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What career path isn't for softies?


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HailyCramer, Registered Nurse at Operating Room
This is going to be biased, butworking in an Operating Room is not a career for softies. It is mentally,physically (and especially emotionally) exhausting to work in an OperatingRoom.


Things I've encountered in my career:
Bullying by nurses and surgeons.
Standing up to a doctor for a patient,even though my whole team was against me.
Traumas where seconds separated apatient from life and death.


Watching a surgeon accidentally sever atendon in their hand while operating, but risking the loss of function of theirhand to finish the surgery.
Having a patient who is a pedophile ormurderer come in for care, and setting aside personal feelings to give them thesame care you would give any patient.
Severe cases of child abuse.
Animal maulings and attacks.
Trauma patients who are mutilated andunrecognizable.


What I was like before working in theOR:
Sensitive and afraid to speak up.Nervous I'd accidentally kill someone. Blood and gore made me nauseous. I wasparanoid my coworkers were gossiping about me. I didn't think I would be smart enoughto ever challenge a surgeon. I'd sometimes lay awake at night afraid of whatthe next day would bring.


What I am like now:
I am very outspoken. I don't takeanyone's crap in my personal or work-life. Gore and blood no longer bother me.I don't care if people gossip about me. A bully does not keep bullying me forlong. I work as hard as I can no matter how tired every single day. I do yogaor some form of relaxation so I can throw away the day's troubles and sleep atnight.
Do I like my job?
I love it.



Thanks Haily for all you do and Idon’t know how you do it. I volunteer as a chaplain at our local hospital andam often called to the ER on trauma cases to offer spiritual comfort topatients and family who request it. I have the highest respect and regard foryou all. You all are amazing - salute!


Original Author · Apr 9 · 65upvotes including DanBirchfield
It doesn’t surprise me you are a Chaplin! That is alsoa position that is emotionally draining. Thank you for what you do!


SeanKernan, Son of Quora
Imagine getting out of your car.
Walking down a driveway tosomeone’s house. You are escorted by another person.
It is very quiet. The air isstill. You only hear your footsteps. Against the silence the steps soundlouder.
You get to the stairs to thedoor. You go up the steps. You look down as your black shoes place on eachbrick stair.


You get to the door. You look up.You take a deep breath.
You knock -dundundundun-
After a moment, the lock in thehandle turns, it slides. The door opens.
A woman on the other side seesyou. Her eyes go wide.
She unleashes a scream.
A murderous sound that cuts intoyou.
She falls to the ground sobbing.Her face is in her hands.


A small child stands next to her,asking her, “Mommy, what’s wrong?”
You ask to come in. She doesn’trespond. She just wails. You ask again.
She nods yes. As you step in, anolder woman comes into view down the hallway, she sees you and immediatelyscreams. She comes running to the woman on the ground.


You haven’t had to say anything.Just by seeing you. Just by virtue of your attire and demeanor, it was obvious:
You are here to tell a woman thather husband was killed in combat, to tell a soldier's mother that she willnever speak with her son again.
This is the life of a CasualtyNotification Officer.
It is an honorable and deeplyimportant job. They perform all death notifications, the purpose to inform thefamily as quickly as possible, and in person, that their loved one has losttheir life.


In times of war, these men travelthe country going from home to home.
They arrive at houses wherefamily functions and festivities are in full swing and spirits are high. Athomes where a lone mother is raising toddlers. Where a woman is pregnant withher first child. And to homes where a mother waits for a call from her only sonthat will never never come.
These officers routinely deliverthe worst news of a person's life.
WhenI sit back and really imagine the reality of that job, the challenges in my ownjob begin to shrink.


You get the shit jobs on road patrollike scraping motorcyclists off the pavement at 3 am. You work the midnightshift. You get paid 1970’s wages. You have no pension. You have a second job tomake ends meet and to save for your retirement
You get switched up to the marinedivision. Now you’re busting alcoholics on boats and idiotic jet skiers thatare cutting too close to the swimming area. You have to dive to look for peoplethat have drowned in the Summer, Fall, Spring and Winter. Those ice fishermenkeep falling through the ice. Those kids playing hockey misjudge the ice’sthickness and fall through. You see lots of death. It breaks your heart.
Now you’re on jail duty. It sucks but atleast you’re on day shift now. You break up fights daily, search cells, searchbody cavities-ewww. Because that’s where the inmates hide everything. You seethings you can’t unsee.


You learn not to trust people becauseyou witness so much weird shit. You deal with liars all day. You lose yourfaith in the human race. You become jaded and bitter. The lies. You’ve seen itall before and heard it all before. . .
Then there’s a new twist, a new crime, anew kind of criminal, a new bullet that can shred kevlar. Body cameras are nowmandatory to prove you aren’t abusing your power. You just had to taser a 250lbguy that was high on meth because he wouldn’t cooperate when pulled over forerratic driving.
“Oh nevermind sir, I was mistaken, youcan just leave with a warning for speeding, putting others and yourself indanger and being high on meth.” “Oh and what’s that you say? You have a 9mm inthe glove compartment? Pssshaw, I trust you, this stuff is petty, just headhome. Or to your ex’s house for that confrontation you’ve been dying to have.She/he deserves to learn a lesson anyway, you’re right.”


