Stnurse83-Thank you for the heads up. I'm am so sorry to hear that your mom had such an unrewarding experience. I appreciate your efforts to save me from experiencing the same heartache as your mom. However, despite all the warning, I am still going to pursue a career in public health nursing; I will tell you why...
It has been my experience that even in the hospital setting (which I have worked in for several years now) I have been threatened, cursed at, and told my help wasn't needed. Unfortunately, I think with any type of customer relations job, there is some degree of that. I know it is not something you can escape even as a history teacher (your mom's dream job) because I have volunteered in the schools and seen the same angry violence and attitudes that you speak of. It comes with the territory of working with the public.
I know that working with the people of the lower socioeconomic levels can be HARD, because life is HARD for them. Because they are poor, often uneducated, and have to struggle to get by in life- they have problems much bigger than some of us who were brought up in more fortunate circumstances.They are angry at life in general.This is not the glamourous part of the job. And perhaps I will run into this too, and perhaps I will feel as your mom did, but maybe not.
I know that my experience working on different units in the hospital has been extremely different. Some units were much nicer to work on than others, yet they were in the same hospital! Sometimes it is the staff that you work with, along with your own "match" with the role of the position you are filling that makes a job more enjoyable.
Thank you kindly for your response, stnurse83. I know it came from the heart. However, I am willing to take my chances, as public health just really interests me. I am very interested in approaching nursing from a prevention and case management approach, working from a community perspective, and utilizing my clinical skills, teaching techniques and Spanish skills. I am ready to give it a whirl, and very excited too! I will never know until I try! It might be the perfect match for me. Wish me luck! Good luck to you also in whatever career goals you choose to pursue.
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Hi! I feel like I'm an angel from God sent to you. My mother is an RN of over 30 years who wished she would have been a history teacher. She has been a public health nurse for 20 something years. I'm her daughter and I have heard everything she has been through as a public health nurse my whole life. She is so ready to retire and never look back. I can't even explain to you all the crap she takes. I know other nurses do too, but these people she has to deal with all the time are the most rude, mean, ect... (can't say what I want to say). You say you have a love for educating people, well this is not the kind of educating you are thinking about. If you try to tell them how to do anything or even make a suggestion about what ever it is going on, (which will blow your mind and make you want to hug your children) they will tell you to shut-up and threaten you within an inch of your life. My mom is required to tell these people their options, and they think she is being nosy or not respecting them in someway. They are the ones coming their to get treatment and they just don't realize that its protocall. They are not the smartest and can really hurt her . She learned a long time ago not to "educate" them too much. If you want to teach people you will not get to teach very much in this field. She has been the boss at this health department for a very long time and gets paid very little. How little-30 something thousand a year. The kind of people that comes in is so rude to the office workers that they still wind up in tears, after all the years they have been there. She went through nursing school and I guess kind of wasted it because she didn't want to work weekends or holidays no more. She ended up starting a family and having three kids. I'm the youngest. She hated leaving us on christmas eve and christmas day so she put up with that place. You also don't want to go to the patients home either. My mom would end up driving so far in a very bad place. My dad would have to leave work and meet her to ensure her safety when she would get into trouble.