Quote from JerseyTomatoMDCrab
This is SO true. I have gotten many snide remarks from my former coworkers in the hospital about how school nursing is so soft, such an "easy job" and so on. But then, when I worked m/s in the hospital, I got similar comments from ICU and ED nurses about how m/s is a piece of cake!
The fact of the matter is, nursing is HARD. No matter where you do it, which specialty you are in or which facility. Nursing is incredibly challenging, important and we are ALL being asked to do more with less. We really do need to start supporting and encouraging each other. God, Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Brahma, Osiris, Zeus, Odin and whichever other deity you choose to believe in all know that we certainly don't get support and encouragement from anyone else!
I have always been a firm believer that as an ER nurse, my nursing wasn't easier or harder then M/S, ICU, Psych, School. It's just a different type of struggle.
I couldn't do med/surge nursing. I know a lot of ER nurses that couldn't go back to floor nursing (if they had before) and it wasn't because "it would just be too easy" but it's a different type of nursing and it comes with it's own pros and cons.
We have to do what suits our personality best and where we can be happy. My biggest pet peeve is burned out nurses still working in units they hate. They bring everyone down, their attitude is carried over to their patients and we work in a field where there is so much variety there is no reason to be stuck. This isn't wal-mart where you can't get away. You can't stand patient's get an office nursing job or work in an area where you patients are sedated.
I feel I have peeked as an ER nurse and like my learning has become stagnant and I am looking at trying something new, I actually am considering things I never thought I would like before.
But I agree, we need to support and uplift each other. In the nursing field and in our everyday lives. Kindness is free. Encouragement and empowerment is free. But the effects can last a long time.