Nurses - Tell me about your jobs!
Posted 26 June 2008 - 10:39 PM
I've always kind of considered nursing as a career option for myself, but am having a hard time getting info from people who are currently nurses or have been nurses in the past. I know alot of people in the process of going to school to become a nurse, but I'm looking for some inside info.
Tell me whatever you want about your jobs! Your likes, your dislikes, a day in the life of, advice, funny stories, anything you think might be of interest to somebody seriously researching this as a possible future career! I want to get as much information as I can before I commit to going back to school for 4 years... especially since I flip-flop almost daily on possible career choices (I have ALOT of ideas, ranging from nursing, to civil engineering, to event co-ordinating... LOL I'm a woman of many interests, what can I say!)
Posted 26 June 2008 - 10:48 PM
Posted 26 June 2008 - 11:41 PM
All in all, you can't go wrong with being a nurse. You can have a job in an instant almost any where in the country with the current nursing shortage. I say go for it!
Posted 27 June 2008 - 12:04 AM
Posted 27 June 2008 - 09:14 AM
Oh here is a forum you can check out for all things nursing related. You'll read the good and the bad! allnurses.com - #1 Nursing Community for Nurses
Posted 27 June 2008 - 09:54 AM
One of the worst parts of the job is when you are helping to clean an incontinent pt for the 10th time that shift and the pt is mean to you. it is one thing if they have dementia and do not know what they are saying. if they are flat out rude to you and you have been busting your butt to keep them clean, i want to scream!
there are so many amazing things about this job, i met a ton of great friends, i learn something new every day, i make amazing money, i get to learn about people's lives 80 years ago. you do not have to go to a 4 yr school. there are programs with hospitals that are only 2 years long. there are also some excellerated programs that are only 18 monts. I say go for it. you can always find work!
Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:27 AM
| Originally Posted by amandalovesryan |
you do not have to go to a 4 yr school. there are programs with hospitals that are only 2 years long. there are also some excellerated programs that are only 18 monts. I say go for it. you can always find work!
not in Canada However, there are 2 yr programs (straight - no summers!) for those who meet the undergrad prereqs, so if you have a science undergrad or even a few yrs of uni science like anatomy and physiology, you might consider this option...the programs are called CTF (compressd time frame) programs...at UofT and UWO for sure if you want to stay in Ontario! I got my 4 yr RN degree from UWO - the program was fantastic, and I have lots of friends who did the CTF program, so I can tell you more about that if you're interested.
In ON, we also have the new grad initiative, so all new RN grads are guaranteed full time employment for 8 months at least after graduation. However, with our nursing shortage, you could work anywhere, anytime, so this isn't really a big concern. If you want to stay in northern ON, there are lots of great northern incentives, so more $$$$
Anyway, I love nursing - the profession is amazing and there are unlimited opportunities in so many areas.
Good luck with your decision - I know it is a big one!!! Kate
Posted 27 June 2008 - 04:53 PM
I do enjoy my job. I like working just 3 12-hr shifts a week. It is a hard job though (and since I have only worked ICU, I don't know if it just because of the high-stress ICU environment or not). I never realized how much cleaning up of incontinence I would have to do. Nursing is rewarding though. A lot of times in ICU, you are really helping families cope with things. And for the cardiac patients and some of the younger respiratory distress patients, you do see them get better.
The rough part (emotionally) is the fact that we get a lot of end stage cancer patients or end-stage COPD people who aren't going to get better. Or people who are in semi-vegetative states and ventilator dependent who are still full codes. I am a real big advocate for quality of life and for allowing people to die when it is their time. There are a lot of family members who want everything possible to be done for their loved one without realizing exactly what that entails for the patient. That can be very stressful because sometimes it feels unethical to prolong this patient's life and suffering.
That being said, not all units are quite so intense and there are so many opportunities in so many different areas. The pay is good and the job security is amazing.
Posted 27 June 2008 - 08:24 PM
Home Hospice is the most rewarding job I've ever had. Majority of the patients and families are extrememly grateful for everything you do. To know that you helped someone be comfortable and calm at the very end of their life, and to make this frightening sad experience for families actually be a good time is an awesome feeling. It seems kind of loney, though at times, since in home care, you are pretty much by your self. I miss being around other coworkers all day. I also feel like I am losing a lot of my nursing skills. I cant remember a lot that I used to know...
Hope it helps!
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