If you want to be a nurse here are some of things you must do – both the good and the bad! Read on…
There are over 3.8 million registered nurses all over the US that are not enough to meet the demand for nursing care in the country. And until 2026, there will be more than 200,000 nursing jobs available in the market.
That’s why enrolling in a nursing training program will be the right choice for you right now because you’ll certainly be employed at the end of your training.
Indeed, nursing is a good career choice, but you must know what you have to go through on the job.
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With this in mind I put together this guide on the good and the bad of being a nurse.
Here are eight things that you have to do when you are a qualified nurse on the job.
As a concept, being a nurse is to care for patients in a health care facility during your 8-hour shift. But it’s a lot more than that because shifts will become longer with your career progress. Also, you’ll take care of the management and other immediate tasks, such as information filling, counseling, and attending to family members of patients. Moreover, you’ll be called on duty during holidays and weekends due to emergencies and staff shortages. Additionally, your shifts will revolve between days and nights, along with not enough time for rest and other chores between shifts.
Most nurses start as registered nurses, and due to low pay, they decide to upgrade and become a graduate of nursing. Suppose you are working as a registered nurse. In that case, transforming yourself into a BSN will be a great idea to attract lucrative positions for you.
During your task, you’ll be required to remember a great deal of information and act on it. First, you have to remember everything related to your patients’ conditions, and there will be several patients in your ward. Second, you must recall all of your attending doctor’s instructions to fall in line with the treatment plan. Yes, there will be a lot to keep track of, and you will make errors. But, with practice, you’ll become accustomed to it, and things will become second nature to you.
Nursing is not a profession where you’ll sway your magic wand, and patients will become healthy instantly. But you have to undergo many serious situations where lives will be at stake. Yes, you’ll encounter deaths often on your job. If you are assigned duty in an emergency room, you’ll see at least ten deaths in a month. That will put a lot of pressure on you emotionally, but remember, it is a part of the nursing care business. Plus, you’ll have to stay with family members of the deceased and face their involuntary actions.
Before starting your nursing job, you’ll think of many plans for your extra time. But it will eventually fade away with the progress of your career. You’ll come home tired due to your shift hours, and you’ll go to bed right away. The next day, you’ll wake up and go back to your long-hour shift. Also, you’ll become an expert, and you’ll be required for extra time on weekends and holidays. Slowly, the thin line between your life and work will vanish, and your patients will become your second family.
The reality of the nursing field is a bit harsh because the pay everywhere is not enough for anyone to meet basic living necessities and save along the way. Yes, you’ll be taking overtime and extra shifts to earn some more bucks. But your pay will not be enough that can give you peace of mind. That’s why consider the economic benefits of other professions that you can do. Choose to be a nurse if it satisfies you from all aspects, along with the financial point of view.
You have to walk all day and care for patients always in a hurry during your job. You’ll be attending one patient in your ward, and another patient will need emergency treatment. That’s why you’ll be running and exhausting yourself all day. So, if you don’t focus on your diet, you’ll eventually become weak. As a result, you’ll no longer be energetic during your job, resulting in poor performance. That’s why you have to be very cautious about your calorie intake every day.
Your shifts will be long enough to make you exhausted each day, and you’ll walk several miles in your facility on the job. Also, you’ll lift many things and sweat a lot. All of such hustle will create stress on your body. You’ll have no energy left to do anything for leisure after your shifts. You cannot even think about cooking a meal after your shifts. That’s a harsh reality that your body has to cope with in a nursing career. So, if you have a tough body, choose nursing as a career. Otherwise, you can even fall unconscious when you have to spend 8 hours standing and walking without a break.
Before beginning a nursing profession, you will be exposed to mortality regularly. You will be required to perform far more than you expect. You’ll also be exhausted, forget details, lose your personal life, be underpaid, and spend too much time on a landline phone. So, think about everything and then decide to choose a nursing career. Otherwise, you’ll not like what you’ll have to face in your first month of professional duties. Have a great day.
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