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Do you like nursing?

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Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice. Has 7 years experience.

How many time do you get asked this question?

Nobody every asked me if I liked waiting tables when I was a server, if I like being a sales associate when I worked at the mall. I don't hear anyone asking other relatives if they like their jobs...why me?

I know it's silly but I've been asked COUNTLESS times this question and it's like..uggh! What response do people expect?

When I say "yes", they go on about how they couldn't do it and only special people can be nurses and so on. Ya know, I'm not THAT special. I'm not an angel nor am I as pure as my white uniform. I'm just a regular person.

I'm in whiny mode today...sorry!

When I read the title to your post, my first thought was "why do people love to ask nurses this?" :lol2:

my favorite question... why nursing? I always say " I make a difference in peoples lives"

it happens during small talk all the time with me.

they dont want to know the truth.....they cant handle the truth.

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roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

I think that people sometimes look at what we're doing, think about what we must be doing at times (code browns, etc.) and just think "bleeccch." Then they blurt out the question "do you like nursing?" or "how can you stand doing that?" etc., just because they can't quite imagine doing what we do, let alone enjoy doing it.

Let's face it, our job/profession can't quite be compared to any other, such as waiting tables or working in offices. Even other medical professions don't usually deal quite so intimately with strangers' bodies and bodily functions. I think that's why the questions are blurted out - because we do so much that is so verboten to discuss or think about. So that leads naturally to the question....why don't we make ginormous amounts of money since we're doing what so many others can't seem to imagine?!

But then...you're just having a little vent...who needs answers:lol2::lol2:

I like it too. Like every job, there's always things about it I prefer not to do. Just got to man up and do it.

kakamegamama

Specializes in MCH,NICU,NNsy,Educ,Village Nursing.

Sometimes people just ask out of curiousity or genuine interest. Why should it bother us to be asked? So what if they say they couldn't handle being a nurse. That means you ARE someone special to them because you can!

itsmejuli

Specializes in Home Care.

I'm a career changer, it doesn't bother me when people ask why. I have lots of reasons why I'm so much happier being a nurse than sitting behind a computer.

Off topic but applicable to the things we deal with.

Why is it I have no problem dealing with other people's code brown but can't go through my own to find a gold dental inlay that came out and I swallowed.

If I'd done that and found it, I would have saved myself about $1000. Now isn't saving a grand worth digging through your own poop?

Sister Fox

Specializes in Operating Theatre and Occ. Health.

First person who ever asked me that was my father, famed for his passionate dislike of all things medical and anything whatsoever to do with blood or other bodily fluids!

I had just recently passed my finals and got my longed for job in the orthopaedic operating theatre. This day I was chatting with my step-mother and he kept interjecting with these odd questions, each a few minutes apart. It went thus:

Dad: So you're working in the operating theatre then, Titch?

Me: Yes dad, the orthopaedic theatre.

Dad: Tell, me do you - like - actually go - in there?

Me: Yes dad, I go in there.

Dad: And do you actually seem them - you know - doing it?

Me: Yes Dad. It's my job to scrub with the surgeon and help him while he's 'doing it'.

(look of horror on Dad's face)

Dad, in disbelief: I don't know where you get it from - you don't get it from me!

I had to wonder if he would have had the same reaction if I'd told him I was working the streets! heehee.gif

Why is it I have no problem dealing with other people's code brown but can't go through my own to find a gold dental inlay that came out and I swallowed.

If I'd done that and found it, I would have saved myself about $1000. Now isn't saving a grand worth digging through your own poop?

Not if it means putting that gold inlay back in your mouth! :eek: :lol2:

Caffeine_IV

Specializes in LTC, med/surg, hospice. Has 7 years experience.

Sometimes people just ask out of curiousity or genuine interest. Why should it bother us to be asked? So what if they say they couldn't handle being a nurse. That means you ARE someone special to them because you can!

Sometimes it's annoying which is why I'm venting about it.

sunnycalifRN

Has 6 years experience.

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I know it's silly but I've been asked COUNTLESS times this question and it's like..uggh! What response do people expect?

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Lil'mama, you're quite right. Pretty much every alert and oriented patient will ask me that eventually. And, the other question is, "How long have you been a nurse?" I've been thinking about printing up a business card with my response to their query, then I can just hand them the card, rather than go into the explanation for the million'th time.

Hehehe, I wonder what they'd say if my card said: "No, I hate nursing!!" and "I've been a nurse for 3 days!!"

Actually, I think it's just small talk . . . just a way to break the ice . . .

i have lots of reasons why i'm so much happier being a nurse than sitting behind a computer. please elaborate??

now isn't saving a grand worth digging through your own poop?

uh, no!

itsmejuli

Specializes in Home Care.

Not if it means putting that gold inlay back in your mouth! :eek: :lol2:

LOL exactly why I didn't do it! :eek:

JacknSweetpea

Specializes in drug seekers and the incurably insane.. Has 3 years experience.

I do like being a nurse. The work in and of itself isn't the problem. It's the morons in the administrative offices whom don't know their ***es from their elbows. I see that we need better staff to resident ratios, better behavior modification programs for the residents, support from management, etc... They see that we need more tacky knick-knacks and other decorations, treating city council people to lunch, more inservices about only God knows what, and ways to enslave the staff on their days off. However, nursing is a good job and pays better than Mickey-D's. *wine