[font=book antiqua]hi all,
something has really been eating at me lately and i felt like i needed to voice it and see if anyone feels the same or has an opinion on it. i have been a member of allnurses for awhile now and initially felt that it was a big help in terms of getting pertinent information on nursing and for students as well.
lately, i am starting to feel the complete opposite, i have seen so many posts on reasons why "not" to be a nurse on here than any other place on the net, and it is starting to bother me. i myself just finished all of my pre-reqs this past semester and just submitted applications to 2 bsn programs this week; these feelings make me feel like possibly reconsidering my future careeer as a nurse.
honestly, what are the "positive" reasons for going into nursing or being an rn????
i feel very uninspired when i read posts on allnurses by "current" rn's and all the bs they have to deal with on a daily basis. i know that no job or career will ever be perfect but sometimes the negatives seems so excessive!
i don't know if this makes sense to anyone but it just seems like there are so many more negatives to nursing than there are positives voiced on allnurse and i don't even know if i want to go to nursing school anymore.....either that or i will just go and stop reading threads on this website all together.
anyone feel the same or have anything positive to offer???
thanks! :heartbeat[font=book antiqua]
I would like to add...usually when people post on public forums, it is the bad stuff they talk about. Not often does somone write when they have a great day. They write when they have had an awful day and need to vent. This forum and others provide a safe place to say whatever they are feeling and air frustration. Yes, there are lots of negative things said and bad days are had by students and seasoned RN's alike, but there are also some very positive posts (as I am sure you have noticed :P ).
Keep your nose to the wheel and follow your passion!
Last edit by FineAgain on May 24, '12
: Reason: because good grammar is important!
OP, I have to say that I echo your sentiments. When I first found AN 2 years ago, I devoured it. I spent all my time trying to imagine myself as a nurse, accustoming myself to what I thought would be a "nursing lifestyle". I read about issues of doctor/nurse relations (and checked myself for authority issues), patient safety and a plethora of other things I won't list here.
I do understand that working nurses need these forums, perhaps to expel the negatives they face. But like you, OP, I miss being inspired. Long before I thought about becoming a nurse, I used to marvel at the nursing gear, the mugs, the books (chicken soup for the nurse's soul, etc). It seemed to me that nurses had a distinct professional identity, one protected by principles and support groups (to combat burn out, for example). All this talk about lateral violence really pierces through my earlier idealization of the profession. I am aware that my earlier veneration of nurses may have been ill-informed, but I do miss the inspiration. While visiting the hospital recently, though, I talked to a couple of patient care techs who spoke of the "love of nursing" and even the "love of the patient" that got me to thinking about how I will develop and practice my own therapeutic care. I would like to hear more stories of nurses who love their career or who have a professional philosophy that incorporates a professional manifestation of love and caring. When I start my program in the fall, I am going to address this issue with my professors.
Last edit by Phoenixbyrd on May 25, '12
: Reason: corrected subject/verb agreement