If you could redo it....would you choose nursing? - page 4

Would you redo choosing nursing or the medical profession? Curious to the feelings of others... Read More

  1. by   spotangel
    Love being a nurse!
    Love helping others!
    Won't have it any other way!
  2. by   applewhitern
    I wish I had taken engineering like my family wanted. My brother, a chemical engineer, makes a ton of money, has lots of benefits, and is highly respected. Me, as a nurse, have a mediocre income in relation to what I do. Barely any benefits. No unions here. Respect? haha. I like nursing, but the pay is so poor, and it seems like it is constant turmoil. I'm not one to say I went into this "to help people," or "it was my dream..." I can help people regardless what profession I am in.
  3. by   jrbl77
    I don't know what else I would have chosen to do 40 yrs ago. I don't regret becoming a RN, but didn't know I would work as hard as I did. I often feel that I put more energy into being a bedside nurse, than raising my kids. I did a great job with my kids.
    The job I'm in now is away from the bedside. I don't think I could work in a hospital now because of all of the rules and expectations placed on the staff. I'm too much of a rebel!
    Last edit by jrbl77 on Jun 29 : Reason: Spelling
  4. by   applewhitern
    I haven't had a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Christmas Eve off in 13 years. I end up working every single holiday. I haven't had a raise in 4 years due to a wage freeze. I am getting more and more depressed about this, but it is the same thing at every hospital around here. We don't have unions in the deep south, and I live in one of those "right to work" states. It has nothing to do with my patients. When I first became an RN, in 1987, the Registered Nurse was highly respected, and considered "right under the doctor." Boy, have things changed. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't choose nursing. Here in this state, school teachers make about the same as RN's, but they get a whole lot more benefits, time off, retirement, etc., that nurses in this state really don't have. My school teacher friends have all retired, with state insurance and retirement pay.
  5. by   sewersurfin
    no. I am not nurse material. I am going to start on a career change and am working on a graduate degree in history.
  6. by   Been there,done that
    35 years and now in a decent (work from home) position. I would not do it again.
    I believe nurses are worked like mules... to make money for the man.

    Is it too late to go to law school?
  7. by   sewersurfin
    it's never too late.
  8. by   futurenp89
    A lot of you who resent going into nursing act like it's too late to get out. Get out now before you become any more of a plague to this profession.
  9. by   surfca40
    Quote from Been there,done that
    35 years and now in a decent (work from home) position. I would not do it again.
    I believe nurses are worked like mules... to make money for the man.

    Is it too late to go to law school?
    No it's never too late, but law school isn't necessarily going to be the greener pasture - check out the cost of law school these days relative to the starting pay for an attorney...if you can find a job....there's a big over saturation of attorneys which has plummeted starting salaries.
    Last edit by surfca40 on Jun 29
  10. by   brandy1017
    Quote from sewersurfin
    no. I am not nurse material. I am going to start on a career change and am working on a graduate degree in history.
    Sounds fun, but what are you going to be able to do with a MA in history? Probably the best option would be teaching high school students as public teachers have the best benefits and retirement options. But professors that's another story. They have gone to 75% adjunct professors part time, paid by class vs tenured full time professors with benefits. It is not a good time to become a professor in America!
    Last edit by brandy1017 on Jun 29
  11. by   brandy1017
    Quote from futurenp89
    A lot of you who resent going into nursing act like it's too late to get out. Get out now before you become any more of a plague to this profession.
    You're funny. If all the unhappy, burnt out, dissatisfied nurses quit then there would be a catastrophic shortage of nurses! How about hospitals start treating their staff better with decent safe staffing ratios, working equipment, ceiling lifts, adequate supplies and support staff that might improve morale a whole hell of a lot! Just my opinion, but I'm sure many others would agree with me!
  12. by   vintage_RN
    Absolutely!! I worked my tail off to get to where I am. I am a NICU nurse and there is no higher honour than to go to work every day and get to do what I do! I love my job.
  13. by   sewersurfin
    I was thinking middle or high school teacher.

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