Can you imagine? Police have their handstied enough as it is with jurisdiction and family court issues. Protectionorders, looking for pedophiles, finding out who broke into your car last night.
You put your life on the line daily.Your family worries about you ALL the time. There are negative reports in thenews skewing popular belief about cops. You are the bad guy. The po-po, pigs,assholes.
If you don’t die or get wounded/disabledon the job, you are beyond burnt out. You retire and your body goes into shock.You die of a heart attack 2 years later. This isn’t a career for softies. Thisisn’t a career path for most human beings.
*Thank you for edits S.K.


Elizabeth Dixon
Feb10 · 94upvotes
This answer isn’t getting the upvotes it deserves…. Peoplewho don’t know the job will always sit back and criticize or take it forgranted. Four stints and two heart attacks later, and my dad is still here. I’mgrateful for everyday I get of him.


AlexanderPorter, CancerSurvivor | Serial Dater | World Traveler | Humorist
A career as an Adult Film Star is notfor softies.
If you’re soft in the porn industry youwill struggle.
You have to harden up if you want to doyour best work. If not, people will take advantage of you.
You have to be able to give as good asyou get. You can’t just lie down and take it when things get rough.
You can’t let a career in porn force youto your knees. Do you know what I mean?
And I’m not saying you’ll love your jobday in and day out. In fact, up to 69% of adult film stars admit to struggling.And that’s why it’s not the career for softies.
To get through the tough times you justhave to grit your teeth and cop it. You have to suck it up and power on. Youhave to take the worst of it even if it’s a huge pain in the ass.
Other careers are challenging, there’sno doubt about that.
But if you want to be an Adult Film Staryou just have to say “fuck it” and open yourself up.
Because no career gets as hard as thatof an Adult Film Star.
And if you’re a softie, then thisindustry is just not for you.




May 7 · 66upvotes including AlexanderPorter
Thisindustry is great so long as you don’t get reamed.
You’ll find family you didnt know you had.


Waheda Islam, B.S. Criminal Justice &Writing, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Just off the top of my head:
1. Teachers: Be it if you're teaching for the children ofwealthy parents or the children of impoverished immigrants, kids are anightmare. They're ruthless. You will experience bullying, uncontrollableenergy, fights that break out. There are children who have rough homes andaren't able to focus properly in school. That aggression will come out one wayor another. Many teachers are underpaid and overworked. It is not a professionfor the faint of heart. These people got strong will and stamina.
2. Peoplein the medical field (doctors/nurses/etc): These people deal with life and death on a daily basis.Imagine doing your utter best and still the patient dies. At some level, thatwill have an impact on you. With experience and practice, you get better atmanaging the pain but it truly is a selfless profession. They work nights,holidays, and often long hours on their feet. Both physically and mentally draining.
3. Therapists/socialworkers: People aresharing their innermost secrets to you. Be it abuse, sexual abuse, domesticviolence, homelessness. These are real issues that people are going through.These professionals must find a way to separate themselves from the emotionalburden that comes with this profession. A client who is a rape victim and atthe verge of losing her life, will affect you as a person. It's not aprofession everyone can handle.
4. Laenforcement/first responders: These people are the first at a crime scene. These are thepeople who you call at your time of need. It could be a moment of life anddeath. The cop is the only person that runs after a person who has a gun andthreatening to kill everyone. They deal with the worst part of humanity and doit with immense strength.
5. Lawyers: Depending on the argument you present your clienteither walks away a free man or behind bars. The case you present may help achild with abusive parents be free and relocated in a foster home waiting to beadopted by a family that wants them. The work that lawyers do, has an impactthat lasts a lifetime. It must be tough to receive a verdict that your clientlost their case at housing court and now will be homeless. No wonder manyattorneys are alcoholics, it's a job that requires tremendous mental strength.
6. Pilots: You are responsible for the lives of thousandsof passengers. Bad weather or an emergency situation can force you to maketough decisions. You must be adaptable. Pilots work long hours. Sacrifice sleep.They have to stay long days away from their families. Not an easy job at all.
Wellthat's all I could think of at the top of my head. There are plenty ofprofessions that demand a strong sense of resilience and strength.





Katrina D. Anderson, one of the few asexual, biromantic teens
You aren’t told which gun has live ammunition.
Presumably to help counter thepsychological effects of killing someone and to spread the guilt throughout thegroup, rather than just shunting it onto one person.
Even with the diffusion ofresponsibility, it doesn’t make it easier. You watched.
Watched as a bullet from an unknown gunkilled the latest criminal.
Watched as they wheezed there lastbreath, said their last words.
You watched them die.
It’s a hard career. Mental scars willmark you for the rest of your life, as the deaths begin to blur.
One. Two. Twelve. Forty-five. A hundred.
You’ll try to make yourself feel better.You’ll list every single crime they ever committed. It’ll reassure youtemporarily.
But if you’re not able tocompartmentalize, you break down.
You think you’re tough enough?
Wrong. No one is.
Everyone suffers. Some more than others.
The weight of every death will crush youlike a brick.
Being part of a firing squad is not forthe weak-willed.