Men Do you regret your Nursing Career?
- 0Sep 13, '07 by philanurse2bI'm currently working on pre-reqs to get my BSN. I'm wondering do current nurses enjoy their job? I have been reading other forums, and am getting kinda nervous about choosing nursing as a career. Would you recommend nursing as a career?
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- 1Sep 14, '07 by nursemikeNo regrets, here. If it was all fun, all the time, I'd have to stand in line and pay admission, but it can be very satisfying.
I think it's almost inevitable to have moments of regret, or at least doubt, during school and the first year of practice. You'll have to decide for yourself about the whole "nurses eat their young" debate. It hasn't been my experience, but even in a very supportive environment, it's a tough transition. If you don't occassionally feel like giving up, you probably aren't getting the full experience--or maybe you just have lot's of self-confidence. (Then again, I seem to recall that I had lots of self-confidence, before nursing!)
As is probably true of most endeavors, the feeling of accomplishment is proportional to the difficulty of the challenge. I have, on occasion, left the floor wondering what there was in this world that I couldn't do, if I set my mind to it. For me, at least, that outweighs the few times I've left the floor wondering whether I was really adequate for this job.
In between those extremes, there are lots of times when you might not be making life-or-death decisions--many patients will get better as long as nobody kills them--but you've helped someone be more comfortable and possibly recover more quickly, or headed off a problem before it became life-threatening.
Plus, I look damned good in scrubs.
- 0Sep 14, '07 by mageeanAs a male nurse with 30 experience working with Dementia sufferers, I can state clearly that I have enjoyed every day of it. I started as a Nursing aid, the trained and have worked at all levels including head of Service. Thorougly enjoyed the Challenges, camaradarie of colleagues and am now looking forward to retirement in 3 weeks (10th Oct)
- 0Sep 15, '07 by CraigBSN02Do I regret it? Oh HELLLLLLS NAW!!!!
It's hard, can be frustrating, and trying at times. This is a great profession, with good pay (if you know how to look for the good paying jobs) and good respect from the public. People who look down on me cause I am 'just a nurse'... it's their insecurity and misinformation. That doesn't affect me.
Besides, if being at the bedside ain't yer thing.... get out and do something else. Having a nursing degree (especially a bachelors) opens hundreds of doors. Like technology?? Get a masters in informatics. Wanna shoot for the sky? Get yer MBA and become a CEO of your hospital. Want to be a lone wolf? Certify in flight nursing and call all the shots. Sky is truly the limit for a nursing degree
- 0Sep 18, '07 by ThunderwolfBeen a RN for 22 years now....no regrets. I like how nursemike stated, "if you don't occasionally feel like giving up, you probably aren't getting the full experience" and "the feeling of accomplishment is proportional to the difficulty of the challenge". Nursing as a field is what we as men make it or make of it. There are tons of opportunities and options for a man to grow in here. In my opinion, an excellent career choice.