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Nursing is the backbone of the healthcare industry. It’s the biggest profession in healthcare, and nurses are the most trusted professionals. But make no mistake about it: a career in nursing comes with its own unique sets of challenges that you probably won’t find out about until after you’ve already committed to it. Here are five realities of being a nurse that most people don’t know about.

Nursing school doesn’t prepare you for the real world.

Nursing school is a tough road. The classes are intense, and the tests can be brutal. You will learn so much about the human body, its systems and all of the things that can go wrong with it. You’ll spend many hours studying for each exam and trying to memorize tons of material for your clinicals. If you’re anything like me, nursing school may have seemed like an impossible mountain to climb at times—but somehow I made it through!

But nursing school isn’t enough to prepare you for the real world in which nurses work every day. After completing my Master’s degree in Nursing Education and Administration after graduating from my BSN program in 2006, I had no idea what I was getting into when I began working as a traveling Registered Nurse (RN) at one of Ohio’s largest health systems almost ten years ago now (time flies). In fact, most people don’t know what they’re getting into until after they’ve graduated—and some never learn before making their first mistake on their first day as an RN! People often assume that because they went through nursing school successfully without any issues whatsoever means everything else will be easy-peasy too; but unfortunately this isn’t always true…

You will sacrifice your health, your social life, and your sanity to become a nurse.

You will sacrifice your health, your social life, and your sanity to become a nurse. If you thought nursing school was difficult, just wait until you’re actually in practice. You’ll be working long shifts in dark hospital rooms. Your mind will be full of other people’s problems, their sicknesses and injuries creating an endless cycle of stress and exhaustion. You’ll be tired of hearing about other people’s vacations when they return from their nights off and have to hear about yours while they’re still on theirs (or maybe not even have time for one). You’ll feel like a martyr at times because it seems like everyone else is having fun while all you do is work hard all day every day—and then go home again to do it some more the next day!

A lot of people talk down to nurses.

Here’s a shocking truth: nurses are underpaid and underappreciated. In fact, they’re the lowest paid healthcare workers in America and make less than half of what doctors do—despite having to go through much more rigorous training. Many people look down on nursing as a career choice, too, which is why we think it’s important to shed some light on all the things nurses face every day.

Nurse-to-patient ratios are just one part of this problem. The other major issue? How hard it can be for nurses who work in private practice or small hospitals (e.g., those with fewer than 100 beds) because they often don’t have access to proper staffing levels or resources like those at larger institutions do; these factors mean that sometimes patients get sicker before medication can take effect properly—which costs lives nationwide each year due mainly to factors related back again: lack of adequate safety measures put into place by employers who care more about profits than patient welfare!

Becoming a good nurse takes time, patience and experience.

Becoming a good nurse takes time, patience and experience. It’s not something you can learn overnight. That’s why so many new nurses get stressed out: they expect to know everything right away, but it doesn’t work like that! If you’re going into nursing school now, don’t worry—you’ll find your feet soon enough. Just keep at it every day and by the end of your training period you’ll be ready for whatever comes next!

Nurses don’t get enough credit for what they do.

Nurses are undervalued.

They’re not appreciated for the work they do, and this starts with how much money they make. The average salary for a nurse is $68,000 per year, which is actually less than it was in 2009.

Nurses are not given enough respect by their patients or other medical professionals; often times they’ll be referred to as “the nurse” rather than by name because some people don’t view them as an important part of the process — if anything, sometimes nurses get blamed for things that go wrong even though it’s not their fault!

Patients tend to forget about what an enormous responsibility being a doctor entails: having so many lives in your hands every single day means that you can’t just take off whenever you want – there will always be people who need care even on days when doctors aren’t scheduled to work (like holidays).

Nursing is amazing and difficult at the same time

Nursing is a rewarding, difficult career. Nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system—but they’re also underappreciated and overworked.

Nurses are at the frontlines of patient care and critical to their well-being. But they have to do so much more than just administer medication and change bandages. They have to advocate for their patients’ needs, educate them on their conditions, coordinate care between multiple doctors, handle insurance paperwork—the list goes on and on! And they often take home more responsibilities than they can feasibly handle by themselves because there’s no one else around to help them (read: another nurse). It’s exhausting work that requires skill sets that most people don’t even realize exist or understand how valuable these skills are until it’s too late (like when you yourself become a patient in need of medical attention).

But there’s hope for these hardworking professionals: The healthcare industry is changing rapidly thanks largely in part thanks due its increased reliance on technology like artificial intelligence systems which means there will be less need for human labor over time! This means fewer opportunities out there for new graduates fresh out college looking into nursing careers but also less competition within existing ones due fewer positions available; so if ever wanted try nursing school now might just be best time do so before it gets harder later…


Nursing is a rewarding and amazing career, but it can be difficult to get the hang of at first. I’ve learned a lot over the years and I’m still learning. If you want to become a nurse, you’re going to have to work hard for it, but if you do then there are plenty of rewards waiting for you on the other side!