Got No Job? Come be an RN ! - page 3

by madwife2002 52,748 Views | 259 Comments Senior Moderator

It seems to me anybody and anybody can do nursing, doesnt matter if you are really interested or not, not important if you care about people or not, not relevent if you have a passion for nursing or not just come along we will... Read More


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    TBH, I don't think that anyone and everyone can be an RN. I see a lot of people coming in our facility to be CNA's and tell me they're either doing it as a pre-req for a nursing program or they're on a waitlist for a nursing program.

    Then I never see them again. I wonder if they find out what it's all about and then change their major as well as their mind.
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    My favorite teacher in nursing school told me the very first day, that "nurses aren't payed enough for what they have to go through. Yes, for me, the paycheck is nice. But is does take a right fit to be a nurse.
    I believe that you can either sink or swim in the field of nursing. It takes life skills, patience, self-conidence, and not sinking into negativity. Like work gossip and work politics. It runs rampant. It can drain my energy.
    So, I try to focus on doing my best each day, looking at some things with a huge sense of humor. Like I said before, we don't make enough, but that comes with the realization that we are giving service to others. That is where the value is, and at the end of the day, knowing you were of great service, pays in the end.
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    Quote from futurernfarmer
    That's just what I want to hear as I'm applying for nursing school!

    In all seriousness, the main reason I decided on nursing was because I believed the hype about job security, benefits, flexibility, money. A year later on this site, I'm still interested in nursing. I've always wanted to be doing something helpful and useful. There are many people in my classes (pre-reqs even!) that do not seem like that type. I see less and less each semester, and hope that pattern continues without leaving me behind!
    There is nothing wrong with going into nursing for good old fashioned reasons. What the OP is talking about is the fact news media and certain educational parties are portraying nursing as a catch basin for the unemployed. We are saying it is a bad idea because the money is not that great and the job security in the last two years has become hard to find. I do not personally believe nursing is a calling like being a nun. But you do have to have your head in the right place or a lot of things will get to you. If a person makes a mistake on an assembly line in Detroit someone buys a lemon. If you make a mistake in nursing, flesh and blood pays a terrible price. I think someone posted somewhere here that clinical issues not related to patient care have started to get to them. But when they are with a patient and making a difference in their lives their spirit soars. Diversity is good and anyone whose head is in that place is welcome. A lot of people are wondering how all these people just in need of a paycheck will do to nursing.
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    Quote from oramar
    There is nothing wrong with going into nursing for good old fashioned reasons. What the OP is talking about is the fact news media and certain educational parties are portraying nursing as a catch basin for the unemployed. We are saying it is a bad idea because the money is not that great and the job security in the last two years has become hard to find. I do not personally believe nursing is a calling like being a nun. But you do have to have your head in the right place or a lot of things will get to you. If a person makes a mistake on an assembly line in Detroit someone buys a lemon. If you make a mistake in nursing, flesh and blood pays a terrible price. I think someone posted somewhere here that clinical issues not related to patient care have started to get to them. But when they are with a patient and making a difference in their lives their spirit soars. Diversity is good and anyone whose head is in that place is welcome. A lot of people are wondering how all these people just in need of a paycheck will do to nursing.
    Thank you I am pleased you 'got' where I was coming from, after reading some of the replies I wondered if other posters were actually discussing what I had written or if it was lost in translation.
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    Nurses are funny. In general, they are pushy, moralize to others, petty, and extremely controlling.

    They tend to remind me of religious fanatics.

    It is both amusing and scary to see how many nurses set themselves up as watchdogs, making sure each and every RN has the correct motives, while singing about their own holy motives in the same breath.

    Martyrs. I forgot to add that most RNs I come across are total martyrs.

    Not only that, but so many RNs are so jealous of the new crop of RNs, wanting to make it more difficult for new would-be RNs.

    How often do you hear doctors talking like this about their own? Almost never.

    But there is NO shortage of RNs on a warpath to make sure all RNs work REALLY hard and suffer to care from the bottom of their heart for each patient.

    Bizarre.

    If I really cared about patients being cared for, in a time of nursing shortage, I would encourage--yes--even RNs who are MOSTLY doing it for the money...because I would hope if they simply did their job, patients would receive what they need most: more attention and care.

    It is a JOB, not a charity role filled with glory. Some RNs will love people. Some will not. And that is OKAY, as long as they do their job.

    Why this obsession with others' motives, or how easy it is for people to become RNs?

    Especially when the RN finds themselves at a crossroads of so much responsibility already?

    I see the RN profession constantly shooting itself in the foot with petty and bizarre arguments.

