5 hidden perks of being a nurse

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Navigating your way through the health care system is no easy task; just ask any consumer. Everything from the confusing medical terminology to the repetitive names of a singular medication can make anyone a little edgy. It’s times like these that I’m thankful I’m a nurse.

While there are plenty of personal and professional benefits to becoming a nurse, there are some things we take for granted. As nurses, we’ve conquered some common everyday fears. Here are some of those hidden perks:

Medicines won’t scare you

Remember how confusing and frightening nursing school was? We learned about trade names versus generic names; sometimes one medication had a handful of names. It took us a number of months (sometimes years), but those confusing names became commonplace to us.

Medical emergencies won’t scare you

All nurses are educated in basic life support, and many of us have advanced education and training. When there is a medical emergency, we know what to do at its most basic level. We use our education and training on an almost daily basis.

Doctors won’t scare you

White coat syndrome is a real and treatable phenomenon. As nurses, the majority of us don’t have that anxiety when speaking with our health care provider. We speak their language.

The news won’t scare you

The latest outbreak, vaccine scare or health recommendation always gives nurses some pause. We know the difference between research based on sound evidence and sensationalism. We validate the news release and make an informed, evidenced-based decision instead of being influenced by what “sounds good.”

Hospitals won’t scare you

Is it just me, or did hospitals feel different before you became a nurse? There was an air of uncertainty and apprehension every time I walked through hospital doors. Now, I don’t bat an eyelash.

Maybe fear is too strong a word. How about understanding the unknown?

I can’t say I’d use these perks as a means of convincing someone to join our profession, but they sure do make life a little easier, don’t they?

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2 Responses to 5 hidden perks of being a nurse

  1. emmasmom

    Sadly I need to admit that there is one other “thing” that doesn’t scare us as nurse’s, and I’m hoping that many will agree with me. lol After nursing for 12 years now, and having 3 children I sometimes may seem as if I’m not an especially neurotic mother when it comes to childhood illness that pop up from time to time. I have actually looked into my child’s eyes, and thought “Well there’s no bleeding, or disfigurement so let’s just keep an eye on it”, while non-nurse mother’s would be chomping at the bit if their child was showing the least worrisome sign of illness, and packing them into the mini van for a trip to the E.R. I love my children beyond words, and would never see them suffer needlessly, but I have to say after you work in the I.C.U. and see so many traumatic cases a simple scrape, or tummy upset just doesn’t seem so life threatening. lol Please tell me I’m not the only “Mom-Nurse” who experiences this same reaction from time to time. Ughhhhh :)

    • emmasmom

      Sorry I just noticed that I wrote a post meant for the “things that don’t scare us as Nurse’s”…..lol