What are some reasons for a person to stay away from the nursing profession?

Two back surgeries, knee replacement, arthritis in my hands and most of my joints, blood sugars that I was unable to control over a 12 hour shift etc etc. I wasn't fast anymore. At anything. It was time to leave after 35 years.

How many years does it take to become a nurse?

It all depends on what level of education that you attain. If you only get an associates degree, the program is two years long. But you also have to complete prerequisites, so it's about three years in total. Getting your bachelors degree usually requires about

Where does nursing profession stand among the top professions? Do other professionals have good impression about nursing?

I think nursing is generally well respected, similarly to fire fighters, policemen, and doctors because we perform a service which benefits society.

As a nurse, what are the most important lessons you've learned over the years?

Aside from clinical concepts and techniques:People in crisis hear only about 10% of what you tell them.Patience is essential when dealing with people in crisis.You can't choose your emotional reaction to a problem, but you can choose whether or not to act on it.When in doubt, wash your hands.It isn't hard to

Why do some nurses become unhappy with their chosen career?

Burn out happens rather quickly in some cases. Which cases you ask? The ones that go in it for the money mostly.Those are the nurses that you see looking miserable I would venture to say.But there is also a lot of political crap going on, all wrapped in money, that is affecting

How do clinicians in the healthcare industry learn to separate themselves from their jobs and not be bothered by things they see everyday? How do they not take those memories home with them?

Memories are always there. Some fade w time. Each person reacts differently. I cried after deaths for first 8 yrs. My Spirit couldn't grieve anymore. That was strange 8 yrs w no tears. Then, it balanced out. Cry sometimes w really bad stuff.

How long have you been a nurse?

Over 34 years. I graduated with a BSN in 1983 and have worked full-time ever since in many, many capacities.When patients or other healthcare personnel asked me, "How long have you been a nurse?" I answered: ___________ years, and I have been trying to get out of it for ______________ years." You

How long have you been a nurse?

Over 34 years. I graduated with a BSN in 1983 and have worked full-time ever since in many, many capacities.When patients or other healthcare personnel asked me, "How long have you been a nurse?" I answered: ___________ years, and I have been trying to get out of it for ______________ years." You

Why do some nurses become unhappy with their chosen career?

Burn out happens rather quickly in some cases. Which cases you ask? The ones that go in it for the money mostly.Those are the nurses that you see looking miserable I would venture to say.But there is also a lot of political crap going on, all wrapped in money, that is affecting

How do clinicians in the healthcare industry learn to separate themselves from their jobs and not be bothered by things they see everyday? How do they not take those memories home with them?

Memories are always there. Some fade w time. Each person reacts differently. I cried after deaths for first 8 yrs. My Spirit couldn't grieve anymore. That was strange 8 yrs w no tears. Then, it balanced out. Cry sometimes w really bad stuff.

What role does sociology play in nursing?

Everything. Sociology is essentially the study of social groups in a given culture. That directly impacts nursing clients and improves the nurses' ability to communicate with the patient/client with some understanding of their cultural background and expectations. I just happen

How do nurses use math?

Yes they do. Nurses routinely use addition, fractions, ratios and algebraic equations each workday to deliver the right amount of medication to their patients or monitor changes in their health. Nursing schools often test new students on their mathematical prowess, requiring a remedial course in medical math if

What is it like being a Hospice Care nurse?

When I worked as a Hospice nurse, it gave me a sence of satisfaction that I sometimes did not feel in other areas of nursing. While it was sad at times and it would seem by others to be depressing, the ability to provide comfort and support for someone that knows they

What are the pros and cons of working as a male nurse?

Obviously, I can't write from the male nurse perspective. I work with male nurses and the obvious drawback is guys get called for all the violent patients and to do the heavy lifting. By heavy lifting, I am not limiting the comment to heavy patients. I can't lift

Why do people believe women may be good nurses?

Nursing the sick and injured has been the responsiblity of the family for most of human history. It may be because women were more often near home while hunters ranged further that the task fell to them. It was women in the 19th century who professionalized nursing and proactively worked to improve sanitation and living conditions.

How long have you been a nurse?

Over 34 years. I graduated with a BSN in 1983 and have worked full-time ever since in many, many capacities.When patients or other healthcare personnel asked me, "How long have you been a nurse?" I answered: ___________ years, and I have been trying to get out of it for ______________ years." You

As a nurse, what are the most important lessons you've learned over the years?

Aside from clinical concepts and techniques:People in crisis hear only about 10% of what you tell them.Patience is essential when dealing with people in crisis.You can't choose your emotional reaction to a problem, but you can choose whether or not to act on it.When in doubt, wash your hands.It isn't hard to

How to deal with the loss of patients as a Hospice Care nurse

There are several ways. Some staff saw their own private therapist(s). If you had a significant other who would listen, that was a good way to deal with it. Some of the agencies I worked with had get together sessions where

Why would someone become a nurse over becoming a doctor or become a doctor over becoming a nurse?

Thank you everyone for your comments I appreciate it!!! Am I correct to say that doctors have 2 main tasks:They are the ones who act as investigators in finding out what is wrong with the patient through either physical examination/communicating with them and/or through collecting results such as

What exactly happens in the hospital after an alcohol poisoning?

The highest alcohol level I have ever seen in a patient who recovered was 756mg per 100ml of blood.In context, the drink drive limit in the U.K is 80mg/100ml.The individual concerned was so deeply unconscious that he was unable to protect

Nurses: What is the most frightening experience you have ever had at work?

Thanks for the A2A!It was not frightening in the moment, but required professional debriefing for all of the staff after the reality of what COULD have happened sunk in a few hours later.Several years ago, an ambulance brought in a patient in severe pain from metastatic liver cancer. Patient was

Why would someone become a nurse over becoming a doctor or become a doctor over becoming a nurse?

