Do you love your job as a Nurse? Trying to get away from all the negative people.. - page 2
If you could please share with me the positive things that you like about Nursing... I am constantly told that its not a great career and people don't like their jobs.. I am currently accepted for... Read More
Jan 12, '12Joined: Dec '05; Posts: 4,143; Likes: 4,405Quote from kmichalaki love being a nurse, but i do understand the significant frustrations described. when i'm hating and seething about something related to my job, it's helpful for me to identify the root causes, which are mostly systems problems. try to be patient with those who seem negative on nursing - it could be you in a few years.
what do you love about being a nurse?
i love it that i actually do make a difference. the actions i take directly improve lives, and on occasion, save lives. it's stunning to realize you have saved someone's life.
where do you work(hospital, ltc, etc..)?
i work in a correctional facility.
is your job rewarding to you?
it is rewarding, but very frustrating almost every day.
anything else you would like to share would be greatly appreciated!!
my frustrations are mostly systems-related. i don't hate my management or hate my employer, even though i often feel hatred for certain things about my job. i don't hate the players, i.e. administration, the patients, etc. i "hate" the systems that create such significant challenges and problems in the workplace.
i am just looking for some reassurance because being a nurse is what i would love to be!!!
Jan 12, '12Joined: Apr '11; Posts: 0; Likes: 373i love my work. i wouldn't be where i am without a good strong nursing education and twenty-five-plus years in hospitals. i haven't worked at bedside care for a long time and i am still a nurse, using the nursing process and nursing diagnoses in different settings (case management, legal nursing, life care planning). i work out of a home office, with people all over the country, i travel, i volunteer, i write, i spend entirely too much time on an :d, i wear whatever i want. i am a nurse, though, first and foremost. i think like a nurse all the time. i am a nurse all the time. i love it.
Jan 12, '12Occupation: Pediatrics Specialty: Pediatrics ; From: US ; Joined: Jun '05; Posts: 1,350; Likes: 1,344I dont "love" my job, the current status is I really really like my job
I work in a LTC pediatric facility we also have some respite and surgical reovery kids as well. This is one job where I feel the facility actually lives out its mission giving medically fragile children the best lives possible, giving them a childhood. The staff is all there because they care about the kids, which make for some great co-workers, staffing is not bad.
As a nurse I will have either 9, 20 or 40 kids depending on staffing and which unit I am at. However I have awsome med aides so I am not tied to a med cart, and even though it is LTC all of the CNA are CNA2 so they can do the GT feedings which frees me up to actually provide nursing care. And the CNAs have 6 kids days and eves and 10 at night so they can provide excellent care as well
The only thing keeping me from Loving this job, is I still yearn for acute care experience
Jan 12, '12Occupation: Home Health, Peds. Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in Pediatrics ; From: US ; Joined: Oct '10; Posts: 109; Likes: 108I love my job! I work in home health - private duty nursing. My patient is a baby. I work a 10 hour shift and have all 10 hours to devote soley to her needs because she is my only patient.
The only drawback - the pay is not so hot.
Jan 12, '12Joined: Feb '10; Posts: 15; Likes: 39i work in an operating room.
i love a lot of things about being a nurse. let me tell you some.
i love to look into a patient's eyes, and see the apprehension and fear, then take their hand in both of mine and while i warm their hand with mine, i smile my most confident, reassuring smile, and i tell them, you have a whole team of people who will be dedicated from now until your surgery is done to keeping you safe and making sure you have the best experience we can. this is what is going to happen. in a few minutes, your crna will give you some relax and forget medicine in your iv and bring you to the OR in this stretcher. i will be there, and i will introduce you to your team, but you aren't going to remember it. we are going to help you move to another bed, give you some nice warm blankets, and put a seatbelt and some sleeves on your legs that will massage them during the procedure. then i am going to hold your hand while you go to sleep for your surgery. you probably wont remember anything about even going into the room....
i love turning to the patient's family and telling them, we are going to take good care of your mother/father/sister/husband etc. if you want to grab a snack or some coffee and go to the waiting room, i will give you a call after she has gone to sleep and we have prepped, positioned and draped, and are making incision. it will probably take about... minutes. i'll update you more when i call you.
i love that moment right before the patient goes to sleep and they get a little nervous and squeeze me hand tightly, and i wrap their hand in mine and talk softly to them about their children, or the beautiful vacation they can dream about, and i love seeing the fear ebb away from their faces, then to feel their hand relax in mine as they drift into gentle sleep.
i love the sudden flurry of activity when we are all working together as a team to set up the room and have everything perfect and ready for patient who is coming in for surgery.
