Thinking of changing my mind......

  1. WOW....IT JUST SEEMS THAT EVERYONE ON HERE OR SHOULD I SAY AT LEAST 95% OF YOU ALL REALLY DONT LIKE NURSING. i WAS THINKING OF STARTING THE LPN PROGRAM AND THEN DOING THE ADVANCES STANDING TO RN PROGRAM AFTER THAT....BUT.......IT JUST SEEMS THAT MAYBE THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT CAREER FOR ME. I GUESS I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW SOOOO MANY NURSES ON HERE CAN COMPLAIN AND COMPLAIN AND COMPLAIN ABOUT PAY....HOURS....LOCATION.....ETC ETC....MY MOM MY DAD AND MY SISTER ARE ALL NURSES BUT I NEVER HEAR THEM COMPLAINING LIKE THIS.....ITS REALLY BAD ON HERE.I CAME ON HERE JUST TO SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE BEING A NURSE ACCORDING TO THE FORUM MEMBERS, BUT IM JUST NOT GETTING THE RESULTS I EXPECTED. I MEAN IS IT REALLY THAT BAD BEING A NURSE,CAUSE IF IMA BE THIS UNHAPPY THEN I DONT WANNA DO IT, AND I MAY HAVE TO CANCEL GOING TO THE PROGRAM IN OCTOBER. SERIOUSLY I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT RADIOLOGIC TECHNOLOGY(ULTRASONAGRAPHER) AND SOME OTHER CAREERS DUE TO WHAT IVE SEEN ON HERE.....EVEN IF I STOPPED READING THE POSTS FROM NOW ON....EVERYTHING THAT HAD BEEN SAID WILL STILL BE EMBEDDED IN MY HEAD, AND I'LL NEVER FORGET SOME OF THESE POSTS.SOMEONE LET ME KNOW....IS IT REALLY THAT BAD, OR ARE YALL POSTING AFTER A LONG HARD NIGHT WHILE YOU'RE IN A CRANKY MOOD?
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  2. 33 Comments

  3. by   nialloh
    It's called venting. People here have been there, done that, so know what each other are going through. We're a big strong shoulder for each other.
    If you want to find out what nursing is about, volunteer in a hospital, and take a good look around. Ask the nurses there how they like it. Lastly, ask your family, they are a great resource.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Wasn't this question asked recently by the same poster? The same signature line seems awfully familiar.

    We vent here . . .. we love being nurses for the most part.

    Ask your family for recommendations before asking strangers on a bulletin board . . . they don't have complaints and want the best for you so listen to them.
  5. by   iliel
    I would have never thought that nurses here hate their jobs. I can only guess that if any other job (teacher, plumber, bank teller) had their own message boards you would hear the same! You have to vent, no one is happy 100%
    For the record, nothing I hear here makes me not want to be a nurse, it only makes me want it more.
    You should do what you want to do and not let others sway you.
  6. by   echo*echo
    Originally posted by iliel

    For the record, nothing I hear here makes me not want to be a nurse, it only makes me want it more.
    I totally agree. I am like a sponge absorbing every ounce of information I can. And I am reading EVERYTHING here! If anything reading posts here have only strengthened my desire. Its something that I have wanted to do for a long time, and I decided I would no longer justify doing something I hated. Nor would I let naysayers sway my opinion. I sincerely doubt I will wake up in the morning and say wow I ought to become a hairdresser, an accountant, or a mechanic. You really have to follow your heart and do this for the right reasons, if not you won't make a good nurse and you will surely be miserable.
  7. by   LauraF, RN
    I started out at a volunteer when I was 14 years old. I then worked as a CNA in a nursing home. I applied for the LPN program got in and have been a nurse ever since. I am currently back in school to get my RN. Do I love nursing? Heck yes! Do I have bad days? Heck yes! But the good days far out number the bad days. But nurses are not all like the little fru-fru women you see in the stiletto heels on TV. We are men and women. We are short and tall. But we are all strong! Sometimes you have to put up with a lot, but the rewards are numerous.


