Job Title: Registered Nurse
Type of Company: A large hospital.
Education: UMass-Boston College of Nursing
Previous Experience: I have worked at this hospital since graduating from college thirteen years ago.
Job Tasks: I am a registered nurse in a hospital just outside of Boston. I work the 3-11 shift three days a week. It is a very busy surgical floor. We take care of patients after they have had surgery and while they are waiting to find out if they need surgery. The patients stay for from one to ten days.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parts of being a nurse are the relationships you form with your co-workers. The other nurses really become like family members, especially when you have worked at a place for many years. It is very rewarding to take care of people when they are sick, and you can do some small thing to help them recover. It means a lot to them, and many patients remember you years later when they come in again. Nursing also pays very well and you can have a flexible schedule, which is great when you have small children at home.
The worst part about being a nurse is that the work is never done. You are always busy. It can be very hectic at times, and you can easily get overwhelmed if you are not organized.
Job Tips: If you are going to nursing school, do not go to the most expensive school. There is no reason to acquire huge amounts of money in student loans. Everyone makes the same money when you come out. And most hospitals do not hire based on what school you went to. If you are young and right out of high school, I do recommend getting your bachelor's degree because that does affect where you can get a job. Many big hospitals require it. Get a job as a nursing assistant; it gives you a good idea if you will like being a nurse, but more importantly most nursing assistants end up getting hired on the unit they work on.
Additional Thoughts: Remember that nurses will always be needed. You can work in many capacities as an RN. The pay is great and most hospitals offer good benefits. The hours are flexible. During these tough economic times, nurses are one of the few groups that do not have to worry about their jobs.
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