When will being an RN stop sucking? - page 4

Why does it suck to be an RN these days, it is everywhere, in every area, I am so tired of being treated like dirt! We nurses do most of the work and the docs and big hospital systems treat... Read More

  1. by   babynurse428
    I totally agree that it is quite challenging to change specialties in nursing. Yes...there are many options for nurses to choose from, but (and I speak from experience here) once you go into a particular area (mine is Neonatal ICU and Pediatrics) then need or want to change, you will find the selection is almost non-existent. Most areas require 3 to 5 years of experience for a job in their area. I have been looking for a job for over three years. Yes...I have a disability, so it does limit my choices, but the answer is always no because I have no experience in that area. I am currently fighting my way through Vocational Rehab to see if I qualify for them to even help me! There are over 900 nursing jobs in my city, yet their answer to me is always no...sorry...you don't have any experience and they are NOT willing to train! And so much for EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer)! They hide behind a new work requirement that states you must be able to lift 50 pounds effectively eliminating anyone with back or neck injuries from being hired! Yet disability states that because you can do desk work/case management you don't qualify! Attorneys agree with it so you get left in the wind. What happened to training?? They say we eat our young, but we also seem to abandon our older nurses! And as far as the required BSN crap...that's what it is...CRAP! If you want to be a manager and work your way up the corporate ladder, fine! Be a BSN or an MSN. I am a Diploma RN. I went to that school because it was more suited to me and my best way to learn. I didn't want to be a manager. I wanted to be a bedside nurse! I took the same Nursing Boards that ADN's and BSN's took and passed with flying colors! So there is NO difference that I can see except for where you can go futuristically and I was fine with my choice. But to demean a RN because she is not a BSN is ridiculous! To not hire someone to work on the floor because they do not have a BSN, is stupid!

    But back to original post...please do not hesitate to do something you love! Make that change as soon as possible! No reason to be miserable!
  2. by   Ehrlict
    I'm so sorry that nursing is not working out for you as you had hoped. That being said, it sounds as though you are young enough to try another career option, or another field of nursing. Don't wait until you so bitter that nothing sounds feasible. Your unhappiness can bleed through into your work performance, and believe me, the more experience you have, the harder your employer will look to find an excuse to fire you so they won't have to pay your pension and retirement benefits. It is a sad commentary on hospitals that they look at the bottom line rather than the experience and skill of their employees.
  3. by   HAYNURSE
    WoW I sure am lucky to work where I do. I love my job and the people I work with. The hospital is a very small one and there is only nurse with one HCA when we are on the floor. Its not all smiles and love but for the most part we have a great staff and providers.
  4. by   NurseLeeny
    To some degree, our credit and appreciation should be advocated by our nurse managers and supervisors, failure to do so, in my opinion leads to situations where we feel unappreciated.

    We also have a team meeting two times a week with our Nursing Mgt, to clear the air of our issues...there are still many that are lingering, but it does help to have a forum to voice concerns.

    I also think it's important to band together with your colleagues. Find out if you all feel the same way...unappreciated? If so, band together and problem-solve a way to approach mgt or the union for support to improve the situation.

    Correctional Nurse
  5. by   lbrn22
    As a new grad looking for a job I find this post very interesting b/c doesn't a nurse have to start at Med/Surg? Don't we need the Med/Surg experience to become a great nurse having the foundation of Med/Surg?

    If the answers to these questions is NO, then show me the way A nurse can work community health, psych, hospice, school nursing and STILL be considered a GOOD nurse? I say this a bit sarcastically, but these options sound really good compared to the high stress of working THE FLOOR. The nursing floors are freaking crazy!! Too many patients for one nurse to maintain truly safe patient care, and comply with the ever increasing standards hospitals demand. I don't care if there is a "herd" of new grads out there, safety is safety and THAT should be the highest priority in the hospital setting. Too many patients, too much stress, and disrespect to boot could make anyone hate their job. But the MONEY is not there to hire more nurses on the floor. That would fix this.

