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I need advice and poss some answers about what nurses do, pay, ect! Thanks!!

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Hello everyone! I was just wondering if anyone could tell me exacly what RN's do?? I am confused on that. Also, what field could you work in and what is the average pay in CA??? I am about to apply to RN school. I am worried though because I am afraid I wont be able to handle it. I recently developed anxiety over a lot of stuff and get really nervous over small things like heights, public speaking, tests, ect. I thought this anxiety developed over a recent diagnosis of epilepsy (not a serious case though, only had 3 seizures from age 15 to 23, the age I am now). How will I know that I wont get nervous working as a nurse? And if I do, could I work through it? I am confused and could use ANY advice and answers to my questions :) I think I worry too much about stuff. I am hoping, once I am a nurse I will be confident and therefore loose any possibility of anxiety. I guess my main worry about nursing is that I will panic during an emergency. I love learning about the human body, i love helping others, and i love pt contact, I just worry about how i would react when someone has an MI during my shift or something lol how does anyone really know how that will react in that situation? haha I need advice please! I am desperate for answers! Thanks guys!

DutchgirlRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in OB, M/S, HH, Medical Imaging RN. Has 33 years experience.

i was just wondering if anyone could tell me exacly what rn's do?? i am about to apply to rn school. i am worried though because i am afraid i wont be able to handle it. i recently developed anxiety over a lot of stuff and get really nervous over small things like heights, public speaking, tests, etc.

how will i know that i wont get nervous working as a nurse?

i guess my main worry about nursing is that i will panic during an emergency. i love learning about the human body, i love helping others, and i love pt contact, i just worry about how i would react when someone has an mi during my shift or something lol how does anyone really know how that will react in that situation? haha i need advice please! i am desperate for answers! thanks guys!

i think the best way to find out what rn's do would be to google rn job descriptions. nursing is sooo very diverse. just as an example...some nurses have never started an iv and some don't do anything but start iv's. you should be able to get a good general idea.

anxiety on the job is not exclusive to nurses, while i feel we get more than our fair share at times...there is virtually no job in any field without anxiety.

as far as freaking if a patient has an mi, we handle it, then we fall apart. your instincts will take over.

you love learning about the human body, helping people and pt contact. you will be an awesome nurse. when you get into school you may find out it's not for you after all. there's no shame in changing your mind if you have to. best of luck hon.

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