Whats to Enjoy about Nursing? - page 8

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   code50
    Sissy....don't let "those" nurse scare you off! The profession cannot be fulfilling unless it is in your heart before your wallet.I was injured at work 5yrs ago & have not been able to return to work.Following 2 back surgeries & a knee surgery, my life has fell apart because the day I lost my job, I lost a part of who I am. At the time of my injury I had been a med/surg nurse for 14yrs....getting ready to go in to the ER....did not make it! Sure, I complained plenty about staffing,meetings,CEU's,holidays,etc.etc. but I chose my profession and after 2-3 days off to "re-coup" I was ready to start in again. So, don't draw any early conclusions or be frightened off by what others say about nursing. It is a noble profession & it can be rewarding (mentally,spiritually & yes financially as well) God Bless & don't give up.....not yet anyway! Theresa=sissyboo;2040360]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?[/quote]
  2. by   code50
    Sissy....don't let "those" nurse scare you off! The profession cannot be fulfilling unless it is in your heart before your wallet.I was injured at work 5yrs ago & have not been able to return to work.Following 2 back surgeries & a knee surgery, my life has fell apart because the day I lost my job, I lost a part of who I am. At the time of my injury I had been a med/surg nurse for 14yrs....getting ready to go in to the ER....did not make it! Sure, I complained plenty about staffing,meetings,CEU's,holidays,etc.etc. but I chose my profession and after 2-3 days off to "re-coup" I was ready to start in again. So, don't draw any early conclusions or be frightened off by what others say about nursing. It is a noble profession & it can be rewarding (mentally,spiritually & yes financially as well) God Bless & don't give up.....not yet anyway! Theresa=
    Last edit by code50 on Feb 7, '07 : Reason: deleted info. from original thread
  3. by   mmurphy
    There is absolutely nothing to enjoy about nursing. If a nurse is a manager, supervisor, educator, or administrator; in order to function he/she must be devoid of moral character. These jobs are nothing but political bull, they talk patient care at meetings, but in reality anyone with any brains, in the above mentioned positions soon realizes that "care" is the last priority.


    There is an occasional reward when a patient "feels gratified" or you may feel that you have made a little difference in someone's life. But these rewards come only at the direct care level. The rest of the time nurses working in direct care positions are lied to by administration, belittled by busy doctors, overworked, not respected, demoralized and put to the impossible tasks oof balancing the "paperwork bull****", with the impossible physical and time demands of real time care delivery.

    I would not recommend nursing to my worst enemy.
  4. by   91C_ARMYLPN
    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?

    Hi sissyboo!

    Why? Lots of good reasons....

    1. Despite the negativity of some, this is still an honorable and well respected profession.

    2. I sincerely enjoy helping people... To share in the birth of a newborn baby, to provide comfort to the elderly gentleman who is in pain, to hold the hand of the young man who is dying of AIDS.

    3. To put bread on my table and earn an honest living.

    4. To show my children that it's OK to work hard and reap what you sow.

    5. Having the personal satisfaction of knowing...that at the end of the day,
    I gave it my very best and it came from the heart.

