How do you feel about being a nurse? - page 7

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   Nzrnsoontobe
    I am well aware that NZ is not perfect. We are a small country. There isn't much to do here. It is expensive compared to America. And I don't think many people from America would like to live here. But it's what I know and like. It's a relaxed place where you can do what you like. With good perks like free health care, subsidise Uni fees which make it easy for most people to study. To get a bachelors degree here cost less than one year at an American Uni. And you can get a loan to cover it all that is interest free.

    However I think we do have it pretty good here. I feel like there so much complaining about nursing in America that I've never heard about in NZ. Such as being an embarrassing job. Treated with such disrespect. Not having lunch breaks, yes we have busy days and I've had shorter breaks but not a common thing same with not being able to use the bathroom never once been an issue. Patient surveys and rude family members. And so on.

    And yes 4x 8hr shift is normal. And is a pretty good lifestyle. Good job progression. Staff are generally good to others. Good pay rates. I like here. But I know it's all about where you work, and not everyone in NZ will feel this way. But overall I think it's pretty positive. I've never met a nurse who hated there job, or did it just for the money ect.

    I know there are plenty of people who will love working in America, but I just find it suprsing the amount of people who complain and feel embarrassed or not proud to be a rn.

    I like here, obviously. But well aware it's not for everyone. It's a completely different lifestyle.

    and yes I know nit everyone will agree with me in NZ, but my experience is positive and so is everyone else I've talked to. But that's one hospital.

    but it is very much a different culture compare to the culture of american nursing. Which is what I was trying to point out, was just so stick of reading negative comment after negative comment about how awful nursing is. And trying to say nursing isn't the same everywhere. It can be a positive job. (Not a perfect job or place, I know this)

    And to who ever said there mass shootings everywhere. That is a sad way to feel. That link you provided was from Wikipedia, and is not at all accurate. 2014 shooting you claimed to happen never did. And the rest are all 20+ years ago so can't say if they are true or not. But maybe try more reliable sites next time. Some one whose gone through a degree programs should know better than to use Wikipedia as a source!!!! NZ is a safe place, even the most unreliable source only could provide you with shootings that didn't happen or ones long before most of the people on here were born.
  2. by   Libby1987
    Quote from Nzrnsoontobe
    I am well aware that NZ is not perfect. We are a small country. There isn't much to do here. It is expensive compared to America. And I don't think many people from America would like to live here. But it's what I know and like. It's a relaxed place where you can do what you like. With good perks like free health care, subsidise Uni fees which make it easy for most people to study. To get a bachelors degree here cost less than one year at an American Uni. And you can get a loan to cover it all that is interest free.

    However I think we do have it pretty good here. I feel like there so much complaining about nursing in America that I've never heard about in NZ. Such as being an embarrassing job. Treated with such disrespect. Not having lunch breaks, yes we have busy days and I've had shorter breaks but not a common thing same with not being able to use the bathroom never once been an issue. Patient surveys and rude family members. And so on.

    And yes 4x 8hr shift is normal. And is a pretty good lifestyle. Good job progression. Staff are generally good to others. Good pay rates. I like here. But I know it's all about where you work, and not everyone in NZ will feel this way. But overall I think it's pretty positive. I've never met a nurse who hated there job, or did it just for the money ect.

    I know there are plenty of people who will love working in America, but I just find it suprsing the amount of people who complain and feel embarrassed or not proud to be a rn.

    I like here, obviously. But well aware it's not for everyone. It's a completely different lifestyle.

    and yes I know nit everyone will agree with me in NZ, but my experience is positive and so is everyone else I've talked to. But that's one hospital.

    but it is very much a different culture compare to the culture of american nursing. Which is what I was trying to point out, was just so stick of reading negative comment after negative comment about how awful nursing is. And trying to say nursing isn't the same everywhere. It can be a positive job. (Not a perfect job or place, I know this)

