Hospital Nurses (LPN or RN): What do you dislike about your job?

What do you dislike?
What do you like?
How long have you been a nurse?
What unit do you work in?
Are you thinking of changing careers and why?
Would you recommend a nursing career to someone with a huge amount of compassion and interest in medicine but doesn’t handle extreme stress well?

FYI: I want to work in Mother/ Baby Care, Pediatrics, or NICU.

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Comments

  1. THAMI Y says:

    Since 1989 i have been working in operating theatre as scru b nurse
    in post anaesthetic unit also and sometimes as anaesthetic nurse

  2. I am a labor & delivery nurse, but I float to all areas of the birthing units, including antepartum and postpartum and outpatient assessment. I love my job, worked there for a few years. I was exactly like you, terrified of how I could handle the stress and emergency situations, the horribly sad outcomes that sometimes would happen. I have no idea how I mustered up the strength to get through nursing school and actually have the guts to go into cardiac nursing (scary as hell) and now L&D. I guess I kind of forced myself.

    In the end, I learned that handling stressful situations and emergencies is an aquired skill. It takes time to adapt. I never thought I would be able to keep that sort of “clinical distance” – oh god, these poor women who have miscarriages – I thought I was going to be a blubbering mess. Somehow from the first one, I kept it together pretty well. Of course I cry with my patients, and I talk to my husband sometimes and cry too, but it isn’t overwhelming, and it doesn’t carry with me in my thoughts all the time. I’m still a happy person who isn’t eternally traumitized by my patients’ grief. That’s that clinical distance, and I don’t know where I got it from, but I think it may have just been an unconscious / subconscious decision to make it so.

    In terms of dealing with the stress of emergencies and keeping your head together, the great thing is that there is a protocol to follow for everything. If A happens, do B, then C, etc. And you always call for help. You are never alone as a staff nurse in a hospital setting. When something happens, people RUN to you, too many people, actually!

    You might just find that you’re stronger than you think, if you decide to BE strong, to get through, and to let go at the end of the day. You want to get into nursing for the exact right reasons. You’re the kind of nurse humanity NEEDS. Don’t let your fears prevent you from at least trying. Become a nurse. If you can’t handle the stress of whatever job you take, find another job. There’s nursing jobs that can be very low stress if you find the right fit. But I suggest taking on the challenge. Surprise yourself with what you can do and what you are capable of.

    Good luck to you!

  3. blueiron511 says:

    Please note there is a world of difference between the pay between an RN and an LPN. My experience is that a good LPN can do pretty much what an RN can (and in some cases even does a better job). It really depends on the person. But the point is an LPN will make 1/3 of what an RN will make.

    So, if you can handle RN training go for it, you will get the personal and financial rewards.

    If your looking for a less stressful nursing experience and dealing with kids, explore public health nursing. Many cities in the US have public health nurses do vaccinations and screening in the schools. There is also all the health education for expectant mom’s to be and early childhood classes. Check with your local health department for more information on what is done in your community.

    Glad to hear you have compassion it is a quality greatly appreciated and recognized in a nurse! Good Luck!!