I feel like they should change the title of this site to "reasons why my job sucks" - page 3

by hershdawg 28,001 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


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    It's probablly like any other job- some jobs suck donkey ***.We vent about it. Just happens at this time that many many nursing jobs do suck, Many employers suck. We keep doing it cause we need the job and may not be able to do anything else.
    So we seek out the vent threads to vent.
    If you do look hard enough, there are a few threads about nurse who like their jobs. But I bet they dont work acute care or LTC, LOL.
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    OP, you're complaining about people complaining and in the same breath asking for people's pet peeves...see how screwy that is?? People generally don't come on here to talk about how awesome their day was because they can talk to others about that. No one but nurses understand how horrible things can be on a bad day. Sorry if this is bursting your new grad bubble but that's real life.
    I personally love nursing and can't imagine doing anything else, but sometimes I want to give my entire ED pillow therapy!!
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    Quote from hershdawg
    I never said anything about the job being unicorns and rainbows or anything along those lines. I am in no way saying that nursing or any job in existence is like that, so forgive me if I gave the wrong impression. Yes I know there are downsides and that not everyone here posts with regards to new grads. I am just saying does anyone enjoy there job? plain and simple.
    You probably should've just asked that. The way you worded your original post is just begging for attack. This isn't a forum for new nurses, it includes new nurses but isn't all about that. Why would anyone refrain from talking about how they feel because it may make someone think they chose the wrong profession? Is it better if they pretend they like all aspects when in reality half the time they leave feeling like they got hit by a truck? You will find may positive stories here too. The reality is most new nurses and students have no clue what it's really like. ( Myself included) Nursing school is nothing like the real world.

    "No day but today"
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    So if I post a "vent" thread once a week, the means I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 positive experiences. If nurses came here every time they had a positive experience then the server would probably explode!

    Put another way....if I relieve a CA patient's pain, comforted a patient given a tough diagnosis, saved the life of a patient that arrested, and other positive experiences, I can go to friends and family and share (without identifying details of course) and they understand that it was an experince that, while maybe difficult, really was nice for me. On the other hand, if I have a drug seeker who demanded dilaudid, a family member who read me the riot act because the blanket I got for their mother was not fully warmed, and another person comes in for the same dental pain for the 5th time and asks for cab slip...again, then I need to share it with others who have been in those situations. I need to know that other nurses go through the same thing--and that nursing is incredible rewarding even if you have to put up with these annoying situations. Only the fellow nurses on AN can provide that person with whom to talk.
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    Quote from Ruas61
    Oh, by the way, most people post here without regard to new grads because they are not the epicenter of our existence or jobs or topics .
    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.
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    I think this thread needs to be redirected. From what I am reading from the OP's post, I don't think they are trying to attack anyone or make assumptions. It was a simple observation that they made and decided to voice. So now they are wondering if people really do enjoy nursing or is it just another job? How about we just stick with that theme?

    For I, as a nursing student, would like to know as well.
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    Wow, just wow. I only worked 2 months after graduating to realize that 90% of nursing sucks. I didn't need this website to tell me that. But time and time again I've come to this website and then walked away feeling so hopeless and depressed. The negativity on this website is overwhelming. I'm completely done with all of you. The majority of you are probably the same nurses working right next to me who help make my job a living hell. Consider me gone. In my nursing career, I'll just be the one keeping my head down and not listening and contributing to your gossip and griping at work. I'll grin and bear my extremely hard job, but not with you on this website who hate us new grads so much. I'll find an outlet elsewhere.
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    Quote from Orion81
    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.
    Please report me and my post if you think it is needed. Thank you for pointing that out and informing me of what I owe you.
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    I think that much like anything nursing has it's ups and downs, and the whole health care industry is going through a down period. It's nasty out there- sorry to break it to you guys. It's not your nursing instructors jobs to tell you that being a nurse is more like being a waitress, a lackey, and a janitor than you'd want to realize, and not that it's our job either but that's how it is for health care workers. We're the puppets of the suits and ties and high heels- we do what they command, and they get a nice little something something to pad their fat little wallets. A patient's family member snaps their fingers and tells us to fetch them a cold drink, while we're en route to get someone their pain medicine and it's our job to tip our proverbial hats and say yes ma'am with a spring in our step. And then when we fetch them their cold drink and they "didn't ask for this much ice" then we simply smile and apologize as though we just severed their finger and fetch them another. Why? Because if we don't- we're out the door on our compassionate fannies because someone complained that we didn't fill the glass to exactly 46.34% full of ice...but you know, we'd be out the door anyways, because in the 15 minutes it took to fill a glass of water to a pleasing level, our patient with the 19/10 pain complained to the patient rep that it took 15 minutes too long for us to get their pain meds.

    We may have gone to school to be nurses because we cared about people, we might have gone because we find the medical field fascinating, we might have gone because it's good money, but those points are all null and void now because it's not about that- it's about customer service, it's about PR, and it's about putting on a good act like we care about our patients, but we really care about corporate and making some more money for corporate. And meanwhile they're taking away our holiday pay, they're giving us $10 "gift cards" that actually came from our own blasted paychecks!! Nursing has gone from being a noble profession to a nasty, cat-fighting competitive industry that's all about the money, baby.

    ...my favorite part of my job is when babies roll their eyes at me...
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    Quote from Orion81
    Wow, just wow. I only worked 2 months after graduating to realize that 90% of nursing sucks. I didn't need this website to tell me that. But time and time again I've come to this website and then walked away feeling so hopeless and depressed. The negativity on this website is overwhelming. I'm completely done with all of you. The majority of you are probably the same nurses working right next to me who help make my job a living hell. Consider me gone. In my nursing career, I'll just be the one keeping my head down and not listening and contributing to your gossip and griping at work. I'll grin and bear my extremely hard job, but not with you on this website who hate us new grads so much. I'll find an outlet elsewhere.
    Orion81, I replied recently to a question you had on ACLS. Don't stop asking questions here. I always answer questions for any one where I feel I can offer a reasonable answer. Many nurses on this forum are happy to help students/new grads. Ignore the negativity. There are positive people on this forum too.
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