Quote from moyz
So this thread might already be out there, but I couldn't find it, so I figure it's time to ask again
What's your favorite thing about being a nurse?
Do you like being a nurse overall?
My favorite thing has to be making a difference in people's lives. I know it's cliched, but if I can ease their pain, help them find peace, and advocate for their needs, then I really feel like I have made a difference and that helps me feel good.
Least favorite has to be some of the people I've worked with over the years. I have worked with some terribly negative hateful people in some toxic environments. If I cannot help change these environments, then I leave. It's just not worth the aggravation to deal with people who are lazy, complain all the time (but never try to help the situation), or incompetent. Also, I'm fairly new to working with resident doctors, and find them either a delight or a challenge. We have some really interesting ones on this rotation
. I wonder how some of them even got into med school!!!
Overall I enjoy being a nurse. At several points in my career I've decided I wanted to leave nursing. At those times, I gave myself a time frame in which to leave in case I couldn't alleviate the situation, and in each case I've stayed. My ways to alleviate the situation have included talking to staff/management to improve the situation, taking on additional challenges to stay motivated, and changing to a new area of nursing. I know that there are some areas of nursing that do not fit my personality, so I stay away from them. If you hate nursing and hate your job, that will filter into other areas of your life, also. My best friend's mother was a nurse when I was growing up and told me repeatedly that she hated being a nurse and that we should all do something different with our lives. I love her to death, but I can't imagine why she is STILL working on the same unit, 20 years later
. I just think that's setting yourself up for failure and stress.