does anyone regret this career? - page 12

just curious. I regret it every single day. I had good intentions when I started, and I wasn't idealistic either. But it is a FAR worse job than I imagined. I feel like the life has been beaten... Read More

  1. Visit  Anna Flaxis profile page
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    Quote from VICEDRN
    I could have written the original post on this thread. Wish I had just gone to med school like I originally planned. I love the er and working with patients but hate nursing! Best of luck to op finding a solution.
    Me too.
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  2. Visit  MomRN0913 profile page
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    Yes, some days i regret it. I wish I would have chosen a career much less emotionally and physically stressful (and that made some more money) Life threw me some curve balls and the stress of the job is too much for me now. I envy some of my friends who have careers where they go to work, do their job, never fear making an error that could harm someone and then come home, no exhausted and completely checked out from work.

    OTH, I am glad that when I became a divorced mother of a baby, I had a career that did offer me stability and a half decent paycheck.

    I probably would like nursing on a per diem basis. I did like it that way the few months I got to be per diem working 2 shifts a week. That was just enough for me. As a full-time commitment, I wish I would have picked something much less stressful.
  3. Visit  Mulan profile page
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    [QUOTE=samadams8;6892167]I regret the inside abuse, and the fact that too many don't want to face or discuss it. How can it possibly be dealt with unless people face it. Seems like it has to be an "in-your-face" and overt kind of abuse in order for it to even begin to be addressed.

    Interesting isn't it, all the denial that goes on, even on this site.

    When the state nursing associations are addressing it and including it in their publications then I guess it does exist, doesn't it?

    No matter how much some people like to deny it.
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  4. Visit  Mas Catoer profile page
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    I did regret it within my first 5 years serving.

    Struggling to be nice to most patients and their family around. Tried to find another job by learning as many things as I felt I could, including English, carpentry, engines repair, dress making, PC programming, and some more. I even spend 3 years working as a nurse in Saudi Arabia, then resigned as I was offered the previous job with more chance for further nursing study.

    By the time passing I started enjoying my work, Appointed as a head nurse for few years while helping medical record section dealing with ICD X. (my English's been boosting my career ).

    Now grab my chair in nursing committee. Still, part-timer teacher in nursing academy, giving private English lesson, helping the IT department handling Hospital Information System, have yearly order of making washable nurse caps, and PC repair freelancer.

    Enjoying this. No more regret. But, honestly not any of my kids want to be a nurse. Two of them chose technical engineering, one in IT tech.

    A matter of choice, effort, and luck. I guess.
  5. Visit  samadams8 profile page
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    [QUOTE=Mulan;6892973]
    Quote from samadams8
    I regret the inside abuse, and the fact that too many don't want to face or discuss it. How can it possibly be dealt with unless people face it. Seems like it has to be an "in-your-face" and overt kind of abuse in order for it to even begin to be addressed.

    Interesting isn't it, all the denial that goes on, even on this site.

    When the state nursing associations are addressing it and including it in their publications then I guess it does exist, doesn't it?

    No matter how much some people like to deny it.



    YUP. Major denial. No worries though, b/c advancing nurse's education will solve everything. (eyeroll)

    I am for education, but the overriding mentalities are missing the priorities in the bigger scheme of things.

    I am jumping through oops in order to move out of the "profession." Nothing and nowhere is perfect, but things aren't getting better--only worse. If it wasn't so sad, it would be laughable.
  6. Visit  LadyNurse85 profile page
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    I've only been a graduate for 18 months and have spent 16 months on a busy medical surgical floor, two months on a busy acute psychiatric floor. I will be perfectly honest, even if I'm embarrassed to admit it. There are aspects of nursing that I like, and aspects of nursing that I am good at-I have only encountered a couple of "troll nurses"- you all know what I mean. I work well with different personalities, am organized, hard working, and competent. I have positive recommendations from staff and management alike. However, I am not the "amazing leading nurse" on the floor- I am not the nurse that seems to handle all unpredictable situations with grace, and intense knowledge. I am good at drawing blood, I am only fair at putting in IVs. I do make minor administrative mistakes and I do not always know the order to perform in those out of control situations we encounter more days than not- but I do my best to work at my max capacity, and have always gotten through ok. I enjoy working with most of my coworkers, and they enjoy working with me, so that must mean something. I also enjoy nursing a majority of my patients, and strongly dislike nursing a minority of my patients. I am still a good, average nurse, but I don't always feel confident in my capacity to be a great nurse. I don't know how I feel about that.

