Present and Future Nurses…Let’s talk

I admit, it is kind of surprising to see how many nurses writing about hating their jobs. Don’t get me wrong, I know the challenges…I’ve been a nurse for about 13 years now. I’ve worked nursing homes, clinic, Neonatal ICU and now I’m a nursing instructor. Despite all the crap I’ve gone through, I do really like my job or jobs. But I’ve found certain ways to get around things…for instance

1. I always take a couple of part-time or per-diem jobs. This is to break up the monotony a bit and I’ve found that they don’t “depend” on you or expect as much from you.

2. I don’t go to work to make friends. I have plenty of friends outside of work but once I step through the doors, I don’t have much to say. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pleasant, I let the other nurses chat about whatever…I nod, smile…but once I leave that building, no one in the unit has any connection to me. They don’t know my business or any pertinent details about me. They say I’m quiet but nice….and that’s good enough for me.

3. I’m in it for the patients. I know that’s why most of us do it but we get side-tracked by bureaucratic crap. But I stay focused on the person I’m caring for at that time. dealing with family, I just smile and say “no worries” knowing that I will do what I do whenever I have time to do it. If they give me crap I just lay a HEAVY guilt trip on them. “believe me I’d like to move faster but I only have two hands and since your mom/dad/child is stable right now i’m gonna attend to this other person who is so much sicker and on deaths’s doorstep…” usually they back off a bit.

4. I’ve RARELY had problems with doctors…maybe because I get a crazy look in my eye. But I have had to pull a couple aside and tell them that I’m neither their child nor their property and I will NOT be spoken to like that.

What I want to know from the other nurses out their who DON’T hate your job, what things do you do to cope with the perils of nursing?

It’s kind of like a performance…I put on my game face when going to work