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I am 26 yrs old and I am getting ready to go to college and become a nurse. I am confident, scared, worried and excited. Reading all your posts about the underpaid, the overworked, the... Read More
Apr 27, '03Occupation: NICU transport - RN Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in Level III NICU ; Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 44Nursing is my passion. I love my job and look forward to going. My husbnd is military and we are on a temporary move. I wasn't going to work since we will only be here temporarily. 2 weeks into it, I realized how much I love nursing, I was so unhappy. A part of me is missing when I'm not nursing. Needless to say, I got a job!
May 7, '03Occupation: homemaker Joined: May '03; Posts: 56I AM GLAD I FOUND THIS POST BECAUSE I WAS BEGINING TO THINK ALL YOU NURSES HATED YOUR JOBS!! I WILL BE STARTING SCHOOL IN THE FALL AND I'VE BEEN READING ON THIS SITE FOR A FEW DAYS NOW (QUITE ADDICTING) AND WAS BEGINING TO WONDER IF THIS WAS GOING TO BE A GOOD MOVE FOR ME. I THINK I WILL LOVE IT! YEAH HARD WORK, LONG HOURS, AND PUTTING UP WITH PEOPLES CRAP--IT'S ALL ME!! RIGHT NOW I'M A SAHM, RAISING 3 KIDS AND BABYSITTING FOR EXTRA MONEY! PUTTING UP WITH PEOPLES CRAP IS WHAT I DO BEST!!!! PUTTING UP WITH HUSBAND CRAP, NOW THATS ANOTHER THREAD!
NICE TO KNOW THERE ARE AT LEAST SOME THAT ENJOY THEIR JOBS!
May 8, '03Occupation: RN PACU, Private Practice in Massage Therapy & Healing Touch Specialty: Cardiac/Vascular & Healing Touch ; Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 590; Likes: 29Sweeite, babysitting is great training for nursing. You're dealing with family members wh care deeply for something so precious to them, crying babies (what ever age) that need something at different intervals, & are over worked & underpaid for what they do. But I still wouldn't do anything else, as I believe it's a calling to serve in our profession!:kiss
May 20, '03Occupation: clinic nurse Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience ; From: US ; Joined: May '03; Posts: 182; Likes: 23I had said in one of my earlier posts that a nursing career can be very rewarding. I think people need to get into it for the right reasons, because there are as many trials and challenges as there are rewards. it is wonderful to be there to help people and to make them smile. Anywhere you go, in any type of job, you will always have those people who cannot be satisfied or happy. You have to learn how to take the good with the bad. I was glad to read that the money doesn't discourage you. I work in a clinic, so the pay rate here is a little less than it would be in a hospital or long-term care facility. Also, there are pools out there that pay extremely well. The drawbacks to that? I hear they don't take out taxes (you pay big money in to the government at tax time), and you work at so many different places, it would be hard to learn everything (I think, anyway )
Personally, I went into the Nursing profession only for the actual concept of nursing-to help people. The smiles from the babies, the thanks from a patient in the long-term care facility after you helped them bathe or get dressed, helping a frazzled patient with their insurance companies and getting bills reduced for them-these are a few of the things I like. I know, every nurse has their share of not-so-good memories, but if you dwell on those, you will not be happy. I work in a small town, too, so everywhere I go I get asked a medical question or have to take a note back to the doctor, But, things could be alot worse. If nursing is your true passion, go for it!! I LOVE my job!!
May 20, '03Occupation: RN PACU, Private Practice in Massage Therapy & Healing Touch Specialty: Cardiac/Vascular & Healing Touch ; Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 590; Likes: 29I luv to hear someone say "I love my job"! So rare in this day & time!
May 20, '03Occupation: RN, NICU Joined: Jun '01; Posts: 104In one of my classes we were asked to do personal story...and in it I evaluated where I'd been, and who influenced me and how I became a RN.
I love being an RN, esp. a NICU RN! I've worked in the NICU for 25 years now and still enjoy my job. Sometimes I fear I won't be able to keep-up and do what I love...that's why I'm working toward the BSN and MSN.
