I've seen a lot of people on this website who really don't seem to enjoy nursing. I think nursing is a lot of work, in terms of both education and actual workload, and I'm beginning to worry that maybe I don't want to do this anymore.
I was planning on becoming an RN and then after a few years going into a Pediatric NP program or doing Nurse Midwife. I really only want to work in Pediatric nursing, but I was really excited about this career path and working in a job that is so intensely focused on helping people. The thing is, so many people on this site say they don't have time to eat or even use the bathroom during their shifts- that is ridiculous. I personally need to eat regularly to keep my blood sugar up or I get dizzy and sick to my stomach- sometimes I even pass out. I realize that patient care is our top priority, and I expect to work my ass off, but quite frankly, I expect to be able to pee if I need to and eat lunch. I am also concerned about the hours, as I am just not interested in working the night shift if it can be avoided, and not for a long time. I don't want to seem like a snob, but I need a job where I can break to eat and work regular hours, because I have problems with regulating my sleep and...I'm starting to wonder if this is the career for me.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Nov 28, '06
What you see is a lot of destressing here on AllNurses. Are some people unhappy, well sure. You will see many happy and fullfilled Nurses as well out there in the work world. You will read joyfilled testimonials as well. I think it is human nature to need to destress and talk more often about stressors then to talk about how happy you are in something (although it does pop up in conversation around here).
It is my thought that if you have a vision, and a need to fullfill a dream, you will be content working on that and more so when it is completed. I have done many areas of work and now many areas of Nursing; I cannot imagine life without having been a Nurse. For me, it was calling. Having had the education to fullfill my curiosity and satisfy my intellect has been SO rewarding.
I hope we get to hear of a Pedicatric Nurse's quest for satisfaction and his/her experience.
Last edit by nightingale on Nov 28, '06
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