Okay, I always thought I would love being a nurse and it was always my goal to go back and finish a nursing program at some point. However, I recently began working as a patient care tech in a hospital and I have to say-I am shocked by what nurses really do, and I am not so sure now it is for me or not. The RN's and LPN's where I work do paperwork for almost 12 straight freakin' hours. I rarely see them get the chance to interact with patients, even when they would like to. They are too busy doing mountains and mountains of documentation. I watched the RN on duty last night to see how long she actually interacted with a patient person to person and it was probably about 12-14 minutes total. Even though the money is extremely better for nurses, techs have it made in a lot of ways. We get to interact with the patient a lot, get tons of thank yous and appreciation, both from patients and nurses, we really don't have to worry about any of the patients major concerns (oh you want meds, I'll get the nurse), and we don't have the managers calling us down freaking out about paperwork mistakes because ours are not usually as serious as the nurses. Teching is low stress and fairly enjoyable right now, and I am afraid that nursing would be a lot of stress and low enjoyment, albeit for a lot of money. Opinions??