Quote from Toots71506
Hi - I am considering entering the nursing field and these types of posts are good for me to read because I assume that most nurses love their jobs because I know of a few who do. Is it every area of nursing that is so horrible? What area did you come from? I was thinking of being a L&D nurse but I go back and forth. I don't really want to kill myself in school again (I already have a degree) to get in a job that I'll have to most likely work nights, weekends and holidays and I could end up unhappy.
Would you say there are more unhappy nurses than happy ones???
Toots71506, I grew up with my mother who was an RN and very unhappy with her work. Even that didn't dissuade me from doing it though. I only saw the positive before entering Nursing, but my perspective is much different now. I don't know if there is anything I could say that would give you the ability to know whether or not you will like Nursing.
At least, if you do not like it, you will have the education and experience to do something else with it. I've found that employers find it to be a valuable and desireable background.
I worked in many different areas of nursing and liked some better than others, but the underlying problems remained the same and I was only degrees happier in certain jobs. I am really happy now. I know a job shouldn't make or break whether or not you are happy, but I can't help how I feel. When you love your job, I think you can't help but be a happier person
My experience was not that nurses were happy in their job, or loved it, but that they tolerated it or didn't mind it, at the most. I've only met very, very few who truly loved it. They are special individuals and I will remember them warmly forever.
Best of luck! Just keep exploring!