    That's what I enjoy about nursing! :hatparty:
  5. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from code50
    What makes you get up in the morning (or evening or night!) to go to work?
    There are good days and bad days. The good days make you stay...
  6. by   goinforitlpn
    As with any profession or job there are going to be situations and "things" you will not like about nursing. You will find there will be stresses any where you go. You will find something to gripe about or someone else who is griping. Often times it is just venting.
    As nurses we like to take care of people we even like to take care of each other, so when someone is doing a little venting we "listen" to them. We know it does not mean they do not like being a nurse anymore. It just means they are having a very stressful moment or day and need an understanding shoulder to lean on. We have all been there. Nursing is a very stressful profession, and if you, after hearing all the complaining feel you do not want to enter the field then you should not.
    This is an excellent forum that allows nurses to bounce things off each other and vent if they need to. Some times they may not be able to do that at there place of employment, so this is an opportunity for them to get it all out while having other nurses give them feed back.
    I have been a nurse for 29 years and certainly have done my fair share of "venting" about working conditions such as staffing, supervisors, other nurses who have made it more difficult to work on the floor, ratios, supplies etc, but not ever did I ever forget why I was there and what I got out of it personally, and it certainly does not mean I do not want to be a nurse. It just means that I do not like whatever it is I am complaining about at the time.
    Nurses do not work with machines, computers or the like. We are responsible for the lives and the well being of humans that rely on our sound judgement each and every day. It is a noble profession that not everyone is successful in. There are some that shoud never have entered into it.
    Please be sure that it is truly your calling because it is not an easy profession, the money really is not the best considering the conditions & hours, and the sacrifices you ultimately make. You obviously have heard the complaints so think it over carefully. Myself, well, after all these years I am finally working towards my RN because I love nursing and know I make a difference. Good luck and thank you so much for listening. :roll
  7. by   payitforward
    What's to enjoy?? Good Lord, only someone who has been doing this for a few years can tell you. I have been in the nursing field, since I was 14 years old. I started out volunteering at a local hospital, and now I am an LPN. What's to enjoy? Lets's see, there's:

    1. The scared child in the ER who takes a liking to you even though their parents are there. Who hugs you afterwards.

    2. The patients who bring you boxes of chocolate after they are discharged- just to say thank you.

    3. The service man who just came back who you are taking care of who calls you at 2am to come to his room- just to talk.

    4. Your co-worker who goes on a code with you, and even though the patient expires, you console each other because you ran a good code, and worked as a team.

    I could go on. it's sometime a thankless job, but you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. The good days will ALWAYS out weigh the bad ones.

    Any other nurses out there with me??
  8. by   sayitgirl
    Nursing is probably one of the few occupations that if you get tired of doing one aspect of it you can change and do something else.:roll
    I love being a nurse, but it is not for everyone. If you do not enjoy it, you should change occupations .
  9. by   peds77
    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????????????
  10. by   blueyesue
    For those who are fed up, tell me how this sounds:

    "I'll be happy when I have my house paid off"

    "If only I had a boss who wasn't such a dictator"

    "If only I had a husband who was more patient"

    "If I could just have more time to myself"

    "If only these people would leave me alone"



    Anytime we think the problem is 'out there," that thought is the problem.

    We give power to what's out there to control us. You are saying in essence: "What's out there has to change before I can change"

    The proactive way is to BE different, to effect positive change in what's 'out there'

    We are responsible for our own effectiveness and for our own happines.


    I would highly reccomend the book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey. All these words come from the book.


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  11. by   sayitgirl
    Not much information to go on, maybe it is time to change departments. Five years is a long time to be in one spot.
  12. by   steve0123
    I've been in the game for seven years. What used to get me out of bed was knowing that I was doing something good that couldn't be bastardised for the profit of some fat cat somewhere. Now I've gone about 180 degrees, and I've come to realise that I was just deluded by youthful naivety. It took about seven years for me to really see and understand the true nature of the beast and all the interacting elements that continue to see the profession (as a whole) underpaid, overworked, and severely undervalued by both patient's and allied colleagues. So I amputated most of those altruistic attachments I once held to the job, and found myself a series of brilliantly paying contracts. I'm now roughly 75% in it for the money, and 25% in it because it's "what I do", at least as a stepping stone to my next career. Sorry Sissyboo, but this notion of nurses as angels from heaven with an unshakeable belief in back breaking labour being it's own reward is something that you'll soon learn doesn't really work in this day and age. What gets me out of bed these days (and I'm not the least bit ashamed to state this) is knowing just how fat my paycheck will be at the end of the week. And you know, I think I'm happier at work and provide much better patient care as a result!!!
  13. by   Ann RN
    Quote from peds77
    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????????????
    1. Anger management
    2. Stress management
    3. Take some time off & regroup

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