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What do you enjoy most about being a nurse?


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Readers' comments (9)

  • None of the above.

    Treating patients, saving lives, helping people. That's why I got into Nursing, and that's what I enjoy most.

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  • 1, 2 and 4 above and working outside the NHS and the opportunity of working outside the UK to broaden my nursing and personal experience and outlook on life and enjoying excellent working conditions

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  • None of the above!!!!

    These days the only things I enjoy about nursing are:

    a)Going home!


    b)Knowing I'll be able to retire in 12 months!

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  • 1,2 and 4 - not much about working for the NHS is enjoyable at the moment!

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    I am sometimes happy that i am retired because there is very little job satisfaction these days in Nursing .The whole role of the nurse has been eroded we used to be advocates on a daily basis for the patients in our care. the role of the nurse has changed beyond all recognition. nurses appear to be no longer proud to call themselves a Nurse.

    What is the answer .I really do not know.

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  • I have retired from working in operating theatres, which I did for my entire career. It was just fantastic to be the patients advocate, ensure the smooth running of the lists, make friends amongst the staff and learn on a daily basis. Now I work with charities ,doing surgery and teaching in under resourced countries. Just because you retire you dont have to stop looking after people and getting that amazing buzz from their thank you's at the end of the day.It is so sad that many nurses feel unsatisfied by their present jobs. Maybe you could do a poll asking for real ideas to improve the NHS and its services.

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  • of the above choices only number 2. What I have enjoyed most about my 23 year career in nursing has been the great colleagues and friends i have met along the way. Working in stressful demanding situations creates strong bonds. Yes I have met those who are not team players but they are in the minority thankfully.

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  • Yes sad that many are so dis-illusioned by nursing now-I like all of the above but also making a difference to people's lives by putting them at the centre of the consultation and doing things their way-this is more likley to result in good outcomes for my patients and I feel I have done a better job too.

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  • I have to say I agree with all of you above me. Like I said earlier, the reason I got into Nursing, Treating patients, saving lives, helping people, when I actually get to do it, is still the best part of the job. Unfortunately it is the only part I enjoy.

    Long unsociable hours with no concept of a life outside work, constant management bulls**t, ridiculously low pay, unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, the stress, the politics and the bitchy culture within Nursing, etc, etc, etc, all to often unfortunately overide the enjoyment I get from treating my patients.

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