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What I Love Most About Being a Nurse
- Nursing is a very demanding profession, both mentally and physically.
- Nurses work long hours.
- Nurses spend most of their working hours on their feet.
- Nurses do not just take care of patients; they take care of:
- whole families,
- nurses assistants,
- nurse managers,
- hospital administrators,
- social workers,
- other nurses, and the list can go on and on.
- The list of a nurses daily duties are;
- answering the phone,
- taking messages,
- checking vital signs,
- reading charts,
- assisting physicians,
- dressing changes,
- assigning duties,
- changing diapers,
- making beds,
- giving medication,
- greeting visitors,
- drawing blood...and there are many more.
Then we get to go home.
What's to Love?
What's to love?
- The privilege to be able to comfort someone in their time of need.
- The privilege to be a support for a family or patient when they are grieving.
- The privilege to work with of some of the most intellectually and spiritually gifted people in the world.
- The privilege to go home after every long day and feel as thought I made a difference in someone's life.
- The feeling of satisfaction when duties are actually complete by the end of a long day.
- The feeling of pleasure when thanked for doing the most menial tasks.
- The feeling of pleasure when able to spend some extra time with a patient.
- The feeling of satisfaction when someone pays you a complement about your work.
- The feeling of gratification when you see someone recovering from illness.
- The satisfactory feeling of being a professional.
Looking Toward the Future
Sure, Nursing can be a demanding thankless job, if that's the way you want to think about it. It's easy to fall into the dreary morose world of the ill if you let yourself. Being a nurse requires hard work and dedication. We have to deal with the most difficult of personalities, and do it without losing our calm, gentle composure. For the most part we support each other; there are always exceptions of course.
There have been huge advancements in the world of medicine, even in the fifteen years that I have been part of that world. I love being a nurse, and I look forward to all that the future brings.
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