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Old 11-22-2007, 03:03 AM
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It's the hardest job you'll ever love, hate, embrace or detest, but in the end, it's all worth it to say "I'm a nurse."

And I write that after 30 years. It hasn't all been roses, but I've touched a lot of lives and been touched by just as many.

Bottom line: it's worth the effort and it's a profession you can be proud of. Just realize that nursing school is not nursing and you will need about a year on the job to really feel comfortable. You need to commit to seeing it through.
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Old 02-29-2008, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by irisheyes View Post
Yes, it is! If you want thanks and/ or a pat on the back, they do come from pt.'s. However, many pt.'s feel, because of the outraegous amounts they pay for healthcare, you should wait on them, like they are at a spa. Management only cares about the financial line. If you become ill, have a family member ill or die, or have other life events happen, management only wants to know when you'll be back to work! If you don't have great self-esteem, don't become a nurse! Being a nurse is great, but, everything around it sucks!
Haha!! that's so true I feel more like a waitress most the time at work then a nurse. As far as management I agree with you completely also. They don't care about their staff, or the fact that they're so unhappy and burnt out that they just go home a cry and sleep...all they care about is the "standings" or "magnet status" and how much money they get...
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Old 03-01-2008, 06:28 AM
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Ask someone to tell you about what they dislike about their job and they will say management. But like someone said before, nursing is not just a job, it is what you are. You do it for the love not the money.

If you are not a people person work in ICU or Theater, people are generally sedated there!!
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:02 AM
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Nursing is like a playing a piano
What you get out of it is what you put into it.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:28 PM
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The thing with nursing is the compassion level coupled with the backbone. You've got to be giving and conpassionate, much less sincerely empathetic/sympathetic to be a good nurse, yet you've got to have the backbone and spunk to not be run over because you are all of those things.

It's an incredible profession and I tell you not everyone is cut out for it. Doctors will be rude to you, patients will treat you horribly, administrators will make your life hell, and on top of it all you will spill blood all over your scrubs, but that is hardly all.

You will also have incredible doctors and other nurses that you will admire for a lifetime, have those patients that touch your heart and even if they don't realize it you will know that you saved their life, administrators and supervisors that actually care and try to help you succeed to help them succeed.

Basically, it's got a dark side and a bright side like any job, I imagine. Personally though, I can't imagine doing anything else. It's what I love. On the bad days I just chant "This too shall pass..." and on the good days I know I'm doing what I was meant to do.
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