Simple and plain-Do you like being a nurse?

  1. Ive heard people say they LOVE their job and people say they dont like it and regret it! I was just wondering how many of u hated it and liked it and your reasons!

    Brandi
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  2. Poll: Do you like being a nurse?

    • YES!

      55.56% 35
    • NO!

      7.94% 5
    • yes and no

      33.33% 21
    • not sure

      3.17% 2
    63 Votes
  3. 26 Comments

  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    simple and plain, after doing many other things first, my answer is YES.
  5. by   micro
    on a bad day i truly like what i do 85.9% of the time.......

    and on the good days...................200 + %...............

    just don't know what kind of nurse i wanna be when i grow up.......

    k' all quit reminding me.........i is grown........where is my cane
  6. by   midwestRN
    When you are a nurse, you never ask yourself "Why was I put on this earth." There is nothing as satisfying and soul lifting as really helping someone that is really sick. A man stopped me at an auction one day and announced, "This is the person that saved my life." There's no job better. It's the administrative things that make me dislike my job. But the positive outweighs the negative... I like nursing.
  7. by   Mary Dover
    I have ALWAYS loved being a nurse. When I got to the point I no longer 'loved' my last job (of 7 years), after a lot of soul searching, I decided it was time to move on.
    Granted, my new job is not your typical nursing position, but that's one of the unique things about nursing, the world of opportunities that are out there.
    The thing that has me feeling a little unsettled these days in my new job, is that - although it is a nursing position, that fact is not outwardly revealed to the people those of us in the particular position serve. Nowhere on our ID badges etc, does it say RN.
    Lately, I've taken it upon myself to make sure I identify myself when appropriate, as being a nurse. You would not believe some of the responses I get, i.e.
    "Well why did you leave nursing".....
    "You're working in a job like this with the nursing shortage there is?"
    "Are you just doing this job part time?"
    I honestly feel like it's a slap in the face, like I'm being robbed of part of my identity. In fact I've been wondering how some of you guys might feel or react in this kind of situation.
    In all honesty however - I LOVE THIS JOB. It suits me quite well. It is a different way to bring some things to the table so to speak, and I do believe I have some qualities that make me quite suitable for the job.
    I just want people to know - I AM A NURSE! When you step into my office, or when I'm the one answering your phone call - you probably don't realize just how that experience and knowledge I bring to the job, plays a role in your overall healthcare.
    Maybe it sounds like I'm whining, or asking for a pat on the back. I honestly don't need any 'attagirls' about how I do my job. But I want the population I help serve to be aware that they are being served by a college educated professional, not just some telemarketer off the street.....if you know what I mean.
  8. by   Love-A-Nurse
    yes, i love being a nurse. i hate what the "ins and outs" of nursing has become. money seems to dictate the true meaning rather than those who make our livelihood possible (patients).
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    Originally posted by midwestRN
    When you are a nurse, you never ask yourself "Why was I put on this earth." There is nothing as satisfying and soul lifting as really helping someone that is really sick. A man stopped me at an auction one day and announced, "This is the person that saved my life." There's no job better. It's the administrative things that make me dislike my job. But the positive outweighs the negative... I like nursing.
  10. by   live4today
    Originally posted by midwestRN
    When you are a nurse, you never ask yourself "Why was I put on this earth." There is nothing as satisfying and soul lifting as really helping someone that is really sick.............................. There's no job better. It's the administrative things that make me dislike my job. But the positive outweighs the negative... I like nursing.
    My sentiments exactly! :kiss
  11. by   live4today
    Originally posted by Mary Dover
    I have ALWAYS loved being a nurse. When I got to the point I no longer 'loved' my last job (of 7 years), after a lot of soul searching, I decided it was time to move on.
    Granted, my new job is not your typical nursing position, but that's one of the unique things about nursing, the world of opportunities that are out there.
    The thing that has me feeling a little unsettled these days in my new job, is that - although it is a nursing position, that fact is not outwardly revealed to the people those of us in the particular position serve. Nowhere on our ID badges etc, does it say RN.
    Lately, I've taken it upon myself to make sure I identify myself when appropriate, as being a nurse. You would not believe some of the responses I get, i.e.
    "Well why did you leave nursing".....
    "You're working in a job like this with the nursing shortage there is?"
    "Are you just doing this job part time?"
    I honestly feel like it's a slap in the face, like I'm being robbed of part of my identity. In fact I've been wondering how some of you guys might feel or react in this kind of situation.
    In all honesty however - I LOVE THIS JOB. It suits me quite well. It is a different way to bring some things to the table so to speak, and I do believe I have some qualities that make me quite suitable for the job.
    I just want people to know - I AM A NURSE! When you step into my office, or when I'm the one answering your phone call - you probably don't realize just how that experience and knowledge I bring to the job, plays a role in your overall healthcare.
    Maybe it sounds like I'm whining, or asking for a pat on the back. I honestly don't need any 'attagirls' about how I do my job. But I want the population I help serve to be aware that they are being served by a college educated professional, not just some telemarketer off the street.....if you know what I mean.
    After reading your above comments, my first thought was that I - personally - would not have bothered to identify myself as a nurse unless asked because if I were doing a job that did not require my being a nurse in order to perform "said job", then that only meant that the employer obviously didn't hire me to be a nurse for that job...so, I would not have mentioned it to the clients.

    Telling your clientele that you were a nurse only opened the door for them to ridicule you with the questions they posed to you.

    Having said that to you.....I think you truly must miss working in the capacity as a nurse, and one day you will find yourself missing it so much you'll return to nursing in a position where no one will ask if you are a nurse, and in a position where you won't even have to tell them......it will just be obvious by the work you do, and your name tag. :kiss
    Last edit by live4today on Aug 4, '02
  12. by   Audreyfay
    Leaving nursing is very sad. Many of us go through a "burn-out" time. I also went through one. Luckily, the hospital I worked at had many different kinds of nursing positions open. I chose Operating Room Nursing. It totally blew my mind and my life. I LOVED it! From then I had the courage to look for a new area of nursing if/when I burned out. Even if you are not in nursing now, try getting a pool position to keep your fingers in. Sometimes a part-time position fits the ticket.
    As for the question....I never asked "why did I become a nurse." I even had a patient say, "you sure met your calling!" The funny thing is that I always wanted to be a grade school teacher. I went into nursing because all my friends were going into it. Now I'm a nurse who teaches...a diabetes educator....and a telephone triage nurse. I just can't keep my fingers out of the pot!
  13. by   kewlnurse
    most nurse who don't like their jobs, in my experience, have never had a job besides nursing. I have had several diffeerent jobs in my life, and one can even come close to beuing as great as being a nurse.
  14. by   Mary Dover
    Just for clarification, my job DOES require being a nurse. And I AM NURSE. I do not perform bedside nursing but I'm still a nurse.
  15. by   Ortho_RN
    Ya'll don't know how glad I am to see that most of you like or love your jobs.... I am fixing to start my 2nd semester and at the hospital I work at many of the older nurses are like "Get out now" I know there are alot of negative things that occur in the field.. But name me a job that doesn't have bad things.... Not much of a point to this post except to say Thanks for all the positive vibes...

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