Okay everytime I tell someone I want to be a nurse, (well a NICU nurse) they say oooh can you take all that nasty stuff? Is nursing really that bad, is it really that bad of nasty things? What about nursing school do you see the people with trama and gross things? This is sorta got me worried and making me re-think going into nursing. What do yall think? Please help me before I go crazy.
Dec 20, '05
Sure there are draw backs, but then again there are draw backs to almost everything. Parents can be difficult and its hard to watch a baby suffer, and even harder when a baby dies...though sometimes your relieved when a baby passes so he/she is no longer in pain.
Generally I think there are more benefits to NICU nursing. Forgiving pts...give a preemie a shot or start an IV and 10 sec later their ready to snuggle (careful with chronics, once they get a few months along adjusted age they start to have a bit of a memory and will hold a grudge:angryfire ) Sucesses and celebrations everyday...a babies first try off the ventilator or first bottle feed. Its amazing how excited we can get about a baby tolerating 10ml's of breast milk! Oh and the best part is seeing your success stories...I just recently got a visit from one of my old primary babies who spent 6 mos with me. He was born with a malrotation of the sm intestine and lost 72cm
Needless to say he had major absorption issues, was on hyper al for over 4 mos. At one time he was on the liver transplant list from all the damage caused from the hyper al. Now he is a beautiful...HEALTHY! 18mos 27lb boy!! That is all the reassurance and reward I need.
There are bad days when we are under staffed and I don't feel like I'm being provided with the right equipment/supplies to do my job and I do sometimes wonder why I became a nurse in the first place but then I find myself looking into a set of big baby blues...or browns and I remember why!
I know this is long winded but it's truly the way I feel and how do you shorten what's in your heart?
Last edit by minniemiteRN on Dec 20, '05