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how do you find is the hardest part of being a nurse?

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Aaron’s Answer

Hi Abigale,

The hardest part of being a Registered Nurse (RN) is you have to really make sure you are giving the right accurate amount of medication to the people you are caring for because if you don’t you can accidentally kill or injure the person. You have to make sure that you document accurately the patient’s health status in areas like are they eating well because if you don’t other people part of the health care team like the doctor could not be aware of something and not know then something bad happens where the patient gets sick. Within any job such as being an RN you are going to make mistakes and you just have to learn from them. When you make mistakes it is a learning moment and you make a discovery. Every job is going to have a hard part but just remember not to get discouraged from doing it. Hope this helps.

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Aaron
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Raquel’s Answer

Being a nurse is a hard but rewarding career. The hardest part of nursing will vary from nurse to nurse based on their specific job and personality. For me personally the hardest part is knowing that no matter what I do, how good of care I provide, there will be patients that I cannot do anything for, patients who will not get better, and patients who will die. I make an immense effort to connect and build relationships with my patients and I strive to provide a positive hospital experience for them. Others I know think that the hardest part is having to critically think about every action you take because you have people's lives in your hands, making a medication error or missing a change in patient status can significantly impact a patients outcome up to and including death. While others struggle with the long 12 hour shifts and the toll that takes physically and juggling the long hours with a social/home life. Nursing is a job that can be physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting but it is important to remember you are impacting peoples lives, saving people's lives. Finding a good support group of people both in nursing and outside of nursing helps to make the hard times easier and it is important to find effective coping mechanisms for dealing with the stress of the job.
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