    THANK YOU so much for this website. I have complained b/c I can't find a hospital job, but tonight...I rest my worries. May I be blessed with the right job for me so I may truly bless others, which is the reason I became a nurse in the first place: compassion, caring, understanding, trust, gratitude, love, and a kind & gracious heart.
  6. by   IdianaCNA1993
    Quote from TX.RN.Shannon
    As a ADN RN, I am slightly offended. I am a damned good nurse and would put myself up against most BSN's and even MSN's I know. They may have more theory/managerial/whatever education, but doesn't necessarily mean they are a better nurse. I have much respect for your BSN (maybe I will go back to get mine one day), but I have respect for my ADN, too ( and the LVN I had before going on). Just saying...
    I could not agree with you more. I know thought that in my area you pretty much have to have a BSN to work in a hospital and a years expierience as an RN but they dont say ADN or BSN experience. I know that after I get my 2 year and pass my boards I am going to apply at all places that I can apply to right away to get a job and start building experience abd then Im going to go get my BSN I feel that a hospital setting would be better for me.

    But if I was ever in a DON/ADON position in a nursing home and it was 100% my choice I would look at back ground careers like Were they a CNA before being a nurse? Did they have a "people" oriented career like waitress or cashier? ect. Even though my family owns a operates a landscape and nursery shop there is one thing it has taught me and thats experience over education. I myself would rather have a 30 year experienced LPN and/or ADN RN over a new grand no experience MSN RN take care of me any day! But if I was in a hireing postion I would also only hire so many new grads a year so that they can gain experience.

    I also feel that ADN programs need to stick around because I would rather spend 2 years of money on school and find out that I didnt want to be a nurse rather then spend 4 years worth of money on education. I feel to that it needs to be like it was back in the 1950's (from what I understand) you learn it and then you go apply it on the floor that very same day!!! It would also teach us better on bedside manor and hospitality and feel confident when we got our first jobs. Plus it would weed out the weak. IMO there should be more programs out there like that!
  7. by   SusanRNBSN
    Work at a Magnet hospital they are known for treating nurses with respect. I work and one and wouldn't have it any other way. I have previously worked at non Magnet hospitals and there really is a difference. Second thing you can do is find another area to work in. Maybe you haven't found your niche yet.
  8. by   joanna73
    That's the thing to remember....every job sucks to some degree. The grass is not always greener on the other side, and you will experience good and bad days wherever you go. I'm a second career nurse. Everything that nurses complain about...coworkers, politics, hierarchy, poor management, overtime...well guess what? Same story when you work in hotel management, and really anywhere else. My pay was also much lower then. If you are truly fed up, then figure out how to change your situation. Yes, the economy is bad, but if you have experience, there are options within nursing itself. Good luck
  9. by   adnrnstudent
    Quote from missladyrn
    The reality of it is that hospitals are using non licensed personnel for more, hiring less, and demanding more from each nurse. They want one person to do the workload of 3. And the nurses are staying longer due to finances, so that leaves fewer openings. Regardless of ADN or BSN, hospitals are trying to increase profits and get more out of each nurse.
  10. by   lawandaluxnurse
    Quote from MomRN0913
    SO what do you do? I've been switching, but have not found happiness (I did like ICU, but can't do the hours due to family,) Please share, because i am sick of being miserable going to work everyday

    that is my point exactly, I keep switching and try new areas but each time you move it makes you look like a job hopper and has a negative reflection. then you get grilled by hr if you are lucky enough to get an interview, so frustrating. What do you do?
  11. by   lawandaluxnurse
    I don't have a problem with the "dirty" stuff, I actually like woundcare, I help clean up patients etc. that is not my issue. My issue is you try and try like I posted earlier I have moved to diff jobs and then get grilled as to why did't i stay. I worked for the same hospital system for 20 years and still get grilled, its a no win. I do agree I need to do something and further my ed, I would like to get into ER or ICU but I keep getting no. I need to find a diff path I guess
  12. by   ♪♫ in my ♥
    Quote from SusanRNBSN
    Work at a Magnet hospital they are known for treating nurses with respect. I work and one and wouldn't have it any other way. I have previously worked at non Magnet hospitals and there really is a difference. Second thing you can do is find another area to work in. Maybe you haven't found your niche yet.
    After working at two other hospitals, I've newly joined a Magnet hospital and completely agree with your assessment. It's night and day. Like anything, though, it really depends on the attitude behind it. My facility seems to really take it seriously and strives to create a good work environment. It's got it's problems, like anywhere, but it's a really healthy place to work... doesn't suck at all.
  13. by   Anna Flaxis
    If it hasn't stopped sucking after 15 years, it's not gonna stop sucking. Time to think about a change.