Yet again I have more questions...

  1. As a nurse what is your salary? What are the hours that you work? Exactly how stressful is your job?

    The reason for all the Q's is I am trying to decide whether to become a nurse or medical assistant. I am trying to compare both, and also other occupations. Some of the things I hear about I don't know if I could handle. I know there's always a chance of people exeggerating a little but I know how life is and it's not always pretty. What types of nursing jobs are there? I hear of pediatric, hospice...and so on. What type of nurse are you, and what do you do? I really would like to be a nurse, and I think once I find the type of nurse I want to be then maybe I will find something that I am comfortable with doing everyday.

    I'm really not that comfortable with blood, and shots, so I think doing those to patients would be a struggle for me, but you get used to it right?.....ahhhhhhhh!!!!! I hate doing this!!! This is the rest of my life and I don't want to make my decision then change my mind a year down the road. My sister has changed her major 3 times, I don't want to be like that. I want to be able to start the rest of my life and enjoy it and be happy with what I am doing, rather then wanting to change and not be happy.

    Do any of you understand this??? I know I sound like I'm in a rush or something but I'm not. I just want to figure things out now and have everything done and just graduate next year and know where I'm going from there. I will love you FOREVER if you could help me out and answer some of my Q's!!!!

    Thanks Much for listening (reading) to me babble on....

    Kristi :kiss
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  3. by   Brownms46
    A lot of questions and no easy answers pay, hrs and stressors depend on where you live...what area of nursing you worked...etc..etc.

    What might be a good idea for you is try shadowing someone in the nursing field and the Medical Assisting field. I think you would get a better idea if either is for you.

    I think the better thing would be to determine what you do enjoy doing, and finding a career that fits within the things you like. What would give you the most joy doing it on a daily basis?
  4. by   P_RN
    As usual Brownie has answered perfectly.

    I enjoyed being a MA more.....(the Dr I worked for rather) but my hours and pay were better as an RN.

    Believe me you don't do it for the money.