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Whats the most interesting thing about nursing?

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HBsc student at U of T looking to get into health care after undergrad. #nursing #medicine #healthcare #nurse #nurse #doctor

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Brandi’s Answer

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Thanks for your question. I feel the most interesting thing about nursing is that every day is never the same. You are constantly learning new things and growing and a nurse.
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Suzanne’s Answer

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Hello Ze,

I would like to chime in here on your question.

Nursing training is generalist, that is you have to learn about everything in healthcare: anatomy, physiology, psychology, pharmacology, nursing science, human behavior, healthcare management, leadership, healthcare organizational behavior, information technology, as well as understand the field of medicine.

So, when a nurse is at the bedside of a patient, they must be able to fully understand why the patient is there, what the patient needs, make sure the doctor's orders are correct, correctly administer the medication, and carefully monitor the patient for response. The nurse must be able to respond to emergencies quickly and correctly.

Nursing can be mundane depending on how the nurse approaches the job. But if the nurse if fully engaged and always in the active learning mode, nursing can be incredibly exciting, no matter where the nurse is working.

Nursing also provides an amazing career ladder. A generalist nurse can go on to become a leader either clinically or administratively with advanced education and/or certifications.

I worked in the area of oncology clinical trials. I gave cancer patients brand new drugs, evaluated the responses, dealt with brand new side effects, and made sure all that data made it to the Food and Drug Administration accurately. Every day I worked on the frontier of medical and nursing science. I loved my patients and they gave so much to me personally.

Was this difficult you might ask? You bet! It took its toll. But nursing has been a fabulous career and I hope you might consider entering the field.

Best to you,
Sue
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Tequila’s Answer

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I've worked in other professional fields prior to becoming a nurse. Nursing has provided me with the ability to have a varied and diverse professional career. I've worked in a number of roles from numerous specialties in bedside nursing to non patient care nursing roles. Primarily for those reasons, I've found nursing to be rewarding. I've also been fortunate to have worked in several states which has also given me the ability to see how healthcare is administered in a variety of states. One of the other benefits is nursing is the concept of the compact states agreement. There are 34 states which allow a nurse to get their nursing license in one state and be able to practice seamlessly in the other 33 states without ever having to get a new license in the new states. The nurse must maintain his/her nursing credentialing requirements in his/her original licensing state. Example, I got my original license in Texas and have been able to work in other states; however, when I wanted to work in DC (not a member of the compact states), I had to apply to the DC board of nursing to request a DC license. Not a difficult process but can be more costly and time consuming.

Hope that gives you another perspective of why nursing is such a great profession.
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Danielle’s Answer

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The job satisfaction received from truly making a difference. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2000 in various capacities and I feel the reward is great in this field. I have NEVER looked back wishing I made a difference career choice.
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