what do you absolutely LUV about nursing?? - page 2

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  1. by   MoghraRN
    I LOVE my patients! The times I can spend the extra time just being with my patients - going for a walk, washing their hair, just talking are the best. Nothing is better than making someone's day just a little better with simple things. It's worth all the hassle from administration, doctors, and the tons of paperwork!
  2. by   nurseleigh
    you know, with all the people out there badmouthing nurses, this thread is a breath of fresh air!!!!

    I hear so many nurses complaining about staffing, and the PIA pt in room ____ that some days it is hard to remember why you are doing this.

    I just became a nurse a short month ago and even on the worst days when me and my co-workers are not working together very well, after walking in to a room and having some sweet lol smile at me and say "thank you" makes me happy.

    I think moments like that are why all of us LUV our jobs. We put up with a lot of crap from a lot of different people and still come back for more.

    For me, I love this job for many many things and feeling appreciated by my patients is just the tip of the iceburg. I love the knowledge that goes with it, i love the family members who depend on me to care for their loved ones who can no longer care for themselves, i love the feeling of accomplishment when a patient that I have cared for all week walks out feeling better.

    I just try every day to remember the great things and block out all of the reasons why I get irritated at work

  3. by   EmeraldNYL
    This is such an awesome thread!! I often hear nurses say things that they DON'T like about their jobs, and sometimes it is really discouraging. Positive threads like this one help me to reaffirm my desire to become a nurse. Keep 'em coming!
  4. by   MrsK1223
    I work in a physicians office and often times take more time than my coworkers like talking to a patient. I can't do it with every patient but when I see a real need for some patient education or if I see that they need to talk about an issue that concerns them I give them that time. It feels wonderful when that patient brushes a tear from their eye and gives you a hug for just listening to them and giving them your time. I figure if I spend a little extra time with someone who needs it while my coworkers are out smoking or doing something unproductive then thats my time well spent. Sure, I have plenty of gripes about nursing and we could all be doing the things we went into nursing for if it wasn't for these reasons we gripe. Being able to give good skilled care to the patients and really give holistic care to them is what it's all about but we are reduced to task doer's..its all we can do to get done what is legal on paper and the other things get neglected, like real patient care.
  5. by   VivaLasViejas
    I love nursing for the variety of different types of jobs and career options within the field, and yes, as corny as it sounds, there's nothing as gratifying as having someone you've cared for say, "Thank you for being my nurse".
  6. by   KailuaNurse
    I work in pediatrics, so I love just being with the kids. For example I had a little two year old who was left alone for the night (mom had other little kids at home). He woke up at 0100 just crying. So I got him some juice and we watched cartoons together for about an hour. He became very animated! After that I was his best friend. He would let me do whatever I needed to do. And the smile he had when his mom showed up in the morning was the biggest I had ever seen.

    The aspect about nursing that I love is that you can go into different areas of healthcare. And there are also a variety of shifts to choose from depending on what works for you.
  7. by   nurseleigh
    originally posted by maia1212

    Being able to give good skilled care to the patients and really give holistic care to them is what it's all about but we are reduced to task doer's..its all we can do to get done what is legal on paper and the other things get neglected, like real patient care.
    You sure hit the nail on the head witht that one!!!! I get so tied up with what has to be done some nights that I never get around to the things that should be done for the patient.

  8. by   Tweety
    Every now and then I feel like I'm making a positive difference. Whether it's saving a life, or just fluffing a pillow, or relieving pain.

    I don't jump for joy, but it's enough.
  9. by   sehbear
    I love the career options and the level of autonomy you can get in nursing. This is the type of job that if you don't love it then you can't do it - or should I say can't do it justice!
  10. by   niteshiftnurse
    If I can make a difference in a patients life, no matter how large or small, i'm thrilled. I waited over 30 years to become a nurse and I love what I do
  11. by   Daisy
    After 25 years in the business, the one thing that still has me in love with the profession is when the patient is glad to know that I'm coming back tomorrow.That still makes the job rewarding.
  12. by   BritishStudent
    Originally posted by Sally_ICURN
    This is a GREAT post!! :chuckle
    Thanx *bows to one and all* :kiss

    But really dont you just want to get a big brass hammer and squish those silly little girls who say in their interview "I wann help people" ?? its just so sickening, and to be quite frank Im sure they mostly burn out when they discover the realities of nursing :zzzzz

    I just did my fist night shift and I think I may have found my calling! everyones unconcious so they cant ask you to fluff their bloody pillows or do something they can easily do themselves, no relatives on the phone. you get to wake up doctors and treat them in much the same ways as a kitten would a ball of yarn, the majority of arrests happen at night (and call me sick, but I love participating in an arrest, especialy sucessful ones, theres no better rush)

    And I spent 3 hours holding a patients hand and telling him he'd be okay as we sorted out his SOB (resps of 45-50) which is the kind of one on one care you cant give duiring the day....

    yup yup yup, no more evil day light for me!
  13. by   NurseShell
    Thus far in my (student) nursing career I"d have to say that the BEST feeling is when you have a patient who is miserably uncomfortable, grimacing, and just pain hurtin' - you get thier meds, reposition them, get them all "tucked" in and when you return to check on them in a little while - they SMILE at you!! And say "much better thank you" - Makes me want to sing!!