Whats to Enjoy about Nursing? - page 10

I'm a student and have been reading up on some of these forums and many, many nurses would leave their jobs if they didn't need the money. Everyone continually talks about how stressful their jobs... Read More

  1. by   ptadvocate81
    I am a baby nurse, so I am excited about the profession and pray that I will leave when I am no more. I have found that nursing is its own reward. You may never hear thank you or be appreciated outwardly, but you have to do it because of the love of others. I am driven by a desire to learn and help others in this world. I am also working on another degree at the moment so that if there comes a day when I no longer love or even like what I do, I can leave the field and have a change of scenery for a while. HIGHLY recommend this! Get another degree in an unrelated field for a break so that you never have to "do it for the money." Think ahead. God bless and best wishes in your schooling. Keep your head up- it's so worth it!
  2. by   sddlnscp
    Quote from Hoosiernurse
    Heck, I have days where I don't want to get up for clinical, or something new is scaring the crap out of me...but I have decided that being afraid is not a reason to run. It's a reason to be careful, but just because I am afraid and don't want to get out of bed, put that silly uniform on, and head to clinical doesn't mean it's not important and that I shouldn't do it. I spent years running away from what was challenging or frightening to me. No more.

    And I totally understand people just needing to vent. Who doesn't? I have said things to my best friend about the trials and tribulations of being a mom, a wife, or whatever, that if anyone else heard it they would think really badly of me. But as has been said, it was only that sometimes you have to get out the "bad gunky"-to use Stephen King's phrase from his new bookl"Lisey's Story".

    Cara
    Exactly! I am just like you, I kept avoiding going to school for fear of . . . I don't know what, finding out that I actually couldn't do it, or worse yet - succeeding. It doesn't really matter because now I am here and I am doing it. I am thrilled to death to know I am doing a good job too. I too had a recent success with my clinical last weekend - such a small triumph it seemed, but simply using a soft touch and patience I was able to calm a frantic woman and actually get her to take her meds and eat - first time since she had been admitted 3 days before. Yes, I know this was little and I know many nurses are pressed for time, but if I can feel the exhiliration I felt that day even every once in a while as a nurse, then I will be satisfied. I love nursing, I love every single thing that encompases it and I cannot see my life any other way.

    As I've said before, I work in one of those jobs other people think would be perfect and it too has it's problems with management, no pay raises, poor working conditions, etc. There is no "perfect job" out there unless you are an outsider to it. I think that nursing is one of those things you have to go into because you really, truly want it with all your heart and if you do, then you will be fine. Sure you will have bad days (don't we all no matter where we are), but you will also be satisfied and be able to carry on, even through the rough times. I also think this applies to every profession out there.

    I hope each and every one of you finds your correct path in life, be it nursing or otherwise. I could not imagine having to go to my current job every day for the rest of my life - to me that would be horribly depressing, but I know others that it is made for and hopefully whomever takes my place when I graduate will love it just as much as I know I will love nursing. I understand some nurses are not meant to nurse, just as I am not meant for my job. I hope those of you that are truly hurting and feel as much depression towards their job as I do now towards mine can find a way out. Heck, my job pays about the same and is not back-breaking, it is mostly pencil-pushing. I think there is something out there for all of us, so there is no sense in being miserable. I also think that if you are in nursing and you hate it with a passion, you should take a break from it because that is not good for yourself or your patients and they deserve the best care possible in their vulnerable states. Give one of us who truly want to do it a chance. Please don't take this as a "slam", I truly do not mean any disrespect, but if I could take the place of a nurse who no longer wants his/hers, I would be greatful for it.

    Oh - BTW, I just finished "Lisey's Story" and loved it. Great reference - you certainly have interesting timing to bring it up given that it is what I have been listening to as I drive to class/clinicals.
  3. by   Diahni
    [quote=peds77;2056279]I've been a rn for 5 years and I used to love to go work, but lately I can not stand the lack of respect that rn's get from md's and pts/pts families...now don't take this wrong its not all md's or pts but the ones that do disrespect us and flat out treat us like crap have taken a huge toll on me.......I did not bust my butt in nursing school and I do not leave ny family for 12-14hrs a day so I can go to work and be treated like a servant or maid or in the md case an idiot thats less of a person bc i don't have md after my name........my biggest issue is that in the past year I haven't been able to hold it in and I have found myself in several confrontations with docs and families....any advice????????????[/quote

    HA! I can relate. It is my impression that there is a whole lot of "no respect" that goes with the territory, and it does take a toll on self-esteem. That said, there are certain areas that are probably less like this than others. I don't know yet, as I am still in nursing school. Sounds like a time for you to explore your occupational options, there's got to be something that will work for you.
    Diahni
  4. by   peds77
    Thanks...for the acknowledgement..I am exploring other options..I'm transferring out of oncology (peds) to Peds Icu and I eventually want to make a transfer to forensic nursing..I'm taking the course to be a SANE nurse..so I'm aware I need a change and I'm making it....I hope you will enjoy nursing as I truly have it is in my opinion a noble profession as someone said previously......I just wish people were more aware of how much of ourselves we give day in and day out...I don't want a medal or anything just a little more respect would be nice...anyway good luck and when those mean senior nurses give you crap or make u feel stupid and the will..just realize thats its probably not you they're mad at just the job getting to them...
  5. by   Hoosiernurse
    There's nothing wrong with liking/needing the money that nursing brings. I realize, looking back on my posts, that I sound totally altruistic and fluffy. While I AM fluffy (hehehe, not fat), I also look forward to a really nice paycheck in the future. I talk about what I'll do with the money and how we'll take nice trips, put in our patio, buy a big washer and dryer, la lala. So yeah, it's just nice that the thing I'm on fire about doing is ALSO one of the jobs that's in the highest demand right now. Nothing wrong with that at all! I've spent a lot of time in my life pursuing stuff that didn't work out at all, so this is a nice change, really.


