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    Nursing...

    I am thinking of applying to study nursing at uni in 2013 but I have heard lots of negative things about nursing recently...

    So, I was wondering if there was anyone on here, or who knows of someone, that is a nurse?
    If so, do you/they enjoy your job? Any advice? etc...

    I know its a stab in the dark to find someone, but I am just curious to hear from others (and hopefully hear some more positive things!) x

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    I'm an adult nurse, and to put it simply I love my job. As I tell my patients, even if I won the lottery I'd be back at work next week! It's honestly the most rewarding job I could wish for.
    However, the hours are long and the work is hard... Very hard. Obviously this depends on the speciality in which you end up working but due to staff cuts etc we are getting less staff to look after more patients, so as rewarding as it is it's also very challenging at times.
    Doing my nursing degree is the best thing I've ever done though so I'd say go for it! PM me if you like and I'll be able to give you a bit of advice on what to expect with your training etc should you decide it's the right thing for you

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    I'm not a Nurse but thought I should say that the Navy takes student nurses. If you are interested in next year, enquiring soon would be advisable:

    http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/Careers/...al%20Nurse.pdf

    I'm sure that the Army and RAF offer similar opportunities.

    Worth a look, anyway.

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    I have a friend who's a nurse, she loves the job, however, what she hate's is the way the NHS can't seem to get rid of people that obviously don't pull their weight.

    As in there are specific ways to get extra pay, but in her hospital, if some go sick (and they do pretty much on a monthly basis) the extra pay isn't docked, but agency nurses are brought in, her grievance is that extra money is wasted and could be going towards something more important.

    However, that's the only thing I've ever heard her complain about, so all in all, she loves the job and the people, in every job there will be the moans and groans by some, so don't let them put you off.
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    My step Mum is a theatre nurse and is retiring in November after 30 odd years. She was talking about staying on (she's only 56) but since my Dad is retiring and she's entitled to her full pension she's going at the same time as him. She really seems to love the job but as FO says, it's the way the NHS works that drives her mad. It's like any job though - if you enjoy it you can get past the petty bureaucracy.

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    Depends on your reasons for going in to nursing really. I don't care what ANYONE says, take the money and politics out of the equation, nursing is a vocation. If your MAIN reason for entering isn't 'to care for people' then don't go there. Its unsocial hours and the work can be backbreaking BUT it and many other Healthcare professions are so rewarding that it's worth it. Have you looked at any of the other allied health professions? Physio, radiographer, occupational therapist, speech therapy...the list is endless
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    Thank you everyone for replying I really do appreciate it and it is lovely to hear some good things about nursing... especially after the statistic I saw the other day about 44% of UK nurses wanting to leave their job...
    @Kaz Thank you, I will PM you in a minute as there is a few more questions I want to ask regarding hours and uni" Its great to hear how much you enjoy it though
    @soleil Thank you for the idea, I will have a look into it, although not sure if I'll go down that route
    @fiestyone Oh its really sad to see that money is going to waste... The nhs are doing a lot of big changes at the moment so hopefully that wont go on forever, seem so money is so tight these days. Thank you for replying
    @squirrel_piegon Aww, its good that she enjoys it so much she considered staying! Thank you for replying
    @bigbird Yes, as cliche as it sounds, I really do just want to help people. I get such a buzz from doing it and I could never be in a job where I'm not working with people! Thank you, I am going to look into the allied health professions when I go to my open day tomorrow Trying to keep my options open but I'm edging towards A&E nursing or health visiting!
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    I am a qualified physiotherapist and currently 4 years into training to be a doctor. I have friends in all areas of the allied health professionals and most love their jobs on the whole.

    It might be worth noting however, much of nursing is moving into the community as the NHS is trying to move many of its services into primary care. I have a feeling hospital jobs might be harder to come by in 10 years time.

