When I was growing up I thought nurses wore white dresses and hats and stood around waiting for nurses to do what doctors said. That's why I never wanted to be one.
I got a Spanish degree then had no idea what to do. Ended up working in the office of a home health company. When those nurses found out I spoke Spanish, they took me on some visits to interpret and I was SO amazed at what nurses could do. I was fascinated by their knowledge base, their independence, and their confidence. Where were the doctors to run the show?? This was incredible. As quickly as possible, I was back in school, getting my nursing degree but, as I went to school, I was working on the local hospital floor getting tech experience.
It wasn't a surprise when I hit the floor as a real nurse. The salary was no surprise nor was the workload or schedule. It was tough, stressful and scary but it was exactly what I expected.
Nursing isn't what I pictured as a child, though. Standing around in my starched white dress and hat waiting for the doctor to tell me what to do next...