How do you feel about being a nurse? - page 2

Simply, do you enjoy being a nurse? Does it make you happy? Or do you regret it? Do you have any very specific regrets related to being a nurse?... Read More

  1. by   Emergent
    I do love nursing. It's entertaining. The patients are so real. People are super interesting.

    Basically, I've always been a people watcher and nursing is the mother lode.
  2. by   cocoa_puff
    Quote from Emergent
    I do love nursing. It's entertaining. The patients are so real. People are super interesting.

    Basically, I've always been a people watcher and nursing is the mother lode.
    I'm also a people watcher, but I prefer it from a distance, without being involved and having to deal with all the drama!
  3. by   NotYourMamasRN
    I hate it, so I am getting out of it :-)
  4. by   BSN16
    I really love nursing. I like my co-workers. I like the adrenaline i get from taking care of a really critical patient. I enjoy that i see something different every day.

    However, i dislike the lack of respect i get from patient's and their family members. Mostly the families, patients are generally very grateful for the care they receive. I hate that people don't acknowledge how much i know. I could tell someone something a million times and they wont believe it until they hear it out of a doctor's mouth, after all we are "just" nurses. Also...my back really hates nursing.
  5. by   Workitinurfava
    I just wish I could get my full 30 minute break, be able drink enough water during the shift and go to the bathroom more often.
  6. by   NurseLife88
    I regret that it took me so long. But being new here I'm sure there will soon be many more to come!
  7. by   prnqday
    Became a CNA at 16, LPN at 20, ADN at 23, BSN at 26. I'm now 28. Nursing is who I am. Its my ministry. I have no regrets. I've had good days, bad days and horrible days but wouldn't trade it for the World.
  8. by   LessValuableNinja
    "Nursing is the most thankless, demanding, overworked and underpaid vocation I've ever had."

    I don't agree that it's thankless, overworked, or underpaid, though the last depends on your location and I agree that some locations underpay.

    I left another career with substantially more pay, more work, and more demand.

    I get a whole lot more thanks when I see the look in their eyes because they probably wouldn't be alive or well otherwise. I'm okay with that, and it's why I'm here.
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    Yes, I have one regret, and that is being unable to continue nursing. I was basically forced into early retirement at age 55 because I could no longer handle it physically or mentally. I wish I could magically reverse my health conditions so I might return to nursing; the longer I am on disability the more I miss it. I know I'm romanticizing it somewhat with the passing of time, because it was far from idyllic and I hated the bureaucracy, the endless documentation, the ass-kissing. But I enjoyed interacting with patients and being a problem-solver, and I miss making a difference in people's lives.
  10. by   JerseyTomatoMDCrab
    I enjoy nursing well enough. They pay in my area is atrocious (not just school nursing, I am talking the region in general) for the amount of work we are expected to do.

    I think I would have liked being a nurse more in a different era. Nowadays, we are being asked to do so much with so little. The shift to "customer satisfaction" and patients treating us like waitstaff in a hotel is what gets to me the most, I think.

    I am good at being a nurse and I enjoy it. But if I had to start over again, I would do something else. I'm not sure what, but I would.
  11. by   marcos9999
    Nursing is brutal. You are bullied 24/7 by you coworkers, managers, doctors and patients. Nothing that you do is right. You are always in trouble and nothing that you do is good enough. You can do 99 things right and will never be praised for any of it. Is the one thing you didn't do correctly that you'll be called on. There is never one word of appreciation for what you do. Never. You can never spend time with your patients because you need to chart that you spend time with the patients. Sorry but that is the reality of nursing today. Oh, and good luck finding a job. If you can survive all of that and still have a smile in your face you'll become a nurse.
  12. by   AnOldsterRN
    I absolutely love being a nurse and have enjoyed all patient care in all settings.

    It's been the employers themselves, lack of benefits, certain areas of nursing, beauracracy, mean co-workers, drive time and homework that's been required for certain nursing jobs that I have NOT liked.

    Regrets? Yes.
    My advice would be to continue your education, get BSN, a Masters, as many helpful certifications as you can, work in a variety of settings for experience.
    When you get to be an older nurse who has 20+ years experience primarily in one specialized field only, you're going to have a terrible time finding other work.
    Think of the future and where you hope to be when you are an old nurse. Work for companies where you'll get a pension or other retirement benefits. It's a bit late when retirement is only about 10 years away.
    So many retired nurses have dedicated their lives to nursing, only to be left struggling to make ends meet with a social security check.
    Hospitals want new grads or younger nurses who can work outrageous schedules for less than what they would have to pay an older nurse. As we get older, we become more of a worker's comp risk. We can't do the things we did when we were younger nurses.
    In my case, my jobs required lots of driving and unpredictable, last minute work and homework. I was great at it. Age does catch up to you. Prepare.

    I attended a hospital job fair on fair full of hope and anticipation. I was the only older nurse there. Due to my lack of recent hospital experience, I certainly wasn't a great candidate and did not get called.

    Prepare re for the future because before you know it 25 or so years have gone by.
  13. by   Everline
    I don't know if I would say I regret it. I am proud to be a nurse. However, if I had to do it all over again, I would choose physical therapy or occupational therapy...something else in healthcare. The amount of crap that a nurse has to put up with on any given day is ridiculous. More importantly, there are places and times where the ratios, non-nursing tasks and oppressive never-ending charting make it impossible to attend to patients and keep them safe. I don't enjoy walking into a workplace that is one big accident waiting to happen. Not every employer is that careless and money hungry, thank goodness. To enjoy being a nurse, you have to be very selective about where you work.

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