Really? You are going to let a bulletin board on the Internet determine your career path? Think about that for a second. Recognize that as you get closer to being a nurse, the realities of nursing are going to get more...welll...real. The drive to become a nurse is all inspired and roses and pink hued. Then the honeymoon ends and you get what nursing is really like.
Now, that being said, are the negativities here representative of what nursing is really like? Of course not. Negative experiences lend themselves to being vocal where contentment lends itself to being content. Therefore contented nurses generally aren't on bulletin boards posting about how contented they are.
The negatives you read about vary in intensity depending on the economy, the job, the person, the weather, the patient population, the status of the moon's phase, whatever. It isn't the job of current nurses to "inspire" you. That's your own responsibility, as inspiration comes from within and tends to be found when you look for it.
I am a new graduate nurse, on the job three months now on a busy ICU stepdown unit. I am knee deep in new nurse hell and I am both loving it and yet struggling. You see the stuff all over here about what makes it hard and to look away from those realities is to fool yourself about what you are getting into. That being said, here's the stuff that is keeping me going:
1. I learn something every day, whether about people or about medicine. Even when those lessons come with ego bruises because they happened due to my missing something a more experienced nurse would have caught, they make me better for the next patient.
2. I am on a great floor and work with a great team. There is ZERO eating of young on my floor. None. Nada. I am happy to see my coworkers and enjoy working with them.
3. The patient nobody else wants is the one I am good at. I often don't want them either, but once in a while, by the end of the shift, I have a breakthrough with them and it is a very sweet moment.
4. I worked damn hard to get here. And here I am. I am proud of my accomplishment.
5. I am becoming slowly more independent. I start IVs without anyone watching me do it now. I change dressings without needing another person to walk me through it. I recognize the basics of when a patient has a change in status and if I don't know what to do immediately I do know where to find answers. That is energizing.
6. I am making pretty good money compared to what I used to make and earning pretty good paid time off.
7. I have four days off a week and I love that.
8. I am developing a sense of humor that anyone who isn't in the medical field would probably find kind of perverse, but those who are in the know laugh with me. There's a sense of finally being part of the club.
9. I am learning not to be so hard on myself. 12 hours isn't going to be enough to change the course of someone's health most of the time. I am learning to be good with what I did in the time I had and to let it go when I leave.
10. Seeing my name mentioned in the surveys after the patient is discharged as being a nurse they want recognized as outstanding makes me feel awesome.
11. Being flirted with by little old men cracks me up.
And many more.
Take responsibility for your own drive and motivation. If a random website you go to is demotivating, maybe it is time to step away for a while.
Good luck and keep your chin up.