Stressful? Yes!

I am here to say that yes, nursing is stressful.  They pretty much tell you that day 1 of nursing school.  If you don't think you can handle the stress, quit school THAT VERY DAY and get your money back, nursing is NOT FOR YOU!!!!!!!!  I have been an LVN for 4 years and honestly LOVE my career.  I intend to go back to school to get my RN and eventually my Nurse Practitioner license.  My approach to nursing is simple; treat people the way I would want to be treated in the same situation.  Wait, that sounds familiar.....OH YEAH, it's called the GOLDEN RULE!  It should be called the Golden Rule of Nursing!  And I say 'in the same situation' because currently I work in the Dallas County Jail.  I care for anywhere from 50 to 500 inmates on a daily basis and I love what I do!  I am not there to judge (not that I haven't, but have never treated anyone differently for being in there EXCEPT for a 37yr old child molester with HIV and herpes)!  I go there daily knowing that it could just as easily be me in there for not paying a speeding ticket as any one of those people in there and for that reason I do all I can within reason to take care of their medical needs, even if it's just giving them a bandaid.  It's called compassion and WWWAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY too many nurses these days are sorely lacking in it!  I'm sorry if I offend anyone, but if you don't like nursing - DON'T DO IT!  The people of the world in general deserve a better nurse than you if you are only in it for the money! 

Try this just one day - treat people the way you would want to be treated and see how much more appreciative they are. 

P.s.  It makes the stress seem really trivial!  One patient's expression of gratitude makes up for the 100 before them that didn't express their thanks!

tinkerbell75 tinkerbell75
31-35, F
5 Responses Dec 16, 2009

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No offense, but I am just really interested in seeing your attitude toward the stress aspect of the job once you are an RN on a med-surg for a while. I thought LVN was stressful too, when I was an LVN. After being an RN for a while, I gladly went back to an LVN job. It's absolute heaven in comparison.

..."EXCEPT for a 37yr old child molester with HIV and herpes." This was not compassion or mercy. <br />
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I've criticized doctors and nurses but I've also complimented them. <br />
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"And I remember the tears of wonder in my eyes when I looked down at my nephew Sebastian who was premature and only weighted two pounds and there he was, In the hospital crib, with a slight smile on his face thinking of some magical baby thoughts and was alive and glowing like an angel because of the nurses and doctors care and I want to say thank you."

wow that would be insane. i don't think i'd like it. treating prisoners would simply remind me of my own situation. i'd remember times where i am in pain and i'd suffer. but perhaps strong people are nurses and this is why you are there. sharing love is becoming strong. and sharing strength is like nursing in these conditions. i have conditions that need nursing. i go to doctors. i appreciate them, but most importantly myself because i kick myself so i can get going every day.

I'm going back to school to become an RN. I went into the Marine Corps when I was 17 and after 4 years, I got out and now have a job that pays well and is very secure but I just want more. I want to love what I do ya know? I watched the labor and delivery nurses when I was in the hospital having my babies and said, "that's it' that's what I want to do!" So, I started the back to school journey. It's hard with3 young ones and work but I'm determined. I'm debating whether I want to do L&D or NICU. Both interest me greatly. I work well under stress and pressure so I hope I'll do good.<br />
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Thanks for this post! It's interesting that you work in a jail, was that your choice? I think your awesome, it takes a certain kind of person to work in that wishes and take care.