Is it just me or does everyone hate nursing?

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    All of the experienced nurses on here really seem to hate their job, and it is disheartening.
    Students will express concern over the severity of certain clinicals, and so many people say we've signed up for the wrong career, or we need to get over it. We're students, we aren't nurses yet. Everyone also always assumes we will be a staff nurse in a hospital. What if we're a nurse in a doctor's office, or clinic? What is we were doing administrative duties, or want to be a school nurse?

    And honestly, twelve hour shifts aren't the worst things in the world. I think half these nurses who complain so much probably never had another job before nursing. Many jobs can require 15 hour shifts with no breaks.

    I just think nurses who post in the nursing student forums should be a little more supportive.
    Last edit by Joe V on Apr 8, '13
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    Hehe, go hang out in Public/Community Nursing- everybody loves their jobs over there!!
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    Also, from what I've seen, nurses are notorious at not taking care of themselves and not doing necessary burn-out prevention measures. As a student (and a mother), I'm making it a HUGE priority of mine to do stress management and take care of myself. I know what burn-out feels like and I don't want to go there. That's a big part of it, IMO.
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    Because when everything is going well, we don't usually feel the need to vent and seek support..... we are too busy being somewhere else and enjoying it And most nurses are staff nurses, huge number of staff jobs as compared to school or office jobs. School is hard, but in different ways than earning a living as a nurse. It has a time limit! I personally want 12s, not 8s, and I have worked both. But when a shift is nasty, nonstop, and downright ...... unpleasant shall we say?, going home in 8 seems like a dream.
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    And by the way, I like nursing! Both bedside and teaching. 32 years at the moment.
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    Take what you read here with a grain of salt. I do love my job but some days I hate it too. I come here to complain, vent, get others thoughts.. Reread this post a few months after being on your own.. You will understand soo much better. I am not being condescending to you or your concerns, its just a fact. You don't know what "nursing" is until you have been there.

    No matter the setting, we all face similar challenges.
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    I don't take anything anyone has said in this post as condescending or rude. I understand these things; it's just that as a student some of the things you see on here are very disheartening.
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    It's simple human nature to be more vocal when things don't go well. Unfortunately for many nurses, family members just don't understand our jobs, and this is a safe place to vent, get feedback, and learn from others who have been in the same or similar situation. Everyone has good days and bad. The other week, we had a former trauma patient bring in lunch for the whole department. The change from what we saw from when the accident occurred to how the person is now was amazing. That was a good day. The other day, we had several ugly surgeries. One patient never made it out of the OR; the other died shortly after transfer to the ICU. Which of those situations do you think people would need more support to deal with? With a decent amount of anonymity, this website offers safety for free expression and members can offer support.
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    For the record I love my job.
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    Quote from kristen312
    I think half these nurses who complain so much probably never had another job before nursing.
    Many of the nurses on these forums are career-changers who have certainly had jobs prior to nursing. Quite a few former engineers, teachers, social workers, lawyers, and blue collar workers are now working as nurses.

    My job history is pretty downscale. . .I've worked at McDonald's, Wienerschnitzel (a hot dog fast food joint), Target, the 99 Cent Store, two grocery stores, two group homes for adults with mental retardation, and a paper products factory. I started training at 23 and became a nurse at age 25.
    Quote from kristen312
    Many jobs can require 15 hour shifts with no breaks.
    Yep. I worked 16-hour weekend double shifts every Saturday and Sunday as a charge nurse in various nursing homes. I purposely worked two 16 hour shifts per week in order to have Monday through Friday off. I'm the type of person who does not want to be at work five days per week.
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