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  1. Hello. I'm mark and I thought that I would join a forum to learn about nursing.
    I would like to know what is the hardest thing about the job?
    Mark
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  3. by   nurse_widgy
    the smells....LOL
  4. by   flowerlover
    Mark:

    I don't know how old you are or what fields you have previously worked in but I have been a nurse for almost 20 years (starting out as an LVN and getting my ADN five years ago). I would say the hardest part is the activity level. I work in a private practice and am on my feet constantly. When I did work in the hospital I would work through lunch more often than not. If you're young it shouldn't be a problem but I am getting close to 50 and can feel myself slowing down. Also, the paperwork when you work in a hospital is unrelenting. Lots of times I was charting way past the end of my shift because I had not gotten time during my shift to open any of my charts. But these are the biggest complaints I have. I have met some really wonderful patients both in the hospital and in private practice and although it has been stressful at times, I look back and am thankful God helped me to become a nurse. It truly is a noble profession and one that I am proud to be a part of. When a patient tells you that you truly helped them through a tough time you can't help but feel blessed. If you are considering becoming a nurse I hope you go through with you plans. We can always use more nurses!! I am even considering going to nurse practitioner school as a present to myself for my upcoming 50th birthday.
  5. by   learnigmark
    Quote from nurse_widgy
    the smells....LOL
    So are these sick and dying smells?
    Mark
  6. by   learnigmark
    Quote from flowerlover
    Mark:

    I don't know how old you are or what fields you have previously worked in but I have been a nurse for almost 20 years (starting out as an LVN and getting my ADN five years ago). I would say the hardest part is the activity level. I work in a private practice and am on my feet constantly. When I did work in the hospital I would work through lunch more often than not. If you're young it shouldn't be a problem but I am getting close to 50 and can feel myself slowing down. Also, the paperwork when you work in a hospital is unrelenting. Lots of times I was charting way past the end of my shift because I had not gotten time during my shift to open any of my charts. But these are the biggest complaints I have. I have met some really wonderful patients both in the hospital and in private practice and although it has been stressful at times, I look back and am thankful God helped me to become a nurse. It truly is a noble profession and one that I am proud to be a part of. When a patient tells you that you truly helped them through a tough time you can't help but feel blessed. If you are considering becoming a nurse I hope you go through with you plans. We can always use more nurses!! I am even considering going to nurse practitioner school as a present to myself for my upcoming 50th birthday.
    I am soon turning 23 and am in design. It sounds pretty busy and hard but worth the effort. I am thinking of possibly leaving design because I feel it might only benifit me and big companies rather than those really in need. Thanks for the info.
  7. by   madwife2002
    Quote from learnigmark
    So are these sick and dying smells?
    Mark

    I think he meant the vomit, and various pooh smells lol :chuckle
  8. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from learnigmark

    Hello. I'm mark and I thought that I would join a forum to learn about nursing.
    I would like to know what is the hardest thing about the job?
    Are you thinking about a career in nursing?
  9. by   Tweety
    For me right now it's all about ratios. Being responsible for the needs and safety of eight people is too much.

    Welcome.
  10. by   PacuRNinAK
    Doing digitals....yikes!!!!
  11. by   learnigmark
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    Are you thinking about a career in nursing?
    yeah I'm looking for a career in nursing. right now i'm looking at the possible specialisations. What is your specialisation or where do you work?
    Are nurses required to work 12 hr shifts?
    Last edit by learnigmark on Feb 7, '05 : Reason: ad another question
  12. by   RainDreamer
    Hi Mark, welcome to allnurses!! I'm not a nurse yet, so I don't know what the hardest thing is, but I know one of the hardest thing about being a nursing student is the lack of sleep lol.
  13. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from learnigmark
    yeah I'm looking for a career in nursing. right now i'm looking at the possible specialisations. What is your specialisation or where do you work?
    Are nurses required to work 12 hr shifts?
    I'm a Cardiac nurse, also called a "Tele nurse." On our unit, we have telemetry patients. Each wears a pocket-sized monitor that sends an ekg to a monitor screen at the desk. We can see what rhythm their heart is making and we can quickly treat the "bad" rhythms.

    Our unit is fast-paced and exciting. I enjoy it because I am a "gadget fanatic." I enjoy the science of cardiology as well as the human aspect.

    On our unit, patients can "crash" very quickly. So we have to be ready to do CPR and shock patients when it's appropriate. You've probably seen the doctors do this type of procedure on TV shows like "ER," but many of the things you see doctors do on that show are things that nurses do in real life on units like mine and on the critical care units like Intensive Care Units or Coronary Care Units.

    I usually notice that guys going into nursing like to be a part of a very fast-paced, active unit, and I hope that you'll consider Telemetry nursing.

    I work 8 hour shifts at night. Others work 12-hour shifts. Some of us work a couple days a week, others like me, work a full 40 hours.

    I also have a lot of educational opportunities at my hospital, so if I ever get tired of Telemetry I can always go do something new and different.

    Hope that helped.

    And the hardest thing for me about my job? Hmmm....I guess it would be feeling like I should stay and finish. Nursing is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week job, and if I did that, I'd never get to go home and get a break!
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Feb 7, '05
  14. by   Nutmeg
    Need your thoughts on "team nursing"--anyone going that way--barriers, successes, evidence that it works, modifications, etc.

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