Im a student... I need advice! - page 3

Hello everyone! My name is David and Im in school for the RN program. I was wondering if you "pros" could help me out and tell me if the pay and the benefits are really as good as everyone is... Read More

  1. by   TheSquid
    Thank you all for the encouragement!
    I knew i wanted to be in the medical field because I like helping people out, but now that I see nursing has alot of great people always here to help one another out, IM SOLD!
    Well, I have about 1.5-2 years left of school and then Im done. Ill keep posting here because you guys RULE! WooT!

    Wish me luck!
    -DAvid
  2. by   Helori
    I agree with enerybody.

    Nursing does have fairly good pay and benefits. But for the number of breaks you miss, the days you stay late or go home crying, is the money worth it?

    Last night I was at work. The only reason I dragged myself into work for a 12 hour night shift was the money. But while I was there a sweet little old lady went into flash pulmonary edema. I sat there with her for over an hour holding her hand when she was scared she would die. When it was over she told me she was glad I was there. I didn't do that for the money!
  3. by   FutureNurse2006
  4. by   ScarlettRN
    I think nursing is a calling, myself. I cannot imagine being anything else and cannot believe how happy I am in the ER. I would suggest strongly that you work in a hospital or nursing home doing patient care because the BASIC foundation of nursing is patient care, and if you hate that, you will find that no amount of money will make your time in hell worthwhile.
  5. by   Angelica
    Originally posted by TheSquid
    Thank you all for the encouragement!
    I knew i wanted to be in the medical field because I like helping people out, but now that I see nursing has alot of great people always here to help one another out, IM SOLD!
    Well, I have about 1.5-2 years left of school and then Im done. Ill keep posting here because you guys RULE! WooT!

    Wish me luck!
    -DAvid
    I think you're going to be a fabulous nurse!!
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by TheSquid
    well, I mean, isnt that the bottom line of it. The money? Thats the ONLY reason people work is for the money. So, yeah, thats why im doing it. I was just wondering if it is a good career choice becuase I am also an actor. That means I have to have flexible hours.
    How many days a week do you guys normally work?
    HOOO boy----- if the ONLY reason you getting into nursing is for the money you are gonna be disappointed. Why? Not cause RN's are necessarily paid poorly, but with the LIABILITY and RISKS we take in our daily work, there is NO way anyone is paid enough to do this. You have to have the heart to do it, to me. NOT be Florence Nightingale or Mother Theresa, but you need to WANT to DO this. If money is all you are after, you will likely burn out or become a cynical nurse whom NO ONE wants at the bedside.

    Money is VERY important; don't get me wrong, I an not naive and won't lie to you. But I feel like we don't make NEARLY enough for what we risk doing what we do each day. I think you ought to shadow some nurses for a while---really WATCH what it is we do and put up with each day----- to see if it's really FOR YOU or NOT. You have NO idea what you are getting into (good or bad), from what I can see in your posts. I wish you the best.

    Oh and before I forget, nursing IS flexible. You can work as much or little as you want to; that is the truth. It's up to you. Good luck in your decision. It will be life-altering if you do indeed elect to become a nurse. Believe that.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jun 3, '03
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Welcome back, Mario, my friend!
  8. by   Angelica
    Deb,
    The quote you refer to is pretty shallow (as was noted earlier), but he clarified his motivation for entering nursing in other posts on this thread. I just think he didn't choose his words carefully.
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Maybe so angelica. but NO ONE should ever enter nursing lightly. THAT is my opinion, chosen carefully.
  10. by   Angelica
    Fair enough.
  11. by   TheSquid
    Well, I never enter ANYHTING lightly.
    And I actually come from a pretty big family of medical types. Aunt and Uncle both nurses. Grandpas a doc. another aunt is a dentist, and my dad is a Biomed.
    I do know what Im getting myself into and only pray that Im strong enough to do the right thing when the time comes.
    And yes, that comment I made at the start of this thread was shallow. I didnt mean for it to come off that way. We clarified that.
    But thank you for the luck. Im sure Ill need it.

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