Do you love your job as a Nurse? Trying to get away from all the negative people.. - page 3
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 13, '12Joined: Jan '09; Posts: 5,390; Likes: 10,367OP, you have worked in the environment for 11 years. Honestly, if you haven't been able to REALLY check out what nursing is, or at least get a feel for what it is by now, what is going on with you?!
Negativity? well, it's just not about that, it's a serious thing nursing is. You need to give yourself a good slap in the face, or at least a stiff drink :spin:. Nursing holds absolutely no promises.
Jan 13, '12Occupation: Med/Surg, SICU, Dialysis Specialty: Dialysis,Med/Surg,SICU ; From: US ; Joined: Jun '09; Posts: 123; Likes: 112Well for me, I am a talker and I love people including my co-workers. In nursing I get to interact with all type of people from different walks of life. I get to learn new things and to teach things to the patients, families and yes, to my colleagues. At times it gets very interesting. I works on a med/surg floor and soon will be moving to SICU. Thats one of the perks of being a nurse you can always move to a new area and learn new things if you gets bored with your present situation. I will type, go for it and have fun in the process and remember always keep a smile on your face. Best of luck.
Jan 13, '12Occupation: RN Specialty: 23 year(s) of experience ; From: AU ; Joined: Nov '11; Posts: 87; Likes: 70Absolutely love my job even after 23 years!
I've worked in different specialties in that time and that's what is great about nursing - if you don't like one area you can always move to another!
I work in acute geriatrics at the moment (seem to keep going back to it) and there are days when I get frustrated, annoyed, I get behind, run out of time to do all the things I wanted to do, end up staying over becuase someone is late, forgot they were working, agency never turned up etc but I always go home at the end of a shift knowing that I did my best and made somebody elses day a better one. The pay isn't great but it's not bad either, it's a great way to make new friends, and I've gone from being a wide-eyed newbie who hadn't the faintest idea what he was doing to being confident, able to teach others, be in charge of the ward and have doctors come and ask me my opinion in treating a patient.
I don't think a working day has gone by without there being something to giggle at - as well as laugh at loud moments.
Anyone who is telling you nursing isn't a great job obviously has no idea.
Jan 13, '12Joined: Sep '11; Posts: 10; Likes: 2Well netglow that was interesting.... I actually have been an aide for 11 years but mind you I don't work with nurses... I am in a LTC center and we don't require them so I really have no clue what its like to be in a hospital or be a nurse.... Thats what we learn in school and I am not there yet.................
Jan 13, '12Joined: Aug '05; Posts: 38,991; Likes: 48,071[QUOTE=michalak;6046863]
What do you love about being a Nurse?
I love the flexibility of shift work. I love the patients, yes even the crazy ones. I love being apart of something bigger than myself. I love the idea that there are all kinds of nursing specialties that one can choose from. I love the humanity.
Where do you work(hospital, LTC, etc..)?
I have always worked in Acute care. My specialty has revolved around critical care. ICU, CCU, Cath Lab, CT PACU, ED, Trauma Flight. I have been a manager, an educator, and a supervisor. I love the bedside and have NEVER strayed very far....until I became ill. I miss it so.
Is your job rewarding to you?
I have been a nurse for 33 years. I became a ASN/ADN when I was 19 years old and even with all the everyday frustrations and administrative antics.....I have never regretted a single second. I love the variety of human nature and the pearles of daily living. I love making someone's experence a little less frightening. I love to help someone to find peace in a world of chaos.
Do I love being a nurse? This is my favourite poem and really explains why I love being a nurse
Being a nurse means...
You will never be bored.
You will always be frustrated.
So much to do and so little time.
You will step into people's lives
And you will make a difference.
Some will bless you.
Some will curse you.
You will see people at their worst -
And at their best.
You will never cease to be amazed
At people's capacity for
Love, courage, and endurance.
You will see life begin - - and end.
You will experience resounding triumphs
And devastating failures.
You will cry a lot.
You will laugh a lot.
You will know what it is to be human
And to be humane.
-Melodie Chenevert, RN
People come to AN to #it*h moan and complain. You have to let a bad day out and feel beter to move on. Nursing is a hard, frustrating, thankles job sometimes and the disconnect between administration and the nurses has never been greater......making being a bedside nurse a challenge. We have descention amongst the ranks and we need to stop argueing amongst ourselves and putting each other down because of what degree the other has or who's better.....but this argument is as old as the profession....and nursing will prevail. Would I do it all over again? Was it worth it? the answer is yes.
