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Is it fun to be a nurse

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Not everyone will say nursing is "fun", but I think it all depends on how passionate you about the field. I personally am not a nurse, but both of my parents, stepmom and a lot of family friends are in the nursing field and I have heard everything from it is fun and exhilarating to i freaking hate this job.
Depending on what kind of nurse you are will the determine the kind of work you do. Alot of people go into the field expecting it to be like what they learned from the textbook and it is completely different. I feel like the main thing I always heard my mom or stepmom complain about is that sometimes RNs let their job status go to the head and they treat their CNAs like trash instead of communicating professionally with them. CNAs have some of the hardest work to do and receive little recognition for what they do so on that end it may not seem as if nursing is "fun". However, I have a friend who is a travel nurse who works with infants in the NICU and she loves her job. She gets to travel and she gets to work at new place every few months but even this job can be frustrating. Having to relocate and adjust to a new area can be extremely difficult.
But to answer your question I would say that if nursing is something you like then you need to be all in for it and you have to be able to deal with the hard times that come with being a nurse. I am in no ways trying to discourage you or scare you but I just wanted to share with you just some of the things that I have seen the people around me go through. I hope you find the positives within nursing because there are a lot and I wish you good luck! Take care!
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Brittnie’s Answer

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Hi Angelina, the word fun is very subjective. What is considered fun for one person may not be for the next. But one thing in common is that fun is associated with feeling of happiness, well-being, and fulfillment. The neurotransmitters responsible for these feelings and emotions can and are very well associated with the feelings I have as a nurse.

For example, when I provide education to a patient and it clicks and you can tell that is just what they needed to understand their disease process and motivate them to practice a healthier lifestyle. I feel happy and fulfilled. When I have sick patients come in to see me, I give them their ordered medications and treatments and they feel better and are smiling again, that makes me feel happy and fulfilled. When a trauma patient comes in and as a nurse you know that your knowledge and hands contributed to saving that persons life that day, that also causes feelings of happiness and fulfillment.

When a person contributes to the health, care, and well being of another person and you know that you made a positive difference in their life that is extremely fulfilling and rewarding. There are times that I cant believe that I actually get paid to feel the joy , fulfillment and satisfaction of helping others. The brain chemicals causing those type of feelings are the same ones released when you are having fun!

Understand that not every day is going to be a walk in the park so to speak, you will have good days and bad just like anything else in life. But I absolutely feel that my job as a nurse is fun.

An extra perk with nursing is that if you get bored or tired of working in one field, you can always go into another field. You can be a hospital nurse working in different departments like heart, lungs, brain, emergency ect. You can work in a doctors office, you can work as a travel nurse and travel anywhere you'd like, you can be a visiting nurse and see patients in their own homes, or if you get tired of standing on your feet there are numerous 'desk jobs' in nursing, in health insurance, or quality assurance, infection control, and management. This can keep your life fun and exciting if you feel it's time for a change. There is lots of opportunity here. Good luck on your educational journey and I wish you the best!
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