Do you like being a nurse? - page 2

For everyone out there, do you like what you do? Especially for all those people out there who dreamed of being a nurse, is it what you expected? I'm trying to get into nursing and sometimes I wonder... Read More

  1. by   RNperdiem
    It is hard to answer if I "like" being a nurse; it depends on what kind of day I had at work.
    Overall, nursing brings me great satisfaction.
    The work is difficult, but it is meaningful. After a temp job where I spent two full-time weeks feeding menus into a laminator machine and two more weeks photocopying mortgage files and having my brain atrophy, I appreciate meaningful and well-paid work.
    I never "dreamed" of becoming a nurse, though maybe the notion existed somewhere in my mind so I brought fewer expectations with me and never had to carry the burden of dreams disappointed.
    Nursing school is only the starting point; you truly learn most of what you need at work.
  2. by   Tait
    Now that I have children I can make this equation, for me at least: Nursing is like having children, there are moments where you are blown away by the human spirit and potential, and other times when you want to run out the door and hide in the woods.
  3. by   Esme12
    Quote from Nurseinthemaking20
    For everyone out there, do you like what you do? Especially for all those people out there who dreamed of being a nurse, is it what you expected? I'm trying to get into nursing and sometimes I wonder can I really do it. And if I can will I like it like I've always thought I would. I've always felt like nursing was the career path for me. I also really want to know, how stressful is your job? After nursing school do you feel adequate enough to take care of your patients safely? Do you like going to work? I guess I'm trying to get a grasp of what life is like as a nurse. I really want to be in a career helping people and no I am not trying to have an easy job, I am a very hard worker. Basically I am spending a lot of time stressed with school trying to stay on top of things while trying to work and I have at least another two years of being stressed with school. When I finally get done with school I don't want to have to worry about being stressed at work all the time. I would love to hear your guy's experiences.
    I love being a nurse.....but the job is hard, stressful, frustrating, annoying, overwhelming, depressing at times....but for me, there is nothing else I would rather do.

    The first year after your graduate will be difficult and will feel like you learned nothing in school and will never get anything right. That is normal.

    Anytime you deal with life and death and the brutalities, heartbreak of's a hard job.

    My favorite poem sums it up. By Melodie Chenevert RN......
    Being A Nurse Means...
    You will never be bored.

    You will always be frustrated.
    You will be surrounded by challenges,
    So much to do and so little time.
    You will carry immense responsibility And limited authority.
    You will step into people's lives
    And you will make a difference
    Some will bless you,
    Some will curse you.
    You will see people at their worst
    And at their best.
    You will never cease to be amazed
    At people's capacity for Love, courage, and endurance.
    You will experience resounding triumphs
    And devastating failures.
    You will cry a lot,
    You will laugh a lot,
    You will know what it is to be human,
    And to be humane.
  4. by   turnforthenurse
    I love my job. Yes, it's tough work at times, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
  5. by   porridge
    Loathed being a floor nurse (like every single nurse I now work with in a specialty outpatient setting - we all agree it was awful). Very much enjoy my work now but if I'd had to stay a floor nurse I would have changed careers, without doubt. I paid my dues and I'm never going back into that miserable environment again!
  6. by   noyesno
    20% of the time. For every five days a week I work, I usually have one good day.

