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"Public Health Education Is Much Needed...
I was surprised at how little people really know about their own health and what is good/bad for them. There is so much public education needed for preventative care as well as disease management." (Nursing; 2014)
"Filling Out Paperwork...
I was surprised by how much paper work there was. I thought that I would spend more time with patients. I also was surprised by how much I saw the business side of this industry." (Anesthetist Nurse; 2013)
"Difficulty Finding Work...
I was surprised at how difficult it was to obtain a job after graduating. Even though I had a vast amount of experience, new graduates were not being hired." (Registered Nurse; 2014)
"That the school I went to is well known for nursing BUT student from wsu are not well prepared for the Atmosphere of a hospital despite clinicals. Doctors have even commented on students that have came from my school are not that great nurses. It's been an adjustment mentally and physically cannot be tired on the job. Nursing have way more responsibility then I ever realized before. We need to beard more!" (Hospital; 2013)
"Nurse To Patient Ratio...
Most new nurses find themselves overwhelmed with the patient loads once they take patients independently. This often causes job stress and leads to burn out." (Registered Nurse; 2014)
"All The Different Things One Can See Working In A Hospital...
You would be surprised at the different hours people work within a hospital. You would be surprised at all the different duties a nurse has within a hospital including contact with patient and office work" (B.S.N; 2014)
I was surprised at how little time that I actually get to sit and talk with patients." (Registered Nurse; 2013)
"Versatility In Nursing...
I was surprised to find that in nursing you are able to fulfill personal goals which do not necessarily need to be related to patient care. In nursing you can pursue a career in management, IT, bedside care, insurance, etc." (Registered Nurse; 2013)
"I was surprised that continual education plays such a big part of being a nurse. I need to constantly be learning to stay up to date." (Hospital Nurse; 2013)
"May Need A Few Tries To Find Dream Job...
I was surprised by how common it is for nurses to switch jobs on a fairly frequent basis. I expected to graduate from nursing school, find a job, and stay in that job. However, as I witnessed and learned for myself, it sometimes takes a few tries to find the type of nursing that fits each nurse. The great thing about nursing is that there are so many different types of units and types of patients you can work with. I have been a nurse for 7 years and am in my third position. I think that I have finally found the type of nursing that I really like and that I will stay in." (Hospital Nurse; 2013)
"I was surprised when I realized how appreciative others are of what I do for a living. Nursing requires a strong sense of empathy and caring for strangers, and as nurses, we often find ourselves in delicate situations." (Hospital Nurse; 2013)
I was surprised that I love the job more than the salary that I earn." (Nurse; 2014)
"There Is Large Variety In Nursing Specialties...
People might be surprised about the many different specialties there are in nursing. For instance I work in a NICU but people knowing I am a nurse sometimes think I know a lot about things like cardiac meds, diabetes or other disorders concerning adults. While I may know some things about these topics, I am specialized in sick babies and am not interchangeable with say, a cardiac nurse." (Registered Nurse; 2014)
"Communication Skills Are Very Important...
I was surprised how hard it's to communicate with the patients. Sometimes it's very hard to tell them that their life is in danger. Often they won't even listen to you." (Hospital Nurse; 2013)
"I was surprised how much things are different from the training I received in school compared actually working my field. Nursing changes so fast, the equipment, the evidence based practices, the standardization of protocols for certain diagnosis. I was surprised how nursing education does not keep up with the current practices used by the hospitals." (Registered Nurse; 2013)
"Not Prepared For Death Of Patients...
I was surprised at the amount of patience I would need to deal with patients. I was also surprised at how I would feel when a patient was very sick and I was afraid they would die." (Registered Nurse; 2012)
"It surprised me that nursing was a extremely demanding job. It is very stressful and patients can be very rude. I was also surprised that on the job training isn't adequate and that you must learn through experience to the detriment of your patients." (Nurse; 2012)
"You will not be good at this profession if you don't have patience or you can't deal with combative people or seeing death. They don't really teach you about how to handle a person who is mentally ill and refuses help. it involves more than passing pills, sometimes you may have to change a grown persons diaper or help in there washing up. There is a lot of things that you will experience and different situations you will see that no school will teach you." (Registered Nurse; 2012)
Registered Nurse: "I finally have time to spend with my patients, and I realize that they appreciate what I do for them. Whether it be advocating for a patient's needs or helping to ease their pain, I am constantly helping people and helping them feel better, and this makes me feel great. Our hours are long and physically exhausting. We are not always appreciated, and even if we've done a fantastic job, there are never monetary bonuses or tips for us. We are thrilled when a patient remembers us in a card. It means that we helped them!" (2011)
Registered Nurse At A Hospital: "Every nurse I talk to has different likes and dislikes. I like doing wound care. It's interesting and I love seeing the wounds healing and the patient looking better and better each day. Also I get to talk to my patients while doing that, so I can be caring and comforting. Other nurses hate it because it deals with pus, blood, staples and seeing open skin, sometimes to the bone. Also, I work only three days a week (12 hour shifts). I get 4 day weekends. Yay! The worst part of my job is having to write everything down. I think it takes too much time and I ramble." (2010)
Registered Nurse: "The best part about my job is working with a great group of supportive people. The worst part about my job is that I have to do a rotating shift so I do two weeks of days and then two weeks of nights each month. This rotating schedule is pretty hard on my body and it takes away a lot of time from my family and friends." (2010)
"How To Get The Most Out Of Your Career...
