Would you consider a career in nursing?

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CURTIS COMPTON / ccompton@ajc.com

Today, ajcjobs is honoring Georgia’s outstanding nurses at the Celebrating Nurses of Excellence awards. It’s an annual event that honors nurses throughout the state for their dedicated and caring service.

As this article indicates, while there is a nursing shortage, not everyone is capable of being a good nurse. The long hours, the stress, seeing patients die despite your best efforts – these are all things that can easily break a recent nursing school graduate. The turnover rate is high, especially within the first year of a nurse’s career. For those that have the mettle to make nursing their lifelong profession, it can offer rewards far greater than a salary.

Would you ever consider a career in nursing? Do you think nurses are paid enough? In honor of Celebrating Nurses, let us know about nurses that have touched your life in a positive way.

3 comments Add your comment

Jessica

May 14th, 2009
1:04 pm

Although the money is good, I couldn’t do it. I can’t stand the sight of blood and I would be too easily disturbed by what I saw (i.e. people in pain, dying). So I went the business degree way

Penelope

August 3rd, 2009
9:33 am

When I gave birth to my daughter it was very hard. I’m a single mom and because of this they would not allow my sister in while performing the epidoral. At this point I broke down emotionally because I felt so alone. One of the nurses, her name was Candace, was so supportive. She had such a humanistic approach, and re-assured me it was going to be ok. She was so sincere, and I was able to lean on her for support both physically, and emotionally. This really made my delivery a happy experience.

Mary Beth Rogers

December 15th, 2009
1:10 pm

Nurse Cindy DeMinsky alAtlanta Cancer Care has continued to give mee hope, comfort, and cheerfulness during 2009 and for over five years before. She is the most requested nurse on the infusion floor, yet, she always takes the time to listen to my problems, my successes, and the poetry I write. This year, before I had the procedure for a port implacement, Cindy took me away from the others and explained the procedure, showed me what the port looks like, and told me to contact her if I had any questions or problems. She was there for me and soothed my fears–always patient, always professional, always concerned for me. I am nominating her for a nurse of excellence who has made a significant difference in my life for next May’s Nursing Excellence Award.