I see so many unhappy nurses on this forum! I have completed one semester of nursing school
, and with three to go, I'm having second thoughts! The hospitals in our area are claiming to be on the verge of bankruptcy, and are instituting various cutbacks. I just feel that I'm entering this profession at a horrible time.
Yes, I want to do this to help people, but I feel that I should be adequately compensated for what I will be doing. I know from clinicals that it's not an easy job by any means!
I'm further disheartened because I know I'll be entering the job market around $12.50/hr, and my 22-year-old stepson just got a job offer (he's an accounting major) for $40,000, with excellent benefits!!! This just seems unfair, as his decisions will never affect someone's life as mine will.
I know there are those of you out there that "aren't doing it for the money", and I'm very happy for you. My problem is that I'm already feeling the frustration that you seasoned veterans are feeling, and it's not too late for me to turn back. Should I?
My question is--if you were in my shoes, would you choose a different vocation, perhaps something in the same field, but a position that will garner more respect and more money?
If I did change majors, I would want to be able to use all these Sciences I took!!!
What would you do?