Would you recommend nursing to your daughter? - page 9

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   am17sg05
    for me, i would recommend nursing.i was undecided on what to take before when i was to go to college.i love numbers but when my parents advised me to take nursing because of career opportunities, i followed them.they said if i won't like it,i could switch course anytime i want to.i had good friends when i was in college so i was encouraged to continue and just study until BSN is done.i would always say i am forever thankful to them because if not with nursing, i wouldn't be able to bring my family here in us(we are from asia) and we won't be able to provide a brighter future for our kids.talking about STABILITY and FUTURE.
  2. by   worldtraveler
    No. I would not recommend Nursing to someone young or otherwise. I would recommend something else like Phy Asst but not Nursing! No way Jose! I was asked about this 3 years ago from a young Lady who resides in my neighborhood. I advised her not to go into Nursing but she went anyhow; she graduated 6 months ago. Last week she called me and said "How right you were" Now she is in a Hospital and cannot take the Patient Load, backbiting ect. She is looking at something else in the Medical field. 6 months or so and she is leaving, Burned out,,,
  3. by   wilbur's mom
    No, and no again. Nursing is a beautiful and rewarding profession. That said, the workplace in which we find ourselves is not beautiful or rewarding. We don't have a national shortage of nurses, we have an abundance of nurses who are no longer willing to work in such a dangerous, understaffed, underpaid workplace where nurses are taken advantage of and placed in unsafe situations daily. My students job shadow and work in several healthcare workplaces, where day after day they ask why the staff are so nasty to them, why they see and identify such poor practice and why nurses work at a job they obviously hate. Well, look at how old we are. It is very difficult to switch careers just a few years from retirement, with years coming fast, in which we are going to be physically unable to keep working at anything, much less as a nurse. Job stress, i.e. taking care of 12 high acuity med/surg patients, (thanks to HMOs and budget cuts where smart CEOs cut RTs, Lab techs, housekeeping staff to the bone because, why, nurses can give nebs, draw labs and mop floors in his/her spare time on their way to one bathroom break in a 12 hour shift), is killing us. Look at the Nurse's Health Study data coming out of Harvard. Mandated overtime, being forced to float or work night or rotating shifts are killers in more ways than DONs care to admit. Too many of the new grads I see are either chewed up and spit out with a broken heart, or put in their 8, leave their notes unwritten, call lights unanswered, their patients in soiled beds, not medicated for pain, and demand nights, weekends and holidays off. We are not a disposable resource. We are running out of time to break this cycle. Nursing schools con't to close, or keep waiting lists that run for years due to lack of faculty. I taught for years with my annual 25 cent raise, no benefits, until I found out the nurses I had taught were making 22 cents more per hour than I was, and the school is now in the process of closing. My daughters said they saw how hard I worked, how often I went in on my days off, and didn't remember why I did it, because I truly loved my work, but that I wasn't home in the night or on way too many Christmas holdiays. We must do better to uplift and support each other through difficult shifts and dangerous situations with harsh, legal, consequences. We are, after all, licensed. How many of us get thrown to the wolves?
  4. by   Toddbe
    It is really sad as I read through these posts. Overworked, underappreciated, underpaid, are three common threads among the stated items. Added to that is the 'eating our young syndrome' - as one writer put it - I tell every student nurse or recent grad how bad it is and to get out (paraphrased).

    I cannot help but wonder several items. First what have you done to change the situation? Have you talked to management, and I'm not just talking about your supervisor. Have your written letters and called your state representative/congress person? Have you tired, and I mean recently and really, tired to make a difference?

    Next, what is keeping in you in nursing? Oh sure I read - I'm close to retirement etc - but really, what is keeping you in the profession - I'm sorry for many of you it is a job. Maybe it is time to find something else, or maybe find a new position in nursing. Find something you enjoy. When was the last time you changed position, not just departments, but position. New hospital, new type of nursing - home health care, Occ health, anything, something?

    Lastly, what kind of care are you providing? If the attitude of these post is carried to your care - and many of your comments indicates it does - what type of care are you providing?

    Not all hospital, not all employers, not all nursing is bad. However, there must be some personal responsibility. After a long self review - if it is not you that is making nursing a bad profession for you, then what is and change it! If it is you, then change or leave!

