An Unapologetic Reasoning On Why You Don't Want To Be A Nurse. - page 3

OK, being a nurse is tough. I don't mean the training is tough, I don't mean you'll have tough days, I don't mean that continuing professional development is tough. Being a nurse is tough and you... Read More

  1. by   rhythmqueen94
    I'm not sure if it is different governmental systems at play here but as I was reading some of the responses I thought "So young and so burnt out already". I've been a nurse for 25 years and while I've certainly had some moments, never once have I regretted going into the profession. I've had flexibility, worked in different areas, seen both the best and worst of human nature. Sometimes we can't change systems and procedures but we can change how we are. Stay current, recharge on your days off , try to make a difference anyway you can and don't be afraid to get your hands dirty.
  2. by   CKPM2RN
    Do not worry about naturally loving people, in nursing you need to be respectful and professional, and you will be good. If you find out you don't like dealing with people, it sounds like research may be a good fit since you enjoyed lab so much.
  3. by   Dranger
    I hate people now and I do my job fine. You don't have to like anyone to be a nurse, in fact you WILL dislike a lot of your patients. Just do your job.
  4. by   joanna73
    Generally, I do enjoy being with people and I care, but not to my own detriment and I am good at boundary setting. I refuse to absorb other people's feelings.

    Nursing involves a lot of role playing, as many service oriented careers do. It's still a job and I value my off hours. Everyone has their reasons for choosing this profession.
  5. by   lost_reverie
    This is an excellent article.

    I can't even begin to comprehend the amount of work I'm going to go through once I make my way into nursing school. I'm still attending a community college where I can finish off my prerequisites, and I haven't had to make too much of a dramatic change to my schedule other than one or two hours studying for my courses; but I have this sinking feeling that this will change once I enter nursing school.

    I'm still looking forward to it, though! Even if it tears my ambitious soul apart, I honestly feel it will be very worth it. It'll definitely be a decent, respectable career and I'll be able to live comfortably while being a part of an interesting field. I really hope I can land myself into being an intensive-care unit nurse; the first time I stepped into an ICU as a hospital volunteer, it took effort trying to pull myself away to attend to my other duties. It's just that interesting to me.

    For now, I guess I'll worry about microbiology since that seems to be the next science-related course I'm taking next semester.
  6. by   jd2nurse
    Hey Mr. Midwife! Interesting post. Being a male nurse myself and knowing how touchy things got during my maternity rotation - gender issues - I'd personally be very interested to hear how you have experienced the world of being a male midwife. WOW!
  7. by   becka9058
    I don't think people think that nursing is very easy at all; yes the NHS pays our fees in the UK but you failed to mention the sheer amount of competition and the painful interview process that a prospective student nurse needs to go through before they can even start seeing nursing in their future. Getting into a nursing program is tough and by no means the " soft option through University/College" Seriously? People are committing 3 years of their life to a difficult course and obviously there are going to be people who drop out or just don't want to be there but if they hate it that much then they are not going to stay there long anyway. Those three years of learning are just the beginning of what it takes to be a nurse and I can see your point coming across about how you have to be dedicated but to even begin to suggest that students randomly choose nursing is incorrect. The interview process is difficult. It is competitive and it can even knock a person's confidence; there just aren't enough places and knowing this I don't think people would lightly choose a course like this at the drop of the hat "oh well, I'll just be a nurse then." No. They have to pass a literacy and numeracy test in most universities, then they have to go through a group interview/group activity and then they might also have an individual interview. Now I might be crazy but does anyone think that someone would go through that on the possibility that they might want to be a nurse or that it was a final option? I don't. I know so many people this year who haven't been able to get into a nursing course (even more for midwifery) and have to try again next year and possibly again after that. People who are devastated that they could not fulfil their dream.
    I'm sorry I'm going on a bit but after seeing people I know lose their self-esteem and confidence after not being able to get into a nursing program because the competition for the sheer lack of spaces makes me wonder how a noticeable amount can walk into this with their eyes shut. Of course there will be a few but focus on the majority of students who are so focused they would do anything to become a nurse never mind all the social side and the things you have to give up; if you want it that badly then people should just go for it!
    Last edit by becka9058 on Jul 11, '14 : Reason: .
  8. by   misscee
    I appreciate this post so much because I'm starting to feel the same way! I always imagined going into pediatric nursing but after working the past two years in the front office of a radiation oncology facility, I really enjoy working with these patients!
  9. by   cpolloc5
    Out of curiosity: what are the differences between UK and US? I have no experience with either other than hearsay from my nurse friends here; I'm CNA in the US and almost finished with prereqs.
  10. by   my_purpose
    I have my yearly review coming on Monday (first one since I'm a new grad). And I am trying to think what I really feel about nursing. In school during clinicałs it was fabulous. On the job however, and maybe because I'm ICU, it's do not. I really thought all that I heard about nasty, belittling, arrogant, eat their young nurses was a thing of the past. I love my patients, their families love me, but geez, the other nurses are a handful. It's so not what I had in my head.
  11. by   funtimes
    Tough is a relative word.

    I used to be a heavy equipment mechanic, stuck outside on freezing winter days(and nights) busting my knuckles working on broke down equipment or stuck in a garage welding on a hot summer day, breathing in toxic fumes. I suffered broken fingers and frequent burns and tore my shoulder up twice, and would often be sore and aching after work twising my body into uncomfortable postions for hours on end. I had my boss breathing down my neck all the time and was always on a deadline and would frequently put in 16 plus hour days. I invested thousands of dollars in tools and it probably took the same amount of time and training to be proficient in my job as becoming an RN takes. For my troubles I made probably half of what the average RN makes.

    Is Nursing tougher than that? It all depends on your perspective. Lots of jobs that are a LOT tougher out there, trust me.
  12. by   alanyse88
    I'm in the same boat as you. I'm finishing up my pre-reqs for nursing school and I'm so ready to become a nurse. I was stressed about about nursing school because I'd like to try to work at least part time if it's possible, but if not no biggie, thankfully I don't have kids or major bills that would require me to work. I don't think I'm too idealistic, I'm really just excited to be working a job where I can have a night shift, make a livable wage, and get away from a desk and answering phones all day. I'm not a big people person, but I can definately fake it until I make it. I'm starting out as an LVN because it's the quickest way to get out of business casual and into some scrubs and my end goal is to become a CRNA. I've heard horror stories about patients from hell and older nurses that mistreat the newer nurses but that doesn't scare me too much. Every job has some cons, at least nursing is recession proof for the most part, offers flexible schedules, you have the option to get paid to travel, and it pays really well. Granted I'm not a nurse yet ot even a nursing student, but it can't be any worse than what I'm doing now. Besides how the body works and functions is interesting to me so even if it is the job from hell it will definately be interesting.
  13. by   my_purpose
    Quote from nursestacey62
    I've been a nurse for six years. I love taking care of people but I absolutely hate the corporate hospital environment where it's all about the bottom line. I'd love to get out of this situation and work somewhere where I can actually spend a few minutes with the patients. What are you doing where you help others but in a different way? I'm open to all suggestions.

    I really want to be a community health nurse. To teach healthy behaviors and prevent the cycle of hospital admissions.