Quote from nsgstudentjen
..... Yes, I have met many many nurses that are burned out and say "don't do it!" but then there are many more who love what they do. With nursing, you know you will have a job when you graduate. How many other fields can say that these days? You know you pretty much will make a good salary (depending on location and type of nursing) and you have so many options - direct care, administration, research, working in industry...
I've noticed a pattern whenever I've polled people as to whether or not they love nursing. Those who "love what they do" as you put it never seem to be direct patient care staff or floor nurses. They are always CRNA's, clinical specialist this or that, research, education, case managers, drug reps, etc.
Yes, if I took home a 6 digit figure and never had to deal with conscious sick patients or their psychotic families, I'd love my job too.
But that's not really being a nurse now, is it?
Of course if you count new grads who get their dream job in ER or NICU, they love direct patient care until the hollywood drama fades and reality sets in.
And those nurses who say "don't do it" aren't necessarily "burned out" they may just have the experience to know what it's really like.
It's pretty sad when you see a lot of nurses who have been doing it for less than 5-10 years and would not recommend it to others.
Don't get me wrong, I do NOT regret nursing school or my decision to enter nursing as my ADN affords me a better financial lifestyle than many bachelors and even master's degree prepared people in other fields. But it comes with a price.
I still enjoy taking care of people and feeling like I've made one small difference in someone's life every time I clock out. If I didn't, that paycheck wouldn't be nearly worth the crap you go through to get it. Walmart would be better.
Money isn't everything and I would be a fool to tell people to go into nursing because the pay is great and you are guaranteed a job right out of school.
Too many people focus on that instead of why there is a nursing shortage to begin with or why a person in this field with an associate's degree can make a lot more money than people in other fields with more education.