Whats to Enjoy about Nursing? - page 4

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   oldiebutgoodie
    I'm 53 and I have been a nurse for about 1 and a half years. Yes, I was the oldest in my nursing school class.

    I like:

    1) My 2 day a week schedule. I work 2 12 hours day (which actually becomes 13 hour days). Although I am part-time, I am eligible for health insurance and tuition reimbursement.

    2) Most of my co-workers. However, I started out in the ICU, where I did not have such nice co-workers. I am now in Med-surg. The point is, you can usually find your niche.

    3) The pace. I like that the day goes fast. I have also lost 10 pounds since starting floor nursing! I can wear my skinny pants again!

    4) Being a patient advocate. Spotting something the docs have missed, and making sure they see it, too.

    I don't like:

    1) The politics and budget cutting at hospitals.

    2) Some of the tattling and negative treatment of other nurses in certain floors and units. You have to find a good space to work in.

    3) The physical lifting. I make sure to have helpers or techs do a lot of that. I am too old to trash my body for this job. Remember, you don't have to be super nurse!

    4) The paperwork is nuts. We spend so much time documenting to cover our butts.

    There you have it. Good luck!

    Oldiebutgoodie
  2. by   Cattitude
    i enjoy:

    the sincere thank you's from my pt's and knowing that i make a difference in their lives. i get to make that difference by having time and continuity of care with them.

    having choices in my career. if you don't like one area of nursing, there are so many others. and so much education! i love to learn an nursing provides that opportunity.



  3. by   withasmilelpn
    Just a few years ago I said I loved being a nurse. There's been a lot of changes in my job this year and in my life - the loss of my youngest child which I think really changes your perspective and tolerance. It's been 3 years now and I'm finally starting to get that back but for a while it was just a paycheck.
  4. by   oldiebutgoodie
    Quote from withasmilelpn
    Just a few years ago I said I loved being a nurse. There's been a lot of changes in my job this year and in my life - the loss of my youngest child which I think really changes your perspective and tolerance. It's been 3 years now and I'm finally starting to get that back but for a while it was just a paycheck.
    I'm so sorry about your loss.

    Oldiebutgoodie
  5. by   lllliv
    paycheck/benefits

    plus i love some of my coworkers.
  6. by   NicoleRN07
    A simple answer to that question.....I love my job! It has been very rewarding to me in the 7 years that I have been a nurse.
  7. by   sddlnscp
    Quote from withasmilelpn
    Just a few years ago I said I loved being a nurse. There's been a lot of changes in my job this year and in my life - the loss of my youngest child which I think really changes your perspective and tolerance. It's been 3 years now and I'm finally starting to get that back but for a while it was just a paycheck.

    I am so sorry about your child. My heart goes out to you.
  8. by   banditrn
    Ah, what do I enjoy about nursing? The people, of course!! I go in to little 'Mary's' room in the morning to do her blood sugar - sing a little song to wake her up, she sings back, we chat for a minute.

    Then I go see 'Jenny' - we talk for a bit - I was responsible for getting the foley cath removed, and bladder training done, and she's doing great - and she's SO happy to have it out!

    I have a lot of reasons to leave, but a lot of reasons to stay, and those are the people I become close to.
  9. by   tencat
    So far, I'm pretty happy with the choice I made in a second career. But, if I were independently wealthy, I probably wouldn't work as a nurse....or any other traditional, good paying, good benefit job for that matter!
  10. by   AfloydRN
    I'm not saying nursing is awful. I just think new nurses don't really know what they are getting themselves into. The staffing is ridiculous, patient assignments crazy and we are totally responsible for every patient and have too much responsibility. When I was a new RN, I could not see that. I was so glad I was done w/ school and had a job that at that point, I didn't know or care about all the rest. I love taking care of my patients and knowing at the end of the day that I did a good job- made a difference to someone. It's not the patient care that sucks- it's all the politics, backstabbing, crappy pay, terrible schedules, etc... All a new nurse usually sees is the patient care aspect. Give it time, you too will be frustrated.
  11. by   Ann RN
    Quote from AfloydRN
    I'm not saying nursing is awful. I just think new nurses don't really know what they are getting themselves into. The staffing is ridiculous, patient assignments crazy and we are totally responsible for every patient and have too much responsibility. When I was a new RN, I could not see that. I was so glad I was done w/ school and had a job that at that point, I didn't know or care about all the rest. I love taking care of my patients and knowing at the end of the day that I did a good job- made a difference to someone. It's not the patient care that sucks- it's all the politics, backstabbing, crappy pay, terrible schedules, etc... All a new nurse usually sees is the patient care aspect. Give it time, you too will be frustrated.
    I've given it plenty of time - 30 years. And I am not frustrated. Yes, there are aspects of my job that I feel could be better. But I don't concentrate on them. I ignore the politics. I don't stab anyone in the back. I'm at my job for myself and my patients. Not to make friends with co-workers. "totally responsible for every patient"? Of course you are. If you do not want to accept responsibility for your patients, maybe nursing is not for you.
  12. by   AfloydRN
    You think being totally responsible for 10-12 patients is acceptable? When you have patients on hourly VS, neuro checks, insulin drips, cardiac drips that you are titrating . It's simply not safe. You and I know that you cannot be your best w/ that much responsibility. Unfortunately some of the patients do not get the care they need d/t staffing. That is reality. If you can honestly say you have never felt this- please tell me where you work, I would love to work there.
  13. by   Ann RN
    Quote from AfloydRN
    You think being totally responsible for 10-12 patients is acceptable? When you have patients on hourly VS, neuro checks, insulin drips, cardiac drips that you are titrating . It's simply not safe. You and I know that you cannot be your best w/ that much responsibility. Unfortunately some of the patients do not get the care they need d/t staffing. That is reality. If you can honestly say you have never felt this- please tell me where you work, I would love to work there.
    If you are that unhappy, then work to find ways to change and improve how things are done. Work on a solution. Many times I find that nurses complain (often with reason) but do nothing to work on a change. If you cannot do this, and are still unhappy, someone will suffer - probably both you and your patients. Have I been frustrated? Of course I have. But I've learned to step back, set priorities and deliver the best quality patient care I can. And I go home every single day knowing my patients have gotten my best.

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