I'm currently one month into my Bachelor Degree of Registered Nursing, enjoying it so far but we're still on the very basics so I really can't determine anything yet. The only trouble is I'm a bit of a worrier (it's just part of my personality!) and I sometimes question whether I'm suitable for nursing. So my question/s is:
What do you think makes a good Nurse?
How do you know if you're suited to Nursing?
How do you know if you'll be happy in a career in Nursing
I think my biggest issue is that I'm not an overly confident person (plus the worrying side to my personality) just means I happen to second guess myself quite a bit and my biggest fear is spending years doing a degree and getting into a professional that I end up hating!
Sometimes I'm confident in my choice to become a Nurse but I have to admit when I see posts on the internet (or on here) saying: "You're either a natural or you're not!"; "It's a job you either love or hate!" (and don't even get me started on those "Nursing is the worst thing to ever happen to me, it's the worst job on the planet" posts haha) it just makes me worry because what if I'm not a natural or what if I'm one of those people who "hates" nursing?
I got into nursing because I enjoyed the health science field, wanted a job/degree that combined both theory and practice, wanted a job with a lot of variety, a job where I was kept on my feet (I like working hard), and most importantly I wanted a job where I felt fulfilled (as in making some kind of difference to the world).
Personality wise I'm a hard worker, I'm compassionate/kind, I'm pretty intelligent/switched on, and I'm down to earth. With that being said I do have my flaws, I'm a worrier, I don't have very high self-esteem, I'm not an overly confident nor outgoing person, and I'll admit sometimes when I'm working in customer service some people just get on my nerves haha
I guess I'm just anxious that my flaws will mean I'm not suited to Nursing. Can someone be a good Nurse even if they're not a really confident/outgoing person? Can they be a good nurse even if they're not a people-person 100% of the time?
Sorry for the long message, as you can tell I'm a bit of an over-thinker too haha But I greatly appreciate any information and advice you give me as this is a very important decision to me! :)
It would really help me if you maybe described your personality, what area you work in, and if you enjoy your job/studies (if you have the time that is). Just so I can maybe get a glimpse as to if the personalities of Nurses are varied or if it seems like only a certain kind of person is suited to it!