TV programs portray nurses as the backbone of a hospital. They pick up the slack when medical students are lost and often go beyond the call of duty to meet patient needs. Nursing may not always be as exciting as it seems on TV, but there’s truth to these dramas.
No less important is the work of registered nurses (RNs) in home care and nursing home settings. Regardless of where they’re employed, RNs play a critical role helping doctors take care of patients.
RNs provide patients with direct care and help doctors. They are also health educators, working with individuals and communities to prevent illness and improve health.
If you start work without a bachelor’s degree, your employer might help foot the bill while you work toward one.
Caring, sympathetic, and able to take orders -- and give them. Emotional strength and stability are also crucial to the job. You will experience human suffering and a great deal of stress, but others will rely on you for quick thinking and sound advice.
“I just like hearing 'thank you’ one hundred times a day and knowing that you're making a difference in somebody's life.” -- Robert, Registered Staff Nurse