What you might NOT know about Being a Nurse

Tomorrow is a big day, your first day in nursing school. After years of waiting and trying to survive high school, t is finally the time to pursue you dream of becoming a nurse. Are you ready? Yes? Do you have what it takes to become a nurse? Do you know everything about being one? If not, here are some of the few things you might know about being a nurse.

K + S + A = Nurse

Nurses are caring, nurses have a good heart. Yes we are, but one thing should know about being a nurse is that while being empathetic to others may be good, you also need to have a solid grasp of the hard sciences as well as good social skills, compassion and a desire to help people. Nursing is a lot of things and it is no joke. That is why for you to be able to care for your patient efficiently and effectively, you must learn the perfect mix of knowledge, skills and attitude. As the saying goes, “A good heart goes a long way, but smarts are essential to this challenging profession.”

Nurses are as important as doctors…

…and other members of the healthcare team. Nurses are often viewed as doctors’ assistants, some might even think that nurses cannot ever function without the doctor’s order. What most people know is that, thought we may have dependent and collaborative functions, we also have independent roles. In a profession committed to saving lives, it is of utmost importance that every member knows his/her functions, also teamwork is one ingredient of quality patient care.

Some things just have to be done

In an environment where every single second is important, there is no use in delaying or taking some things slow. Sometimes, going about them slowly or tentatively would just result to making the situation worse. In some situations, it is best to set aside tenderness, act all tough and just “rip off the bandage”.

Being a nurse isn’t the end of the line

In fact, Nursing is a great option for career changers. The nursing profession is like an umbrella with numbers of specialties you can choose from. Instead of returning to school for an additional four years for a second bachelor’s degree, you can earn your nursing degree in a much quicker time frame. You can go to graduate school then choose a specialization close to your heart. Nurses have many career choices if they only take time to discover and experience them.

Nurses do the dirty job

Don’t get fooled by that all-white ensemble (or in some cases crisp scrubs), nurses actually get to do dirty jobs. We are not only talking about bedpans here, but also handling incontinence issues of patients and bodily fluids and so much more.

Nurses provide care to all

Not just patients in hospitals and out-patient departments, but also in other fields. Even the so-called un-lovely and unlovable” are entitled to quality nursing care such as patients behind bars. This nursing specialization is called correctional nursing.

Nurses speak up

Preconceived notions that nurses just follow everything ordered by the doctor do not apply. Nurses actually have a voice in the clinical field. We, too, experienced years of schooling and did our best to pass the nursing board in order to practice in the profession. Nurses are patients’ advocates, so when a nurse finds an order questionable, he/she can question them.

 

Sources:

Liane Clores, RN MAN

Currently an Intensive Care Unit nurse, pursuing a degree in Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Nursing Service Administration. Has been a contributor of Student Nurses Quarterly, Vox Populi, The Hillside Echo and the Voice of Nightingale publications. Other experience include: Medical-Surgical, Pediatric, Obstetric, Emergency and Recovery Room Nursing.

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