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Is being a nurse difficult?


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Kerrie’s Answer

I have been a BSN, RN for over 25+ years, and an MSN for 10+ years with a specialty as a Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist. I can say that being a nurse is not difficult, it is very rewarding and fulfilling. To be honest, like most jobs, there are going to be some hard days and some easy days, but that comes with the territory; this will also be experienced during nursing school. I believe that if you really love something, then you should put your whole heart into it and make it the best career you can.

I had always wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl, so I grew up knowing that I was going to college, then nursing school, and right into the hospital. I did not know exactly what kind of nurse I wanted to be so I kept my mind open to the possibilities, as they are endless! At the end of my junior year in college, I was able to do an internship at a prestigious medical campus in Rochester, MN where they placed me in the operating room (OR)-that blossomed my love for the OR. Since that summer, I structured all of my learnings and experiences around getting back into the OR as I felt that was the best fit for me and here I am 25+ years later still doing work related to the OR. :) I am so happy to still be part of the OR community and able to share my experiences and the love for what I do- being a nurse!

I believe that your career is what you make it. If you believe it is going to be a struggle, then it will be. If you keep an open mind and receive experiences and knowledge from others, then your possibilities are endless. Still, to this day, I try to stay humble and gracious to others' knowledge and experiences, as I know I do not know all there is to know in this world. I have benefitted from great colleagues, a great support system, and the love for what I do! So in short, no, I do not believe that nursing is difficult, I just know there may be difficult days, like any other job and there are people to lean on to get through it! :)

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Jessica! For your question, in healthcare fields you have different fields of profession like physician assistant, nurse or physician to name a few and it's really difficult to quantify which is the hardest degree because each field has its own responsibilities. In terms of length, medical school is the longest to finish and physicians are responsible for their nurses and PA's as well when taking care of patients; so for example if a nurse was caring for their patient and they had their test results back they would call the physician and discuss it and then the physician would have a regimen for the nurse to implement. However, nurses also hold important responsibilities and are at the front lines of patient care; they work long hours and complete many tasks among different patients, so coordination is key. It doesn't take as long as medical school to earn a nursing degree but nonetheless they do hard work and have to learn much as well; same with PA's too. Each field is special and teamwork is required and to be honest each can be difficult to obtain and takes dedication and discipline. I hope this answers your question!

Best of luck!

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KatieAnna’s Answer

Hello Jessica, I am a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors degree is Healthcare Administration and Management. I would say that nursing is a different kind of learning. It is not the toughest degree to obtain, but it is a "challenging" degree. From reading other comments, I would say that it does not go as in depth into disease process as one would in medical school, however, it is not just the basics. Nursing is a rewarding career and the opportunities are endless with this degree. If I could give you one piece of advise it would be, do not choose your career path on the "difficulty" of the learning, but choose it on your interests and passion.

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Dan’s Answer

No, a nursing degree is not the hardest degree. For the most part most other degrees are more difficult if you consider the academic portion of it, nursing degree incorporates the basics of other sciences though but only the basics.

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