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I dreamed of being a nurse for as long as I can remember. I know I told my parents at some time during my 5th or 6th grade year that I was going to become a registered nurse and I don't think I changed my mind after that. After high school, I went directly to a 4 year college and majored in nursing. Now I sometimes wonder "what in the world was I thinking!"

When you become a registered nurse, you will face many challenges that the average person will never see. You will most likely deal with any and every bodily fluid. In college, my nickname was "the poop queen" because it was always my luck that I would have to deal with a patient who was either getting enemas or strong laxatives and they ALWAYS ended up with "results" while I was there for my clinical and would need my help getting cleaned up. My fellow nursing students seemed to find it rather hilarious but I didn't find it quite so entertaining. I would go home after clinical and feel like the smell was stuck in my nostrils.

When you become a registered nurse, you will get to deal with people in their most vulnerable conditions, which can also bring out some of the nastiest personalities in otherwise very nice people. People in pain tend to become very mean. And while you try and remember this when dealing with them, it can still be hard not to take what they say personally.

When you become a registered nurse, it is very possible you will end up in a job in which you work 12 hour shifts, often at night, at least every other weekend and the majority of holidays. This doesn't seem to be a big deal when you are single, but when you get married and have a family(or you have one already) it isn't much fun trying to explain to a 5 year old why mommy or daddy has to work on Christmas Day. You will get called often when you are not scheduled to work as most units are short staffed and always looking for extra help. Then when you say no to them, you may feel guilty the rest of the day or night because you know your coworkers, who are also your friends, are having a difficult shift.

So, if you are still reading this and thinking you can deal with all of the above plus a lot more not mentioned here then you must be ready to become a registered nurse! The good things about becoming a nurse are that you are truly making a difference and helping people who really need help. You might help someone through a severe bout of pain after a hip surgery or a scared pediatric patient who doesn't understand illness yet. You might help a woman who has just lost a baby in a stillbirth while your other patient in the room next door is celebrating the birth of a child. As a registered nurse you will most likely be respected by the majority of people and make a fairly decent salary while doing so. So if you are ready for the challenge, our profession needs you and welcomes you with open arms!


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