Jan 13, '12Joined: Jan '10; Posts: 2,358; Likes: 3,117admittedly, i adore my job and my position which i have earned over the years, and i must say i still get up every morning as excited as when i began my beloved career in nursing. moreover, i began my career in europe in military hospitals, then came to the states and continued with the v.a. hospitals; which have allowed me to travel from state to state without losing my benefits or having to acquired a new license. i have worked in many specialties, each time gaining more experience. in addition, i worked as a flight-nurse, oncology, cardiology, icu & ccu, trauma, med.surge, pulmonary,gi, er, or, endocrine, diabetic clinic nurse, neurology, urology, infection diseases, methadone clinic & ward, dialysis, hepatology, penitentiaries,and iv team. i must say i have been fortunate to have been exposed to so many specialties during my career, and the reason has been by me volunteering to cross-train & being the first one to go when someone had called in; or where on vacation. i strongly believe that as a nurse you shouldn't waist your time on one specialty, by being exposed to several departments you're not only gaining experience, but it also broaden your horizons. unquestionably, i have always been thirsty for knowledge and i rarely say no when it comes to new experiences within the scope of nursing. furthermore, i been performing my nursing as a single parent, raising 3 children. lastly, i must admit besides being a proud father, nursing is one of my biggest accomplishments in life. in conclusion, if you desire a career in nursing, don't let anyone get in your way, plus stay away from those negative people that look at nursing as a pay-check. nursing is so much more than a career, is a way of life for me, and trust me there are many others like myself; that view nursing in the same manner. i sincerely hope i have answered your concerns, as i wish you the best in all of your future endeavors...ciao~
Jan 13, '12Occupation: hospital floor nurse. Specialty: acute care, rehab, palliative ; From: CA ; Joined: Oct '04; Posts: 7,259; Likes: 10,972I love, love,love my job.I love the people I work with that make me want to be a better nurse each day.I love the patients, even the confused ones that think I am their mother.I love making a difference in someone's day, even if it is just bringing a warm blanket to someone that is cold, they remember that and are grateful.
I work in a hospital.
Nursing is rewarding for me because it gives me a chance to care for others.
Jan 13, '12Joined: Sep '11; Posts: 10; Likes: 2Once again thank you for all your replies... You are all amazing and have given me some good info... It makes me really want to keep going and pursue my dream!! I love my work, I hate the people that run the place that have no clue what its like... It is very rewarding even as an aide to know the families are so appreciative of what you do.... Even my residents express their gratitude, even the ones that can't remember yesterday appreciate us and you can see it even though they can't always tell you!!! Thanks again and I hope you all continue to love what you do!!!!!
Jan 23, '12Occupation: Nurse educator Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Tele, Stepdown, Med/Surg, education ; From: US ; Joined: Jan '10; Posts: 147; Likes: 101I like my job 90% of the time but I think if I liked it 100% of the time I would probably have to be doing something illegal. lol
Nursing is just like any other profession there are good and bad I think I can speak for most nurses by saying we all like "nursing" it's the other BS that is not attractive. paperwork, politics, favoritism, superior thinking doctors, bad patient ratios, not enough support. But I love my patients and what I do for them and how the respond most times. If I could do it over again I would still be a nurse.
Jan 23, '12Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: 30+ year(s) of experience in Orthopaedic Nursing; Geriatrics ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '10; Posts: 179; Likes: 363I Love Nursing! It is versatile and rewarding and has been the best profession I ever could have chosen - have been a nurse for almost 39 years now! I have worked in a variety of places, including Ortho office/surgery for 20 years which was the best job ever! Now I am teaching CNA's and love, love, love it! I still get to do patient care but I also get to teach it! I have never, for one single day, regretted my decision to become a nurse!
And nothing warms my heart more than a big old toothless smile - whether from an older person or a baby. Priceless!
Jan 24, '12Occupation: RN Joined: Mar '02; Posts: 31; Likes: 10I have a wonderful job. After years of bedside nursing stress I now work for a faith based organization that values the nurse. I work in a small home for chronically mentally ill folks and there is not one day that I am not greatful. The salary is less than I've ever made but the benefits make up for it. My boss encourages us to take time off when need . If your sick or whatever it's ok, they call in readily available temps. The nursing leadership values our input. I have a great schedule with plenty of flexability, can come in late or early if inclined. Plenty of vacation time and sick days. Great benefits. So for me the lower pay rate is well worth it, I leave my job happy every single day.
Jan 24, '12Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: 9 year(s) of experience in Home Health, Case Management ; From: FL, US ; Joined: Mar '08; Posts: 350; Likes: 294Yes I absolutely love my job! It stresses me out to the max at times, but I thrive on the challenging aspects of the job. It definitely helps me with my decision making and problem solving skills! I also like the autonomy. I like going home knowing that I made a difference in my pt's lives. The money's nice, too
Nov 15, '12From: US ; Joined: Sep '12; Posts: 28; Likes: 23Quote from chashmoniti 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.
What a beautiful Response!!! Just Beautiful!