Any nurses that don't regret becoming a nurse?

  1. I have been reading a lot of negative discussions about the nursing field and I must admit, I've considered changing my career path. Problem is, I can't see myself doing anything else. Please tell me that there are nurses out there that like their job!
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  3. by   rncat2000
    I love, love, love being a nurse!!!!! Do I always love my coworkers, patients, and place of employment? No, but there will always be days where I will leave work and be frustrated, and angry and ready to quit. That happens with any job.
    You have to take all the posts you see on here with a grain of salt most people are more likely to post about a bad day than a good one because they need to vent and this is one of the few places where we can and the people on here understand and can offer encouragement and advice.
    For the most part I love everything with my calling as a nurse. However this is an extremely stressful occupation and is hard work, but it is also the most rewarding job you will ever do!!
    Never let anyone else's bad comment, post, or vent presuade you to not become a nurse if that is what you want to do!!
  4. by   xoemmylouox
    I am happy that I'm a nurse. They are always going to be days you wish you were doing something else. My other career consideration was a teacher and I'd be facing many of the same frustrations.
  5. by   LadyFree28
    I have been in this business since I was 19: as a CNA for 5, LPN for 7, RN for 1. I have been in ER, Tele, Stepdown, Rehab (SCI TBI, Trauma), LTC, Home Health; Agency, AND Independent Contractor. My goal is to become a NP and a educator; I want to give back to this profession because I enjoy IT.

    I have no plans to leave the bedside right now; most of my jobs have been "back breaking" and I still have my knees, back, and hips having my teammate in the trenches and having body mechanics down to a science...and a little yoga along the way to ensure a dose of alignment and WOOSAH.

    One of the things that has made me enjoy nursing (yes, it can be enjoyable) is my attitude and how I advocate; I advocate no less for my patients that I do for myself; even my co workers. My approach to making "waves" and changes has worked due to the approach that I was taught in nursing school...always back to the nursing process. The process if change (for the better) in this profession is like waiting for paint on the Wall of China to dry, but I decided many moons ago to be the change that I seek in the world. I realize that I am in control of my destination and my career; and my goals; but that doesn't change my attitude about this business...I treat this business with the respect that I have for keeping my expectations reality based; I can put my A game on for each shift I worked; I know where I stand at allll times; and ANYTHING can and will happen. Knowing REALITY has kept me sane and happy in this profession. This profession is filled with the same people that are at our bedside, so personalities will be personalities, and what we do IS tough, and not for the faint if heart, and it's never personal-even if we deal with the personal-it's always business. As a LPN, I have created policies and programs to help my facility run smoother, side by side with administration; I helped create mock emergencies, preceptorship programs for new LPN and RNs. I am a 1 year RN, learning a leadership role to strengthen my practice, and my leadership and educator role.
    I continue to build my practice and remain beyond flexible; fluid in this profession. My take on the profession has prevented me from burning out, and allows me to enjoy nursing.

    I am aware of the nuances of what I needed to be successful in this business-it IS stressful, filled with challenges, but so is life and interacting with HUMANITY in general. YOU must decide if nursing is for is YOUR decision.
  6. by   MomaNurse
    I do love being a nurse, really. Didn't mean to harsh your mellow with my negative thread...
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  8. by   RNperdiem
    Nursing has brought me satisfaction for almost 20 years. It helps that I work in a great workplace that lets us nurses take good care of our patients.I also don't work full time which puts me in a very different situation. Do I have bad days sometimes? Of course I do, but on the whole, the positives outweigh the negatives.
    It also helps to have had enough bad jobs in your past to compare nursing to. If I had a choice between nursing and a former factory-style job of running menus through a laminator for 40 hours a week at $4/hr, nursing looks really good.
  9. by   hiddencatRN
    I don't regret it. I do have bad and frustrating days, and I think healthcare in the US is just broken in general. But I'm glad I'm a nurse.
  10. by   julz68
    I have been a CNA/Med Aide for 17 years. Went back to school and now I'm an RN and have been one since February.

    I. Love. My. Job!

    Yes, I may still be in the "honeymoon" stage, but I can't see myself doing anything else. I believe I was meant to be a nurse!
  11. by   jaabrn
    I have never regretted my decision to pursue nursing. Granted, I no longer work at the bedside in my role as a nurse practitioner. However, nursing has afforded me a great deal of variety and benefits I don't think I would have found in another profession. I have been frustrated with some individual jobs I have held but never with my career choice.
  12. by   tcvnurse
    Nursing put my daughter through four years of Montessori school. It bought me my fancy car, two motorcycles, a house with a big yard and lately, a horse. I am a single mother, and went to nursing school when my daughter was 4 months old.

    I don't even know how many lives I''ve saved. I do know that at least three people I know became a nurse because of knowing me. How many lives have they saved? How many lives do we touch?

    What about the other patients--the ones we hold hands with, or cry with, or tell them it's ok to let go. What about the family members we've hugged, or encouraged, or taught new skills to?

    I have accomplished more things in my life than I ever thought possible, all due to being a nurse.

    Do I regret it?

    HELL NO.
  13. by   loriangel14
    Oh I couldn't imagine being anything else.It's only been six years and I still love what i do.
  14. by   yupthischickanurse
    I'm so glad a read this post! I feel armored and ready to start school next week.