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What I Love Most About Being a Nurse

Updated on February 20, 2013
  • 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:
  1. whole families,
  2. doctors,
  3. radiologists,
  4. technicians,
  5. nurses assistants,
  6. nurse managers,
  7. hospital administrators,
  8. visitors,
  9. social workers,
  10. housekeepers,
  11. other nurses, and the list can go on and on.

  • The list of a nurses daily duties are;
  1. answering the phone,
  2. taking messages,
  3. teaching,
  4. bathing,
  5. charting,
  6. feeding,
  7. monitoring,
  8. checking vital signs,
  9. reading charts,
  10. assisting physicians,
  11. dressing changes,
  12. assigning duties,
  13. changing diapers,
  14. making beds,
  15. giving medication,
  16. greeting visitors,
  17. 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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      Tammy Lochmann 2 years ago


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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      To my thinking nurses are by far the heart and soul of every hospital.

      Great hub!

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      Tammy Lochmann 5 years ago

      Hi Kaitlyn,

      The answer to that question is--NOT ENOUGH. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kaitlyn 5 years ago

      What is your yearly wage? not to be rude.

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      Tammy Lochmann 5 years ago

      Hi kittythedreamer! Thank you for your most thoughtful assessment of this hub. Nursing is definitely rewarding. I truly love what I do even thought it can be very stressful at times. I am so glad to see someone who is going into nursing for the love of it because that is rare these days.

      Thanks again

      Tammy Lochmann

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      You make me excited to be a nurse! I'm just finishing my first semester in the RN program. It's been difficult but I have to say that I absolutely love working at the hospital for's been eye-opening but fulfilling and rewarding already! Thanks for writing this. :)

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      Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

      Hi fucsia...Thanks for taking the time to read and make a comment on this hub. Nice to meet you.

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      The work of nurses is complex, sometimes frustrating but also full of feeling, love and satisfaction. Thanks.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Hi noorin... nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by and following. I will have to return the favor

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      noorin 7 years ago from Canada

      Great hub =) Shows a lot of good virtues in you ... Rated it up and will be following you =)

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Pamela...You are so right I know there are more things I just couldn't think of them all at once (it can be mind boggling as you know). So glad to be acquainted with another Nurse here on HP. Nice to meet you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I loved your hub and it still probably cover all the things we do in a day of nursing. I can't work now but was a nurse for 22 years in all types of atmospheres. I always loved it. I think it does take a servants heart to put up with administration, paper work, yes still care for your patients. I'm glad you wrote this hub.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      festersporling....thank you for reading and taking the time to make a comment. I really enjoy being a Nurse it is very rewarding.

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I think any job where you can help people (nursing, teaching) has got to be very rewarding. Glad you enjoy what you do!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago nice to know that you have been on both sides of the fence. I do really enjoy being a nurse and the burnout hasn't hit me so I am blessed. I am very thankful to have a great job that I enjoy. Lotsa Love, Tammy

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      Hi Tammy,

      As someone who has seen nursing from both sides of the fence, I can honestly say that yes Nurses do work very hard at looking after patients in a big way.I did my nursing in the Air Force and although, I did not do midwifery, I had the wonderful privilege of delivering a baby while I was serving in the RAAF,what a buzz that was.!!!

      I have been looked after by hundreds of Nurses over the years and have seen countless numbers of examples of nursing professionals at work. I have been most impressed how over the years the standard has kept up in most cases.

      There have some very exceptional nurses who have looked after me and who I shall never forget. These were usually at Hospitals, where at a time, like after big operations, or when I had my stroke, have looked after me so well that I have never ever forgotten them.

      Regardless of where there are, Nurses will always be needed in our society and in my books they are No. 1

      Thank God and Florence Nightngale for Nurses Tammy. Keep up the good work. love from your friend Beautybabe.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      prasetio, Thankyou

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nursing a great job. I think not all of us devote ourselves by helping others. It need patience in taking care others. Two thumbs up for you, Tammy. And God bless you!

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      TattoGuy...LOL, be careful what you wish for.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Cheeky Girl...Thank you for such a lovely comment. You are so sweet. It is a rewarding fulfilling job. I enjoy it.

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      You can bedbath me anytime ; )

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      Nursing mught be a thankless job, but we have all had to be patched up and fixed up by some nurse at some point in our life. It's a rewarding and fulfilling job, done by people who are very giving and very dedicated. An honest profession! Nothing wrong with that! : )

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      zzron....Thank you your appreciation is not taken lightly. We don't get much recognition unless one of us does something wrong. It is really nice to meet you and I have read some of your stories.

      Sincerely, Tammy

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      zzron 7 years ago from Houston, TX.

      Thank you for the wonderful and hard work you do, my sister inlaw is a retired nurse. Thanks again.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      poetlorraine...Thank you so much for your lovely comment and taking the time to do so. Thank you again for stopping by. I am off to fold laundry.....Tammy

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      poetlorraine 7 years ago

      and still time to write my my..... lovely hub. We appreciate hard working nurses. Seems sometimes we take them for granted.

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Holle., thanks for visiting this lonely and old hub. I really do like being a nurse and it has it's ups and downs. No matter what I am proud to call myself a nurse. It really is a satisfying feeling when you help someone get better. I can imagine how proud you are of what your daughter does and hearing what a terrific nurse she is. Her mom is a great writer and pretty cool too!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      My mom was an RN for 34 years. She worked in public health and making home visits in the "bad" part of town was part of her job. Boy, the stories she could tell! She absolutely LOVED her career. My middle daughter followed in mom's footsteps, and she's made an excellent nurse. Sometimes I run into her patients, and they give me glowing reports of Shannon's professionalism and compassion. It makes me sooo proud!

      Kudos to you for choosing this path! From what I know of you, I'll bet you are a wonderful caregiver.

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      Cherie 8 years ago

      Hello, I'm searching for nursing related blogs like mine and I stumbled your site, nice blog!. I hope you could also include me in your blogroll.

      By the way, you have a very good writing skills here. Keep up the good work.

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      Tammy Lochmann 8 years ago

      My pleasure for sure. Thanks!

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      itakins 8 years ago from Irl

      From one nurse to another-welcome onboard.A nice tribute to our profession.

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      Tammy Lochmann 8 years ago

      Thank you sir. It is stories like yours that keep nurses doing what they do best. Thanks so much!

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      johnnyco12 8 years ago from Pascagoula, Ms

      This profession truly requires a servants heart. Having been born with a physical challenge,(spina bifida) I spent most of my growing up years in hospitals and needless to say some of my best friends are nurses. You know, it was really strange because I was terrified of doctors and never trusted any of them, but the nurses, they were my haven in the storm that life had thrust me into and I will always love and charish them for that. I hold a special place in my heart for the nursing staff at Shriners hospital in Shreveport La, who welcomed a scared and confused little boy into their home and hearts and helped me mold an overcomers attitude that has been a helped me greatly throughout all my life. I am glad to have you as my friend and my fan please allow me to be your fan as well.

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      Julie-Ann Amos 8 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Great hub thanks and thank you for answering my question