    In the current long term care facility I work this is what happened on my first day. I went into a patients room, knocked announced myself. He told me to come in. He promptly threw his breakfast tray at me. You know what......a year later that same patient would call me into his room because he just needed someone to talk to and he knew he could trust me.


    I agree with the above I think StevieLynn said talk to your family. They know you and they know how strong a person you are. Maybe go with one of your parents on take your kid to work day. Or ask them to talk to their admins about letting you tag along one day to see what you think of it.
  8. by   Noney
    Wannab, the best part of nursing is you can swith to different areas of health if you don't like the area you are in. I can think of other profession that I would enjoy, but I can not think of another profession with all the choices nursing has to offer.

    I think any interested in nursing should consider working as a cna first.

    Good luck.
  9. by   Tweety
    I guarantee that your mom, dad and sister are together or with other nurses they sound the same.

    As was said above, it's called venting. Which for me is very, very important. I wouldn't survive without it.
  10. by   passing thru
    wanna b a nurse:
    Are you sure you want to go into the health profession as a nurse or as an x-ray tech?
    It's hard to believe you haven't heard your three family members complain.
    Have you come right out & ask them their opinions ?

    I have a hunch they WANT you to go into nursing. And THAT is why they aren't telling it like it is.............at home.

    Have they had a discussion amongst themselves and said,
    "let's put up a unified and positive "front" for _________, so he/she will go to nursing school?

    If it is all they know as far as working, it is unlikely they will advise you to try something different.

    What you read on this BB , it is the "real thing."

    Nursing is a very hard and dirty job.

    You have to answer to the doctors, the supervisors, the patients, their familys', your co-workers. It is stressful.

    Most of the nurses I know would not go into nursing if they had it to do all over again. And, it is much harder now than twenty, ten, or even five years ago.
    The nurses I have talked to say that the nurses graduating out of
    nursing school NOW, "will never make it 20-30 years in this business."

    The hospitals are literally working the nurses to death....injuries, emotional and physical exhaustion,
    "burn-out", stress......
    How many years can a person work that way? forty hours a week?
    Without anyone at work to support and protect you?

    Nursing is a grim business, IMHO. I would not advise anyone in my family to go into it.
    And, why spend all that time & money to obtain a license to quit in 5 or 10 years?

    With any other degree/ profession, that is when you would finally -actually be getting into it - and coming into making real money and attaining advancement.

    In nursing, you'd be looking for a career change.
  11. by   webbiedebbie
    I don't think we necessarily hate being nurses. A lot of us are put out by how we are treated or how things are being done. We can voice our concerns to administration, but very little gets done.

    I feel this forum is our sounding board. Sometimes it feels good to vent and know that others care about how we are feeling.

    Your relatives are very lucky if they don't have something to complain about. Obviously, they are in a good place.
  12. by   Zee_RN
    Nursing is hard work. And stressful. You are the person in the middle...you are caught between the patient, the family, the doctor AND administration.

    But I cannot imagine doing anything else. I love being a nurse.

    We do come here to vent; we are relatively anonymous and can vent without repercussions to our careers or reputations. So we may indeed be more vociferous in our complaints on this board than you're likely to hear "in person." Take that into consideration when reading our posts.

    (P.S. In case you didn't know, typing in ALL CAPS on a bulletin board is the equivalent of yelling. Please don't. Thank you.)
  13. by   ava'smomRN
    i sometimes wonder if i really want to go into nursing after hearing various opinions.but after seeing and doing basic hands on and also hearing the ups and downs, it makes me want to be a nurre even more! you should question your true desires on wanting to be a nurse.
  14. by   colleen10
    I think it's just human nature to need to vent and complain about things more than talk about the really good things.

    It's kind of like if you are out to dinner with someone and they order something that tastes really good. Usually, they'll say, "wow, this desert is awesome" and leave it at that. However, if they get something else that tastes absolutely horrible it's all "oh, my goodness, taste this, it's awful" and then you might hear about the bad experience for days after ward. "We went to blah blah restaurant and the soup was attrocious!"

    Kind of the same thing coming here to the board. There are posts about really good things and good experiences as a nurse but people will always need to vent and get off their chests their bad experiences more.

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