When you are considering which career might be the right one for you, it’s a good idea to do as much research as possible. This is particularly true if you are considering a tough career such as nursing.
Although any type of work in the medical field is rewarding, it comes with its down side and the best way to find out about this is not from career brochures, but from people who have actually done the job themselves.
Finding someone in your chosen or potential new career used to be quite difficult, unless you had friends or family already working in the field.
However, it’s much easier these days with the internet. You can easily find articles, blogs and forums where people express their opinions, share their experiences and may be happy to talk to you about the job.
This is an invaluable advantage, costs nothing or very little and you should certainly make use of it before committing yourself to nursing – or any other job for that matter.
Ask any experienced nurse if he or she has regrets, and you’ll get a bucket load. Some of us regret not advocating harder for a patient who was in some dire strait or another. Some of us regret not getting out of a really toxic work situation earlier (it creeps up on you, like the frog in the slowly heating pot of water who doesn’t know he’s being boiled alive).
I really, really regret falling prey to Nurse Habits. The breakfast from the cafeteria on the days when wings are all-you-can-eat, the lunches of fries and something unidentifiable on the days when you don’t get a lunch break, the glass(es) of wine when you get home from work….More at Regrets of an experienced nurse… | Scrubs – The Leading Lifestyle …
Don’t be too put off by what you hear and try to get a balanced view of the profession. Even people who really love their job and wouldn’t dream of doing anything else have bad days. And they sometimes have to do things they don’t like doing.
So do plenty of research – read up on the job in your local careers library, watch documentaries if you can and try to get some hands on experience. Obviously, this won’t always be possible, but a day or two shadowing a nurse or volunteering in a hospital will help you get a more realistic view of the job. And you’ll meet plenty of nurses who can fill you in on many aspects of the job. You’ll also meet many other professionals and might find another job which appeals to you more.