Ten Things You Wished You’d Known BEFORE You Went To Nursing School

ten things you wish you'd known before you went to nursing school

I’ve been a nurse for 22 years now and I love what I do.  But nursing can be pretty challenging at times and sometimes I wish I would have known a few things about nursing BEFORE I went to nursing school. Here are a few of the things I would have liked to have known:

1. I wish I’d known that 12-hour shifts really meant 14-16 hours a day. Because you can never seem to get everything you need done in 12 hours.

2. I wish I’d known that I would need to have a bladder the size of a semi truck’s gas tank. Inevitably every time you have to go pee, someone codes, dies or wants to have a yelling match with you

3. I wish I’d known that the majority of doctors are complete jerks and that’s the norm. I’m often shocked when a doctor isn’t a jerk.

4. I wish I’d known how much my patients would mean to me and how much I would truly care about them.

5. I wish I’d known how many of my patients I would secretly cry about because they touched my heart in a way that was almost indescribable.

6. I wish I’d known how much I would bore my family and friends about work stories and how much I would have to resist the immense urge to talk about these disgusting, nasty stories at the dinner table.

7. I wish I’d known how stressful nursing would be and how mentally challenging it often is,

8. I wish I’d known how junkie my house would look on my work days and how tired I would be on my days off.

9. I wish I’d known how much charting was really involved. Charting to chart, because you forgot to chart, so you need to chart and don’t forget to chart some more.

10. I wish I’d known that I would love nursing so much. I still do a little happy dance when I write R.N behind my name and I love my patients. I love making a difference in people’s lives. I love the craziness. I love every emergency that comes in the doors and the adrenaline rush it gives me to know I’m helping people every day. I love it when my patients walk out healthier than when they came in.

I’m not an accountant, an attorney or in retail sales. I deal with life and death situations every day and I can truly say that it’s awesome!  I love my life and cannot imagine doing anything different. I feel blessed to be lucky enough to find a career that I’m happy in.  The icing on the cake is that I get paid for something that I would honestly do for free.

If I’d of only known what I know now about nursing BEFORE I went to nursing school, I would have chosen to go sooner!

Do you have a comment about this article? Fire away at the bottom in the comments section!  Tell us what you wish you’d known BEFORE you went to nursing school.  Happy Nursing guys!

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