    I stay because I'm getting good experience. After I finish my BSN, next May, I'll have three years of med/surg experience and GTFO.
  7. by   SwansonRN
    I went straight from nursing school to ICU which, I gotta say, was awesome. I'm a textbook nerd kinda girl and I love looking back and realizing how much I've learned and how much I still have left to learn. I admit I still fantasize about the day I leave the bedside, but I'm proud to be a nurse and generally enjoy it.
  8. by   anotherone
    It is ok enough. I do not love it but it pays decently and I can have a lot of days off. I was very stressed as a new grad. Tons if anxiety. I dreaded every shift. I ran into so much I didn't know about and not many nurses were experienced or able to help. It was sink or swim and not depend on others for life boats. I would not want to relive the first six months. Now that I know how to handle most situations on my unit it is better. but get a shift with no aide, insulin drips, IV IG, blood transfusions, whiny pts and the anxiety and dread comes back
  9. by   beeker
    Ill be honest. I don't like it. I am a floor nurse and feel burnt out in just a year. The stress and toll on my body are nowhere near worth the pittance I get paid. I live in the South and we get paid crap and have terrible benefits . We are constantly under staffed and worked to death. They literally want to squeeze every last drop of life out of you. I could never recommend this career to anyone in good conscience.
  10. by   Nurseinthemaking20
    Thanks for all the responses! You guys are great. It seems to me it depends on the person. I guess I won't really be able to see until I actually start working. I know that first job after nursing school is going to be horrible because I'm already stressing about whether I'll be good at it. I work at LTC facility as a med-tech and I do love that. I really do love fast-paced work and I'm good at it. I don't know, I think I'm mainly afraid of the responsibility.

    But my ultimate goal is primary care, as a nurse practitioner. I don't think I'll hate the few years of floor nursing that I'll have to put in, but I definately don't think I could do it my whole career.

    For those of you who said you don't like being a floor nurse, why not make a change? Isn't life too short to work a job that you are miserable at?
  11. by   DaniannaRN
    I hated being a nurse before my current job. Back when I worked in direct care, I was so miserable. The schedules, the management, the patients/families, everything about it was bad. And I got paid horribly. I was looking to go back to school for something else.
    Then I got a job in the insurance industry. I could not be any happier. I am not stressed and I get appreciation for what I do. Just the other day, we had a staff meeting. The director of my department said, "No matter what happens, I always believe the nurse first." You will never hear that in a hospital. Actually, you will never be believed in the hospital. Everything will be your fault and you will always be wrong.
  12. by   Daisy_08
    is it what you expected? - I never really had any expectations I guess, I think that is good, otherwise I think I would be disappointed.

    how stressful is your job? At times I want to hide in the bathroom in the fetal position hoping it would all go away, but it’s not always like that. It depends where you work too. Your coworkers can make or break it.

    After nursing school do you feel adequate enough to take care of your patients safely? Yes, I did not feel like I’d go around killing people or anything. However the skills you need to make you a GOOD nurse are learned on the job (anticipating problems, getting your sixth sense about things, health teaching, answering questions, helping your coworkers ect)

    Do you like going to work? Yes, again, it depends on who I’m working with that day, and what’s going on at home. Hard to go into work while you’re missing out on something at home.

    I am happy that I went into nursing, however it is still early in my career. I worry about what my back will look like in 20 years. For now though I am happy. I like that fact that I can try new things, meet new people. I would go nuts sitting at a desk, or dealing with 20 snot nose, screaming kindergartens (my original plan). And I really do feel like I am helping people, as lame as it may sound, that’s what keeps me going back, well that and the gossip
  13. by   kclpn2013
    I absolutely love being a nurse! In school I thought I could never work with elderly due to the nursing homes I experienced but I currently am working in an assisted living/memory care and I take care of the two floors of memory care. Yes I have days of being totally overwhelmed and even heartbroken. Dementia is a terrible disease to watch. And like another poster I've been hit, cursed at, blamed by family for behaviors when they are in denial of progression. One day when I was completely tipped over, I had a family member stop me at the end of one of my 13 hr shifts just to say "your the best thing that has ever happened to my dad and you are an amazing nurse". Then I tipped right back up. The rewarding feeling you get from being a nurse outweighs any of the bad to me. And I don't know what greater compliment you could receive at any other job that you'll remember the rest of your life like I will. And when your a good nurse, you receive more compliments like that and its an amazing feeling to go home with at the end of ever day knowing you made a difference in someone's life. For me, a lot of my residents don't remember when I help them, but ill do it over and over just to see the appreciation in that single moment from them. Wouldn't change my career path for anything. I will say it takes a special person to not only be a nurse, but to be a good successful one. You have to be hardworking, compassionate, empathetic and understanding. Sorry such a long message. I really get going when I start talking about my passion!