For example, a regular shift is 12 hours long.
That's so funny. I can't believe I attempted to lie to you all. A regular shift ends when you finish all of the charting and care of your patients which is technically supposed to only last about 12.5 hours, but for a newbie nurse like myself it's almost 2 hours longer each shift. It's interesting. I've never worked in retail or in any restaurant chain growing up. Soccer pretty much took up most of my time. I heard stories from friends about their life in customer service, and I sympathized for them. It sounded exhuasting. Hearing customers question your statements, waiting for them to tell you what they want, getting them the thing they finally ask for, and listening to them complain about how it's not quite right.
Hold the phone.
Sounds a lot like nursing.
I go to work everyday to facilitate the health of many individuals, and I actually LOVE it. I do. I go to work everyday to practically wait on my patients hand and foot, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Did I ever think I'd be working in customer service? Well no, not entirely. But the truth is, this fits my personality to a tee; or rather, I make the most out of my job and the interactions I have each and every day. You see, listening to that elderly lady tell me about the travels she's been on with her equally as adorable husband that she hasn't spent a night without makes it all worth it. She reminds me why I got into this profession.
I am much better of a listener than a talker and I'm much better at pleasing people than being 100% happy myself, but that in itself makes me feel completely fulfilled.
Who cares. Nursing has helped me in more ways than I could have imagined. I'll take my 3 day, 12 hour (maybe) shifts over your office with a view any day.