i love seeing everything come together, and knowing that we are taking every precaution to keep that vulnerable patient safe and comfortable, and comforting or reassuring the patient's family of the same.
i love watching as the medical and nursing interventions help the patient heal before our very eyes.
i love those moments when i have everything ready just before it is needed and i feel so on top of everything.
i love when a doctor tells us how much he appreciates us as a team.
i love when a patient wakes up and says, when are we going to do the surgery, and i grin in their groggy face and say its all done.
i love the nurses, techs, cleaning staff, clerks, surgeons, vendors and everyone else who bonds together, even if we don't like each other any other time, to do the best job we can for that patient.
i love my coworkers who come in with me in the middle of the night to help save someone's life, or deliver a baby, and grieve with each other at the rare tragedies and painful drama like advanced cancer diagnoses.
i think i could go on for a while, but my kids need me. there are a lot of things that are difficult in nursing, and i have never understood why, but it isn't for everyone. but for me, it reaches deep into my soul and warms me.
Jan 12, '12Joined: Sep '11; Posts: 10; Likes: 2Thank you so much for that awesome description and I think it is amazing that you are so passionate about your job.... Thats what kind of nurses we need out there!!!
Jan 12, '12Occupation: RN Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in SNU/SNF/MedSurg, SPCU Ortho/Neuro/Spine ; From: US ; Joined: Jan '08; Posts: 1,512; Likes: 931Love it! Worked SNF, Rehab, Medsurge, now PCU, surgical, ICU and love it all, from day one! Had hard times, cried a little, but still loved, love and think will remain that way!
Jan 12, '12Joined: Sep '10; Posts: 37; Likes: 44It is nice to hear the positive comments. I have been reading this board as I went through the pre-reqs and will be starting the actual nursing classes on 1/23. I too was thinking that I had made a big mistake by choosing this as a second career.
Jan 12, '12Occupation: nursing faculty Specialty: nursing education ; From: US ; Joined: Oct '11; Posts: 1,508; Likes: 3,144I like my job very much. It offers me the chance to keep learning- every day. I have great colleagues who are passionate about what they do. I feel like I really make a difference for people.
Jan 12, '12Occupation: CNA/AmeriCorps VISTA Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in Acute, orthopaedic ; From: US ; Joined: Nov '10; Posts: 47; Likes: 30Really, I just love taking care of people, even if they do not act grateful.
I work in a jail as a CNA/medtech, and no my job is not very rewarding. It is a lot of fun and great experience, but really it is not that rewarding or fulfilling lol
Even so, I love what I do, simply because it is how I define myself & I take pride in it.
Jan 12, '12Occupation: RN MICU Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in cardiology/oncology/MICU ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '11; Posts: 310; Likes: 446I have had several different kinds of jobs in my life, and there has been nothing greater than being a nurse. I used to work unfulfilling jobs just for the paycheck. What a waste of life! I wanted something to do that would allow me to feel like a made a difference in the lives of others. I began as a CNA in LTC. I worked through nursing school and have eentually arrived at a MICU for the VA. I love what I do so much. This job is like winning the lottery. Of course I have stressful days with difficult patients at times, but I would not trade it. I get to have the bit of adrenaline working in the ICU and on the code team. I get to have time with my patients and their families to listen, talk, and teach. I did not have this as a floor nurse. Being a nurse is great!
Jan 13, '12From: US ; Joined: Nov '09; Posts: 678; Likes: 1,219I am never struggling to stay awake and watching the clock so I can leave. I am way too busy doing things all the time. It's great for someone who has loads of energy and ADD like me!
I think if you're a CNA you already have a good sense of what nursing looks like and what working hard is so if you're not turned off already, then you should pursue it. I just wouldn't recommend nursing to people who don't have enthusiasm to work or those who think it's a "get rich quick" plan because GUUUUURL we are not rich and if we get paid more than the next person, I bet we still work 2x harder.
Jan 13, '12Joined: Sep '10; Posts: 1,160; Likes: 254I remember when I first started working in LTC. This was some 10 years ago. I knew when I started a wanted to become a nurse. I started out in Activities then Social Services onto Bookkeper onto Rehab Coordinator. During my time in the facility the nurses always complained about their jobs. This quickly discouraged me from becoming a nurse about 3 months into the job. I said all of that to say sometimes it's your environment you're in. I'm no longer with the company and I'm finishing up my prereq's for the nursing program. If your desire is to become a nurse then by golly become one!!! You abviously love what you do to hang in there for 11 years. Even though my job titles switched over the years while working in that LTC facility. I always thought the CNAs hads the hardest job in the building yet the most unrespected. Keep the faith and continue reach towards your dream!!! :-)