WHY do so many people hate nursing? Sigh.

  1. I feel like everywhere I go people are expressing their hate for nursing rather than their love. I want to go into nursing, and I want to love it. WHY does everyone (almost) hate it so much? Is it really that bad? Can someone express their love for it? I would really enjoy hearing why you love your nursing job.
    Personally I could never work in a nursing home, but my goal is to work in the OB/NICU or the ER.
    Thanks!
    - Super desperate pre-nursing student venting
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Feb 12, '16
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  3. by   apillarofsalt
    In my experience as a new grad, only our best and brightest are getting jobs in OB/NICU, ER, etc. Most are only getting called for med-surg units, and depending on the unit that can be a very high potential for burnout due to high patient loads and resulting job dissatisfaction.
  4. by   CountryMomma
    I like nursing (still too early to decide if I truly love it) and I like what I theoretically do as a nurse.

    I'm not so fond of the conditions I'm attempting to achieve my nursing goals in.

    Many come here to vent - it's therapeutic for us and gives us a chance to find new ways to cope with the high levels of stress many are functioning under. Not as many people feel the need to start a thread just to say "I love my job". I think they call it confirmation bias? Can't remember.

    If nursing is what you want to do, then keep doin what you do. Just don't come in thinking everything is calm, amazing, NCLEX-WORLD nursing.
  5. by   RNinIN
    Never say never to any specialty of nursing, regardless of your feelings. Depending on job availability when you graduate, you may have to work a job that is not your dream job. And yes, I love being a RN, been one for almost 18 years at this point, with a BSN to boot. Work in nursing home, and would not go back to a hospital unless it was the only paying job in town. Have 12 years hospital, and 5+ LTC, with some prn HH thrown in. Never knock any specialty. You never know when you may end up there, and it may even become your passion!
  6. by   apillarofsalt
    I'll add this: I found that my initial distaste for working in a nursing home as a student came from my own insecurity -- we were thrown in with very little training, and I was afraid to hurt someone or overstep their personal boundaries/wishes, especially with residents that had difficulty expressing themselves verbally. Now that I have learned better nursing judgement, it is no longer and issue. Is nursing home my first pick? No, but some of those barriers still arise in Pediatrics, where I work now.
    There are beautiful aspects of caring for the elderly. Nursing is, to me, the honour of welcoming new lives into our world and ushering patients out of it when it is their time, and caring for them with dignity at every step in between.
    Try to embrace every new learning experience and you will find your footing, maybe even your passion.
  7. by   RachealAnne
    You are right, I should never say never. I guess I could say I have a goal set, a dream job in mind. It's not that I would hate working with older people, it is just not something I ever have dreamed of doing.I want to do something I love for the rest of my life.
    I totally understand the venting side of this website, I just wish I witnessed more "I like" posts (about nursing itself not events) rather than "I hate" or "I would never do nursing over again". I feel like I run across more of the negativity side or nursing rather than the positive side. I know nursing is anything but easy, but I feel like if you are truly passionate about it, it should at least be enjoyable. Nursing isn't for everyone, I am just in the slumps about deciding what I want to do for 30+ years of my life. Thank you for your replies though it is appreciated.
  8. by   CountryMomma
    The thing is, no one needs to vent about a job when it goes well. It's when the feces hit the fan or its gotten knee-deep that a pressure - relief in someone's brain opens and that nurse vent - dumps with us, fellow nurses, so they may retain some small semblance of sanity when they go back to their floor tomorrow or the day after.

    It's easy to enjoy something - no one needs help figuring that out.

    Don't read the venting posts if they bother you.
  9. by   Farawyn
    Some of us do like nursing very much, but are not passionate about it.

    Try going to specialized forums. There are more specific questions and answers, and usually less general venting.
    Good luck!
    Last edit by Farawyn on Feb 11, '16 : Reason: grammar fail= me
  10. by   RachealAnne
    Nevermind .... and I do like the venting posts. I'm not complaining about them. I was just trying to get someone to post on why they love their job, that is all. I just didn't expect so many "I hate nursing" venting posts, but ill just try to find a different section or a specific thread. Thanks anyways.
  11. by   Been there,done that
    The problem is, we are no longer allowed the time we need ....to be the nurse we all want to be.
    Health care is now a corporate money maker. Nurses are the commodity that make money for big business.

    I never hated nursing, I hate that the corporate masters have taken it over.
  12. by   RachealAnne
    Quote from Been there,done that
    The problem is, we are no longer allowed the time we need ....to be the nurse we all want to be.
    Health care is now a corporate money maker. Nurses are the commodity that make money for big business.

    I never hated nursing, I hate that the corporate masters have taken it over.
    Thank you for your reply
    It is to bad that nurses are not allowed the time they used to have though.
  13. by   OCNRN63
    Quote from RachealAnne
    You are right, I should never say never. I guess I could say I have a goal set, a dream job in mind. It's not that I would hate working with older people, it is just not something I ever have dreamed of doing.I want to do something I love for the rest of my life.
    I totally understand the venting side of this website, I just wish I witnessed more "I like" posts (about nursing itself not events) rather than "I hate" or "I would never do nursing over again". I feel like I run across more of the negativity side or nursing rather than the positive side. I know nursing is anything but easy, but I feel like if you are truly passionate about it, it should at least be enjoyable. Nursing isn't for everyone, I am just in the slumps about deciding what I want to do for 30+ years of my life. Thank you for your replies though it is appreciated.

    Perhaps you'd be better off not reading the vent threads and concentrating on threads that pertain to your current status as a student. Do a "Search" for threads from people who love nursing. There are plenty of them, you just have to do a little digging. Good luck.
  14. by   RN-Wolff
    It is hard as a new grad to get into the "areas" we see ourselves wanting to work, but it's not impossible! I was able to get a job as a new grad in the ER dept. out in California and being from Wyoming I had no connections out here.

    You're still a student so that's great! You have time to build up complimentary experiences. I knew I was interested in healthcare and started working as a CNA before nursing school and then during college I got my EMT license and started working as a tech in the ER. In the summers try to work in a healthcare setting and or try to land an internship. Sometimes the internships even pay! Like the Mayo Clinic, I was there for 12 weeks in the summer. But start looking right now for them most applications are due this and next month! I would say start building your professional network and keep in touch with people. And the nurses and people that help you send a hand written personalized thank you card. They will become amazing references later in your job search

    During nursing school I did notice that a lot of the Nurses in areas we did our clinicals appeared not happy. But i think that was more because it was med/surg where they had 5+ patients and then they find out in the morning they also have a student. They are were really over worked.

    The environment they're working in plays big into their happiness but I have also had experiences where the nurses had reasonable work loads and they were so much happier! And happy to have a student lurk behind them watching every move they make Also when I was working in the ER as a tech it totally depends on the day! Sometimes your job will suck and it was be very hard.

    I love working as a nurse because I feel like I'm the best version of myself. It's an amazing feeling when you get into the zone and see what you've accomplished and how you can help and effect others health and life. I feel proud when I tell people I'm a nurse.

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