By Sarah Cimino
Nurses never know what might happen next. They never really know when someone might need their help or when something bad will happen. And they will have to be at the hospital all night to monitor things. Every single day, nurses will have a new story to tell. While some people like the idea of that other people don’t.
It’s hard being a nurse. They get attached to patients, they have to know how to listen very well, and going to school to become a nurse is not easy at all. Sarah Meeks, a nurse at York Hospital, knows that the profession has ups and downs. “Being a nurse is both exciting and scary,” Meeks said. “You have to know what you’re doing.”
Regardless, Meeks thinks that nursing is worth all of the struggles you have to go through. “Being a nurse really changes the way you look at the world,” Meeks said.
There are a lot of different types of nurses. There are agency nurses who go from place to place for their job, ambulatory nurses who take care of temporary patients who only stay for 24 hours or less, nurse anesthetists who assist the doctors in a lot of different ways, including the hospital room, the surgery room and dentists’ offices. Those are only a couple of different kinds of nurses that someone could choose from.
Nurses have to go through school. If someone would want to stay here in Pennsylvania, they may attend school and earn their certification through these organizations: Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, there’s also Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners.
According to Meeks, nurses have to be very professional people. They have to know how to keep a straight face and how to keep things serious because it’s hard not to get attached to patients. Also, it’s just a very important and serious job.
A lot of students here at Red Lion want to become nurses, for example, sophomore Seirra Skaggs would like to pursue nursing “I like the idea of making people feel better and feel themselves again.” Skaggs said. “I think I would have an amazing life if I become a nurse.”