Veteran Nurses--

  1. WOULD YOU DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN???
    Last edit by nur20 on Sep 24, '01
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  2. Poll: VETERAN NURSES.. WOULD YOU DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN?

    • YES

      60.87% 14
    • NO

      39.13% 9
    23 Votes
  3. 11 Comments

  4. by   P_RN
    You mean if I knew then what I know NOW? Hmmmm

    Probably, being as I have always been a sucker for the underdog.

    But I would have done it differently. I never would have worked more hours than I spent with my family. That is time that can never be reclaimed.

    And I NEVER would have pushed that bed that tore up my back and left me in this pain and with a disability for the rest of my life.

    P
  5. by   tiger
    i must be slow. i don't get the size 3 size 4 thing?????????//
  6. by   nur20
    Originally posted by tiger
    i must be slow. i don't get the size 3 size 4 thing?????????//
    Sorry tiger, that was a mistake!!!!
  7. by   KellyandtheBoys
    Probably not. I really like the patient care. But, there are so many other things I really don't like about the nursing profession. I don't like the hours, on-call, being away from my children, charting things over and over again. Pretty much the same things that frustrate everybody else frustrates me.

    Of course, I would have done something else, and, at this time would be typing about the things I didn't care for about that job.
  8. by   CEN35
    right now i would say yes, despite the direction the nursing profession seems to be headed towards. it certainly is a valuble learning experience, even if one day i head off into a diferent direction........like back to school, or somewhere else. i originally went back for engeneering, but ended up in nursing........bizzare huh? while medicine would be cool, the docs are getting creamed by insurance companies. i know way to many general/family/im practice docs looking to bail out. the entire medical field.......is taking a dive imo. so...........i would say yes no mater what. we all have the oppurtunity, to go back to school and try something else. :d

    me
  9. by   prmenrs
    Not even a moment's hesitation--YES.

    Never seriously wanted to do anything else. I've had rough spots when I wasn't sure I was good enough, but, if I retired tomorrow, I'd be back the next day holding babies.

    Premies rule!!
  10. by   rosy
    Sadly no I would not be a nurse. I don't have the temperment to be a good nurse. It is not a question of intellegence, I am as smart or smarter than most of us, but I am real short on compassion. I went into nursing for the wrong reasons, which i won't bore you with now. I respect and admire the nurses i have worked with over the years, but I probably should have never been one of us.
  11. by   nur20
    originally posted by rosy
    sadly no i would not be a nurse. i don't have the temperment to be a good nurse. it is not a question of intellegence, i am as smart or smarter than most of us, but i am real short on compassion. i went into nursing for the wrong reasons, which i won't bore you with now. i respect and admire the nurses i have worked with over the years, but i probably should have never been one of us.
    thank you rosy. that is the most open and honest statement i've heard.i believe some of us are in denial
  12. by   nur20
    originally posted by nur20
    would you do it all over again???
    thanks for the responses visit my website welcome to a little corner for caregivers my response:i love nursing.i have always wanted to be a nurse since childhood.there are pros and cons in every profession.it takes a dedicated, special person to be a nurse. those with big ego,s and dreams of wealth need not apply !!!!!!:
  13. by   Stargazer
    I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I love the constant learning opportunities, I love the camaraderie, and becoming a nurse really made me a more high-touch, compassionate person that I would've been otherwise. I've also had opportunities like getting published and traveling all over the world, that I NEVER would've had without nursing. There are so many specialties and opportunities that almost anyone can find, or create, his or her own niche.

    That said, I too would like to congratulate rosy on her honesty and self-awareness. We could all use a little more of that, I think.
  14. by   ohlpn
    I have been an LPN for eight years. I went to nursing school after being a stay-at-home Mom and working part-time as a CNA in nursing homes for a few years.
    After observing where the LTC "industry" is headed, I believe I should have gone into another field. I enjoy working with the elderly and feel my talents would have been better suited in Restorative and Physical Therapy.
    No, I don't think I would have gone into nursing if I had it to do over again. If I ever return to school, I would like to become a Physical Therapist. Nance:

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