If there are so many negatives to nursing, why would anyone choose this field? - page 2

Hi. I'm a mom in my mid-thirties and am considering going back to school for my RN degree. I've heard sooo many negatives. Low Pay, no respect, unsupportive coworkers, short staffing, endless... Read More

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    Originally posted by hug4mom:
    I'm a mom in my mid-thirties and am considering going back to school for my RN degree. I've heard sooo many negatives. Low Pay, no respect, unsupportive coworkers, short staffing, endless paperwork, etc. etc. etc.
    Now I'm not sure after hearing all of this.
    Help! Would you do it again?
    Thanks for your reply!
    I would absolutely do it again. I LOVE it! Hate the b.s., of course, but hey...every job has it's bad points...even the greeter at Wal-Mart has a bad day. The only thing I'd do differently the second time around, is I'd grow my big ol' brass ones (if you catch my meaning) a lot faster. I had that nice, thin-skinned, timid new grad thing going on, and ended up leaving a wonderful job because I didn't stand up to my evil co-workers who ate their young as a hobby! All in all, despite the stress and endless paperwork (thanks, all you blood-sucking lawyers), it's a pretty cool job if you've got the guts!

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    If I was still into being used and treated like .... Hmmmm.... I can't think of what it is that they treat nurses like...

    Anyhow, Nursing is a good profession if you able to make many sacrifices and live with them. I'd say that if you have an addictive personality and your into personal sacrifice - you'd do great!

    Perhaps, if you want a career (as opposed to a job) you might consider computers, or law or business. If you want a job, consider nursing, auto-technician and drywall installer...

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    things were alot different 25 years ago when i started nursing. if i knew then what i know now i would have RUN not walked to the nearest line to register for a degree in law, engineering...anything but nursing. we call ourselves professional yet are treated like anything but. our salaries are pathetic when compared to the rest of the business world and anyone who thinks healthcare isn't a business needs to get their head out of the clouds. it is long past time for all nurses to cut the florence nightingale crap and realize that your management dines out on your selfless, sacrificing and ever compliant natures to get their job done. WAKE UP!
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    I love being a nurse and I love being able to make a difference in peoples lives.
    I am glad that I did it. Nursing is a human job so therefore you learn not only allot about people but yourself.
    Currently however I am back in school and paln to leave nursing.
    The hours that I work are getitng to hard. I am no longer able to do the job in shich I was trained.... if the admins, profit mrgins and stocks would get out I might never have felt compelled to get out.
    I feel like the only furture that I have in nursing is a bad back.....it is sad to say but I would not encourage anyone to become a nurse
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    I would still go onto nursing, but I would prefer to go into it as an older, wiser person. I was 17 when I started and really needed more life experience dealing with grieving or angry families is rewarding but only if you know HOW to deal with them. I would also learn the art of assertiveness and when to pick your battles. I am still learning that one (sigh).

    I think the most important point would be to research the hospital you will be applying to, because if you spend your days doing 12 hours at top speed and still go home thinking you let your patients down, didn't accomplish anything, you may as well work in a factory. I've worked in small and large hospitals and the small offer more personal care for patients AND staff. They don't have a lot of bucks or cutting edge technology so they attract patients and staff looking for the caring side.

    I guarantee no one but a fool does nursing for the money, and you need a strong stomach. No other profession gets to see the cool procedures, or interesting characters that we do though.

    I think to get more specific, I would look for a hospital owned by the community it serves, not a for profit institution. The whole point is to care for clients, and it is easier to do the job if even the higher ups have that as their mission statement.

    [This message has been edited by canoehead (edited March 20, 2001).]

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