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What are your personal pros and cons about being a nurse?

What do you like about being a nurse and what are some challenges of being a nurse?

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Bhavna’s Answer

Pros:

-The satisfaction that comes from helping people during their time of need
-An opportunity to learn valuable medical knowledge and techniques
-The ability to witness amazing medical achievements and to help change the lives of patients
-High job security compared to other professions
-A professionally rewarding career that can also offer a good salary

Cons:

-Long and often unpredictable work hours
-Working under pressure in tough and sometimes emotionally taxing conditions
-Exposure to infectious diseases and hazardous materials
-Burnout from physically and mentally demanding shifts
-A risk of back and other health problems from lifting and moving heavy patients
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Gina’s Answer

Pros about a nurse - you get to help people, you do most of the patient care that you see doctors on TV shows doing (wound care, IVs, etc.), you learn a lot of about health and medicine and it makes you realize that it's the single reason we as a species live longer and are healthy, you are literally saving lives and helping people when they are the most vulnerable and it need of aid. There are so many types of nursing - working in the hospital, outpatient clinic, case management, clinical research, infusion, dialysis, the list goes on so you aren't stuck in one "place" if you don't want to be.
Cons - HARD WORK, working in the hospital is stressful, you don't get to sit down much, you are running around most of your shift, families and patients will yell at you, a doctor or colleague will also speak down to you or fight (but this can happen in any industry), if you are outpatient working with very sick people with little to no money makes you realize how broken this "great" country is in terms of healthcare and how we don't have any support or social services for the elderly or sick. It will make you cry to try and help a 85 year old with no money who lives alone and doesn't have many options, but you will be the one to help so that keeps me going. For me the biggest con isn't the patients or the doctors it's the fact that we are a health insurance country and that alone dictates patient care.
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J. Camille’s Answer

Yes. I had times I had to work other jobs until I was trained to work in my career field. I tried to take something from every job that I could apply to my next job.
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Brittany’s Answer

I love people. I feel like I get to build relationships with people, if only for a short time. I really like the time I get to spend with patients and their families. It let me use my strengths--caring, compassionate, etc and my critical thinking, time management, organization etc all together.

Sometimes I get bored with my job and a huge plus to nursing is that you can change specialties. You can always find something more or different that you want to do...or go back to school.
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