    And to who ever said there mass shootings everywhere. That is a sad way to feel. That link you provided was from Wikipedia, and is not at all accurate. 2014 shooting you claimed to happen never did. And the rest are all 20+ years ago so can't say if they are true or not. But maybe try more reliable sites next time. Some one whose gone through a degree programs should know better than to use Wikipedia as a source!!!! NZ is a safe place, even the most unreliable source only could provide you with shootings that didn't happen or ones long before most of the people on here were born.
    I'm not even going to read your posts. You live in New Zealand and that isn't fighting fair.
  3. by   Green Tea, RN
    I feel being a nurse was a wrong career choice to me. I am going back to school for something other than nursing.
  4. by   AvaRose
    Right now I would do anything to not be an nurse. I'm not sure if that is just anxiety over starting orientation for my new job tomorrow or if I really have no interest in continuing in this field but I guess I'll find out once I start at the hospital. Today though I wish I was going back to a minimum wage position at Walmart rather than putting my scrubs back on to get paid well and finally be working at a hospital. This month between jobs spoiled me greatly. I had time to do things, I even went on a wonderful vacation that I would have never afforded without nursing.
    The negative is that the more I think about it the less I want to deal with people. Patients, families, coworkers all included. They are all rude 99% of the time and the more I have to be around people the less I care especially when they can't bother to listen to anything I have to say. Which basically means I try my best to say as little as possible to people so they can't irritate me and try to just get on with my day.
    I've only worked as a nurse for 6 months but I think that if I make it 6 months at this new job it will be a miracle. If it was something I had any sort of interest in whatsoever then maybe it would be better but so far I've been stuck with Rehab, and now Med/Surg...two parts of nursing I already knew I HATED from clinicals. But that's all that will hire new grads or inexperienced nurses so I'm stuck. Oh well, I'll find a way to get out hopefully soon. Then probably turn in my license and tell the BON to go to h***.
  5. by   ZenRN181
    I love being a nurse and now a nurse practitioner but they are both very difficult jobs!! It will not be easy and you need to be dedicated. My advice to you is to do as much research as you possibly can- this website, nursing blogs, job shadowing, volunteering etc. I am so happy with my career but it is not for everyone. Good luck!
  6. by   NuGuyNurse2b
    Like others, it's a tough job, with some good days and some bad days. But I have experienced the corporate world, behind that nice shiny desk from 8-5 working only Monday-Friday since nursing is my second career. And the desk wasn't shiny or nice, more like some form of plastic with these half walls set up that they call "cubicles," which I found comical cause a cube has more than 3 sides.

    I wouldn't go back to corporate unless it was one of those million dollar jobs. You're swimming in shark infested waters where people from various backgrounds congregate and stab each other in the back. At least with nursing, your cohorts had to get some kind of basic education to be on equal footing with you.

    I wouldn't go as far as saying I love nursing, but it has proven to be a financially rewarding career and the flexibility is unmatched. The days off are way better than your usual Sat/Sun that you only get in corporate. Some days I go shopping on a weekday and forget that it's a weekday, and wonder why the stores seem so empty. I've met some really great co-workers who are kind, knowledgeable and just overall great people.
  7. by   Glycerine82
    I love every back breaking, stomach turning, holy **** I'm going to puke, moment of it. I was told it was my "calling" when I was 19 - I didn't go to school for it until I was in my 30's.

    There isn't a right or wrong reason to become a nurse but I do think those of us who feel passionate about our work have an easier time dealing with the crappy parts, and there are many.
  8. by   db2xs
    Burnt out.
  9. by   NotAllWhoWandeRN
    How do I feel about being a nurse? Disillusioned. Broken. Bitter.

    Obsession with customer satisfaction instead of safe care, no support staff, bad ratios, unresponsive doctors, unsupportive managers. Last year I was injured on the job and not treated appropriately, took a hit of over $20,000 via lost income and medical costs because I was dropped from my position like a hot potato and faced thousands in medical bills after workers comp refused to continue treatment.

    It was a short path to a decent income. I didn't realize it would cost me my health and dignity. I haven't given up on complete physical healing, so my long-term plan is to cut down to nursing 1-2 shifts a week and find some other way to supplement my income that won't suck so much of my own wellbeing away.

    I had a friend just graduate with an associate's in HIM and get her AHIMA cert. She's making less money but she gets to work with charts and coding from home in her pajamas. I am so insanely jealous.
  10. by   Ms. Smarty Pants RN
    I do enjoy being a nurse. However, when I first started I had serious doubts about this being my lifelong profession. I originally wanted to be a nurse anesthetist since high school. Yet, I felt like I might not have had the confidence to work in this field. Just took time to gain skills and confidence. Plus, realizing there are so many venues one can work as a nurse definitely helped me. I never did become a nurse anesthetist and am extremely happy I didn't. I have found my niche in nursing education and find I like the stress that comes with this specialty more than the stress that comes with floor nursing. I almost thrive on it now.

close