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I want to learn about what A Day in Life is like for a Nurse Practitioner. I have learned that if you are too sensitive you might need to reconsider your career options? Is this true?

Im asking because I learned that you may see many hurt people including people's death. I am a very sensitive person and hate seeing really hurt people. Should I think twice? #nursepractitioner #hospitals #medicine #nurse-management


Dear Azucena, I agree that it is important and wise for you to begin looking at your personality in relation to your career goals. I am looking into being a doctor and I am very sensitive to other people. I think that the doctors that I have had in the past that had these traits were the most life-changing. However, it is a balance you must be able to take care of yourself and manage your emotions to help other people. If you are able to work on taking care of yourself and your emotions I would say you will do great!! Christi W.

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Terri’s Answer

Azucena, I am glad that even though this is a field that you want to pursue, that you may have a hard time dealing with situations, people that are hurt or even death. It an indeed be hard job, but it also can be a very rewarding position. There are hospitals, hospice and other organizations that can allow you to follow a day in the life of a NP. Another option, would to be a volunteer at a hospital, nursing home or something similar. This would allow you to get a sneak peek at what may occur on a daily basis.

Thank you very much. I will actually be going to try and volunteer! Im sure that will help alot. Thank you for the time. Azucena P.

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Teresa’s Answer

It is very wise for you to consider your personality for a job. Your concern about being sensitive to another person's pain is considerate and may actually make you a better person for the role of nurse practitioner. Just because you are sensitive, this should not make you ineligible to be a caregiver. However, there are some people who really cannot be close to death or pain because it can "paralyze" you-- If you are overwhelmed when you are close to these things, then you can't act to help. If you are sensitive and it makes you respond appropriately, it makes you work even harder to help them to survive,then your sensitivity is a benefit. Best of luck!
Teresa

Thank you very much for taking the time and giving me great advice. It really helped me! Azucena P.

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