How much do you enjoy your nursing job?

  1. On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 meaning you absolutely love your job, how much do you enjoy nursing?
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  2. 30 Comments

  3. by   RGN1
    10 on most days 7 on some & 1 on very, very odd occasions!! Well you didn't expect one blanket answer did you??
  4. by   csiln
    Being generous I would have to say a 5. (I graduated Dec, 2005, worked 3 months, hated it, quit and started a new job in Jan, 2007 -- although a much nicer environment, I still regret ever going into nursing and will probably quit after school loans are paid off.)
  5. by   llg
    Define "enjoy."

    Do I have "fun" on my job? Would I rather be at work than at home? Do I wake up in the morning all excited about going to work and looking forward to it? No. If you mean that kind of "enjoy," then I would rate my job in staff development as a 5. Some days are a little fun: some are bad: most are in between.

    However ... if by "enjoy" you mean ... Does it give me satisfaction? Does it give me pleasure? Would I miss it if you quit and didn't have to work for a living any more? Does it warm my heart? Then I would give it an 8.
  6. by   TazziRN
    I'm with LLG, I would rather stay home or cut way back on my hours but I can't afford to. However, being that I have to work, I have a job that I love in a facility that I feel good about. I love making a difference and I don't hate going to work. I would say 8-10.
  7. by   HealthyRN
    I hate going to work. I would give my nursing job a 2 or 3. I have been a nurse for almost a year and this is my second nursing job. It is better than my first, but still not what I'm looking for. I never imagined that I would not want to work after working so hard to earn a college degree. I would stay home in a second if my fiance and I could afford it. And we don't even have children yet, so I would have no reason to stay home other than I hate my job!
  8. by   Rabid Badger
    What do you not like about your job? What do you not like about nursing? I can't think of a single nursing grad who didn't spend most of their first year in either terror or loathing of their job. Working 2 jobs in the first year has hardly given you time to adjust to either working environment and develop a level of competency or satisfaction.
  9. by   Rabid Badger
    Quote from Rabid Badger
    What do you not like about your job? What do you not like about nursing? I can't think of a single nursing grad who didn't spend most of their first year in either terror or loathing of their job. Working 2 jobs in the first year has hardly given you time to adjust to either working environment and develop a level of competency or satisfaction.
    Oh yeah and, I'd give my job a 10 on most days. Days we're short staffed, overworked and you have 3 codes, I'd give a -10 to. Good days to bad days: approx 5:1 ratio.
  10. by   TrudyRN
    I'd say about a 5. I would like to not HAVE to work, I'd like to work about 3 days per week.

    My tasks are somewhat stressful and boring but there are some moments when I enjoy my coworkers and/or the patients.

    After working for about 40 years, I think this is as good as it gets. I used to truly love my work but have just gotten older, that's all, and it's harder to please me, I suppose. Plus, I see that people like Princess Di (when she was alive), other royals, and very wealthy people do not have to punch a clock and I would like to be in that category but will never be so you could say that life's unfairness is a problem for me.

    Not much can change my circumstances, sadly.
  11. by   TheCommuter
    On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say that I enjoy my job at about a '7' level.

    If the management, workplace politics, and abusive family members were to suddenly disappear, I'd probably enjoy my job at about a '10' level.
  12. by   cardiacRN2006
    I'd give it a 5.


    I like what I'm doing, and in general like most of the people. There are times when I have fun with my co-workers. I enbjoy being busy, helping people, being challanged mentally, etc...

    There are times when I don't eat, pee, when I get yelled at and made to feel like an competent fool (by the next shift, of course)...


    So I start my day, work hard, feel good, and then get squashed by the next shift for not being perfect.

    Then I drive home, regret taking this job, and wonder when I can quit.




    So, now I'd give it a 4!
  13. by   ElvishDNP
    Most nights a 7 or an 8. I enjoy what I do most nights.

    On bad nights, maybe a 4-5.

    However, if I didn't have to work, I wouldn't. I would love to be a fulltime SAHM, do pottery, tend an organic garden, eat bon-bons all day....
  14. by   Ginger35
    After 12 years as an RN and 3 spine surgeries - I give it a 2 - 3. I can not do this for the rest of my life physically and just doing what I can to get through this last year of school and work until I can find a position that integrates my nursing experience and the MBA education that I am working on. I hope to enter the insurance industry in some capacity

    I am glad that the last spine surgery worked out and I'm able to work at this time. However, I have nothing but destain for the crap we have to put up with every day. I know that this is called a "job" for a reason - but in my mind the "risks don't outweigh the benefits". Upper management does everything they can to insulate themselves from the reality of what occurs on the front lines. Thus, no real improvements are made to reduce job dissatisfaction among the nurses and other departments.

    I could go on - but I think it is best to end this post here.....

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