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Nursing - a way of life.
Nursing in general
Member Name: hh1983
Nursing in general
Date: 28/03/11, updated on 09/11/11 (97 review reads)
Advantages: great career
Disadvantages: can be emotional tough
Nursing isnt a 'job' to me. It certainly is a vocation and you really need to be a certain type of person to be a nurse. You need to WANT to do this as your career.
I started my training at the earliest age i was able to, 17 1/2, after i had completed my A-Levels in French, German and English (originally thinking i wanted to be a teacher) and went to my local University so that i didnt incur the cost of living away from home and get to my eyeballs in debt. Instead, i lived with my parents and lapped up the student lifestyle from there.
The student lifestyle when you are a student nurse, i believe is quite different from that of a student studying something such as History or Sciences. In most University courses, your terms are filled with lectures and assignments with deadlines, and many evenings filled with alcohol and partying. Dont get me wrong as a student nurse, i did my fair share of partying and going out, but half your course was lectures and assignments, but 7 weeks in every 14 were dedicated to the real thing. Working on the wards with a mentor and sometimes an associate mentor working the shifts asked of you and performing the practicalities of the job. To begin with, this was great, knowing i was in my first year and had another 2 to go took a lot of pressure away from what i was actually going to be responsible for, and at the end of the 7 week placement, which differed every term. It was in my 3rd year that the pressure suddenly dawned on me that i would be looking after 9-18 patients in less than a year and not only undertaking the practical skills such as wound dressings and tablet administration, but actually had to prioritise my workload and manage my time effectively. EEEEKK, after 3 years i got my Dip He Nursing - general. Thats my diploma in nursing to you and me.
Now the hard work and dedication began.....
Now nursing is not a case of making people better like a conveyor belt. It encompasses so many other things and at times can be emotionally draining. I have on a few occasions come home wondering whether i am cut out for the job or upset because despite all my efforts a patient had become very unwell. This is sole destoying, which is why you need to be able to adapt a system whereby you can reflect on the job, but not take it home to your family, or it can consume you.
I get so much satisfaction seeing a patient walk out of the hospital with a smile on their face knowing that the reason they had been admitted into hospital had been resolved thanks to the Multi-displinary team and myself of course!
Not all patients walk out of the hosptial, some sadly lose ther battle and pass on, but this does not mean as nurses we cannot give them the most dignified send off, and this is the last thing we can do for our patients and is an important aspect of patient care.
On a lighter note, chocolates and biscuits we have been given from patients has certainly added to the pounds around my stomach, making the uniform all that tighter!!
Nursing, as well as the practical skills which are developed over time with practice has other elememts, such as teamwork with your colleugues, documentation, the ability to communicate effectively with staff, patients and relatives too. far more complex than i thought when i first started my training.
I won't bore you any longer than to conclude that nursing is a fabulous career choice for me. I have cried in happiness and sadness, i have never laughed so much as when i am at work. A rewarding career that is hard work.
I am only speaking from a personal level and that i love my job and will do my upmost for my patients.
I hope that on the most part Nursing as a profession will gain a better name for itself as i know many people that put a lot of effort into their jobs as nurses.
Many thanks for reading, and i hope that this has not appeared offensive in any way.
Summary: great career choice!
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