I feel like they should change the title of this site to "reasons why my job sucks" - page 12
by hershdawg 27,763 Views | 233 Comments
People on here need to realize that when you complain on here (and for some that all those individuals do) it really dissuades us new grads from continuing into the profession. First and most obvious question, Does anyone... Read More
- 0Jan 20, '13 by SleeepyRNQuote from Orion81Looking past the obvious palpable anger in the post, I do understand and actually agree with one point. We all agree that you don't really learn nursing until you are a nurse right? Well, who do we learn that from? Of course we learn as much as possible ourselves (We are accountable for our own learning) but much of what we learn is from seasoned nurses. You are our greatest asset. And in that sense, you are our "teachers." Where would we be 10 years from now without you all? Basically still new grads hopefully not killing our patients.How unbelievably, offensively rude. And you know what? I don't care what you think. When you became a nurse, you took on the role as teacher and role model for all nurses following you. THAT is the REALITY. Whether you like it or not, YOU are our teacher. You better hope to hell we new grads don't have nurses like you who we are trying to look up to when YOU are the patient in the hospital. I love learning from experienced nurses. Guess what? You better care how you are teaching us. WE are the future experienced nurses taking care of your kids. I never disrespected experienced nurses til I became a part if this website and saw how much we new grads are despised by so many of you. Its like "how dare anyone after us become a nurse and try to learn." Yeah, the NERVE of us.
As far as venting. I see both sides of it. We need a place to come where others understand us. Our family members, as much as they may try, most of the time, simply don't. I for one WISH I read some of the vents on here before say my last semester of nursing. To learn some of the realities ahead of time and how to deal with those situations when they arose. On the other hand, when I've already had a bad day, it can be taxing to read others problems as well. The solution? If the negativity of a post is really bothersome, don't continue to read it. I admit I sometimes do that. Sometimes I find myself feeling like, "is there any light at the end of the tunnel?" So, at that time, I stop reading, shut my computer off, and watch a good comedy to make me laugh. I am accountable to my happiness in my career, not the nurses here on AN, not the nurses I work with. I am actually giving a speech in my speech class next week on our profession. So many of the students in the class are CNA's or taking pre-req's for nursing. This is my opportunity to tell them to research what they are getting into. Not bad mouth nursing, but give them the resources to go to to better prepare themselves for what they are in for.
One more thing. I don't understand the "entitlement" of new grads. I am a new grad. I feel no sense of entitlement. I'm grateful for any advice, words of wisdom... I personally haven't seen this. But apparently, seasoned nurses see this. Perhaps some of it is misinterpretation? I don't know. I just don't get it. How can you be completely new to something and feel entitled? I mean, that's crazy. So the only thing I can think of is that very few new grads DO believe themselves to be entitled, and/or their actions/words are misinterpreted.
- 1Jan 20, '13 by prnqdayStudents and newgrads should realize that this is a place to vent. As others have suggested, it would be wiser not open threads that may be a vent.
If nursing is what you want to do then no one, and I mean no one should make you feel otherwise. Once you become a nurse you will soon realize what we are venting about. Experience is the best teacher.
- 0Jan 20, '13 by rubatoNursing student here. I love reading the rants and vents. I figure if I'm getting the the inside scoop of the under staffing, under appreciation, annoying families, ignorant patients, unsupportive higher ups, ungrateful doctors and exhaustion that comes with my future job, I'll be prepared for the worst. I can then focus on the aspects of the job that are rewarding and fulfulling.
- 1Jan 20, '13 by SleeepyRNQuote from hershdawgIt just didn't come off as your main point. The initial statement came off a bit offensive "you need to realize that...." as if when someone posts, their initial thougth needs to be, "how is this going to affect nursing students view of nursing." I'm btw a new grad myself. Only graduated just last May. I worked in a hospital as a sitter and patient care tech for three years befores graduating though, so I knew many of the downfalls of healthcare. The people we are helping can come off as very ungrateful during their time of stress and illness, so I'm glad that I knew I was getting into that. Many other aspects though, the nurse was kind of my shield. I could always say, "I'll get the the nurse." Just like in nursing school. "I'll ask my instructor, or talk to your nurse." Ohhh, the days of protection. I wouldn't change my career choice for the world though, and I've been called every name in the book by patients. I've been belitttled. Its all how you chose to view things. Are you going to let it get to you and ruin your day, or are you going to realize that you have control over your actions, and with some training, your emotions.Oh I was just wondering.
Thanks for everyone else for their replies so far, but let me mention then again that I know its not unicorns and butterflies and baby bunnies and ****. The main point was that whether or not you enjoy your job and if it was as bad as everyone makes it or if everyone is just venting. Thanks for the replies.
- 3Jan 20, '13 by Wave WatcherIf new grads or students are relying on someone else's opinion as to whether or not they are/did make the right choice or how they should feel about their job.......get counseling. Be your own person....don't rely on strangers opinions or attitudes to guide yours. Oh, my last job sucked. My new job rocks.
- 2Jan 20, '13 by IndiCRNAQuote from nurseladybug12(chuckle, chuckle) You got THAT from my message? Do you have poor reading comprehension or are you deliberately misrepresenting what Isaid?I did not realize that people had to stop pursuing their dreams or their education to provide you with job stability. I am a new nurse and I worked my butt off to get to where I am and I am sorry if there are many more of us to replace you.
- 4Jan 20, '13 by jadelpn GuideQuote from Orion81Well one must care what we think, else one would not come here seeking whatever it is one is seeking. I did NOT become a nurse to be a role model or a teacher of all nurses following me. That is NOT reality. Ones' parents are one's role models and teachers. That is what they sign up for when they have kids. One's clincal instructors are ones' teachers. That is what they do for a living. One's preceptor watches over to make sure no one gets maimed, killed or otherwise is breathing when the day is done--once professors and clinical instructors teach what one needs to know. And IF one is applying character and practice on what is read on a message board, (hence the "hope you are never our patient" comment) then perhaps it should be thought about again-- disrespect based on what you read here? Seriously? Really think on that one, as it seems to be offensive and rude, the very thing that is coming across as so "distasteful" And further, if responses are read before reacting, various comments are usually aimed at someone's attitude of knowing it ALL as a new grad, or vents that end with "good" excuses on why one makes a mistake as a new grad, as opposed to the general "new grad" status. The expectation is that you learn in school and in clinicals. In the working world is where you APPLY what you have ALREADY learned. And with EXPERIENCE you do it better. The REALITY is that it doesn't always come easy, cheap, or each day is met with a glitter parade. We are talking about patient's lives, not some canibalistic mean old bat nurse who perhaps doesn't think one needs a medal each time one critically thinks successfully. Honestly, the world doesn't revolve around one person.How unbelievably, offensively rude. And you know what? I don't care what you think. When you became a nurse, you took on the role as teacher and role model for all nurses following you. THAT is the REALITY. Whether you like it or not, YOU are our teacher. You better hope to hell we new grads don't have nurses like you who we are trying to look up to when YOU are the patient in the hospital. I love learning from experienced nurses. Guess what? You better care how you are teaching us. WE are the future experienced nurses taking care of your kids. I never disrespected experienced nurses til I became a part if this website and saw how much we new grads are despised by so many of you. Its like "how dare anyone after us become a nurse and try to learn." Yeah, the NERVE of us.