If you want to become a nurse, it definitely helps to get experience working within a hospital whether it be through volunteer work or through internship. It will be beneficial in the long run." (B.S.N; 2014)
"Learn While You Can...
If you want to prepare yourself for being a nurse, get the most out of your clinical experiences by being as independent as possible. Ask a lot of questions and be an ever-lasting learner. Use your student status to your advantage before you no longer have it." (Registered Nurse; 2014)
"Build Experience In Order To Be Offered More Opportunity...
You may have a certain area in nursing you are most interested in. Some of these areas may require starting in a different area to gain experience. Take the experience! You do not have to stay there forever and much more opens up to you with time and experience." (Registered Nurse; 2014)
"Resume Booster For Nurses...
You should try to work as an aide prior to becoming a nurse, in order to gain experience and knowledge. Working as an aide will also provide a "foot in the door" when you graduate." (Registered Nurse; 2014)
"We Touch Lives...
Nursing is rewarding when you realize that you touch every life you come in contact with. Not only the patient, but the family as well. You may forget their name over time but they will remember yours and how you treated them." (Nursing; 2014)
"Choosing A Career...
In choosing a career it is important that you are interested in the field that you want to study and the kind of job that you will have after you graduated." (Nurse; 2014)
"Avoid The Study Groups...
You should try to avoid the study groups. People in study groups would always interrupt each other or discuss completely unrelated things." (Hospital Nurse; 2013)
"Easier Than It Seems...
Nursing School is made to be difficult than the actual job itself. do not get discouraged in school, and do not worry about getting straight A's. Good grades do not make you a good nurse, rather focus on clinical time and making the most of your experiences while there." (Registered Nurse; 2013)
"Don't Be Afraid To Change Jobs...
Don't be afraid to move around until you find the perfect job for you. Your first job might not be a good fit for you. Nursing is so diverse that there is something for everyone, so there's no need to settle. You can find your dream job in the field of nursing!" (Hospital Nurse; 2013)
"Shadow Nurses To Choose Your Specialty...
tip 1: Ask to job shadow people in many different medical fields to make sure you pick the right one that interests you the most" (Anesthetist Nurse; 2013)
"Don't Save It For Later...
Stay organized as possible. Keep up on your charting and tasks as they come up. Don't' save it all for "later"---there may not be time, "later". . Make sure to be constantly learning. Education is very important" (Hospital Nurse; 2013)
"Develop A Strong Work Ethic In College...
Being a nursing student means that you will give up most things you have become accustom to, such as recreational activities. In exchange you will gain a strong work ethic, a strong support network from fellow nursing students, and an innate ability to assess people and situations without even realizing it." (Hospital Nurse; 2013)
"Research The School AND Its Nursing Program...
Choose your nursing program wisely! Just because you attended a good school known for academics does not mean your program of choice is a Good program. Do your research on the school AND program. Find out what qualifications are needed to get in the program and set goals for yourself once in the program. And take your time it can be a challenge." (Hospital; 2013)
I suggest that you obtain experience as a CNA or LVN before obtaining your R.N. or BSN. This will give you the skills and connections that you need to succeed in your career." (Registered Nurse; 2013)
"Get Your BSN Right Away...
I would go ahead and complete a BSN immediately, rather than complete an associate's degree. Many hospitals currently won't hire anyone without a B.S.! I would work in a large university hospital immediately and avoid a community hospital. I learned the most everyday when I worked in a university hospital. There are always interns/residents who are ready to teach you. I would find a program that offers tuition reimbursement. Four year programs are expensive, so try to get your employer to reimburse you!" (Registered Nurse; 2011)
"Take A Part-Time Job In Healthcare...
1. Pay attention in science and math. Nurses do a lot of that. 2. Go to community college or university because you can be an RN with either. 3. Part-time or summer jobs as nursing assistants or transporters, taking patients around the hospital in wheel chairs or stretchers, will give you a really close look at how all the team members work with each other. You may decide you don't want to be a nurse. You might want to be a case manager or radiologist. We all work together." (Registered Nurse At A Hospital; 2010)
"Tough Work, Make Sure You Like It...
If you're thinking about going into nursing, pursue it because you want to for yourself and not for anyone else. It will be thankless, grueling work unless you're into it. Make sure to enjoy the time that you have off and reward yourself with different things throughout your weeks. Having something to look forward to is the key and having a great support system is very nice as well." (Registered Nurse; 2010)