I've spent a lot of time working in less stressful environments as well. I love the teaching aspect of nursing...giving my patients the tools they need to get healthy and stay healthy. Whether it's in dialysis or mental health or emergency services, giving a patient a few digestible nuggets can make a huge impact on how they treat themselves in the future and whether or not they become ready to learn more.
My favorite part of being a nurse is the diversity, opportunities, and ongoing growth opportunities.
Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, I worked in public health. The job involved making home visits. My work involved pregnant women and children. I would receive a referral from the clinic regarding a pregnant teen or first-time mother. Then I would open a case and do monthly home visits, including education, assessments, and referrals to needed services. I enjoyed the job very much, and found it to be very rewarding. The nice thing about being a nurse is that you can specialize in so many different areas and learn about different specialties as you go along. In my current role as a family nurse practitioner, I work with older adults as well, and I find the work just as rewarding in many ways.