“Should I Be A Nurse?” Part 2 | Nurse Stefan


Welcome back everybody! This is part two of me debunking these reasons I’ve found
online that suggest if they’re applicable to you you shouldn’t become a nurse. Because becoming a nurse has changed my life
in so many ways I want to cover some of the reasons, why these
reasons… just ain’t good reasons. So this is part deux, so we’re starting
off with number six, and that is: You shouldn’t be a nurse if you have to pee
a lot. Ok, there’s something like 3 million registered
nurses in the United States alone you think we all have the same bladder power? Honestly? No! I have worked those shifts where I hadn’t
peed in eight to twelve hours. Your body just adapts to learn to pee, “BID”
at some point. But in the meantime, if you can’t look to
your colleague and say “Hey can you literally watch my pager for
1 minute while I go into the bathroom and pee?” “1 minute.” If they say “No.” You need to find a new floor or facility. OK, let’s say worst case scenario: You drank a gallon of water, you’ve been holding
it in all day you’re just about to go and your patient stops breathing. ::gasps:: Guess what… you don’t have to pee anymore. I promise you. I don’t know where it goes… but it goes somewhere. It’s gone. You don’t have to pee. Done. It’ll come out someday. It’s just not right now. I think your bladders like… and it takes a look at what’s going on and
is like… “Ohhh… I’m gonna give him a minute.” Tell me this, how many people do you think
become nurses and quit because they have to pee a lot? Seriously. Just a rough estimate. Ballpark it. Has this conversation ever gone down? “Hey where’s Brenda, isn’t this her
shift?” “Oh you didn’t hear?” “She peed too much… she’s back in school she had to quit.” No. And say you got a medical condition that makes
ya hit the pot a lot You get a doctor’s note explaining the situation,
and when you gotta go ya gotta go. But that’s not even anything to worry about,
you’ll be able to pee. The bottom line is you have to take care of
yourself before you take care of other patients and that includes emptying your bladder. We all pee, whether it’s passing the pager,
or our bladders adapting… we make it happen. Not a reason not to become a nurse. Next up, you shouldn’t be a nurse if you don’t
like to keep learning… I can kind of understand this one… I see healthcare workers mindlessly scrolling
through these modules all the time updating information in their brain. The retention rate definitely correlates with
the enthusiasm on their faces. Nursing school is tough… medical school
is tough… and when you’re done, ya wanna be done and that’s why there are nurses and doctors
that don’t want to change their practice according to the new evidence-based data,
like they should. because they’ve been “doing it successfully
this way forever,” and they’re busy people! They’ve got lives outside of healthcare! I wonder what that’s like. Another module on hazardous waste? Ain’t nobody got time for that. You get through school your like, “Yay,
I’m done,” no you’re not. There’s continuing education all the time… but the recognition I’m getting right now
on social media and at events is trying to deliver education is a fun and engaging way and… influence other nurses to do the same. Everyone has fun in different ways and once
you learn the material and get some experience under your belt or if you’re a nurse that’s just feeling
burnt out Take whatever your passionate about… incorporate it into helping other people,
I promise you, you’ll find a way. If you’re into gardening, I hear that’s
one of the most therapeutic things you can do for yourself, for your soul Have a gardening meetup teach people about vitamins in fruits and
vegetables, pesticides, organophosphates. I don’t care. Just make it interesting and
fun, right? Crocheting, big surprise: not my thing. But it’s a lot of people’s thing. Hold a crocheting class and while people are crocheting, talk about
the things that they eat, how they shop at the grocery store. Some of the experiences you’ve had with
patients that have had poor nutrition. Diabetes, hypertension, so many opportunities. Help people make healthy choices so they stay
out of the hospital. and reach out to other nurses that are burnt
out Invite them over for a movie night, ok… all nurses… but each one has to bring one medication that
they have to teach the rest of them about. Sounds like fun? Hint hint… Anybody who’s interested… Put a new pep in their step… and that’s precisely what you and I are gonna
do from here on out. Cause we’re figuring out ways that everyone’s
gonna love to learn. So, you and me both… scratch that off the list! Next up: you shouldn’t be a nurse if you’re
in it for the money. This pretty much applies to any job, right? Don’t do something for the money, do something
that you love. Truth is: I loved playing video games and uhhh partying… when I was applying for nursing school. and unfortunately multi-playing Half-life at 4AM and, uh being a beer-pong champion doesn’t pay the bills. Nursing can pay very well and it varies where
you’re at. But the beauty of it is you can go anywhere. That’s the flexibility. The hours the days the rotations. It’s… all the other wonderful perks. I know plenty of nurses that will tell you
straight up that they got into nursing because it paid well. Because they’ve got cell phone bills, they’ve
got rent to pay, and they’ve got kids to feed. This is reality. But right after that, they’ll tell you how
they had no idea how nursing was gonna change their life forever for the better I’m one of them, and we’ll talk more about
that. Doing something because you’re only in it
for the money, could be implied, but again that’s a blanket statement that shouldn’t
be applied specifically to nursing Unless it’s playing the lottery, don’t do
anything for the money. Ok? You probably shouldn’t even do that… though I haven’t bought a scratch ticket
in a while… Next up, is: you shouldn’t be a nurse if you
don’t have people skills. Now this one kind of got to me. There’s
no humor involved. It blatantly states that social competency
is a necessity to become a nurse. Here’s a little bit about me that I want
you to know. It’s important to me that I’m honest with
you and that includes sharing some things that might make other people feel kind of uncomfortable
sharing. but I need you to trust me. So here goes… When I started nursing school, I was a shy,
isolated, very insecure person with terrible people skills. I wouldn’t look people in the eye not the cashier at the supermarket not the receptionist at the gym not even the people that I worked with. People were always asking me why I was mad… I wasn’t mad… I just wasn’t uncomfortable in my own skin. Because it’s such a horrible feeling to feel
like you’re not doing the things you want to be doing without loving people the way you want to
be loving people without being who you know you are. It’s low self-worth, right? You don’t say anything because you’re scared,
no one cares what you think or someone might like you a lot less after you
say something. You don’t make eye contact you don’t initiate conversations you don’t accept invites to social outings …that was me. And all that stuff. eye contact, conversations,
socializing, human interaction none of that improves on its own. Well guess what, clinical number one, patient
number one. I paced outside of his room for one hour. Going up to the nursing station pretending
I’m writing something down in my care plan. I mean who did I think I was? Going into this
old man’s room and telling him I was gonna do stuff for him that he couldn’t do himself. My heart was racing, I was sweating… I was
terrified. I finally went in… I spent four full days with him. OK. I learned about him, his disease, his limitations what he can and can’t do. and about myself and how I could help him with it all. Because not only did he talk to me about him Two to three words at a time because he had
really bad COPD I mean you wanna talk about exercising patience… and not cardiac rehab style. I’m talking the waiting for 10 minutes attentively… for 2 sentences. I also talked to him about me.. a lot faster..
