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    Senior Member Scott N Denver's Avatar
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    Default what is nursing REALLY like???

    I have lots of ideas/daydreams about potential alternative careers. One I think about is nursing. I don't actually know very many people who work in nursing. I know there are lots of fields of nursing. Apparently some [many?] of them involve wiping body fluids off of people on a regular basis [that lady works in a nursing home]. Others I've heard of are more like "psych ward" "did you take your meds today". There are ER nurses, I've never met any.

    If I did do this option, it would require going back to school. And starting at the beginning. And taking 2 or 4 years to complete depending on level. Pay is decent/good. I assume there are plenty of E, F, P, S, and women in the field.

    So what is nursing REALLY like?
    What are some of the toughest parts?
    Do you have to be a people person?
    Are most of your patients "old" people?
    Is it really a "S" field and N's generally find it boring/repetitive/mundane?
    Are most nurses ESF's?
    Is being a IN starting off on the wrong foot?
    Is being "smart" seen as a bad thing?
    Do you have to remember and frequently use your anatomy/physiology training?
    Are doctors often rude/condescending?
    What makes you want to quit the most?
    What do you wish someone had told you before you started?
    How serious is "burn out"?
    Anything else you wanna pass along?

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    I'm about to start nursing classes in 3 weeks. I'll have more information at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    I'm about to start nursing classes in 3 weeks. I'll have more information at that time.
    I would love to know how you got interested into nursing whilest being an INTP.

    I myself end up working closely with people that require care in this little transportation business I'm in, and although I do so respectively and correctly, I can't, for the love of me, imagine myself caring for other people on a fulltime daily basis.
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    shortnsweet is in that field... wish I knew how to do that thing where you mention somebody.
    Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott N Denver View Post
    Is being "smart" seen as a bad thing?
    I can't see how it would be!
    Your kisses, sweeter than honey. But guess what, so is my money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    although I do so respectively and correctly, I can't, for the love of me, imagine myself caring for other people on a fulltime daily basis.
    Think of the provisioning of medical care as a logical, moral responsibility of an intricate, progressive society and it becomes easy AND makes sense

    Like washing dishes or mowing the lawn

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    I really don't know the answers to your questions, but I have thought of going to nursing school for years now and have finally decided to do it, despite a few obstacles. I honestly thought I'd breeze in, attend for two years and be an RN but that isn't going to happen. Several people have told me that the prerequisites for nursing are taken very seriously and I am likely looking at two years of non credit courses before I can even get into the nursing program, and that isn't taking into account the waiting list at the school I am interested in attending. Earlier this week I was a bit discouraged when my neighbor informed me that she has a bachelors degree (not sure in what) and she still was required to take two years of non credit courses before she was accepted into the nursing program. I question whether or not all of this would be worth being a nurse and I still come back to yes. The idea of helping people really appeals to me. I'd feel like I was contributing something useful and giving back. Plus I am tired of hanging out at home.

    I don't get involved with many people on a daily basis because I feel they are personally too complicated, but in a healthcare setting the goal is to help your patients recover and get home which obviously isn't going to be long term relationship. The salary isn't bad either for a second household income.

    Anyway thanks for posting this thread. Nursing is pretty much all I think about lately and it's nice to see I'm not the only one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    Like washing dishes or mowing the lawn
    There is nothing easy or sensible about washing dishes and mowing the lawn.
    ~Self-depricating Megalomaniacal Superwolf

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    I think J's would tend to make better nurses. Go in for your 12 hour shift and get stuff done. There is no time for lolly gagging and taking your time to think things through. In certain settings it's a very fast paced, action-oriented career. I know an ESTJ who is actually a GREAT nurse. It's right up her alley and she's well respected cuz she doesn't ask questions - she just gets stuff done.
    NTJ's are the only types that have ever made me feel emo.
    ENP's are the only types that have ever made me feel like a sensor.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    There is nothing easy or sensible about washing dishes and mowing the lawn.
    Truthfully, I hope I never own a lawn

    And I do recycle dishes, but after a while something simply has to be done

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