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what are the most critical things i should know about being a registered nurse?

i am currently studying to get a certification to starting to become a regsitred nurse and would like to know more information

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Wanda’s Answer

The most important trait one should have is a empathetic heart. You will be taking care of people who are sick and in need. Nursing is hard work, and is very rewarding. I suggest going to CNA (certified Nursing school), which is about 3 months, to see if this is an area you are comfortable working in. Good luck!
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Hannah’s Answer

Nursing is a very difficult profession, but it can also be very rewarding. I would recommend that you spend some time volunteering in the hospital or shadowing another nurse to get more of an inside perspective of what nursing entails. It will give you a better idea of what nurses do on a daily basis and help you decide if you want to pursue nursing as a career. Best of luck!
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Sheree’s Answer

I think it is crucial that you know if you make the decision to advance to RN that you will be working with a few physicians that will test your patience, make you feel like you are inferior to their superiority, yell at you, and I can go on but I won't. Don't get me wrong it is great pay and can be rewarding but you must have thick skin when it comes to a grouchy doctor. Good luck to you and God bless.
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Victoria’s Answer

I think everyone will have a different answer to this, but personally, I think the most critical thing is to remember that someone's life is in your hands. Sure you will have providers' orders and such, but when someone(s) is under your care for 12+ hours, you have to remember that it is your priority to help them the best you can. Over time with any job, people can get lax or indifferent, but I think in healthcare, you always have to focus and bring your A-game when you come to work.

Someone had suggested trying a CNA job prior to becoming a RN. I think this is a good idea to get a glimpse of how it can be as a RN. Just keep in mind that the roles and responsibilities will be different as a RN.

With that said, good luck to you! Nursing is very rewarding and we could all use more nurses.
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