Nursing sucks

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    it used to be that you could go to work and do your shift and feel like you accomoplished something, nowadays it is nearly impossibleto complete all your tasks let alone spend any quality time with the patient.
    kungpoopanda, Vtachy1, SandraCVRN, and 2 others like this.
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    I used to be so proud to tell people I am an Rn, now I don't know.
    elprup and lindarn like this.
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    I am recently divorced and lost a parent to alzheimers, nursing is all I have left and it is making me crazy, I am not sure what to do next, maybe a nice long vacation is in order!
    RNinIN, dorkiexcici, Meriwhen, and 2 others like this.
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    I'm a CNA in a nursing home, and all the nurses there just seem miserable. It sorta discourages me as a nursing student. I'm just trying to keep my head up and look at the positives!!
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    Nursing is still the most admired profession in public polls. Folks generally see nurses as overworked, underpaid, and selfless in their devotion to patient care. As a 30-year veteran, I have seen nursing make many transitions, mostly for the good. What disturbs me now is the overmarketing of the profession by schools who see nursing programs as a cash cow. I see many men and women entering the profession because they see it as a steady job with good money. Nursing is still a calling.... folks who think they are getting an easy ride to quick success need to stay out of nursing. I'm tired of hearing students say that they have chosen nursing for the job market or money (let's face it- where else can you come out of a 2-yr college program and enter the market making $50K to start?) We need to leave nursing to the folks who are ready to accept it as it is: hard work, poor working conditions, long hours, and underappreciation from management. The nurses who can't take the heat are dragging us all down...
    RNinIN, LTCNS, Freedomsong, and 14 others like this.
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    It all depends where you work and who you work with. I love my job and I won't trade any other jobs with my current one. Maybe you just have to find another job. If you can't in the current economy, you have to stay in your current job and accumulate experiences till you can find a good job.
    LTCNS, PinkCupcake, lindarn, and 6 others like this.
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    I don't know if any of you agree but I like nursing. I feel I can do more in my career feel if I don't like bedside. As I have planned to go pursue higher education becoming FNP. There are people work harder than you get paid less. Think about the CNAs, housekeepers or food service. They work along side you but get paid way less. I like working 12hrs shift vs 8. I feel I have supportive colleagues when I need help. I had worked in a place LTC where I dreaded go to work. I am much happier now.
    JamieGurl21, jleonard90, Katie82, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from Katie82
    Nursing is still the most admired profession in public polls. Folks generally see nurses as overworked, underpaid, and selfless in their devotion to patient care. As a 30-year veteran, I have seen nursing make many transitions, mostly for the good. What disturbs me now is the overmarketing of the profession by schools who see nursing programs as a cash cow. I see many men and women entering the profession because they see it as a steady job with good money. Nursing is still a calling.... folks who think they are getting an easy ride to quick success need to stay out of nursing. I'm tired of hearing students say that they have chosen nursing for the job market or money (let's face it- where else can you come out of a 2-yr college program and enter the market making $50K to start?) We need to leave nursing to the folks who are ready to accept it as it is: hard work, poor working conditions, long hours, and underappreciation from management. The nurses who can't take the heat are dragging us all down...
    Oh..no.. you didn't! you didn't really say that. It is attitudes like that ,that keep our profession beaten down!
    I graduated 30 years ago, the MAJORITY of students were in the same exact boat I was..lousy marriage, need to support ourselves STAT. Nursing requires very bright people, not selfless ones.
    I am still a compassionate nurse, because that is my nature. I didn't get into this solely because I am a caring individual... I am NOT Mother Teresa, I need to make money.
    Regarding the Gallup poll, no... nursing is not the most admired profession..
    it is the most trusted.
    The public probably trusts us because they have an inaccurate view of us a mother figures, taking the temperature and kissing boo-boos.
    Last edit by Been there,done that on Jun 12, '12
    LTCNS, naptimeRN, CelticGoddess, and 28 others like this.
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    Quote from lawandaluxnurse
    I am recently divorced and lost a parent to alzheimers, nursing is all I have left and it is making me crazy, I am not sure what to do next, maybe a nice long vacation is in order!
    I am sorry for the loss of your parent and your marriage.
    You are in a time of mourning,,, and nursing as your profession will only compound your grief.

    After all, we are expected to give and give and give. You just can't do that right now, and THAT'S OKAY!

    Take care of yourself for a change. Please consider a grief support group (I wish I did).

    Get some time to regroup.. maybe then you can handle this very difficult thing known as nursing.
    LTCNS, nuangel1, DizzyLizzyNurse, and 3 others like this.
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    I'm sorry you're still struggling, and I hope you're continuing to get help with your anxiety and depression.

    Maybe it's time for a nice long vacation AND a career change?


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