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

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... Read More

  1. Visit  ktwlpn profile page
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    Quote from ybanurse
    I don't know about you but I have bills to pay such as rent and utilities and without going back to school Im not going to get a job paying me 23.00/hr. I cant live off of 10.00 an hour so I stay miserable. Where are you working that's not miserable so that I can come get a job? Maybe you havent worked in LTC before this forum is always broadcasting the misery in nursing. I say more of us are miserable than happy and this is because of the politics of nursing and nursing being run as a business and so many other things that arent being talked about but rather swept under the rug Nursing has gone to pot!
    I 've been a nurse for close to 25 years and prior to that I worked as a CNA for close to 5 years.I was a CNA in LTC and have worked probably half of my career in LTC where I continue to work full time now.I make a very good living. IMHO miserable people are very LOUD-it is true that misery loves company.I happen to work with a good many contented peers.We all deal with a certain amt of politics and BS and that's true of every job.That's is not unique to nursing
    Health care IS a business ,our patients are consumers and they can go elsewhere for the services they need. I'll tell you the 2 most important things I have leraned over the years-the things that have helped me be postive about nursing.First -you have to accept that you can not MAKE a patient or family comply with the plan of care and you can NEVER take their actions personally and second-Learn how to work within the system to get the things you need for your patients and this is especially important in LTC where everyone thinks their opinion matters the most and they all have an agenda.The best thing to do is communicate directly to the MD and stress how concerned the family is and you'll get immediate action.There are my TWO rules for staying sane ...I work in southeastern Pa,I think we start certified CNA's at $14 or $15 an hour now.
  2. Visit  LadyFree28 profile page
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    Quote from ktwlpn
    I 've been a nurse for close to 25 years and prior to that I worked as a CNA for close to 5 years.I was a CNA in LTC and have worked probably half of my career in LTC where I continue to work full time now.I make a very good living. IMHO miserable people are very LOUD-it is true that misery loves company.I happen to work with a good many contented peers.We all deal with a certain amt of politics and BS and that's true of every job.That's is not unique to nursing
    Health care IS a business ,our patients are consumers and they can go elsewhere for the services they need. I'll tell you the 2 most important things I have leraned over the years-the things that have helped me be postive about nursing.First -you have to accept that you can not MAKE a patient or family comply with the plan of care and you can NEVER take their actions personally and second-Learn how to work within the system to get the things you need for your patients and this is especially important in LTC where everyone thinks their opinion matters the most and they all have an agenda.The best thing to do is communicate directly to the MD and stress how concerned the family is and you'll get immediate action.There are my TWO rules for staying sane ...I work in southeastern Pa,I think we start certified CNA's at $14 or $15 an hour now.
    ^AWESOME sage advice!!! I second THIS!!!

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