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    Oh wow! I would love to be a doctor and for the past 6 years I have been focused on studying medicine but I just dont have the grades :/. Good luck with it all
    Ahh, thats interesting, I am going to look into these allied health careers then
    Yes, I heard from someone doing it, that the health visiting jobs are kind of linked in with social work as well. I kind of like the idea of working in a community setting, nursing has quite a few options. Thank you for replying x

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    My sister in law qualified last year and can't get a job working in a hospital. She was also very concerned by the ratio of nursing assistants to nurses (even just qualified ones) and the fact that it's her neck on the line should something go wrong.

    She is managing the nursing staff at a nursing home as are many of her class mates - too many assistants in hospitals as they are cheaper.

    She also thinks that emptying bed pans is beneath her because she's got a degree. As someone who had to ask their now husband to change the bed pan (on an empty but me ward) because "there were no assistants available", I would ask you please not to be that type of nurse. Mr GS whilst looking for a replacement bed pan found 3 nurses (inc the one who had refused to help) on Facebook. I don't know what he said to them but I wanted for nothing after that initially poor start.
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    Six weeks ago I went in for day surgery at 7am one monday morning, was in there until 3pm and the nurses did not even sit down once. Crikey, I saw nursing in a completely different light that day, I can tell you. It truly is the vocation of earth-locked angels.

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    @gentlesoul Oh really, its bad shes done her degree and cant get a hospital job :/. Its kind of hard because it'll be four or five years from now when I would graduate so its hard to predict what the situation will be like then. God that is awful, you are comitted to caring for a patient and should do anything for them :/
    @tlc Oh I know, its such a full on job! I was hearing from a lady who works in private hospitals and she said she doesnt even have time for a lunch break most days x

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    I'm applying for nursing next year too! I have quite a few friends who are already qualified and say pretty much the same things already mentioned - highly rewarding but hard and the NHS is a bitch etc. Where are you thinking of applying?

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    If you dont mind me asking, how old are you? Dont worry if you dont want to answer
    Its great to hear that most people enjoy it, I can imaging its so rewarding but really hard emotionally!
    Well, I went to Birmingham today, thats the only one I have looked at so far. But I am also considering Nottingham and Kings college so far
    What about you? Do you know what branch you want to go into?

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    I am a doctor in the NHS and most of the nurses I work with love it. They work 11 hours fewer per week than doctors and the pay is the same in the early years. There are good nurses and bad nurses as there are everything else, but I often look at them doing 3 x 12 hour shifts a week when I'm doing 7 and think I chose the wrong career. I'm not knocking nurses at all their job is bloody hard and lots of my friends are nurses, all I'm saying is the hours aren't nearly as bad as the media makes out, nor is the pay.

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    Thank you for replying . Yeah I have heard horrible things about the hours, but talking to people they dont actually seem that bad!
    Its good to hear that most love it, I guess with most jobs there is good and bad .
    I dont think I'd mind 3x12 hour shifts, much better than 9-5 five times a week! x

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    Indeed, and much better than 12 hour shifts 7 days a week, which is what I often do, for similar pay to many nurses on their 3 x12 hour shifts.
    Go for it. Theatres are the best in my opinion but I'm biased x

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    Oh wow, that must be such hard work! I am sure its rewarding though .
    Ahhh, I will look into it! trying to keep my options as open as possible at the moment to look into everything!x

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    You're right, it's very rewarding and I love my job. There are many things I'd change about the NHS but it's still the best free health service in the world. Have you ever worked as a health care assistant in a hospital? There are staff banks you can go on and do some weekend shifts etc. Good to top up income while at uni, but also fab to give you an insight into the day to day work on a ward. Good luck with it, may see you in a hospital nearby soon!
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    Ahh thats so good to hear
    Yeah, I'm sure it has its bad points but there are good ones too!
    No I havent, I have tried to but I am three months off my 18th birthday, do you have to be 18? I might try and get one after my birthday
    Thank you, thank you for the advice too x

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