    Cara
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    re: whats to enjoy about nursing?
    maybe i wear rose-colored glasses, but i love nursing. i love being able to say i am a registered nurse because i earned that right. i love getting a new admission and working with them all day. i love the responsibility that i carry, and the professionalism that i am responsible to show. i love that i get to wear scrubs and that i don't have to wear dresses, skirts, stockings and heels anymore. i love my patients and feeling at the end of the day that maybe, just maybe, i've made a difference for someone. i love when sometimes i am in the middle of hanging an iv or drawing up meds or some other technical thing, i will stop for a minute and still marvel "wow, i am really doing this. i am really qualified for this". i feel like i am truly living my dream and answering my call to healing. sure it gets tiring and sure, sometimes there are assignments that make me nervous, scared, or otherwise upset. but its all a state of mind. i am positive in my career choice, positive in my outlook, and i totally love what i do. this is the first job that i don't get an upset, nervous stomach before work. i love this whole experience. i have no problem getting up to go to work in the morning.


    hi! i very much agree with everything that you said. although i would have to say that even if i am not yet a nurse, i'm looking forward to becoming one. i think that being a nurse is a vocation, aside from being a profession. not everybody has this calling to serve the sick and the old.

    it's not so much the paycheck that is the no. 1 consideration but to be able to make a difference in someone else's life, even if only for a moment, is something that i would like to achieve. i hope i could be a good nurse someday.
  7. by   sumpingnew
    love everything that you said!!!
  8. by   jmeador
    You post really disgusted me. Please try to find a job where you work with paperwork. You seem burned out.
    "Negativity drags everyone down, and it seems like there are plenty of people who don't need a lot of encouragement to feed off it when a busybody complainer comes in the bunch. Pretty soon, though, nothing is right, everything is wrong and it's like a toilet bowl with everyone swirling and going down the drain together." This is a quote by you.
    Please realize that you are being negative about a profession that creates so much joy for me. Sure there are plenty of things to get angry and frustrated about, but in the end it is about the pts. We would not have a job without the pts. Laughter heals a lot more than tears.
    I can relate to your background of "gripers". I have found that my thoughts are so much more powerful than I give them credit for. Turn some of those negative comments into positives because it is what you chose to focus on.
    Best of Luck -- Spring is almost here motocycle mama
  9. by   Diahni
    Quote from jmeador
    You post really disgusted me. Please try to find a job where you work with paperwork. You seem burned out.
    "Negativity drags everyone down, and it seems like there are plenty of people who don't need a lot of encouragement to feed off it when a busybody complainer comes in the bunch. Pretty soon, though, nothing is right, everything is wrong and it's like a toilet bowl with everyone swirling and going down the drain together." This is a quote by you.
    Please realize that you are being negative about a profession that creates so much joy for me. Sure there are plenty of things to get angry and frustrated about, but in the end it is about the pts. We would not have a job without the pts. Laughter heals a lot more than tears.
    I can relate to your background of "gripers". I have found that my thoughts are so much more powerful than I give them credit for. Turn some of those negative comments into positives because it is what you chose to focus on.
    Best of Luck -- Spring is almost here motocycle mama
    Jmeador,
    Please don't berate anybody for all the complaining that goes on at allnurses.com. It could be the only place where somebody is able to complain! After all, God bless anybody who has taken on this difficult and important job. For me, I love to be able to throw some topic out on a new thread and get a bunch of replies. As for the complaining, better people do it here than dumping it on their fellow workers.
    Diahni
  10. by   roowee
    well ive been an lvn nurse for 7 years, ill say my feelings of joy come and go- when i worked in postpartum as an cna, i liked the work, patients condition was not too serious- but now i work as a nurse on an med/surg/psych/trach/burn unit/cancer ward/ homeless unit- the work is very hard , i work the 12 hour shifts, and my back cramps up, some units are just harder and more challenging, will a certain kind of patient attitude- that alone can weigh on you, if not positive, but if you feel like your born for this - just keep going.gods looking down on you:angel2:
  11. by   Nagel
    Quote from Tweety
    That's perfectly understandable and it is a good question. It does seem that some people are so miserable you just want them to move on.

    It is indeed best to go into this with eyes wide open and no rose colored glasses because it's a tough life.
    Exactly! i dont think its a bed of roses.its all about sacrificing ur time for another being.I aspired to be a nurse but i think everything i tried didnt work. I actually wanted to schol abroad but the chances are slim. i think allnurses can help me out. Am nigerian 18years of age. Am so in love with it. Its my Dream!!!!
    thanks for listening
  12. by   ms.icah
    The caring session specially to geriatrics. I enjoy caring patient and make a discussion with them regarding their health, health teaching. I like giving advices. It's just simple yet, its a fulfillment for what I dreamed of.. :roll
  13. by   searchersden
    Quote from sissyboo
    I'm a student and have been reading up on some of these forums and many, many nurses would leave their jobs if they didn't need the money. Everyone continually talks about how stressful their jobs are based on scheduling, continuing education, pay scales, nurse/patient ratio...etc. I was wondering..why do nurses even bother with work? Why don't they switch professions into something less demanding and as good of pay? What makes you get up in the morning (or evening or night!) to go to work?
    i've just graduated from India last oct...after reading your views i'm a lil disappointed b'coz i was under the impression that things r mucher smoother out there.....i'n india being a nurse is very stressful.....

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