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Thank you lynda, apology accepted. Would you say then, that you regret your choice to become a nurse? Do you see any possibility of things improving, or things that you could differently? Would you advise all new students to look at a different career? I am asking this in all honesty, not facetiously.
This was good for you to read. You need to prepare yourself early on. Make friends with people that work where u want to work. Learn about the area you're interested in. Try to be top of your class.
OP, your post is very interesting. What's with all the degrees and no jobs. I wonder if the no job situation is related to the economy, degrees that don't train us to meet the demand for jobs in the market, or over saturation of students entering nursing or the medical field? I have the BSN and nursing experience, but I have not been able to change my nursing specialty. Employers are looking for experienced nurses in the specific specialty. I've had my BSN most of my nursing career, and one interviewer asked me if I did anything to further my education. Well Yes, I do complete my ceu's, attend inservices... But no, I did not pursue a masters nor am I interested in studying to be a nurse practitioner. Sorry, no certifications, either. Certifications are just becoming the trend in my state. So how much education is an RN supposed to have these days? Now the BSN is not enough. It may help, but it's no ticket to employment. I know nursing has "fast tract" nursing education leading to BSN, or MSN. Are these programs contributing to over saturation in the nursing field? It's possible that employers have found ways to limit the need for RN's. They understaff or hire one nurse and ask the nurse to be the delegator for several ancillary health care employees. I don't know the answers, but your post is an eye opener for me.
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins.
I am a newbie. Like I said in a previous post, I am at the wiggly puppy stage; just about to embark on my schooling as a nurse. I have been drawn to this forum lately and have been reading like a sponge (okay, finishing statistics is boring too...), but the stories I am reading are amazing. Struggles to get in, to find a job, to keep a job, to balance all that life throws at everyone here. I can't help to think how proud (and daunted) I am to join this unique group of individuals. I am humbled to think of what you all have done to make it through and to make it work. I can't wait to get started.
Proud? Of myself? No - while I felt a certain amount of pride of accomplishment when I earned my CNA certification, and having made the cut for LVN, I'm not too terribly proud of that - I've done better.
Of my co-workers? Some; perhaps most. The majority of them do a stunning job taking care of the residents under arduous conditions - a few I'm genuinely ashamed to share a species with them.
Of my residents? Always - even when they'd like to stick me through a wall, I'm always proud of them. Especially the ones who try to function despite the continued failing of their bodies; especially the ones with dementia who fight so hard for normalcy when everything is stacked against them.
The very best of luck to you, Susan1012 - I hope you enjoy your journey through the world of nursing. Peace.
All these people who go into nursing for money or job stability will absolutely hate their choice with the 12 hour shifts, or the dirty aspects of the job.
Just because jobs are listed...does not mean they are actually hiring. Many hospitals are "actively interviewing" but have hiring freezes in place. Yes .....there is a "NEED" for experienced nurses ...however the does NOT mean there is a shortage of nurses over all......and yes there is something to say for location.
I think a touch of my negativity comes from nursing becoming a dime a dozen profession. I think would have had more pride if it was special...if it was a profession not many did or could do. But, that is not the case. Everyone and their grandma is becoming a nurse, now. It's not anything special. It's a job.
And to say that you are negative about the job because because more people are becoming a nurse is crazy! Jealous much?!
I'm not swelling with pride or anything like that. However, I am fortunate to be a nurse. After having worked in the fast food industry, low end retail, the grocery business, and other menial jobs, I am thankful for the income, flexibility and work/life balance that nursing bestows upon me.
I've posted about this issue previously, but I'll post again. As a bedside nurse, it is the explosive families, visitors and external 'customers' that make my job overwhelmingly hard.
For instance, the customer who harasses the pilot on a major airline will be forced by the air marshal to exit the airplane. The customer who takes cell phone pictures of the cashiers at McDonald's will be asked to leave by the manager, especially if this person is getting into peoples' personal space.
However, hospital management wants nurses to accept the public's disgusting behaviors because our so-called 'customers' are stressed. They want us to kiss up to abusive families and coddle threatening visitors because peoples' coping skills supposedly disappear when loved ones are ill.
I personally think workers in other occupations get a great deal more respect from society than your average bedside nurse.
I wouldn't ever dream of showing up to another person's workplace to tell him/her how to do the job, hover over the staff all day, and make threats when people aren't moving fast enough for me. This appalling level of personal disrespect is shown to bedside nurses on an almost daily basis and it makes me mentally sick.
Hello, I'm a 25 yr old male, soon to be 26, currently a project coordinator with a large financial institution, and I am considering switching to the medical field and pursuing nursing. I would like to become a nurse anesthetist, and in the mean time learn and grow as an ICU/ER RN. My current job is simply too boring. The business end does nothing for me, and I feel I am tied to a desk all day. I love helping others, and get great gratification out of this. However, I do have my concerns which I will list below.
*To those who are thinking they see this all the time and this thread is pointless, it's my understanding that the field is constantly changing and I am seeking advice from those who are aware, not those with an ungrounded opinion*
Is the field becoming overpopulated? Will I have issue finding something? Is 26 too old to begin a new career in this?
Is it worth the hard work and dedication to studying? I will be broke, and very busy, from now until I land an RN job...
Are there any benefits to being a male in this profession? Will I catch a lot of crap from females?
How is the stress factor? I heard the reason there are tons of out of shape nurses is because they wear themselves out at work and have no energy when their shift is over.
How is the pay? I've heard decent, however I've also heard starting off it can be rather disappointing.
I understand becoming a CRNA is like going through med school for nurses, and this excites me as I know I am an intelligent person. I am anxiously looking forward to the challenge. With that said, is this a realistic goal?
Esme12 you make it sound pretty rough. I know it won't be easy, so I appreciate your words of wisdom. Wouldn't CNAs do more menial tasks? I want to be in an ICU/ER, so hopefully the tasks won't be too insignificant : )
When I see people wanting to become CRNAs, it usually is about the money. Do you know what they do and the sheer amount of responsibility they have? CRNA schools are extremely competitive with most wanting at least three to five years in ICU. In addition, many nurse managers won't look at new grads in the icu and suggest a year or two of experience in med-surg. If you are willing to spend at least seven years of your life to become a crna, then by all means go for it. But the new grad nursing market is extremely flooded so expect it to take even longer to achieve your goal.
And I also want to add that CRNA school is not like "medical school for nurses." Not in the slightest. I don't mean to be rude, but it seems you could seriously benefit from more research before dedicating yourself to this endeavor.
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