What They DON'T Tell You in Nursing School
Brittney Wilson | The Nerdy Nurse
5. Don’t loose touch with your non-nursing friends. You’ll need the sanity they will provide you when you’re able to relax and chat with them about matters that don’t involve bodily fluids, activities of daily living, or nursing management and administration.
6. If you do your best to do the right thing, critically think, and avoid laziness, you will be a much happier nurse and person.
7. You may not always be told if you are doing a good job. In fact, most nursing job descriptions have some line in them that states something alone the lines of ”work with minimal to no supervision” – what this line really means is don’t count one someone patting you on the back if you’re doing a good job, if you still have a job, you must be doing it good enough. What I mean by this is that just because your management doesn’t approach you to tell you they appreciate you, does not mean you are not appreciated. Your patients and your fellow nurses appreciate you. I appreciate you. Please don’t forget it.
8. The fruits of your labors will often be emotionally rewarding far more than monetarily. Nurses are paid a decent living, it could always be more, but it is decent. But I truly feel one of our greatest compensations is the reward we receive when we are able to provide good nursing care for our patients.
9. You will be the keeper of many secrets.
10. You will be with with people in their most vulnerable state and help them to transition to new phases in their life or death. – Don’t forget to be respectful of just how much trust we are given. People are letting us into their inner circle just because we are assigned to them. Respect it. Honor it. And make them proud to have you as a nurse.
What has being a nurse taught you? What would you tell other aspiring nurses?