but he cared. I also learned he needed me or someone else there to help him with the things he couldn’t
do himself. He helped me find the self-worth that was
in me all along… but sometimes it takes an eye opener or an experience to believe in yourself. Working in the E.R. Patient after patient. I mean your popping into other people’s
patient’s rooms, starting IV’s, right? Running codes in other rooms. You’ll develop people skills real quick if
you want to be an effective healer. Or you won’t and you’ll be miserable, and hate your job. Plenty of people do. It’s not unique to nursing. Nursing ain’t for everyone, I’m not saying
that is. What I’m saying is if you’re thinking
about nursing, but your apprehensive because you don’t have the people skills right now, nursing is an excellent way to develop them. I mean you’ll run into people with personalities
and attitudes and families and lives, in situations you
didn’t even know could exist. From the one legged IV drug user to the snobby doctor who’s got his whole
family in the room… and they’re all doctors… and they want to know why X, Y, and Z isn’t
done. You learn people skills for all situations. OK, the last one. You shouldn’t be a nurse if you don’t
know how to care about the care that you’re giving. and it goes on to say something about how
it can’t ever be learned or taught. And that’s… just… wrong. Nursing school is a process and a tough one but you learn about therapeutic communication and how to care for someone. A lot of us probably most of us have never cared for a person the way a nurse cares for a person. So, how do you know if you care about caring
for someone, if you haven’t had the opportunity to practice
caring? So, by practicing in nursing school, residencies,
and thereafter… you’re always learning about how to care about
caring for someone. K real talk right now. When I first started nursing I did not like cleaning up incontinent patients
that had bowel movements. Don’t try to tell me that you did cause you didn’t. I avoided it the plague, ok? I did not want to do it. And then I was cleaning up this elderly gentleman. He was telling me about some of the things
he did in life. He was like a fighter pilot captain that led
like fleets of jets in the air force right? Something amazing like that. and it made me think about in his 80+ years
of life… how many accomplishments how many relationships how many traumas how many beauties he’s gone through… and now he needs me, because he can’t wipe
himself. Everyone poops. Right? We try to keep it on the downlow, but everyone
knows that everyone does it. Kylie Jenner, Brad Pitt, doesn’t matter
who you are. Sometimes when I get frustrated that I’m not with Gigi Hadid… I think about the fact that she poops and then it makes me f— no, I still love her. Point is everyone does it, and when you grow
up, you handle it all yourself It’s your own business, you keep it on the
downlow Problem is he can’t… and now he needs me for this. So not only is it your job to help them feel
clean again it’s to preserve their dignity. And you learn that as you go. I’ll tell you I made sure he was extra clean… cause he deserved it… everyone deserves it… and that became a part of my practice. Just like it should yours. Trust me, I don’t wait around for “Code Browns”
to happen but when they do I don’t miss a spot. And that… is caring about caring… and I learned that through that experience. So, to summarize, nursing isn’t for everyone. If you think it might be for you shadow a nurse. Shadow multiple nurses, in different specialties because they’re each incredibly unique of
each other. It’s what I did, and it’s what solidified
my decision to become a nurse. If you want to care about people help people heal help people save lives don’t let reasons like these make you think
twice about it. Cause I could have checked off a lot of these
reasons right off the bat and said “Nope… nursing is not for me” and not to toot own horn but I get kudos from other nurses doctors, patients, the general population. and that’s just concrete examples. That’s not what’s important to me. What’s important to me is that nursing has
helped me and continues to help me in unbelievable ways throughout this life. And I think a lot about people who struggle
with finding a purpose in life… true satisfaction… fulfillment. Think about people volunteering, ya know they’re giving back to the world. Helping someone else out, our fellow people helping someone heal… there’s nothing that can beat that. And you get paid to do it to take care of yourself and your own loved
ones. So, my only hope is these two videos find their
way to someone who’s considering nursing or doesn’t know what they want to do… before they find the bogus reasons, they shouldn’t
be a nurse and though I’m not getting paid to do this… I’m still clocking out.

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