the pros & cons of being a nurse
0Dec 4, '05 by Georgiana*i came across a post, some saying they regret becoming one, some saying the love what they do. this post was from a while back, so im trying to get new imput on it. how do you feel about it? what is your daily rountine like? etc. etc.
all opinions welcomed and appreciated
0Dec 5, '05 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior ModeratorI scheduled my NCLEX examination for December 28, 2005. I am not officially a 'licensed nurse' until I possess a license, so I cannot yet appropriately respond to your question.
However, I think this is a good thread to bump back to the top of the stack for some renewed dialogue.
0Dec 5, '05 by crjnursewarriorIt all depends...some days I think I should have gone to truck driving school instead !! Other days I am very proud to be part of the profession. As a rule, most days are good. It usually is not the work or the actual patients that get you down, but some of the idiots you are forced to work with, the lazy nurses, the "super"nurses, and the administrative crud that goes on in most places. These are the downers! Otherwise, it is nice to think you are helping people (even criminals--I work in a correctional facility). Somedays are cake...you think, "I can't believe I'm getting paid this much to do this job"...other days are the PITS...you are screaming "I DON'T GET PAID ENOUGH TO PUT UP WITH THIS NONSENSE!!!"
0Dec 5, '05 by EdBSN09I've also noticed this. I work as a Registrar in an inner-city hospital ER. Triage sees the patients first, then we call to our offices to interview them, or interview them at the bedside. Almost all of the nurses enjoy what they do. As for the rest that wouldn't say they "enjoy it," they are neutral. There are only a couple I can think of whom hate it, but they seem to be the type of people that would hate most anything they could be doing.
Everybody has really good days, everybody has bad days. Mistakes are made, administration wants to cut staffing or other resources, patients are a bear, etc. I think it's important for us all to keep in mind that this board is a place that we can all come to to vent. There is a lot of negativity to be found, but that's mostly people venting, I think. The majority of nurses I talk to, their good days by far outweigh their bad, and many are also quite happy with their salaries and benefits packages.
0Dec 5, '05 by JentheRN05I love my job most days, well actually I can honestly say I love my job everyday. There are days I get frustrated, but I can NEVER even think, "boy I hate my job" Even when I have extremely trying patients, I don't think twice about the profession I chose. I just become sticky sweet and do the best I can to make their day better. If not just for the patient, but for the nurse who follows me Now, take all of this with a grain of salt, I've only been a nurse since May
0Dec 5, '05 by traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS AdminI've been a nurse for 13 years and in the ER where I work, you see a lot. I do like my job very much. I love working (for the most part) with the patients and staff. However, since I went into nursing in my 30's, I have had other jobs and realize that I didn't like them. So...I think in all professions, you have to realize there are good and bad days.
0Dec 5, '05 by nursepennyOn a scale of 1-10 pros and cons
working holidays, weekends ......... 7
cleaning puke, bm, mucous ......... 6
disgruntled family members ......... 6
arrogant doctors, staff ......... 6
low pay ......... 6
upper level management ......... 6
no respect ......... 9
saving a life ........... 10+
seeing a newborn @ 2.8lbs,
turn into a thriving healthy baby ......... 10+
seeing a vent pt, breathing on
their own and no longer requiring
assistance ......... 10+
a recovering CVA pt, ambulating ......... 10+
good co-workers who carry
their own load and then assist
you when they can ......... 10+
gratitude from pts, or family ......... 10+
appreciation from other medical
feild workers ......... 10+
I am sure you can think of more, but when I add my scores up, being a nurse
out weighs not being a nurse!!!
just my honest opinion
0Dec 5, '05 by CathRNI agree with nursepenny, the pros often outweigh the cons. I really enjoy seeing my patients improve, to see the joy in their eyes when they make the baby steps toward returning home.
Dealing with nasty coworkers, administration, and all the paperwork are downers, but in the long run. I'm proud of our profession.
0Dec 5, '05 by HappyJaxRNQuote from Georgiana*I love taking care of people. I enjoy every aspect of it. I've done other things in my life. I knew I wanted to be a nurse ever since I can remember doing anything.i came across a post, some saying they regret becoming one, some saying the love what they do. this post was from a while back, so im trying to get new imput on it. how do you feel about it? what is your daily rountine like? etc. etc.
all opinions welcomed and appreciated
I love being involved with someone's recovery and figuring out what's wrong with them or even sustaining their life...because of something I've done.
I love meeting new people and learning about their lives.
The only thing I don't like about nursing...well 2 things...One is the politics involved, which sometimes can get out of hand and then sometimes, the stress can be hard. May have a lot of patients who have high acuities and only one of me. Everyone works as a team on my floor...so if it's bad, it isn't for long.