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10 Reasons Why Being a Nurse is Not Easy

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By Jeini Relova RM, RN

In the world where nurses are always taken for granted and thinking that they are just one of those who help the doctors get their orders done is just not what actually defines a nurse. They are more to that white uniform they get to wear every day. Everyone thinks that their job is actually easy and can be done by just anyone. The truth is, it is not easy to be a nurse.

1. You hold in your hands the start of life.

Life is a precious gift given to us and this usually depends in the hands of the nurses especially when you get to assist and actually witness how life starts.

2. You have to be familiar with so many medical terms.

We all know that once you enter a medical inclined profession, you have to be familiar with the terminologies. This is one of the challenges of being a nurse, because you have to be knowledgeable of your field and what is in it.

3. You have to be accountable for your actions.

Since nurses deals with life, you usually make sure that every actions you render will be right and will always depend on how you execute it. There is always that extra caution.

4. You always get to see someone suffer.

It just breaks your heart every time you see your patients be in state where they just became helpless. If only you can ease their pain but there are just things that you can’t.

5. You have to be altruistic.

This doesn’t mean that you have to actually forget yourself, but you usually think of the patient first before anything else.

6. You have to be patient.

Having to face every possible personality, you have to be patient and suppress your emotions just so that you can still render care to their patients. Even when there are instances that can actually ruin your day.

7. You have to smile always.

Even when you have problems or hurting inside you have to be fine in front of your patients, so that they will get well soon.

8. You don’t have holidays.

This is one of the hardest part of being a nurse, you don’t get to enjoy those days that are supposed to be a “non-working days”.

9. You always get too attached.

There are times that you became a part of a family especially to those patients who are in there chronic and terminal conditions.

10. You hold in your hands the end of life.

This is the hardest part for every nurse out there. It just breaks your heart every time you get to see the last breath of your patients. You may look like you actually don’t care, but the truth is you are also hurting inside. If you only have that kind of power to save every life you will definitely grab it.

But no matter how hard is their job they still want to give the best of what they can give to the point that they would do everything for the sake of their patients. It is really hard, but sometimes a simple appreciation and smile from their patients is all that it takes to make everything easy for them.

Jeini Relova is a Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse and one of the contributors of Nurseslabs.

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