I'm in my mid-20s and I have a degree in advertising, which means I sit at a desk all day -- YUCK. I want more variety, more interaction with people, and more hands-on work. So I'm considering going back to school for nursing, but I'm trying to figure out if it's right for me.
So, please tell me this -- just how much "scut work" and gross, messy things do nurses do? Would you say being a nurse is MOSTLY this kind of work, or just occasionally, or ... ? I don't think I have a big problem with blood, but it's other things I'm worried about. Am I right in assuming that there are certain settings in which a nurse would deal more with those things than other settings? For example, a nurse at an understaffed hospital versus a nurse in an 8-5 clinic?
Please shed some light on this for me so I know "the real story" before I commit to anything. Thanks!
Please before you make the jump shadow with someone. If you are the type that wants to be in control and not get your hands dirty don't go into nursing!!!!!!! Figure out what you really want out of nursing. Unfortunately nursing requires you to do plenty of nurses aid work. And it can be very frustrating, for example I am currently working in a ICU, like most ICU's we don't have nurs. aids. Administration figures you should be grateful you just have two patients. So you get to do all the aid work plus the more technical work. And by the way with many critical patients who have critical abnormal lab values such as a high ammonia levels the treatment is a laxative that make them usually have plenty of diarrhea. Get the picture, you mentioned that you already had a four year degree, that means you already are trying to get into professional work that requires a college education. Therefore, you may be surprised with the stuff you have to put up with as a RN. Check it out, you may love it or like many you may be very disappointed in what the job discription expects of you. It is the only college type profession that I know of that has all the expections of a profession, you are held to a high standard, you have a lic. and plenty of responsibility. However, on the other hand as a bedside RN you have very little autonomy and are expected daily to perform nurses aid work, clerk work and act as a waiter for the patient and family members. I have been doing it for 4 1/2 years and if I don't go to CRNA school within the year or two I will be looking to get into a better profession. I personally am sick and tired of cleaning **** and waiting on doctors and patients. And by the way if you think it is just me, I spoke with a BSN student today who is grad. this sem. and she told me that at least 1/3 of her class plans on going back to school as soon as they can because they think nursing is such a poor profession compare to other professions that require a four year degree. Oh, and by the way did I mention that nursing school is extremely hard and stressful, by the time you finish you realize that you have worked your ass off and now being told that part of your job is to do aid work that requires absolutely no higher education. I can't believe some times that nursing put up with alll this crap, but I guess you have to look at where it started and realize it has come along way in trying to be perceived as a real profession. It just has a ways to go.
Last edit by MICU RN on Nov 11, '02