New Nurses Survival Guide (Nursing)
Another new-nurse challenge Huster and Nugent both faced was the switch from sedentary office jobs to hour shifts on their feet -- shifts that were physically, emotionally and mentally demanding. These days, Nugent is careful to use her time off to rejuvenate with rest and yoga.
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Another source of angst for second-career nurses is realizing they're now low in the employee hierarchy. In nursing, it's seniority-based. You have to give up that idea of control. But forgoing that seniority is easy when it's in exchange for the chance to directly help people and learn new things every day, she says.
Encountering some of the same frustrations they experienced in their first career can also be disappointing to second-career nurses. For Maritza Salazar-Abshire, RN, MEd, it was nursing's high volume of paperwork -- an also-annoying aspect of her former job as a teacher.
Huster's attitude has helped allay these fears. Rather than just taking vital signs, she uses her extra minutes to read her patients' charts, learn about their psychiatric issues and ask doctors about diseases with which she is unfamiliar.
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As a nurse with a long-term dream of volunteering overseas, Huster knows that what she learns now could someday help people around the world. And for her, that's worth giving up an office with a window. See all veteran friendly employers.
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