Thank you everyone for your comments I appreciate it!!! Am I correct to say that doctors have 2 main tasks:They are the ones who act as investigators in finding out what is wrong with the patient through either physical examination/communicating with them and/or through collecting results such as

What exactly happens in the hospital after an alcohol poisoning?

The highest alcohol level I have ever seen in a patient who recovered was 756mg per 100ml of blood.In context, the drink drive limit in the U.K is 80mg/100ml.The individual concerned was so deeply unconscious that he was unable to protect

As a nurse, what is something you never fail to enjoy doing?

So many things to enjoy about nursing; working with new nurses, helping to develop their potential to become better practitioners and assisting patients to gain strength and learn new skills to take better care of themselves are tops on my list.After such a long career, and

Can a nurse become an astronaut?

The of the minimum requirements for NASA astronauts is an accredited college degree in engineering or science or a medical degree (i.e. a medical doctor). I am not sure that a nursing degree would qualify as either.I'm also skeptical that nursing experience would be viewed positively in a candidate.Please note that

Nurses: What is the most frightening experience you have ever had at work?

Thanks for the A2A!It was not frightening in the moment, but required professional debriefing for all of the staff after the reality of what COULD have happened sunk in a few hours later.Several years ago, an ambulance brought in a patient in severe pain from metastatic liver cancer. Patient was

What is the saddest thing you have ever seen as a hospice nurse?

Really and truly the saddest thing I have seen .... The precordial thump.No, not the ones like you see in tv and movies, where the doctor slams his fist down in the middle of the heart to get it beating after nothing else (including chest compressions from

What screams 'I'm a nurse'?

Hmm...the bags under my eyes that never go away no matter how much sleep I get while working 12-hour plus shifts on night shift?the inability to get excited or worked up about anything your children or spouse might get themselves into ...

What are some unwritten rules of being a nurse?

Do not go into a fellow nurses room and mess with their pumps or patients, unless it's critical you do so.One nurse did this to another and it created a patient safety problem and coworker friction. Jen (names changed) was caring for a very sick patient. She was calling doctors, starting lines, drips etc.

As a nurse, how do you keep people calm when they don't like getting shots?

I'm not a nurse, but I used to be a phlebotomist, so I feel like I can answer this question. For those that don't know, a phlebotomist is someone who draws blood. So that was my whole entire job, probably 100–200 blood draws a day. For context, I also worked

As a nurse, what is the most embarrassing thing that happened to you?

I was working as an agency nurse and was called in last minute to cover patients for 2 sick nurses. The facility was an Alzheimer's unit I had never been to before. A quick tour gave me the general idea of the layout. I was overloaded and couldn't get time for even a bathroom break. I

What screams 'I'm going to be a difficult patient!'?

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What's the best nursing shoes?

Health workers told him everything was going to change. He was enrolled in a new pilot project, funded by Medicare and Medicaid, and the care would be an experiment: who would use the federal and state money to cover not only medical care but also meals, transportation and just about

As a nurse, what is the most embarrassing thing that happened to you?

I was working as an agency nurse and was called in last minute to cover patients for 2 sick nurses. The facility was an Alzheimer's unit I had never been to before. A quick tour gave me the general idea of the layout. I was overloaded and couldn't get time for even a bathroom break. I

What screams 'I'm going to be a difficult patient!'?

Edit: I'm getting a lot of messages and responses about

What's the best nursing shoes?

Health workers told him everything was going to change. He was enrolled in a new pilot project, funded by Medicare and Medicaid, and the care would be an experiment: who would use the federal and state money to cover not only medical care but also meals, transportation and just about

Why are nurses important?

I am not sure who you are or what prompted this question. My 46 years as a nurse and nurse Practitioner seems to make this question unanswerable, if you have to ask it.I will admit early in my nursing education this came out of the history of nursing and says it all. Florence Nightingale, the English founder of

As a doctor or nurse, what is the most racist thing you've ever heard another doctor or nurse say?

In my entire career I never heard a doctor or nurse say a racist comment. The worst medical professionals I have ever met would simply not do this. Doctors and nurses are committed to taking care of human beings period full stop and I have been up at 4 AM exhausted with African American nurses and doctors working

As a doctor or nurse, what is the most smug patient you ever encountered?

Interestingly I had a patient who was a marathon runner and generally big athlete. For a while he noticed he was getting fatigued more and more ,and experienced shortness of breath. After a disturbing visit we found that he had leukemia. I sent him to a

What can doctors do that nurses cannot?

It depends what you mean with "can". If you mean from the legal point of view, there are many things that a Medical Doctor can do that a Nurse cannot do. If instead you mean "can" as being able to do, there are many things that a Nurse can do that a Medical

As a nurse or doctor, what's the most devastating neglect of health you've seen?

I have two different patients that come to mind when thinking about neglect of health. The first was an elderly lady who was brought in unconscious after being found on the floor in her home. She had laid there for an unknown amount of

Why do nurses think they are doctors?

Doctor is a job title and job description, not a rank.In the EMR I teach, the individuals caring for the patients, nursing assistants, doctors, physical therapists, nurses, respiratory therapists, dietitians, chaplains and so on....They are all on the TREATMENT TEAM.I don't ever want to be cared for by seriously rank-oriented, defensive, unprofessional medical personnel. I WANT

Who's the funniest patient you've ever had as a doctor or nurse?

During my intern year, we had a 60-something-year-old male patient hospitalized after a stroke. He had stayed a while in ICU, then was stabilised and came to our service. Let's call him Martin.After the incident he had almost no motor limitations, but a major speech impediment, a type of aphasia that