    I teach at a community college and work at a local hospital. They are both great, if not the greatest place to practice my profession. Nursing is a great profession, but as in life it is your attitude and what you are going to make of it!
  5. by   jmgrn65
    Yes if I had a dtr, but if my son was into medical I would encourage him. I love nursing. Yes Nursing has a lot of issues but there are issues with any job/career.
  6. by   tonyluvnelly
    You know? I was asking myself this question. I'm about to start going back to school for nursing but i don't want to be a nurse! I want to be a CRNA, that is different right? At least I have read that there is a complete change in job almost. Its more surgery based and not PT care based except for the person you are keeping asleep. Please advice! I wouldn't mind going through the Nursing experience like I know i will have to in order to achieve CRNA. I wouldn't want to get stuck as an RN to be honest. Not from the things I hear here.

    tony
  7. by   muffie
    to be quite honest i would have to say "NO"

    nursing has a long way to go before its gets better, from a hospital rn point of view

    i don't know what the answers are , but it has to improve
  8. by   Beary-nice
    I would recommend nursing to both of my girls.
  9. by   JenNJFLCA
    I got my first degree in marine biology. I would encourage my children to become nurses before I recommend marine biology. Nursing offers stability, opportunities for advancement, is personally rewarding, and the pay is not too shabby. It's not enough for what we do and put up with, but don't even ask me what I was making before when I worked in a lab. I have been a nurse for a year and applaud all of you that have stayed at the bedside for years. I know that I will not be able to do that because I don't want to hate being a nurse (another big applause for those of you that have stayed at the bedside and still love it). I plan on getting my masters. Who knows where that path will lead me. That's what I love about nursing. I have so many choices. Most of the time I love my patients, and I think all the ways that I can help them and work with them are wonderful. So, yes, I would recommend nursing to my daughter or SON!
  10. by   tonyluvnelly
    Excellent! See, I agree with you I am in a management position right now and I really hate the head budding! I just feel that perhaps there is a something more to life then just doing what you have to and never being thanked for it. I like the idea of being thanked for your hard work. I love pleasing others and trying to do my best to help them. This is why I'm going back to school to study nursing and eventually get into CRNA.

    tony

    Quote from JenNJFLCA
    I got my first degree in marine biology. I would encourage my children to become nurses before I recommend marine biology. Nursing offers stability, opportunities for advancement, is personally rewarding, and the pay is not too shabby. It's not enough for what we do and put up with, but don't even ask me what I was making before when I worked in a lab. I have been a nurse for a year and applaud all of you that have stayed at the bedside for years. I know that I will not be able to do that because I don't want to hate being a nurse (another big applause for those of you that have stayed at the bedside and still love it). I plan on getting my masters. Who knows where that path will lead me. That's what I love about nursing. I have so many choices. Most of the time I love my patients, and I think all the ways that I can help them and work with them are wonderful. So, yes, I would recommend nursing to my daughter or SON!
  11. by   JenNJFLCA
    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?

    I used to be very shy. So shy, that it was difficult for me to even get up the courage to go into a patients room. Nursing has helped me get over my shyness. I am still shy, don't get me wrong. There are some pts, nurses, docs, etc that intimidate me, even though I know they shouldn't. However, I am MUCH better than I used to be and I've only been a nurse for a year. My sister has even told me that I open my mouth and speak my mind more than I used to. Look out world!
  12. by   tonyluvnelly
    Haha, Yeah, getting out of the little shy bubble is always a good thing!

    tony

    Quote from JenNJFLCA
    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?

    I used to be very shy. So shy, that it was difficult for me to even get up the courage to go into a patients room. Nursing has helped me get over my shyness. I am still shy, don't get me wrong. There are some pts, nurses, docs, etc that intimidate me, even though I know they shouldn't. However, I am MUCH better than I used to be and I've only been a nurse for a year. My sister has even told me that I open my mouth and speak my mind more than I used to. Look out world!
  13. by   2bNurseNik
    :yeahthat:
    Quote from Toddbe
    Next, what is keeping in you in nursing? Oh sure I read - I'm close to retirement etc - but really, what is keeping you in the profession - I'm sorry for many of you it is a job. Maybe it is time to find something else, or maybe find a new position in nursing. Find something you enjoy. When was the last time you changed position, not just departments, but position. New hospital, new type of nursing - home health care, Occ health, anything, something?

    Lastly, what kind of care are you providing? If the attitude of these post is carried to your care - and many of your comments indicates it does - what type of care are you providing?

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