Does nursing change you into an angry person? - page 5

by DesireeBeyerGreen

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I read a lot of posts and my aunt who has been an LPN for over twenty years has told me to stay far away from nursing. She works in LTC, I believe, mostly nursing homes. I don't think I have ever heard her say anything good... Read More


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    Well, I can only give you my thoughts…

    I also came from little and worked my way up. Started as a bedmaker (not sure they even have them anymore), then a CNA , to an LPN , onto an (ASN) RN, now a (BSN) RN looking into and masters program to become an APRN. A whole lot of experience was gained along the one. The advise I can give is YES, nursing will make you angry, sorrowful, ashamed, confused and sometimes even hateful. However, it is capable of giving you the most joy, happiness, satisfaction and fill you with wonder about life and the human spirit. Some days you will be proud, and some days you will be humbled. That will depend on you. You will need a support system of good understanding friends and family. Or like me, you will hopefully, find them along your journey. If you can hear the calling you are obligated to answer…Asking these questions, in particular, has the makings of a good nurse already!

    God bless and Good luck
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    I agree LTC is tough to do, but after being a nurse for about 20 yrs, I am not bitter or and angry person, but it is like any other job you have good days and bad days!
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    [COLOR=#000000][/COLOR][COLOR=#000000]I like yourcareer plan. I believe that in our profession we have to move up instead ofgetting stagnant in one level of profession. That is why it is crucial toalways make a plan about our career. We have to make a short term and long termgoal. Planning for one’s career is crucial so you will know how you progress.Many professional gets stock in one position because of lack of careerplanning. I consider nursing to be a humble position. To love your profession,you have to be passionate about it and like it. Nursing is a very challengingcareer and it requires patience to be around with high stress environment. I don’tbelieve that nurses area hateful people. If you observe bullying in the workplacethat is part of nursing or maybe that the staffs are burned-out.[/COLOR]
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    Does nursing change you into an angry person? No. Nursing made me a happy person. It depends upon where you work and your colleagues. My first med-surg job after my BSN graduation was horrible. I had committed to a year, and the day after the year anniversary, I quit. I went to a nursing agency and started working the next day. I worked ICU/CCU/SICU for the next 8 years in various hospitals. I learned so much and was fortunate enough to love my job. But I didn't work for the hospitals- I worked for the agency.

    It was great. I made my own hours, the pay was fantastic and, the most important thing, I usually stayed at each hospital for at least six (6) months, sometimes 3 years. I was part of brilliant teams of physicians and nurses (I almost always worked in teaching hospitals). I loved going to work because every day was a learning experience. I helped save lives every day.

    Now, one time I did get angry. Through the agency I worked on a psych ward for a week with the same patient. I had established trust with him, but I was walking him and he suddenly put his hands around my neck and tried to strangle me.
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    I've been a nurse for ten years. I still love it. It can be very hard, but it is very rewarding. You will meet all kinds.
    nursel56, multi10, and MaybeaNurse7 like this.
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    Agree with HS20/20RN!! That's my mission
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    Honestly, being a nurse has made me a better listener, made me sharper mentally, made me happy emotionally as I realize how lucky I am not to have those problems, and gives me fulfillment. This profession is my everything and I went in it for all the right reasons. I absolutely love being a nurse and even my patients say that I deliver such amazing care and they always compliment me to management If you love what you do, it will show. I appreciate everything my profession has done for me and I enjoy being there for people in times of needs. Don't get me wrong, there are days I get frustrated but I don't let it get to me.
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    Nothing can make you an angry, bitter person without your consent, a nurse or not.
    Nursing has made me perhaps be a "you can't tell me anything I haven't heard before" kind of a person, but that is good or bad depending on the circumstamces.
    It is frustrating at times for those of us who have been nurses for a bit to balance caring for patients, and the goals and objectives of the actual facilitiy's business. Depending on the facility, that could seemingly take precedence over patients.
    You can only do what you do in your own practice. As you advance in your career, you can only try to make the atmosphere on your unit as positive as you can.
    In my opinion, it is people who start at the begining that can make real changes and good working conditions when all is said and done.
    Best of luck in your endevours.
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    I agree with the poster who said you just have to build up a wall and not let the bad stuff get through it to harm you. Sometimes it will, and you have your breakdown and you go right on about your life. It makes you stronger. I've worked a lot of crappy jobs, and I don't think that I could've survived them without that kind of mentality.
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    I wouldn't say it turns you into a mean person, but there is a certain level of frustration from caring for the people who have never worked a day in their entire life, who live on public assistance then come into the health care facility and begin demanding "star" treatment.
    It's also very difficult to deal with the totally non compliant patient, the one who disregards all doctors' orders then shows up at the health care facility and expect to be "fixed".
    Those are the things, to me, add up to frustration in the job, which in turn changes once good, caring nurses into detatched med passing machines.


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