Friday, November 22, 2019
8 Powerful Reasons Why Nursing Isnt for Everyone
8 Powerful Reasons Why Nursing Isnt for Everyone Nurses are so often taken for granted as Ã¢â¬Å"justÃ¢â¬ the people assisting the real doctors in their work. But nursing is actually an incredibly difficult and taxing job, one filled with quiet heroes. Here are just 8Ã of the many reasons why nursing attracts the toughest and most dedicated people to the profession. 1. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s a matter of life and death.As a nurse, you literally (and routinely) hold peopleÃ¢â¬â¢s lives in your hands. How many other jobs have that same awesome responsibility?2. You need endless knowledge.There are so very many medical terms you must be familiar with to be a nurse. And itÃ¢â¬â¢s not just the terminology. You also have to hold an enormous amount of information in your head, or risk dangerous consequences: doctorsÃ¢â¬â¢ orders, patients vitals and other data, etc. You also have to keep up with trends, do continuing education, and push yourself to keep learning so you donÃ¢â¬â¢t fall behind the cutting edge.3.Ã You are surrounded by p eople in their lowest moments.ItÃ¢â¬â¢s unbelievably difficult to watch another human being suffer- let alone pass away. You may think nurses get used to both these things; they donÃ¢â¬â¢t. They become very adept at doing their job in the face of suffering and loss, but that doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t mean a nurse isnÃ¢â¬â¢t affected.4. You come last.As a nurse, you have to put almost everyoneÃ¢â¬â¢s needs before your own: doctors, patients, even putting your job ahead of your family time when your schedule requires. You have to smile, be endlessly patient, be empathetic, but take care not to get too attached. You might even have to eat breakfast while commuting- because it might just be the only meal you get all day.5. You donÃ¢â¬â¢t get paid enough.Even though nursing is a field in which itÃ¢â¬â¢s always possible to take on extra shifts or opportunities, you probably are not getting compensated at a truly fair rate for all you do. You donÃ¢â¬â¢t get holidays. You miss out on lot s of your family and social life opportunities, particularly when things run late or youÃ¢â¬â¢re on call. A lot of hospitals are also now cutting back on hiring and instead having their nurses work extra overtime. It can be pretty thankless!6.Ã You rarely get the respect you deserve.As a nurse, particularly since itÃ¢â¬â¢s a predominantly female profession, you get less respect than you deserve. Nursing is constantly devalued compared to more predominantly male professions. You do a huge share of the work in the care situation, and get almost none of the credit. And you have to be caring and compassionate in the face of occasional maltreatment, disrespect, and outright rudeness.7.Ã ItÃ¢â¬â¢s very strenuous.The taxing hours worked, the being on your feet constantly, all these things add up to being sore and tired almost all of the time. Nurses also do a huge amount of heavy lifting and often develop back problems.8. EveryoneÃ¢â¬â¢s a patient.As a nurse, youÃ¢â¬â¢re guar anteed to be bombarded with texts and photos of all your friendsÃ¢â¬â¢ and familyÃ¢â¬â¢s ailments asking you for free medical advice. It will be difficult to figure out where to draw the line in your off hours.DonÃ¢â¬â¢t be discouraged, though- nursing is a profession that needs heroes, and if youÃ¢â¬â¢re drawn to it, you can change lives. The good outweighs the bad, if youÃ¢â¬â¢re willing to muddle through it to get to the rewarding parts!