You totally renewed my faith in the nursing field with that article!!! I myself am a relatively new nurse (will be three years post boards this August), and I feel I could have written that article as well!!! I bounced around different fields post college, but after earning my degree in developmental disabilities, I took a job as a caregiver for a group home of about 12 senior's with varying types of MR/psychiatric and behavioral issues. After about a year there, I was put in a class to be a "medication associate"...and that is where the bug hit. After getting married, moving to Pa, and working in an assisted living facility for 3 years, I decided to go back to nursing school...I was ready, mature, and knew this is what I wanted (and my company paid the WHOLE thing, included my liscence and boards).
But long story semi short, I work in a locked down alzheimers/dementia unit. 80 residents all with varying stages but all diagnosed Alzheimers, including a handful on hospice services. It's assisted living...so we are not even close to even being at a skilled level (though...that is the direction we are heading with some new admits!!) but anyway...If I had a nickel for every person who scoffed at me, who told me that I was "throwing away my career"...I wouldn't have to work anymore!!! Here's the long and short of it...I'm happy!!! I did the whole surgery/catheters/blood draw "ohhh this is super cool" stuff in nursing school. If I have never have to flush a line or do PICC line care again, am I going to regret it for the rest of my life?? No. What I would regret is time with my residents. I have 80 grandmoms and grandpaps who may not recognize me everyday....but get me thru my day with a hug and and I Love You. yeah, i have the crazy families who get on my nerves...but the time to bond with them to the point that I had a family bring me thanksgiving dinner after finding out I couldn't travel home to see my family on the holiday. I work for a smallish company but that has great pay, amazzzing benefits, and GUARANTEED every other weekend and every other holiday off....yeah. In healthcare. On most nights I have two MA's to cover the med cart so I can get charting and what not done..and actually oversee the care of my patients (imagine that!!!)
So I agree with the article...It takes all type of nurses to make the world go round!!!