Originally posted by KatieD:
Today's the first time I've come across this site. I'm considering a major career change, and looking to possibly get into the field of nursing. I am curious as to how many people who post here would do it all over again, if given the chance?
I have put a lot of time into what I'm currently doing (teaching) but can no longer afford to stay in it (due to pay, lack of tuition reimbursement, amount of time between required degrees). Also, my son was born with a congenital heart defect, and it has prompted me to learn as much as possible about CHD's, and the medical field in general.
So, I'm wondering how many would go back and do it all over again?
Thanks, in advance!
Nursing is not the glamorous career some think it is. It is very hard and stressful work with little recognition but immense personal satisfaction. I sat here after a hard night with a cup of coffee trying to psych myself to actually get up and do it all over again and I came across your comment. My kids are running around and supper is going on the stove and I am just reflecting on why..exactly why did I become a nurse and have all of my expectations been acheived. And I remember all of the nights I left feeling like I didn't make a differnce, when I lost a patient or felt like I was bucking the system and getting nowhere. Patients depend on you, families lean on you and coworkers demand of you and when you leave sometimes your feet hurt so much you can't even feel them, your back is all hunched over and you are not quite sure if you will ever be fully erect again and your bladder is about to burst because you haven't been to the bathroom in 13 hours. (Let's not even talk about what you had for lunch..snickers should be added to the food groups) Then...I remembered all the times I actually made a difference in the lives of my patients and their families. All of the heartfelt thank yous and the big bear hugs, the cards and flowers, the feeling I get when I leave the unit in the morning knowing that a person is still alive because I was there and yes, just knowing that I offered any little comfort I could even when the outcome is not what I had hoped for. Meeting patients out in public, they don't recongize me sometimes but I know that they are there partly because of me. The big toothless grins when I sing during a bath, the frail old hand that reaches for mine, and even the kisses I sometimes get when I tuck them in for the night. Even death, it is a privilidge to be present when a life ends and as a nurse it is my duty to make sure that it is done in a respectful dignified manner and I have held many a hand while life just slipped away.
HHmmm, well, this was my humble response of course, I could sit here for days typing..you have a hard decision to make. Thank you for helping me remember exactly why I will be doing it all again tonight...it was just what I needed today.
And you ask, would I do it again.....In a heartbeat.