Registered Nurse (RN) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Registered Nurse (RN) in Butte:
"How much stress and negative environment I would work in."
Be selective which hospital you work for, start on nights, be sure you have a BSN and as soon as you finish that go straight into your master's program and have a specialty in mind.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Cookeville:
"HOW MUCH I WOULD BE ON CALL BEFORE I STARTED."
CONSIDER WHERE YOU'RE AT FINANCIALLY BEFORE YOU START A CAREER IN THE ICU...WHEN THE CENSUS IS DOWN YOU DON'T WORK.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Baltimore:
"No respect. You can and will be replaced."
You have to work holidays and weekends.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Lubbock:
"It's not easy to be a nurse."
Follow your passion. It's nice to meet strangers while taking care of them.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Corinth:
"Nursing is not about the money."
Nursing is a profession, not a job. It's not something you just decide to do one day. It's a calling. If you are just going into nursing for the money, you are going to be very disappointed. It is hard work- physically, mentally, emotionally. Most nurses work in acute care (hospital) settings at first and it is draining 12 hour shifts (that usually last 13 hours). It is very rewarding and humbling, but if your heart isn't in it you will not last long. I can't imagine doing anything else and there are many areas to work (many in the hospital setting {card, ICU, Med/surg, Surgery, ER, etc} and clinics, hospice, home health, even IT).

Registered Nurse (RN) in Tallahassee:
"Nursing."
This is a very stressful job but if you are in it for the right reason you will love your job most days!

Registered Nurse (RN) in Greensboro:
"Everything is not fair."
Doing a good job and excelling with your daily performance is always best but it will not guarantee you advancement. It is really who you know and how you answer questions when put on the spot.