I HATE nursing! (long) - page 8

by InfoNurse1595

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I really really really need some nurses' advice. So I've realized something about myself lately...I hate nursing. I think I always knew this in college, but I guess I thought things would get better when I was actually NURSING... Read More


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    Quote from contaveras
    It's been over 3 years now since this thread was started. I wonder how InfoNurse is doing?
    She last posted in April 2008, and is apparently working as a clinical analyst. We can glean plenty of information from her most recent post:
    Quote from InfoNurse1595
    Clinical Analyst here. Myself and another analyst are required to be oncall to troubleshoot security and access issues for nurses (our endusers, of course!). I am proposing the purchase of a wireless broadband card for us to conveniently access the network from...anywhere!

    Does anyone have knowledge on security issues related to wireless broadband? Can anyone suggest a service, or at least clue me into how YOU handle being on-call?

    Would love the feedback! Thanks.
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    Quote from Scrubby
    Night shift OR can be anything but boring and simple at times. You have ruptured AAA's, organ harvesting, MVA trauma, ruptured cerebral anaeurysms and as an RN you have to be able to scrub or scout for anything that comes through the door.

    The only simple and boring suggestions I can think of is pre-operative clinic.


    thank you for telling me this and really opening my eyes...this is what i need! i need help and suggestions. so...tell me about this pre-operative clinic. what is that, and what is the job description? is it known by any other names?

    what can i do dealing with papers with a bsn and only 6 months of experience? i'd like to wear normal, dressy clothes and work 8-5 three days a week. haha.. i type that with a smile on my face.
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    Hope InfoNurse is doing fine and her ears are not ringing from us doing a little talking about her!:spin:
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    Quote from allibear
    thank you for telling me this and really opening my eyes...this is what i need! i need help and suggestions. so...tell me about this pre-operative clinic. what is that, and what is the job description? is it known by any other names?

    what can i do dealing with papers with a bsn and only 6 months of experience? i'd like to wear normal, dressy clothes and work 8-5 three days a week. haha.. i type that with a smile on my face.
    In the preoperative clinic the duties consist of:

    providing pre operative teaching
    Taking baseline vitals
    Obtaining a nursing history and assessment
    Liasoning with surgeons and anaesthetists, for them to come in and assess the patient, get consents done
    Arranging transportation for patients to get to the hospital on their day of surgery
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    We have a nursing shortage due to the numbers of qualified nurses that left the bedside. However, you could do

    1. Nursing Instructor for LVN/LPN classes
    2. Telemetry
    3. Research
    4. Dialysis Nurse (easy job)
    5. Nurse Entrepreneur
    6. Pharmaceuticals
    7. School Nurse
    8. Occupational Health Nurse
    9. Work for an HMO/PPO


    I know the feeling of doing something you don't like. It will improve once you find your niche. Good luck!!
    Dialysis easy?

    Have you ever done dialysis?
    I've seen veteran ICU nurses who are new to dialysis leave the dialysis floor in tears.
    As a former dialysis preceptor, I've given support to experienced ER and L&D nurses who've told me "this is so hard, I can't do it!"

    I am leaving LTC to go back to dialysis, because I find I am not intellectually challenged, like I was in dialysis.
    I enjoy your posts Commuter, but this is really offensive and disheartening.
    Last edit by Valerie Salva on Nov 28, '08 : Reason: typo
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    I used to love nursing. Not anymore.

    Back in the old days, we had time to care for our patients, and were left alone.

    Not anymore.

    Now its all about money, documentation, reports, meeting unrealistic deadlines and kissing the rear ends of dictatorial employers as well as an entitled society who wants everything handed to them on a silver platter.

    Case in point: I get an irate phone call yesterday from the family member of a Client who has more money than Midas, *demanding* that we approve her for Medicaid...because she is *NOT* paying $20 an hour for an Aide to come in and bathe her??

    "We do not make the decision as to whether or not someone qualifies for Medicaid", I responded calmly, "And you are going to have to take that up with DFACS". I gave her their number and hung up.

    I am tired of this nonsense....and am living for the day when I don't have to put up with it anymore.
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    Quote from Valerie Salva
    Dialysis easy?

    Have you ever done dialysis?
    I've seen veteran ICU nurses who are new to dialysis leave the dialysis floor in tears.
    As a former dialysis preceptor, I've given support to experienced ER and L&D nurses who've told me "this is so hard, I can't do it!"

    I am leaving LTC to go back to dialysis, because I find I am not intellectually challenged, like I was in dialysis.
    I enjoy your posts commuter, but this is really offensive and disheartening.
    Please look at the date of that particular post, Valerie. I wrote it in March 2005, back when I was a student, and was basically relaying what had been told to me by one of my nursing instructors (a long-time dialysis nurse). The post in question is over 3 years old, and I've learned plenty since then. If you're offended, I genuinely apologize.

