Tell me there is something good about nursing and that you do enjoy your job - page 2
To all of the experienced and new nurses: I am currently waiting to find out whether or not I am accepted into a BSN program. I have always wanted to go into the medical field and I have been... Read More
Oct 1, '07Occupation: staffnurse at a residential center for children with behavioral issues Specialty: Brain injury,vent,peds ,geriatrics,home ; Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 498; Likes: 47OMG! I absolutely LOVE my job!!! I work on a campuslike setting with children with behavoiral issues.I Love the flexibility,autonomy.I have done my med passes in the garden,at the pool,gym,why just the other day.I went to zoo with the kids and passed my medications there!Basically I am responsible for all the Med passes,minor illnesses and injuries.And administer first aid to them as needed.My supervisor is an RN BSN.She pretty much has the same duties plus the administration part.Yes there are people who love thier job!!!!That is why I went into nursing.Good luck!
Oct 1, '07Occupation: staff nurse Specialty: medicine floor.. surg-step-.moving to ED ; Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 15Love it/ hate it= both.
There are some days that the work is way too much for one person. Weekends suck because you miss out on family things, same with the holidays. The expectation of the RN at the bedside in a hospital setting is very high. Too much paperwork, doctors think about their patient and only their patient, they do not want to hear that you are busy and you have five other patients. At my facility they are trying to force everyone into 12 hour shifts. These shifts can be very hard as you get older and even if you have kids. At times I am forced to work three in a row and my back and knees ache for two days after.
But ....there are moments in time that make it all worthwhile. My advice is to work as an aid but pay attention to what the nurses are doing.
Oct 1, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: ER, Psych ; Joined: Apr '07; Posts: 36; Likes: 9I am a new nurse but the first unit I went to work on wasn't for me and I was miserable. Now I work at a place that is just my speed and I LOVE IT!!! Nursing can be stressful but rewarding you just have to find your place.
Oct 1, '07Occupation: staff nurse Specialty: medicine floor.. surg-step-.moving to ED ; Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 15Hey Funny Girl,
What do you do and how is the new job better?
Is it a different hospital?
Oct 2, '07Occupation: Clinical Analyst Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in Psych, Informatics, Biostatistics ; From: CA ; Joined: Jun '03; Posts: 641; Likes: 102I like it and have been at it off and on since 1984. I like the 3 12s, but also love my staff and patients. I work psych; the other night at 5 am I opened my break door to find 2 of my patients waving at me. Needless to say, I closed the door. At present we have a trans gender unit; it can be a scene from right outa the Bird Cage.
I don't plan on staying in this forever. Planning on becoming a librarian next year. But, for now I also like the fact there is a shortage so there is job security.
Oct 2, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: ER, Psych ; Joined: Apr '07; Posts: 36; Likes: 9Billsnurse,
I started out right after graduation in an ER for 7 months. At first like (2months) it was exciting and new but then I was just miserable. I then transfered to Psych (same hospital system but different building). I am sooo much happier now. I wondered for awhile what I had gotten my self into with nursing because I couldn't think of any area that I liked. Eventually I found Psych nursing and I feel like I am good at it, and I feel content. I love my job now. I hope that answers your question!
Oct 2, '07Occupation: ER Nurse Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Med-Surg/Tele, ER ; Joined: May '07; Posts: 460; Likes: 347I LOVED "Nursing Against the Odds" (see username ), it was a great foundation for how I view nursing and the challenges of nursing. It helped me greatly to understand the system which is at work which creates my everyday challenges, and helps me to focus on that rather than directing that energy at my co-workers (which is often what is done). I have to say though, it dawned on me a couple months into my nursing career that while Suzanne Gordon is an amazing, intelligent, wonderfully articulate voice for our profession - she's still not a nurse, and some of what I have (re)read in NAO makes it clear that while she is a great advocate, it seems there's a lot she just can't understand.
Aaaaanyway. That's what you get for mentioning Suzanne Gordon.
HEY, I like my job - sorta. I'm good at it, and I find it very satisfying, and I LOVE being constantly engaged in a learning process like this one. Awesome. That said (and for all my swearing prior to starting my job that I wouldn't abandon med-surg like everybody else does after they lose their training wheels) - I am completely planning on finding a new position after I lose my training wheels (aka after a year or a little more). I wish it weren't the case, but it is.
That said, I still like my job. However, I am much more likely to discuss the negatives than the positives - it's a coping mechanism. Positive experiences I cherish, and look back on with great pride. The negative stuff, though - often you really just need to get it out of your system. You will hear a lot of negative being thrown around, but you don't have to take it to heart.
Furthermore, the more experience I get the more I learn - it's all about perspective. I work with a stunning baby nurse like myself, except she can be staying 2.5 hours over her shift with no end in sight, and she's still bopping around the floor just as happy as can be. I really admire her spirit and her stamina, and I choose people like her to be my role models.
Oct 3, '07Joined: Apr '06; Posts: 334; Likes: 221If caring about people and healing and helping is not enough, then let me tell you about nursing. You can go anywhere and do anything!!!!! Want to have fun? Then be a travel nurse, see the world. Want to help the world, then go for the gold, help the poor and forgotten. What to be a power person? Then go for the max, you too can change the world by being an important part of medical dicisions taking place now. As a nurse you can do as little as feed someone needy or as powerful as to make new laws for healthcare. Now that is what a Nurse can do.