May 21, '03Occupation: RN PACU, Private Practice in Massage Therapy & Healing Touch Specialty: Cardiac/Vascular & Healing Touch ; Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 590; Likes: 29you Go gal! It does matter to you & to me too. I love to see people who have been around better themselves. The babies will appreciate it even though that can't say so yet!:kiss
May 24, '03Joined: May '01; Posts: 365; Likes: 1Positive things--
If you are a "people Person" you'll be around a lot of people. Interacting with family, the patient, nurses, doctors and other hospital personal. I love interacting with people. You always find a person that's hard to deal with once and a while...but I love the challenge.
Every where I've worked there's been flexibility. You can work as much or as little as you'd like. I currently schedule myself for 4-12's a month...but inbetween that...I call the unit and see if they need help and I'll work that day. (now with the nursing shortage they need help a lot)
You get to make a difference in a patient/families life. Being hospitalized is a very traumatic time in peoples lives....you can make it more comforting by sharing your knowledge, kindness and reassurance.
If you get easily bored. Not in nursing. No two day's are the same!!!
I could go on but I have to get my son up.
May 29, '03Occupation: rn supervisor Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 472; Likes: 10In a 12 hr. shift, I've comforted a patient and his family through his death, while meds went unpassed, other patient has chest pain, rush him emergent for proceedure. Take 5 admitting calls for one future bed as I argue time for a family to grieve, as another has their family in the middle of a code on the floor, needing that bed.
I argue with administration for help as phones and the door are ringing along with patient call lights, being only a few hours in my shift, one nurse and secretary short.
new admit 88yrs. old arrives, stabalizes, extubates in the am and is neurologically intact,, while the 33 year old with 2 kids can only blink, post arrest, two beds down.
there are stressed and angry patients and families, lawyers vying for my lack of documentation at times like this, and an administration who thinks you can STILL do MORE with LESS.
I'm exhausted, having greived with a death, cried with a successful code, played secretary, de-escallated several angry families (left at least one laughing), talked to two feaful children, reasuring them that their mom was a fighter and needed them at the bedside, did poop patroll with my peers, baths, meds, patient teaching..... then found time to CYA in charting before clocking out.
You know what? THIS IS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE!!! It is every day that I clock in that is like this. It's nursing!
No other profession will have people allow a complete stranger into their lives at their worst time of crisis, to help them through....
this is being a nurse, you can't have the good, without the bad and it's worth it!
May 30, '03Occupation: Instructor Joined: May '03; Posts: 32Put it this way: Is there ANY other career in the world where you can (and do!) ask people "when was your last bowel movement?"
I Love this comment, nursedennie, Made me laugh. I thank you for that. To the originator of this thread, all I have to say is this. Many times in our lives we are nervous, afraid and have apprehensions about what is going to happen when start something new or go someplace different. This is human nature at its best, now we can let that take over and stop what we truly want to do in life and never really succeed at much or anything or reach our goals. So my advice is to drive on with your goals and be the best nurse out there. Just so you know someone else took this advice and hasn't given up on his dream of becoming a nurse for the past 8 years. He now has the opportunity to apply for nursing school in the next 7 months. I hope I get it. Signed //Stuck in Afghanistan//
May 30, '03we got 4 calls from the super last nite wanting a bed, every time I'd pre-program the name of the pt into the HP monitor, they'd call back & say the pt has gone to another floor....!!!!!!So we only got two admits last nite, had exactly enuff staff, & I actually sat down for 40 mintues in the middle of the nite to talk to my CA/UAP pt about life, love & dogs & stuff! She was a delite! To heck with charting when I could just listen to her battle with death, (she has a year to live 2 years ago!). Praise!:roll
Jun 19, '03Occupation: student, stay at home girlfriend. Joined: Jun '03; Posts: 1,308; Likes: 2Amie, You'll be suprised how fast a few years can go by when you're working towards a goal! I'm also 26 and just a few days ago I freaked out out time and waiting to get into a program, but I realized that no matter how long it takes me, I'm still gonna do this!
we'll get you through this, just take it one step at a time!