Inside Clinic Nurse Careers

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Biggest Surprises

"Making A Difference...
I was most surprised by the challenges a nurse faces on a daily basis. My previous background in finance was very different from nursing. You have to stay constantly engaged and involved in the work. Work begins when your shift begins and ends when your shift ends, there is no down time." (Nurse; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in South Carolina, male
School: Studied Nursing at York Technical College in South Carolina; completed Associate degree in 2012

"Changes In Work Environment...
I was surprised at the amount of work that I had to clock in versus the time when I worked as a resident at the general hospital. Also working in an inner urban hospital, I was surprised by the amount of crime-related injuries that I saw." (Nursing; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in California, male
School: Studied Nursing at San Francisco State University in California; completed Bachelor degree in 2012

"Daily Challenges And Rewards Make Nursing A Satisfying Career...
My greatest surprise with my profession is that I never tire of it. The daily challenges and rewards are exciting and exhilarating and the feeling of satisfaction is a constant reminder that I made a very good choice. I also appreciate that I never bring my work home with me. I work hard for eight hours then relax and enjoy the rest of my day." (Registered Nurse; 2014)

Career: 30 years of experience, currently based in Oregon, female
School: Studied Surgical Nursing at Providence School Of Nursing in Oregon; completed Diploma degree in 1972

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Registered Nurse: "The worst part of Job One is having difficulty starting an IV line on my patients and having to stick them more than once. The best part is meeting nice people and knowing that what I am doing is improving the quality of their lives. The worst part of Job Two is waiting for a client who never arrives and doesn't bother to call. The best part of this job is also meeting nice people and also learning a different type of nursing, learning new items about skin care." (2010)

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Career Tips

"Love It Or Leave It...
If you want to be a nurse you really have to love the work. It is difficult at times and high pressure. But it is extremely rewarding to know you are helping people." (Nurse; 2014)

"Choose Wisely For A Satisfying Career...
There are many choices within the nursing profession. Take your time choosing by trying several different areas until you find the one that suits you best." (Registered Nurse; 2014)

"The Road To Nursing...
It is not only your studies, but human interaction may help a lot when it comes to this field. And make sure you don't drink too much coffee when it comes to emergency situations." (Nursing; 2013)

"Do Unto Others...
No matter what job you chose to pursue, I have one code I live by: "Treat people as you would want to be treated." Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand something. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Help someone who doesn't understand something. You never know when you may need help and that person will be there for you." (Registered Nurse; 2010)