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I've heard that nursing can be fun and dangerouse. I've been wanting to do it for a while but I don't know if it's worth it. What do I do? If you can provide advice, thank you.

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Bhavna’s Answer

Hello Zoey,
It is important to weigh the pros and cons of becoming a nurse in your decision-making process. Nursing can be both rewarding and challenging, so it's important to assess if you have the right aptitude, skills and dedication necessary to be successful. Do your research, talk to current and former nurses, and visit a hospital or other healthcare setting to get a sense of what a day in the life of a nurse is like. Additionally, consider the educational requirements for nursing – what type of program or degree you would need to become a nurse, how long it will take and if there is any tuition assistance available. Finally, make sure that the benefits of becoming a nurse outweigh the potential risks or dangers.
I hope this helps.Goodluck.
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Bekah’s Answer

I think when it comes to fun and danger, the answer really depends on your perspective! Are you afraid of blood? Then maybe nursing isn't for you. Haha. But dangerous in terms of disease exposure and even the patients you may get - yeah it has its dangers. There is personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect you from disease and plenty of policies and education to help further facilitate that. As long as I've been a nurse, I've never acquired any infections from the hospital. And to be honest, it's often more dangerous for our patients, and that's why it's so crucial we use our PPE and keep up with things like adequate hand hygiene - our patients are usually under more severe stress/at risk for infection/often have lowered immune systems due to infection/disease processes. So, yes, it has it's dangers in regards to disease, but I would think of it more as a position of advocacy for your patients, or protecting them. If you take care of them, you'll be taking care of you too (and vice versa).

Now, there are times where you may get patients that are unpredictable or rude, but hospitals have policies to help protect staff and also have security on staff. Just know your team and take care of each other!

As for the fun, I'd say the most fun comes from the camaraderie and going above and beyond for your patients when you get the chance. Days on the floor aren't easy. They're hard. Period. But man, when you have a good team around you, it makes ALL the difference. And what's even cooler is that only you and them know what it's like to do what you do! You literally bond over things like poo and IV sticks. Who else in your life can do that?

The problem solving, the helping, the saving, and the healing is fun. But this job isn't for the faint of heart. Nursing school isn't just a "hard phase" before nursing. NURSING IS HARD. It's busy, you have to keep your emotions in check, constantly be willing to ask questions/learn, and your body will ache and get tired. So will those moments be worth it? -- The ones where you see a deadly infection cleared, someone get back on their feet after a wreck, watching someone breathe again after coding, holding a scared and confused woman's hand, being with someone whose family member is dying... Can these moments, that seem so "glamorous" or heroic in nature - but are so short in real life - be enough for you between the long hours day to day? Between the lost battles - like the limb your diabetic patient lost, or the patient that didn't revive during a code? That's what I would be asking myself. It's hard. But there's a reason nurses are the most trusted profession in the world. You need a soft heart, nerves of steel, quick feet, and a mind to learn. If you have that, this might be for you.

Best of luck!
Thank you comment icon This was super helpful, thank you! zoey
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Ronald’s Answer

Is medicine/nursing dangerous? It can be, but if you’re careful and use the protective equipment you will be ok and safe.
Thank you comment icon You rock! This advice is very helpful. zoey
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