July 28, 2013 at 3:01 AM #7979
Nursing is a career that has many types of nursing positions and is forever changing. I’ve talked to many new & soon to be nurses lately and a lot are having difficulty deciding on what type of nursing they would like to do. So I ask “What type of nurse are you and what is it about this position that you love? The pros & cons?July 28, 2013 at 3:31 AM #7980
I’ll start if off…
Prison Nurse 1st team: Pros of my position is that it gives me a variety of experiences. ER, MD office, labs, EKG’s, meds, wound care, chronic & acute conditions, psych etc… I also like the part that I don’t have to deal with families/visitors or bend over backwards to please my patient. I do the care and that’s it. Also love that I don’t have to put up with any verbal mistreatment from patients. I can write them up for it. If it’s physical I can take them down. I like that in my line of work an attitude & verbal ability is a necessity at times and sweet talking the patients is not allowed. No call lights, no assisting with ADL’s. Plenty of OT available and awesome insurance and PDO’s package. Cons of it… it’s all male patients, if you are too nice you can be looked at as a possible “dirty staff”.
Agency Nurse: I like this position because it gives me a variety of different experiences in different settings. I have the opportunity to give gentle/loving care, all different age groups, a staff under me to lead, I get the the skills that my other job doesn’t offer as in NG’s, Trach’s, feeding tubes. Con’s… If your abused, it depends on situation if & what action you can take. Dealing with family/visitors and having to accommodate patients wishes/wants/needs. Under staffed. CALL LIGHTS. Assisting with all forms of care.July 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM #7985
I have always loved working with the elderly and in LTC/SNF I do just that. I also love teaching new nurses things I was expected to know simply because I had been a nurse for years , (nevermind Itook off to raise my kids!) I like being charge nurse because it gives me the management aspect but I can still have patient contact.July 29, 2013 at 8:14 PM #7986
My first tour in the Middle East, we were hit with mortars in Southern Iraq, and our little casualty receiving tent was suddenly overwhelmed with bodies, body parts, and screaming wounded. I worked furiously for 48+ hours without a break, triaging patients, cramming IO lines in, traching people, running code after code, etc. In the midst of the chaos, I realized I was at home – that this is what I was born to do. I’ve never looked back. Put a rifle in one hand, and a trauma bag in the other, and I’m a happy camper!
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