Needing some help...

  1. i'm a freshman in college and i am trying to decide what i want to go into and major in. i have been thinking hard about nursing becaue i would definately be interested in emergency nurse. i have been told beforethat rn don't have to deal with all of the "dirty work" like poop, baths, etc., and that the na's do, but on here i have heard differently. that stuff really grosses me out haha and i wouldnt like if i always had to deal with that. i have been thinking about rt and pa as well but i was wondering if people could tell me about what they like/dislike about nursing.

    i would greatly appreciate it since i am at the point where i need to start really thinking about my career in life.
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  3. by   bopps
    Hi, its neat that you are thinking about going into nursing. I hope this helps. I have worked in a busy ER as an EMT/Tech for the past two years, and I will work there when I graduate from college in one month as a RN. Here's some advice.
    -Bowel movements are a part of life. You will face them in what ever area of healthcare you decide to go into.
    -Rn's in the ER don't have to deal with bowels nearly as much as RN's in a long term care facility, however poop is everywhere people are.
    -There is a common misconception out there in the general public that a huge part of an RN's job is wiping behinds. It is a very small small aspect of an exciting and versitile career.
    -I would strongly strongly recomend that you try to get involved in some sort of volunteer health care work etc. so you can observe real RN's at work before you potentially write off an exciting career based on hearsay instead of first hand observation.
    -Many ED's have job shadowing programs. Try to get involved now before you spend time and money on a degree.
    - Being an ER nurse is exciting and rewarding, and I am pleased that I am almost one!
    - I wish you the best in what ever health-care field you chose-but it would be great to meet you as a fellow ED RN some-day
  4. by   hanna-beacon
    Oh yes, you get poo in every area of nursing, but like bopps said, its one of the most challenging and exciting careers out there. No 2 days are ever the same! Its so diverse and there are so many different career paths that you can persue, there's no reason to ever get bored.

    Its also a job that is so rewarding in so many ways. I can honestly say that my job makes me smile, especially when I think about the people I've helped through simple words and actions.

    Of course its not all great, its stressful and hard work, and both mentally and physically demanding. But hey, thats why its called a vocation!
  5. by   Chr1st1na30
    Quote from bopps
    Hi, its neat that you are thinking about going into nursing. I hope this helps. I have worked in a busy ER as an EMT/Tech for the past two years, and I will work there when I graduate from college in one month as a RN. Here's some advice.
    -Bowel movements are a part of life. You will face them in what ever area of healthcare you decide to go into.
    -Rn's in the ER don't have to deal with bowels nearly as much as RN's in a long term care facility, however poop is everywhere people are.
    -There is a common misconception out there in the general public that a huge part of an RN's job is wiping behinds. It is a very small small aspect of an exciting and versitile career.
    -I would strongly strongly recomend that you try to get involved in some sort of volunteer health care work etc. so you can observe real RN's at work before you potentially write off an exciting career based on hearsay instead of first hand observation.
    -Many ED's have job shadowing programs. Try to get involved now before you spend time and money on a degree.
    - Being an ER nurse is exciting and rewarding, and I am pleased that I am almost one!
    - I wish you the best in what ever health-care field you chose-but it would be great to meet you as a fellow ED RN some-day
    I was lucky enough to be in a Medical Careers vocational program in high school where I took part in clinical rotations in all parts of the hospital. But I only got a chance to work with NA's and do their work for them and never really got a chance to find out what an RN was like. This summer I am hoping to get into the hospital working as transport as a summer job and I am hoping that I will be able to see what other jobs are like while I am there.

    I really appreciate the feedback it helps out a lot! Bopps I also wanted to ask how working as an EMT through school worked out for you. I have also thought about that before as well. I just didn't know how time consuming it would be and such.

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