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 ex