALLY hard.Last edit by foreverday on Apr 7, '10
- Apr 7, '10 by aura_of_lauraI think it all depends on what you call "average aging." Compared to whom? There are many jobs that are harder on the body - mining, most manufacturing and "blue collar" jobs are physically demanding, and desk jobs lead to weight gain and a whole host of other issues. From where I stand, nursing appears to be right in the middle.
Your job is only a small part of your health - the effects of aging increase with shift work, true, but also with poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and other lifestyle decisions.
Personal relationships are a complex topic - while many nurses will tell you that nursing is a primary reason for unsuccessful (or nonexistent) relationships, I've been happily married for almost five years, and many others can say the same.
The disease risk is minimal. Yes, we're surrounded by illness and disease every day, but we have the tools to protect ourselves.
Any career has its risks and challenges! I'd be interested to see what other kinds of jobs you are weighing... Remember that job satisfaction and a feeling of doing something good for the world are good for your health
- Apr 7, '10 by RNperdiemI agree with the above where genetics plays a big role in how you age. Nursing isn't bad in aging compared to someone who is a smoking, drinking homeless person. It just takes a little more work in "keeping up your looks" as you get older.
Personal relationships that are strong can handle the irregular hours. Give relationships the required maintainence, and a lot of us do not have problems that can't be worked out.
Incurable disease these days are usually not the contagious kind.
- Apr 7, '10 by StNeotserI think working noc shift for three and a half years did age me, though I can't be sure if it would have happened anyway. That's a long time to have sleep deprivation, I always had about two days out of the week where I could only sleep five hours and felt miserable. I did love the shift though.
- Apr 7, '10 by RedhairedNurseI think it all depends on how well you take care of yourself. IF you let yourself get the belly fat, sure, you're going to look old and probably come down with an illness. If you work out and try to eat well you have better chance of aging well, no matter what the job. Exercise is key.