Eight Things You Should Know About Nursing

Eight Things You Should Know About Nursing

Brandman's Marybelle and S.Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions students learning advanced nursing techniques Whether following in someone’s footsteps, hospital volunteer work, or wanting to care for others, the nursing profession is more than just a job for many. 

It’s a calling. 

There is much more to the day-to-day that most don’t know or understand. So, as we wrap up Nurses Week, here are eight things these everyday lifesavers from nurses and faculty from the Brandman University’s Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions wish you knew about nursing:

#1: It’s a science

“Nurses are scientists, the academic and clinical preparation is rigorous and nurses are passionate about using their knowledge and experience to better the lives of those they serve.”

Gail Petersen Hock, MS, RN, PHCNS-C, APHN-C, assistant professor

#2: It’s a labor of love

“Nurses miss holidays, weekends, special events, their children’s firsts, etc. to care for people and their loved ones. We are overworked and often times don’t have the means to do our job as it was intended. We have to put on a brave face and power through some grueling situations and grieve right along with our patients even though we may not show it.”

Nikkelle Gallegos-Knight, DNP, APRN, FNP

#3: It has its own unique industry challenges 

“Nursing has become less bedside and more paperwork and nurses don’t really like that. Patients believe that nurses do, when nurses would really like to spend more time at the bedside doing the things that they became a nurse to do. Most nurses really like to take care of patients, and with the onset of all these modern laws and rules, we now spend less time with patients and more time doing paperwork.”

Dr. Ruth Milstein, DNP, PMHNP-BC, LMHC, assistant professor/dissertation chair

#4: It’s a very diverse career

“I don't think people realize how diverse nursing is and how many different career pathways they can take. And these days, it is very technical and sophisticated. “

Dr. Patric Schine, DNP, FNP-BC, assistant professor, director FNP Program

#5: It’s a huge responsibility 

“I wish more people understood how much nurses do and how huge of a responsibility it is to be a nurse.  Nurses notice the little things in their patients, which tend to become the big things.”  

Christine Williamitis, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, assistant professor

#6: It takes more than just caring 

“Nurses not only work the frontlines of saving lives and taking care of people in the healthcare settings, they also do important work with political advocacy (healthcare reform), research administration and EDUCATION!”

Rachel Choudhury MSN, MS, RN, CNE, associate dean and program director, BSN

#7: It’s hard work 

“I wish everyone knew how much work goes into being a really good nurse and that it is so much more than ‘doing what the doctor says!’ We study for years and then invest even more years into learning the specialty area we practice in. Nurses are the ones who recognize when things are going wrong when physicians are miles away. We are experts in your care, too.”

Donald Beisel, DNP, RN, CRNA, DAAPM, assistant professor

#8: It requires time and preparation

“I would like people to know the amazing preparation it takes to be a nurse. Modern nurses master science, chemistry, pharmacology, research, and specialty practice areas. At the same time, they never lose sight of the human element, the fact that a patient might be scared, lonely, or in pain. Nurses see this total picture, and they are trained to care for their patient from a holistic standpoint – body, mind and soul.”

Sonia Luckey, DNP, MA, APRN, FNP-C, AHN-C, adjunct faculty


Victoria Lim is the Director of Communications for Brandman University.

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