    In addition, the OP is seemingly doing well in her career. We can fast-forward to 2008 and tell everyone she's no longer at the bedside and is working as a clinical analyst.
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    Try a different area, Med-Surg irritated me, I moved to the ER and love it. Try something like OB, it was the only semester that did not rack my nerves while in school. The patient's were generally well and easy to care for.
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    Quote from NursingStudent2222
    I am a 24 year old male in my 2nd year of nursing school and I HATE NURSING!! First year was a complete waste and full of ********! I swear they just had to make up some random classes to take up time. I almost quit after the first year but I keep trying to stay positive and think that next year is going to be better!?? Now I am in that next year and it still blows!! All I can say is that I can change those diapers with my eyes closed!! I hate every second of Nursing school that I had to go through!! I want to stay positive but I cant. Every time I go to class and sit there for hours I think to myself why am I here? All the teachers do in the class is just read notes and post them on the website. I took the Drug Calculation exam....everybody was flippin out about that exam and made a big deal about it.. everybody was goin nuts... we had labs to prepare for that exam for like 3 weeks....of course I didnt actually study till the day before the exam and still got 91%. I dont actually think that nursing school is hard... I dont do any homework at all and still manage to pass classes, learning is the easy part....but what we actually have to learn is retarded and boring... all this garbage about feelings and self disclosure, immediacy, and all that ******** just makes me sick. I want to bang my head against the wall every time i go to class. I feel like I am being brainwashed and they are trying to change the way students think. I do not enjoy class nor do I enjoy Clinical....all we do is clean ass and change diapers...I do not want to be a Nurse if I have to do this my entire career. I want to like Nursing but it wont let me. Is this all that nursing is about? changing god damned Depends and giving out a few pills? I feel like I am wasting my life..... dont know what to do. and everybody here hates it too for many different reasons.....
    Does Nursing get better with time and experience? or if I hate it already does that mean i'll hate it even more later on?? I like making money not wasting my time on ********. What should I do?
    Some people aren't meant to be nurses. Or, if we aren't supposed to say that, how about, nursing isn't for everybody. There is, in fact, a great deal more to nursing than wiping butts and passing pills, but at least in bedside nursing, those are very definitely part of the job. And while nothing is written in stone, most jobs away from the bedside require, or at least prefer, some bedside experience.

    Working as a bedside nurse is more interesting than nursing school, but also harder. Time and experience help immensely when you have the desire but not the skills. I have to admit, I scoffed a bit at the time we spent in school on therapeutic communication and the like. But in the real world of nursing, it turns out to be quite a big part of the job. Some time ago, I had a patient who was getting all the pain medicine that was ordered: morphine, dilaudid, percocet, and valium for muscle spasms, in doses that made me fear for her life. In spite of it, she wasn't getting adequate relief, and multiple pages to her doctor on call were no help. What finally did make her feel a little better, at least for a time, was me pulling up a chair and listening to her complain. Nothing I could tell her was going to do any good. What she needed was for me to listen and show that I really did care. Well, that and a pain consult, once the day shift came in.

    My first week of on-the-floor orientation, I got to do several things I didn't get to do in school. Trach suction, ng placement, tube feedings and straight caths. It was really cool to do more than just read about them.
    Since then, I've got to do a lot of other interesting things. Titrating morphine on a patient in their last hours is not boring. Heartbreaking and terrifying, yes, but not boring. Watching a middle-aged man weep as you explain why his mother is dying, when she seemed so good a couple of days ago, or a mother as you explain why her son is taking so long to pass, isn't dull. Holding a patient steady while a doctor drills a hole in their head is downright fascinating. For me, and for many others, there are many great things about being a nurse, and they more than make up for the parts that aren't so great. But if you really hate nursing school as much as you say, I can't imagine how you'll ever like working as a nurse. Which is okay. You're young, you have all sorts of options. Run, don't walk, away from a field you already despise. Figuring out what will bring you joy is a challenge, but it's well worth it.
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    Quote from NursingStudent2222
    I am a 24 year old male in my 2nd year of nursing school and I HATE NURSING!! First year was a complete waste and full of ********! I swear they just had to make up some random classes to take up time. I almost quit after the first year but I keep trying to stay positive and think that next year is going to be better!?? Now I am in that next year and it still blows!! All I can say is that I can change those diapers with my eyes closed!! I hate every second of Nursing school that I had to go through!! I want to stay positive but I cant. Every time I go to class and sit there for hours I think to myself why am I here? All the teachers do in the class is just read notes and post them on the website. I took the Drug Calculation exam....everybody was flippin out about that exam and made a big deal about it.. everybody was goin nuts... we had labs to prepare for that exam for like 3 weeks....of course I didnt actually study till the day before the exam and still got 91%. I dont actually think that nursing school is hard... I dont do any homework at all and still manage to pass classes, learning is the easy part....but what we actually have to learn is retarded and boring... all this garbage about feelings and self disclosure, immediacy, and all that ******** just makes me sick. I want to bang my head against the wall every time i go to class. I feel like I am being brainwashed and they are trying to change the way students think. I do not enjoy class nor do I enjoy Clinical....all we do is clean ass and change diapers...I do not want to be a Nurse if I have to do this my entire career. I want to like Nursing but it wont let me. Is this all that nursing is about? changing god damned Depends and giving out a few pills? I feel like I am wasting my life..... dont know what to do. and everybody here hates it too for many different reasons.....
    Does Nursing get better with time and experience? or if I hate it already does that mean i'll hate it even more later on?? I like making money not wasting my time on ********. What should I do?

    Do you have any idea what area you are interested in? If you do then maybe you should contact a facility with a related area and ask if you could spend time there observing the unit or practice or whatever it may be. That way you could get some kind of idea of whether or not you see yourself there in the long run. Try to find something that is more intellectually challenging, because it kindof sounds like you need that.

    Oh and In the real world you will not be changing that many "depends". You may need to help out occasionally, but you will have support staff to help do those things.

    Also, if you change your mind about your career it will not be the end of the world either. Life is to short to be that unhappy.

    Good luck and please let us know how things work our for you.


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