I did not think nursing was easy. I did not think nursing school was easy. I was trying to figure out if it was something I could do if I took good care of myself mentally and tried to achieve some balance. And I've been the friend of a nurse working nights and weekends while trying to have a social life and seeing how difficult balance is from the outside.
Realized it would have helped if I put the person I was responding to before the comments, but at this point there are too many to quote.
"What about the patient with impaired circulation that has a fist-sized non-healing pressure ulcer down to their coccyx that smells like rotting meat when you have to change their dressing?"
Saw something similar while shadowing for my other health care school. LPN did that while I was talking to someone else in the room. Might have only been golf-ball sized. Patient had a stoma/colostomy bag, if that's the right terminology, to let the ulcer heal. I'm pretty tolerant of smells.
Shadowing is a good idea. I knew other health care professions did that but didn't know you could do it in nursing. I would do a lot of shadowing before committing to go for a CNA program, and would want to find one with a good reputation. I'm still early in the investigation stage trying to decide between multiple very different careers.
I know that a lot of nurses work nights - that's actually something that I would prefer now and one of the reasons I've started considering nursing.
The idea that maybe I'm intolerant of people with other beliefs is something to think about. I was trying to give examples of things that are clearly against medical advice, or one of my pet peeves where people quote studies without having read the study and how it was conducted.
I don't have a problem with a faith healing or alternative medicine on minor things, or as something to try first or in conjunction with standard medical practice. I don't have issues with an elderly patient refusing invasive treatment. I do have issues with treating cancer with nutrition alone, when a patient isn't ready to die, without seriously counseling the patient. I do have issues with an unvaccinated child with measles exposing a waiting room full of babies too young to get vaccines. People have a right to their own mostly informed choices, until they put others at risk.
As far as my exposure to some of the less pleasant aspects of medical care, I've seen family members in a nursing home long term, mostly blind, mostly deaf, some amount of dementia, unable to toilet, feed, walk, a month before their death, and still receiving PT and OT care when there was little/no hope of recovery. I've seen patients crying in the shower when they were embarrased about being incontinent while showering.
I've watched the kid who was struggling as a tube got shoved up their nose, ripped it out, then got their arms tied down.
I've tried to help acquaintances who were semi-homeless and in and out of psych wards for borderline personality disorder and delusions. I've volunteered around people that I gradually realized were homeless alcoholics making up stories because of wet brain. Psych nursing is one area I'm considering. I couldn't be a therapist though.
For me, it's important to do work I believe in. I also would rather work together with people I'm in conflict with than work alone on a computer all day. I was trying to express that I prefer to be supportive, collaborative, nurturing of other people than to butt heads, and I don't think it came out right. A good bit of my professional life has been dealing with male engineers that prefer computers and equipment to people.
I don't know everything about nursing. Which is why I think shadowing will help - thanks whoever suggested it. That's why I posted this thread - asking how can I find out what nursing is like before going to school for it (or something to do while waiting for a CNA class to come around), or putting efforts into taking prerequisites for it. All of my exposure to nursing has been incidental while doing other things.