Quote from swedishchick
Then I looked on this site and saw a lot of people that hated being a nurse and also a lot of accounts of the headaches and politics. I guess all jobs have their pros in cons.
I think anyone w/any employment history will tell you that you find politics in most every (if not all) situations.
I want to be a nurse because I want to help people more than anything. I have always been told that I am good with people. I love talking to people and helping people. However, now that I see more of the reality of it I don't know if it is something that would make me happy.
Personally the little successes make the negatives worthwhile. Sure, we can dwell on the negatives, but what good would that do to your patient and to you, as nurse. OTOH, the potential for change is always there. Granted there are a lot of things that are out of our control, however. I like to approach negative situations w/the best possible solution. I guess I feel a career in nursing is what you make of it.
Do nurses get really desensitized? I would imagine that it would be hard having to see things like a guy a who beat up his girlfriend holding her hand as she lay in the hospital bed. I have heard that in hospitals a lot of times at the hospital crack babies will be abandoned at the hospital and when they cry they scream the most horrible screams ever heard from most infants.
Desensitized? I don't think I am. However, I need to respect the choices that other people make in their lives. It is not for me to judge, doesn't mean I can't provide support and information (ie in the bf/gf scenario above, I would offer resources for counseling and safe places). If something particularly bothers you just stay away from it. That is one of the beauties of a nursing career. The options are many and if you are not comfortable w/babes born addicted just don't work in such settings. You don't like seeing traumas, stay away from the ER. If you enjoy teaching, there is the possibility of being an educator for patients (cardiac cath, CABG, Diabetes, etc.) The sky is the limit!
I know I could deal with seeing horrible things, I am a strong person but I could not promise that I would not be depressed. My problem is that I usually want to do much more for hurt people than is in my power to do for them and I have a feeling it would break my heart. Maybe I am too empathetic, but isn't that what is needed?
I believe one can be empathatic and still be an effective nurse under the most difficult of situations. Simply, there are things one can't control...and that is true for every day life, not just in nursing.
Another concern is what I have heard about coworkers and patients being very rude to nurses. I am a person who is very intolerable to any type of rudeness I am the kind of person who always refuses to reply to any request that was not presented in a polite manner. I simply cannot stand an environment where people are rude and I feel underappreciated.
You can, and will, encounter ungrateful people in every profession. There are, however ways to communicate what is acceptable or not in a tactful and professional manner. Another thing to consider, what may seem polite for one culture is not necessarily for another one. One must respect, if they want to be respected. Also, people can act rude, but it could just be from the stress of their health status. Still not acceptable, but it is an important factor to consider. If you want a career where you would get praised every step of the way you may have trouble finding one.
One thing you don't mention above, is health professionals being rude to each other. As w/any other profession, it happens. I know this from experience.
Blood and bodily fluids and things like that do not bother me however the thought of giving someone a shot makes me a little nervous for some reason. Science and the human body fascinate me as well as the prospect of improving people's health. I just don't know what to do. I don't want to go any further with my studies of nursing without understanding what I am getting myself into.
Administering injections was a scary concept for me too. Don't know that many people that particularly were looking forward to that skill, but as one learns what it entails and you practice it more and more your confidence increases.
I don't think it is possible to understand nursing until you are doing it. It is way different than reading about it; even different than nursing school. If your goal has always been a nursing career then you have to believe that the school you attend will prepare you. Mind you, nursing school only provides information for you to enter the nursing practice under minimally safe conditions, but that is enough to get you on the road of being an efficient and compassionate health care worker.
Can anyone who is an RN tell me about their experiences and how they feel about their job. Also from a professional standpoint and from what I have described about myself do I seem to be a person who is suited to be an RN? Thanks for any input.
I love my job. Can't imagine doing anything else; even on the worse of days. The flexibility is awesome and the variety in practice choices are a big plus in my book. Only you can answer the last question