Tell me your favorite things about being an RN!

  1. I would love to hear some of your favorite experiences as an RN.

    And some of the best reasons for being a nurse.

    Thanks in advance! BTW, I start BSN in May 2011 and getting NERVOUS!
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  2. 43 Comments

  3. by   EmergencyNrse
    Once you actually become an RN you join a secret order.
    A private club where behind the scenes, where no one talks about,
    ...You get free cookies
  4. by   msn10
    You are able to talk about the most disgusting things at lunch with your colleagues and no one gets offended!

    Seriously, watching a patient go from almost death's door to walking out the hospital door OR providing the environment and support to allow a patient to die peacefully and with dignity.
  5. by   dlzk123
    money and satisfaction
  6. by   headinsandRN
    Walking into a room and hearing a patient or the family of the patient say " there is my favorite nurse"

    When that happens, I am authentically happy that they are happy
  7. by   ANNIENURSEANGEL
    I love talking to the patients, assessing, listening to how much they know about their body. Building a rapore with my patients. Coding someone, then seeing them walk back into the hospital, with very little deficits. pretty amazing.
  8. by   hopefulwhoop
    I just got off an AWFUL shift, so my answer is... NOTHING. Nursing is making me hate people.
  9. by   classicdame
    the people I work with are all smart and interesting.
  10. by   kool-aide, RN
    Quote from hopefulwhoop
    I just got off an AWFUL shift, so my answer is... NOTHING. Nursing is making me hate people.
    C'mon, she's a new nursing student, try and be a LITTLE positive! Smile and the world smiles with you!
  11. by   Airidis
    I'm a student nurse and working in a retirement home atm but I love it when out of no where you get these big hugs and thank yous for just opening a bottle of ensaure for them!
  12. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    Quote from headinsandRN
    Walking into a room and hearing a patient or the family of the patient say " there is my favorite nurse"

    When that happens, I am authentically happy that they are happy

    What planet are you living on, I want to go there!
  13. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    ummmm, hmmmm,, hmmm, let me think, hmmmmm... uh yeah, nothing.



    Happy
  14. by   Aeterna
    Quote from headinsandRN
    Walking into a room and hearing a patient or the family of the patient say " there is my favorite nurse"

    When that happens, I am authentically happy that they are happy
    This! Reminds me of the time I was working with a cancer patient dealing with quite a lot of pain. She called me her "magic nurse" because I seemed to have managed her pain quite well. I helped her emotionally when the doctor broke the news to her that she didn't have much longer to live, and by the end of the day, we were laughing together. A couple of weeks later, she was re-admitted to the hospital. She wasn't on my patient assignment but I bumped into her in the hallway, and I stopped to chat, and she would stop other patients in the hallway and proclaim, "This is my magic nurse!" Unfortunately, I was off for a few days after that, and when I returned to work, I found out she had died a day or two after that encounter. It makes me teary-eyed just thinking of her but I'm glad I was able to make a difference in the last few weeks of her life.

    Also, I agree with whoever said "free cookies" LOL. We got a whole birthday cake from a family once because "He (the patient) is diabetic so he can't eat it, anyway." Although, the treats seem to come in mountains around the holiday seasons so it's best to watch what you eat at times like those....

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