    I have a like/don't like thing going on with nursing. There are so, so, so many things wrong with our health care system-nothing new there. Nurses are not respected by anyone- at best, a few may think warmly of the few occasions a nurse has an opportunity to shine in this overworked, undervalued system. This takes a huge toll on a person very quickly- leading to depression, burnout, or a decision to internalize this and warp it into a sense of pride at adopting an enduring attitude. Nurses' work is not valued by anyone- we know that goverment is all too happy to grab any opportunity to turn an RN position into a cheaper labour position. There is a surplus of work but few offered positions or security- competition is intense, even for basic permanent positions that, as others have mentioned, are not worth the effort, nor the picky qualifications expected. At this rate, it could take 25+ years to move into a community or non-acute position- something nursing school does not prepare its students for. "If you don't like acute bedside nursing, there are so many wonderful opportunities in other areas of nursing"- does not presently apply to nursing. I consider myself fortunate to have achieved full time temporary since graduating, but my luck may run out next spring.

    Abuse. Physical, psychological, from patients, families, some staff (very few, thankfully), administrative, management. It exists everywhere in life and work, but nursing is unique in that the extent of abuse we are expected to endure is phenomenal and without any real support system. Non-nurses, professional and personal, do not understand the day by day toll nurses endure- it's like being a police officer, social worker, security, teacher, mediator, all in one-but without the security/legal protection of a disciplinary profession- we have fine, fine, lines as to what we are allowed to stand up to and how we do it. I don't honestly know that I can make a career out of learning to be abused. Even for the money.

    Physically, the demands on my mind and body are proving to be near breaking point. I did not realize how a poor shift schedule can take over your entire life and affect your relationships with the people you care about. I did not realize how the day/night shift wrecks havoc on your metabolism, your sleep schedule, your libido, your concentration, your mood, your motivation in your non-work lifestyle. I don't think I want to live struggling to keep the rest of my life on a respirator. I am willing to explore part time options to see if I can find a balance that works for me, but I feel I was very naive before starting nursing school about what it would be like to be 24/7, 365 days a year, without the luxury of a routine scheduled position.

    As it stands, I have debt and a life to build, and so I will stay and work it off. But I don't know if I want to make this a long term part of my life. I really don't.
    VICEDRN, *4!#6, Mas Catoer, and 2 others like this.
  7. Visit  8mpg profile page
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    I regret going into nursing...not quite what I thought it would be. With the change in politics and this nonsense value-based healthcare, etc.

    Im actually debating switching to a new career. Something I wont get sued for doing my job for, something I wont go to jail for if I mess up, etc...
  8. Visit  cannolis profile page
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    Quote from 8mpg
    I regret going into nursing...not quite what I thought it would be. With the change in politics and this nonsense value-based healthcare, etc.

    Im actually debating switching to a new career. Something I wont get sued for doing my job for, something I wont go to jail for if I mess up, etc...
    Currently a pre-nursing student. I've read every post on this page. I keep hearing the possibility of being sued/going to jail. Can a nurse elaborate a bit more on that? Or direct me to a thread?

    Thanks!
  9. Visit  TheCommuter profile page
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    Quote from janellybelly
    Currently a pre-nursing student. I've read every post on this page. I keep hearing the possibility of being sued/going to jail. Can a nurse elaborate a bit more on that? Or direct me to a thread?

    Thanks!
    Click on the links below if you have time on your hands . . .
    Lawsuits Against a Nurse | Medical Malpractice

    American Nurse Today

    Understanding Negligence

    Hospital, nurse sued in ?alarm fatigue? death - Boston.com

    Malpractice Insurance: Myths That Harm Nurses

    Nurse sued for defamatory Facebook post during industrial dispute.

    Lawsuit filed against Kalamazoo County Jail nurses in death of inmate | MLive.com

    Nurse Sued For "Too Many Sticks" How Many Attempts Is Too Many?
  10. Visit  Pat2012 profile page
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    No. But I was careful before I even went to nursing school. I did a lot of volunteer work in the health field and I did work as a home care aide and took a cna course, because I wanted to make sure. I also was very careful which job I picked. I don't do 12 hours, I do afternoons so I can sleep in, and I have very supportive supervisors.
  11. Visit  aflack41 profile page
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    How did you get the job in Saudi Arabia? What was it like and how was the pay? Thank you

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