    I have to question the motives of these strange people who are on a witch hunt for the RNs who don't 'truly care.'

    So. Sad.
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    Quote from ItsTheDude
    gone are the glory days of little paperwork, low patient loads, extremely high demand for nurses and so on.

    Uh, just out of curiosity, when was that?


    Seriously, I think that many are missing the OPs original point. The perception is that anyone and everyone can be a nurse and it is a backstop for those who have no other choice in life. Part of that perception stems from the variability in educational levels and different entry points into the profession, causing many to believe that in just a few months they can have a high-paying career, no need for a complex and lengthy educational process. Another part stems from the belief that physicians do all the heavy lifting and thinking while nurses merely follow doctor's orders and do the tasks, having no accountability or responsibility. Nurses themselves can take a good share of the blame for this. We cannot and will not agree on an entry level degree. And several posts on this board alone indicate that a great many nurses view themselves as powerless taskmasters with no accountability or autonomy and unfortunately, some of them like it that way!

    But for those of us who view nursing as a serious, true profession complete with structure, standards and the ability to impact healthcare in a meaningful way using our education and training (not just following "doctor's orders"), the idea that anyone who doesn't have a job should just go be a nurse is irksome. We've seen this before: retraining prostitutes, welfare mothers and anyone else on the edges of society into nursing because it's quick and easy and it doesn't take any real brain power. This is not about having a "calling". I certainly didn't have one. But I didn't see nursing as my last option either, in fact it was my first.
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    I have to agree with arguin... You found your calling. Good for you! For those that are "in it for the money"....as long as they aren't abusing or neglecting their patients (and doing what their job requires them to do) ...who are we to judge?

    I don't buy the martyr b.s. either. If so many nurses are doing it solely "for the passion" or solely because "I care," I would be pleased to take the 'burden' of the check off your hands You know just as well as I do that the money helps! Also I've read a few comments on here that just blew my mind away... seriously, get off your high horse. YOU ARE GETTING PAID TO DO WHAT YOU ARE, AREN'T YOU?? You are no better or worse than any other nurse that is doing the exact same job-- without making a big deal about every lil' thing! {The "YOU" here isn't directed towards OP ... it is directed towards the "I am better than thou" types I have encountered on here}

    Aren't we supposed to be looking out for each other?? Instead, we're constantly looking over each others shoulders so that when a mistake is made the blame game can start.

    Also why are we worrying about what the media is portraying nursing to be?? Even IF (and that's a big IF) schools accept students that have no clue whatsoever, the 2 years minimum will weed them out. And IF that doesn't, the real world will anyway. So just keep it movin! If you enjoy your job, smile! Everything else will work itself out!
    Last edit by Goldensoul on Jan 22, '10 : Reason: correcting
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    I am going to school to become an LPN. I've had friends go into nursing because they wanted a sure job. When asked about my motives they are shocked.

    As I was a young girl, growing up I saw my Grandmother constantly fighting for her life. She was horribly sick. I knew from that point, I wanted to be a nurse, just as my cousin did because of watching her always suffer. Now, I will be 24 next month and I have a 4 year old son. When I look at him, I see me when I was a little girl. He is watching the same things play out as I did when he watches his Grandmother, which is my Mother. She has been in ICU twice, within a span of a few weeks and on a ventilator. She has also been to the point where when she falls, she passes out. Her health is at a really poor condition for a 46 year old. My Grandfather, who is still alive has vertigo to the extreme. He also has horrible health problems. So a few years ago, I moved back into my Grandfather and Mother's house to take care of them.

    The reason I decided to go to school and become and LPN was not only to provide better care for them, but I have had this passion since I was my son's age.

    Just tonight, my Mother fell and as I was lifting her off the floor, she said her blood pressure had dropped and that's why she fell. My son, being only 4, ran into the dining room and got the blood pressure cuff and brought it to us. Maybe one day he too will follow my footsteps, maybe even possibly become a doctor. :] Theres to hoping! :]

    Now apart from what I just shared, I agree. It disheartens me when people are only in it for the money.

    I can't wait for next year when I graduate.
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    i agree nursing more than just a job
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    After working my butt off for over three years for a two year degree, studying my head off to hopefully pass the NCLEX on Monday, and all the sacrifices me, my husband and the rest of my family have put in in order that I may become a nurse - including the very real possibility my husband and I may have to live in separate states for a year or more - if I'm lucky enough to find EMPLOYMENT - I find your post a little offensive and a lot sanctimonious. Good for you. You sound like the perfect nurse. I bet you do it for free, too.

    Now, where's that test you want me to take? The one that will prove to you my motives meet your expectations?
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