Anyone thinking about going into nursing needs to REALLY understand how stressful and how chaotic it is.
There are now over 500,000 deaths yearly due to medical errors. Most of what I have heard comes from new nurses
Are you going to become the person that says "go for it" or are you going to be one of the people that regrets it. Even the nurses that "love nursing" may exhibit burn out. I have worked side by side with people that say they love nursing the way some have here. Many of those are burned out and cruel and deny it. They are mean and nasty to new nurses and co-workers. They are in denial that they are miserable and negative.
And as for the work: The main population of patients in the hospital is obese people who didn't take care of themselves and are very ill. They are heavy care and very sick. The second is geriatrics. Of these two populations, most of them either can't or won't take care of themselves and staff does all of their care.
Hard - cold fact....obese people tend to have months worth of fecal matter in them - the longer it hides out, the worse it smells when it gets out. If they have skin breakdown, healing is poor due to their chronic problems of obesity, poor vascular, poor cardiac and diabetes. Poor healing wounds smell bad. These people can't wipe their own butts - this becomes your job. Obesity causes skin folds and those grow yeast and smell bad. They might have poor hygiene and no matter what you can't get rid of their odors. Often times, patients are depressed and have no will to live. You do everything for them and they do nothing for themselves. Geriatric patients that gave up on life and won't move around
Couldnt pay me enough to go get my RN and stay in Nursing....i'll take my chances with Respiratory