No one wakes up one day and says to herself,
I feel like working 12 hour shifts. 12 hour shifts where I can neither have my own time to eat, pee, and where my coworkers take out their own version of ‘hangry’ and burned out on me.
No. We wake up one day and say,
I see you there. I see that you’re hurting and I see that this is hard and I want to find a way to make it better for you.
We enter the field with hopes and dreams. We can save the world and our intentions are well meant and sound. They even come with some perks; decent pay, 3 day a week work schedule and sometimes even schedule flexibility.
When you start into this field, you hear the quiet whispering — the hints, warnings, from other nurses. Be careful, they’ll say, they eat their young here. If you thought nursing school was hard, you’ll re-learn everything in your first year out of school. School was merely scratching the surface. There are so many things, though, that they fail to teach you in nursing school.