Giggles, I think it would depend on where you work. Before going to dialysis, I worked for 3 years at a private chemical dependency facility. I was a tech, but very close to the nurses there and able to witness their frustrations.
As said above, there is much verbal abuse, foul language (which is pretty much to be expected) and a LOT of manipulation on the patients' part. A lot of drugseeking as well. It seemed that the nurses spent all of their day giving meds and little else. Anything that might have involved other medical concerns was sent over the the local hospital or ER. It was much like "babysitting". I know the nurses would burn out a lot, and there was much turnover. I could no longer tolerate it after 3 years myself. The place (while the program itself was excellent) seemed to be a revolving door.
The few successes were exciting and wonderful, but the overwhelming majority was relapse after relapse after relapse. Some would just like to come back to see all their "friends" from the last go-round and "hang out" awhile...see who else had come back.
It was also a dualdiagnosis facility, so we were dealing with a LOT of dysfunctional individuals. After awhile, it really gets to you.
Think you have to be pretty psych oriented to be in this area of nursing.. at least if it's strictly a chem/dependancy facility. It did get old seeing the same faces return year after year or only after several months. I understand relapse is part of the disease, but it's so disheartening and frustrating at the same time.