Why should I be a nurse if it's so awful?

  1. 0 I've been reading allnurses.com for about six months. Started posting today. I've read over and over and over about nurses in tears--not due to patients, but due to other nurses. This is disheartening, and as one who is starting school full of the enthusiasm and idealism that is the norm for student nurses, I'm truly beginning to question whether or not I will have wasted a LOT of money and my time, only to find the work environment so horrible.

    A sincere question: if this profession has a work environment that is extremely hostile more often than not, why should I become a nurse then? If patients are hardly ever the "problem," then they aren't the solution, i.e. "You're helping people!"
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    dudette10 has '4' year(s) of experience. From 'Nowhere'; Joined Jan '10; Posts: 3,609; Likes: 9,615.

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  3. Visit  applern profile page
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    Then don't!
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  4. Visit  wlb06 profile page
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    I wouldn't let that stuff decide what you do. Haters gonna hate and you can't let them hold you down. If you check out nursing and like it, just do it and deal with people and situations like that as it arises.
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  5. Visit  dudette10 profile page
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    I interpret your answer to mean, "Yes, the work environment is quite horrible, and no one should become a nurse if you really don't like hostile work environments?" Is my interpretation correct?

    ETA: This is in reply to applern.
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  6. Visit  RscodADN10 profile page
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    Nursing is like every other field. There are good job environments and bad ones. Push forward and get your experience in. There are tons and tons of jobs out there. That is the best part of being a nurse. You can find your own fit. Make your own conclusions don't let others influence you.
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    Quote from wlb06
    I wouldn't let that stuff decide what you do. Haters gonna hate and you can't let them hold you down. If you check out nursing and like it, just do it and deal with people and situations like that as it arises.
    I like your answer. Every work environment has it's "haters," and I've dealt with them in my previous chosen profession. It just seems to me that, from reading so many posts, that nursing has an especially high incidence of really awful people, which I consider ironic. It's my impression from reading here...it may not be a fact.
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  8. Visit  dudette10 profile page
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    Quote from rnrubygs85
    Nursing is like every other field. There are good job environments and bad ones. Push forward and get your experience in. There are tons and tons of jobs out there. That is the best part of being a nurse. You can find your own fit. Make your own conclusions don't let others influence you.
    Thank you. If it really is no different from other work environments, I think it will be ok. Maybe I'm reading the wrong threads.
  9. Visit  redbull68w profile page
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    dudette10,

    Don't let the negative things on this site deter you from going to school. Bad news and gossip is always more interesting to read than good, and most people use sites like this to vent anonymously (sp?). Nursing is a stressful job and most people do not know how to handle stress properly.

    If you want to be a nurse, then do it. Take most of the complaining on this site with a grain of salt.
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    Quote from redbull68w
    dudette10,

    Don't let the negative things on this site deter you from going to school. Bad news and gossip is always more interesting to read than good, and most people use sites like this to vent anonymously (sp?). Nursing is a stressful job and most people do not know how to handle stress properly.

    If you want to be a nurse, then do it. Take most of the complaining on this site with a grain of salt.
    I do want to be a nurse...a good one...desperately! I appreciate your advice.
  11. Visit  alem-tsahai profile page
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    In the six months that you've been reading this board you have had to come across at least one thread poster that has asked the EXACT same question you're asking. If not, do a search.

    Once again-
    nurses use this board to vent- we don't chronicle every day of our workweek. This means that maybe once or twice in a given month something will happen at work (good, bad or maybe just confusing) where we post to get some feedback. Or sometimes we post just to "get it off our chests". You know, venting...

    Do your research. Volunteer at a hospital and shadow a nurse. And remember, you don't HAVE to be a nurse. If it's not for you then no big deal, find something else. Just don't use this website as the reason for opting out of nursing though, because folks will look at you crazy.

    Good luck
  12. Visit  Ruthiegal profile page
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    Ever heard, "mines bigger than yours" when men are that way? Well it's similar with a room or facility full of women.... "Mine's better than yours" or "my way is better than your way"....The nursing profession is predominately women so it happens, what you have to do is learn early how not to let the negativity suck you in, so that you don't become part of it.
    Just my 2 cents worth!
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  13. Visit  dudette10 profile page
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    Quote from alem-tsahai
    In the six months that you've been reading this board you have had to come across at least one thread poster that has asked the EXACT same question you're asking. If not, do a search.

    Once again-
    nurses use this board to vent- we don't chronicle every day of our workweek. This means that maybe once or twice in a given month something will happen at work (good, bad or maybe just confusing) where we post to get some feedback. Or sometimes we post just to "get it off our chests". You know, venting...

    Do your research. Volunteer at a hospital and shadow a nurse. And remember, you don't HAVE to be a nurse. If it's not for you then no big deal, find something else. Just don't use this website as the reason for opting out of nursing though, because folks will look at you crazy.

    Good luck
    Yes, I did do a search. Most posts were extremely negative.

    Hrm...I sought this website of all nurses because I thought it would be the most reasonable site to increase one's knowledge of the day-in/day-out of the profession...work environment or otherwise. Silly me. However, from other helpful posts in this thread, I'm beginning to understand this there is some venting going on, which is completely reasonable. Thank you for the confirmation.
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  14. Visit  applern profile page
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    Quote from dudette10
    I interpret your answer to mean, "Yes, the work environment is quite horrible, and no one should become a nurse if you really don't like hostile work environments?" Is my interpretation correct?

    ETA: This is in reply to applern.
    Nursing is about caring. if you do not have that will to want to care for people, then it hard for you to be a good nurse. A lot of profession out there are "awful" but still people do them because of the love and their goals. No work environment is the same, some are much demanding than others that it can stress you out but remember you are in nursing to care and to provide the best care for the people you serve. There are different types of nursing.
    Your interpretation means you are not ready to be a nurse.
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