I will be a new nursing student in the fall but am wondering why so many people are leaving the nursing profession?
Could some of you help me out here and let me know what is going on. I am really looking forward to a nursing career but wonder what the deal is on why there is such a shortage and why people are predicting more of a shortage in the years to come. Thanks to all!
Jul 28, '02
Oh Melh, where to start. I can only speak for my area of the world. NJ. We are treated with a total lack of respect from hospital administrators and managers. If you are a big mouth trouble maker (I.E. you have the audacity to bring up issues that directly effect patient care) you are labelled a trouble maker and they will go so far as to maufacture charges against you to get rid of you (happening to a colleague right this very minute!). We get zero healthcare benefits when we retire. We can have less stress and more money working in other professions. We frequently have unsafe working conditions that jeapordize the patient and staffs well being.
So why do I stay? Because this profession needs people like me who are willing to put their asses on the line to speak out on behalf of those who cannot: the patients. I also love what I do. I just hate the atmosphere, particularly lately, of where I do it. Why not go to another facility? As bad as it is where I work, it is worse in the non union facilities around me. Scary huh?
There are good places to work out there, just don't move to New Jersey!!
Best of luck in school. Hopefully by the the time you get out we will have laws mandating nurse to patient ratios!
Last edit by fedupnurse on Jul 28, '02