Please recommend nursing to the smartest, kindest people you know!
I'll be retiring in about 20 years and would like some skilled, caring nurses left working to take care of me and my children and my children's children! Please!
It's important to list the benifits of nursing just as much as the difficulties. I started as a CNA at the bedside, "fell in love" with direct patient care, and have been at the bedside now for over 26 years, working ICU, ER, & Labor and Delivery. I love my job and my patients. I struggle as much as anyone with the long hours, relatively low pay, physical fatigue, emotional stress...but I wouldn't trade jobs with anyone for all the tea in China!
Again, recommend nursing as a career....a nurse can do many many things these days beside hospital bedside nursing, if they decide they don't like that. We need more smart, kind people in the profession.