Is nursing basically paperwork or is there more to it?

Question by Dannie: Is nursing basically paperwork or is there more to it?
Im starting school to be an LPN and i dont know if its going to be worth it in the end. Ive heard that most nurses mainly do paperwork, aside from passing meds (in a nursing home setting). Im more of a people person. I really like to be able to talk to my residents and interact. Is there slim to none of this?

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Answer by Lauren F
Mostly it is taking care of patients, doing routine care like checking pulse, blood pressure, replenshing fluids. It can involve some very intimate tasks. For example, you may have to feed, wash, dress, groom your patients. You may need to change beds that are soiled. You may need to talk to disoriented people.

If you want to know for certain, go to a nursing home and volunteer as an aide for a few weeks, and watch what the LPNs do. There is some paperwork, but it is much more hands-on care.

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2 Responses to “Is nursing basically paperwork or is there more to it?”

  1. Alicia says:

    No.. You pass meds, help patients out, paperwork… it’s a good feeling in the end. My mom is an LPN and has worked in a nursing home for 9 years, she LOVES it. She is looking to go for a Registered nurse now. You can work in the hospital.. any areas. You will be VERY interactive with residents and that’s the best thing about nursing.

  2. sweet dreams says:

    Pros: The opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life; decent pay; flexible schedules.

    Cons: Short staffing; floating requirements; little respect; dealing with bodily functions.

    The Bottom Line: It takes a special and dedicated person to choose to enter the nursing profession despite all of the many negative aspects often encountered on a daily basis.

    melissasrn’s Full Review: Nursing Profession
    As a Registered Nurse working in my primary field of Medical-Surgical Nursing for over 4 years now, I’ve learned many things along the way that many new graduates (including myself) have no clue about before deciding to enter the nursing profession as a chosen career. Had someone with my experience counseled me on what I was in store for after graduating second in my top notch nursing class, I most likely would have turn and ran “far, far away” like Jenni in “Forrest Gump” as fast as I could. While being a nurse does have it’s rewarding moments, they are unfortunately few and far between the majority of the time. Recommending choosing a career in the nursing field as I did always gives me mixed feelings as a result. Even though the pay is decent for many when compared to other career choices and schedules are somewhat flexible, nurses suffer from a high rate of on-the-job injuries and overall job dissatisfaction rather quickly (or “burn out” as many call it). So before considering entering the nursing profession, take a serious look at a few often overlooked situations that most nurses will encounter in their careers at one time or another.

    1. Experience: If you think that you are going to land your dream job fresh out of nursing school with no experience whatsoever under your belt, you most likely suffer from delusional thought processes or are lucky enough to know someone with lots of authority and are in the right place at the right time. I entered nursing school all those years ago wanting to be a Labor and Delivery nurse, but now over 4 years after graduation I’m still working “the floor” for a variety of reasons that I won’t go into here. There I was a fresh new RN straight out of school without one second of hospital nursing experience. So I basically took the first job I could get just to get my foot into the door. Most specialty areas (ER, ICU, OB, etc) want their nurses to have AT LEAST 1 year of general “Medical-Surgical” experience before they will even consider hiring a new nurse, although there are a few that prefer to train fresh nurses exactly the way they want them without any previous experiences standing in the way. Looking back now, I feel that having some CNA experience would have been very helpful to me as a brand new nurse. Not only did I have to learn my new RN role, but I also had to take a crash course in being a nurse’s aid as well. The stress of it all was rather overwhelming at first, but I eventually learned the ropes as most do. I “hit the floor running” and haven’t stopped since.

    2. Nursing School Verses the “Real World”: Ideally, nurses would enter the work force prepared to practice nursing just as they were taught to do so while in school. Students learn the correct way to do things as part of a “perfect” nursing environment. Nurses start the shift rested and refreshed with a favorable attitude and are highly prepared with all the details they should know about the patients they are assigned to for the day. Medications are dispensed at the precise moment that they are due with no errors and all of each of our patient’s physical and psychological needs are met with efficiency on a moment’s notice in a leisurely manner with no interruptions or delays. And at the end of our shift, we leave our jobs with the satisfaction of knowing that we helped someone get better today. But sadly, in the “real world”, such events are rarely the case. Many times, the Medication Nurse may have 15 or more patients to pass meds to so there’s no time to spend chatting with each one about how he or she is doing. The Charge Nurse has that many patients or more to assess and whose care they are ultimately responsible for. Admissions and discharges are frequent, with all the mountains of paperwork that go along with each staring him or her in the face. Then suddenly, a patient goes “bad” and all other nursing duties are dropped to a low priority status. Nurses typically end the shift cranky, tired, and often discouraged at the poor to mediocre job they feel they’ve done that day. Instructors certainly can’t teach you how to be in 3 places at the same time while attending nursing school. That I would place my last dollar on.

    3. Short Staffing: A common chronic problem that most nurses will complain about on a regular basis is being required to perform more and more duties with less and less staffing to do so. Most units are staffed for a certain patient load with no more and no less. It’s all about nu

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