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 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

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

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

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's the biggest myth about nursing?

I think the biggest myth is that we simply do what we're told. That is 100% not true.If I'm giving a medication, I need to know what it does, what the safe dose is, how to give it, and what the side effects are. If the prescriber orders a medication I think

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

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

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 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

Do nurses work more than they get paid?

Frankly, yes. Sometimes it is true we are paid for what we know, as not every patient care experience turns into a life threatening emergency. However, those emergencies do occur, sometimes in the blink of an eye and the nurse has to act

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

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

What is best way to start a nurse escort business?

Escort business is a very lavish business and it has lots of money.First thing you need to do is make the proper business plan and then execute it step by step.Create a calendar for each model and just inform them where to go and when. But that's not it.

What would a midwife never tell a patient about what goes on behind the scenes?

In my experience, the answer is nothing. There are certainly things that we might gloss over, depending on sensitivities the woman has explicitly or implicitly communicated (the size of the epidural needle, the amount of blood that might result from a delivery,

As a doctor or nurse, what is the most unethical thing you have done or you have heard of a fellow doctor/nurse doing involving a patient?

On 9/3/18 at approximately 0400, an nurse got a patient up out of bed to have a bowel movement. As the patient was sitting on the bedside commode, he/she arrested. It wasn't until the next day did I find out just how unsafe that nurse really was as the details emerged.Backstory; the patient

As a doctor/nurse, what made you most jealous when a patient took off their clothes?

I am not a doctor or nurse, so will speak as an acupuncturist.Nothing has ever made me jealous. This is a job. My head is in a different place. I don't even go there. Do I see if someone is attractive? Yes, but in

As a nurse, what is the most outrageous thing a patient has yelled at you for?

I was working night shift on the med/surg floor. I happened to be good at starting IV's simply because I had worked in one day surgery for years and we started tons of IV's. When you do that many, you either get good at

Why are female nurses more competent than male nurses?

That's not true! Whoever asked this question knows better!!That is a stereotypical myth because females are thought to be caregivers. Males make awesome nurses. They are often highly skilled, intelligent, critical thinkers, and bring a different perspective to healthcare.I enjoy working with male nurses.

As a nurse or doctor, what is the worst thing you've ever had to do?

When I was an intern working in a big city ER we had an accident victim arrive with a massive head injury. She was young and pretty but the back of her head was basically missing and what was left of her brains was visible and spilling out. Her family arrived, miraculously while her

Has a nurse ever lied to you?

I spent 8 days in ICU, and was transferred to a rehab unit to learn to walk again. I had literally been flat on my back for two weeks, and could only sit up with help. I was also in pain.I have slept with a CPAP machine for well over a decade. My machine

As a nurse or a doctor, have you ever treated anyone famous?

I visited a well known actor who lived in Malibu. He was on hospice. I think he was in his 50's or so. Total jerk. He was just rude to the nurses.I saw a well known judge. It was so sad. He was peeing on the floor. So confused.I saw

Nurses, what kind of gifts have patients given you?

Nurses are not allowed to accept individual gifts. Gifts were left to the ward but I can't recall anything in detail. I was blessed with what all Nurses receive from patients. People sharing their stories, fears, and concerns. It is a vulnerable time for people and they trust you with very private things that are not normally

As a doctor or nurse, what's the most ridiculous thing you've heard a visitor say?

#1. The ones that come in claiming that they are a doctor so and so, or nurse who and who. Earlier in my nursing career, I got excited when a family member told me she had been a long time nurse,

As a doctor or nurse, what are some dead giveaways that a person is a medical/nursing student or intern?

There's a world of difference between the two.Medical students usually wear short white jackets and swagger around with an air of superiority that's frightening unwarranted.They have never been scared out of their minds that someone will die because they don't know much. Because fear paralyzed them. They probably haven't

Do nurses work with one specific doctor?

We had the primary heart surgeon of the hospital take the same nurse to make rounds ... she was the only one who could stand him ... lol. But he was so good that he didn't get upset very often because all his patients did well, post op.

What is an unknown aspect of being a nurse?

I got out of a lot of speeding tickets? True story. I got out of two speeding tickets on one Memorial Day weekend because I was wearing scrubs and had my hospital I'd.

Do most nurses see patients as nuisances?

I am not a nurse, but I have worked with many in a variety of settings.For the vast majority, no, their patients are not a nuisance. Nursing, especially hospital based nursing is hard work. It has high physical, cognitive, emotional demands. I don't think they would choose