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Expectation, Reality. Nurses Edition.

Expectation, Reality. Nurses Edition.

“Nursing is not just an ART, it has a heART. Nursing is not just a SCIENCE, but it has a conSCIENCE.” –Nursebuff.com

Think about what goes through a nurses mind during the day? What can they do to make this high stress on the go job easier?  Theres lots of articles and websites like ‘Workingnurse.com‘ dedicated For Nurses….Here’s a bit of that inspiration….

Different Nursing fields have been ranked high in today’s top jobs. And there are over 3 million nurses in the US, in perspective, that’s as many people we have living in LA. (Great facts about Nursing)

In the medical profession,  especially nursing,  everyday you will have an expectation and then,  you have reality. Thinking back to nursing school, Students remarked how teachers make it seem so black and white…. like, the doctor will answer your questions. Truth is, most Doctors have more patients and less sleep then you do. And right now you can have over 9 patients per shift, it’s not going to ever be ideal . Staffing ratios have been a long term debate. (more about Nursing staffing ratios.)

You wont always get a break, your shift never ends on time, and don’t expect a thanks. Themes commonly heard in today streams.

Even though these are real statements, 80% of Nurses find there job fulfilling and are truly happy in their careers.

“It’s not just a job..it’s your passion and identity” (Facts vs. Myths about nursing)  One Nurse remarks in an article when ask if nursing is just being a job said, “No matter how hard you try, more then one of your patients will find a way to twist themselves into your soul.”

This is more then just a Job. And yes, even your training can’t fully prepare you for what to expect everyday, but I can guarantee, you will always be on duty if there is someone who’s in need. You will see a family in those “last moments” where visiting hours need to bend. You respect the more experienced Nurses being harder and the possibility of hurting your feelings because they are role models.

Its worth going through the proper  training because…

You have a truly unique experience with your fellow nurses then any other environment. So the job is never boring..You will get in at least 4 miles of walking in a 12-hr shift. So you’ll never have to worry about not getting exercise. And you can always advance your career in different fields of the medical profession. So you’ll never feel like your in a dead-end job.

Roy T. Bennett once said, “To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.”

Think about the message you’d want to leave for your future self…think about what kind of legacy you can leave.. and then…

Be yourself. You bring something to the table that no one else can. And you are improving lives. For better…or worse, this is Nursing.

(Here are some of the best blogs with resources for those in Nursing.)