Would you recommend nursing to your daughter? - page 2

My daughter is 17 and graduating this spring and plans on going to college this fall. She has expressed a desire to go into nursing but I really have a problem encouraging her to do this. I don't... Read More

  1. by   burn out
    Quote from DizzyLizard
    If I had a dtr, No way! But, what about her getting her CNA and working in a hosp enviro to get her feet wet so to speak to help her decide if it's really what she wants to do?
    Maybe a summer job. I really don't want her to stop and take any time off from school, I am afraid she will like the independence and a pay check (no matter how small) and not go back to school. I would rather that she stuck with school while she is motivated.
  2. by   angel337
    i would not recommend it, but i wouldn't necessarily discourage it either. although nursing has alot of career possibilities, you have to go through too much dysfunctional crap before getting to the job that you can truly be proud of and enjoy.. this is the problem. if nursing was considered a PROFESSION and respected from day one in any setting, more women would want to do it. but unfortunately people link nursing to emptying bedpans, which is an insult because the bedpan is the easy part. if you notice, people do a year or two of floor nursing out of school and then off to graduate school they go, or to a nonclinical nursing job. this is a new generation and time. people have more loyalty to themselves as opposed to loyalty to the employer. why put up with unsatisfactory working conditions if you don't have to?? i have been blessed to have good bedside nursing jobs. i feel respected by the docs and my coworkers,but i also witness behavior and patterns in nursing that people complain about on this website. which is sad. i do plan to move forward with my career as my daughter gets older and hopefully she will admire me and become a well rounded woman as a result of the example me and my husband set for her.
  3. by   LadyLurker
    No.

    She is, however, going into Health Information Management.

    But I'd never want to see her going into nursing.

    Karen
    LadyLurker <who actually loves her job, and loves being a nurse, and is grateful for everything learned during a 27 year career>
  4. by   RNLULULABAMBA
    No, I Would Never Recommend Nsy To My Daughter. Too Much Stress, But If That Is What She Wants, It Is Fine With Me.
  5. by   Ginger35
    I can only look at my experiences with the nursing profession and the answer would be NO!!! There are plenty of other professions out there that get more respect, are not exposed to diseases, do not require as much physical work AND have flexibility / job descriptions that cross industry lines / markets.
  6. by   nurse4theplanet
    Quote from burn out
    Yes you are right . I just can't think of any other profession known to eat their young though. I really feel as a good mother I should support her decisons whatever they are and let her learn by her own mistakes if it really is one. Being a parent sure doesn't get easier.
    Every profession 'eats their young' to a degree. That's where other sayings like 'low man on the totem pole' and giving someone the 'turkey jobs' come from. Anyone who has ever held an internship can tell you that the new kid on the block gets the short end of the stick...getting coffee, making copies, and doing all the errands/tasks that others don't want to do. Rent "The Devil Wears Prada"...awesome example, although a bit extreme. It's just one of those life lessons that we must all survive. Name one career where a new graduate does not have to establish respect, competency, and expertise...where they just walk in and are equals with their co-workers who have already become established in the feild. There aren't any. We all work our way up the ladder. Even doctors. Have you ever been in a teaching hospital when all the medical students, interns, residents, and supervising MDs round...the newest guys/gals get eaten alive by both their superiors and the experienced nurses...kinda fun to watch sometimes. Just kidding.

    Would I encourage nursing? Well...I think others have said it best. I WOULD encourage my child's informed decision.
  7. by   caliotter3
    My daughter was a teenager when I started out in nursing school and she has not been sheltered from any of my experiences. As hard as I have tried, to be either neutral, or to discourage her from nursing, she went to nursing school anyway. Her biggest motivation was being a single mother of two children. She got all excited in school, wanted to talk about it all the time. Oh well.
  8. by   cheshirecat
    If my dd decided nursing was for her I would encourage her, but I would give her all the facts i.e. low pay, high patient to staff ratios etc.

    However, my 17 year old daughter is hoping to go to University in October to study law if she gets her grades in her A levels. I am keeping my fingers crossed that she achieves her goal.
  9. by   I_am_Julia
    i would only recommed a bsn program only if she was seriously interested in nursing. nursing is a somewhat difficult profession. however, if one is bright and catch the opportunities, one can go far. though some think nurses don't get paid their worth, their starting salaries are a bit higher than someone just graduating from college.


    Quote from burn out
    my daughter is 17 and graduating this spring and plans on going to college this fall. she has expressed a desire to go into nursing but i really have a problem encouraging her to do this. i don't know if it is just the mother in me that wants her to go on to something else or if i just don't want to see her emptying bedpans and taking the crap we have to. she is so young and shy i am afraid she will be eaten alive. am i being to overprotective or should i be more supportive and encourage her even if i think it is a mistake?
  10. by   Rach101
    My mum was an RN and both my parents discouraged me when i was considering nursing. However, i made my own choice and am now in my final year. Still not totally convinced i want to be a nurse but sometimes i wish my parents could support me even if they disagree with my decision.
    Its hard coming home after a bad day and having my parents tell me 'they told me so' and that they 'dont want to hear me complaining'.
    My brother and sister also complain about their professions but my parents approved of their choice so sympathise with them.

    Basically my point is, if your daughter does decide to do nursing please please support her even if you disagree with her decision. I feel i would be ALOT happier and even enjoy nursing more if my parents supported me.
  11. by   HM2VikingRN
    i did
  12. by   EmerNurse
    AFter the night I had last night - NO WAY. That said, I have one (daughter #2) who wants to go to nsg school and I support her in her goal. I don't sugar coat it that's for sure, but she's heard about enough of my really rough nights to know the downside.

    Good God, did last night bite.
  13. by   TachyBrady
    Quote from Rach101
    My mum was an RN and both my parents discouraged me when i was considering nursing. However, i made my own choice and am now in my final year. Still not totally convinced i want to be a nurse but sometimes i wish my parents could support me even if they disagree with my decision.
    Its hard coming home after a bad day and having my parents tell me 'they told me so' and that they 'dont want to hear me complaining'.
    My brother and sister also complain about their professions but my parents approved of their choice so sympathise with them.

    Basically my point is, if your daughter does decide to do nursing please please support her even if you disagree with her decision. I feel i would be ALOT happier and even enjoy nursing more if my parents supported me.
    Good advice.

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