what are the clinical hours like, and how many hours are there per week?
i'll have to think long and hard about the long hours. i guess it's like a 'regular job' --- a 40 hour week was required for many decades, and now in some fields it's changing. but employers need the regularity of the 8 hour day - except in nursing, where i guess long hours are preferred, for some reason.
i'd really prefer (my body would prefer) to be able to work 4 hours - especially if there's lots of standing, walking, bending, manipulating....
i don't know if it's my dream, but currently i'm a somatic body worker (like a massage therapist), and have enjoyed helping people who desperately need help, or are really interested in knowing how to improve themselves. i also like educating them - i try to educate them in how they can manage and control their chronic pain, back trouble, etc. through self awareness and finding out what contributes to their physical ailments (stress, overdoing activity, or ignoring the warning signs of mounting pain).
thanks for your input,
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You hit the nail on the head, it's long hours, stressful and physically demanding, and a good deal, if not all the time on your feet.
Please seriously consider this when deciding to become a nurse. The MSN jobs and other non-bedside less stressful and physical jobs are not typically given to new grads. You have to have experience. Even if someone said "I guarantee you a non-stressful job with 4-hour shifts sitting behind a desk" there's still the stress and long clinical hours of nursing school.
Most nursing schools require a physical exam to prove your physically fit.
I'm not sure nursing is a good fit for you.
I don't want to squash your dreams. Because there are many people with chronic pain issues in nursing. But why take a chance in physically making yourself miserable?
Good luck to you!