- Satisfaction on completed tasks and projects
- Paycheck, love getting money
- Working with co-workers, we get along and we get to enjoy time together while working
- Making a difference in customers lives and helping them achieve their goals
- Company culture- very engaging and its very important to the company that the employees enjoy working there. they make this a priority and you can see it throughout the company.
Least favorite parts- these aren't always happening all at once, but anytime we enter the workforce any of these can happen.
- Uncertainty, there is always an aspect of the unknown.
- workplace politics
- cliques within the work place
- not feeling supported
-getting micro managed
My least favorite is the patients yelling in my face while I’m trying to help. But I keep doing what I’m doing because not letting it get to me is important
Let me start with what I don't like: Lack of support. It's hard to find really good support staff or collegues who are as passionate and I've had several bosses who are supportive in concept, but in actuality are happy to let me do all the work. That's a bummer.
Then charting. There's a lot of documentation.
Now my favorite things: This is a much much longer list!
I get to work independently as an NP in my states. Not all NPs need a doctor overseeing their license or practice and I really like that. I LOVE building relationships in primary care, helping patients through tough health times, and seeing them on the other side. Being asked by a patient, "can you be my PCP?" is the biggest honor.
I love being able to flex my intellectual muscle. This job takes a lot of brain power and creativity! I've diagnosed things that have been missed for years by other clinicians because I did some detective work and research.
I'm not going to say it's all rosey. It's really hard, I get exhausted emotionally and physically and I've been burnt out, but I feel privileged that I get to help people when no one else is willing to.
For example, recently I had a patient admitted with terminal lung cancer. She was admitted on very high levels of oxygen and ultimately had to be placed on a ventilator. I got to care for her the entire time - from when she came and was talking and sweet and so pleasant, to connecting with her family while she was sedated and couldn't talk. Answering questions and being receptive was what really helped them manage in this trying time. Sadly, she was not able to survive the cancer and I grieved with the family for their loss. One of the family members reached out to me after and personally thanked me for the wonderful care I gave their loved one and told me that I made all the difference in their worse hours. I was truly touched, it reminded me of why I love what I do.
My least favorite part of my job is all of the politics and maintenance that goes into being a bedside nurse. Adapting to unit cultures, especially as someone who works in a different one all of the time, can be challenging. Learning to "pick your battles" when it comes to how a manager wants something done or dealing with strong personalities can be taxing overtime. In addition, maintaining education and credentials and can be expensive and time consuming to make sure you are always "compliant" so that you may legally work can be stressful if you are not organized. However, ultimately, if you find a unit and a manager that makes those burdens feel less so and you're in nursing for the right reasons, you'll be able to overcome that and find true pockets of joy in your career.
Hope this helps!
My least interesting part of the job is the stress caused by reckless and careless people doing wrong things, get into to lot of trouble with the customer and I am asked to go fix it in a high-stress environment.
As any job, sometimes I don't like the fact I need to work on a day when I would prefer to be doing something else at that time.