I feel like they should change the title of this site to "reasons why my job sucks" - page 8

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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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    I agree with Esme that it seems like so many students are becoming nurses based on a pretty skewed image of what a nurse actually does. TV, of course, portrays nursing as some exciting "life and death" adventure, where doctors and nurses work side by side to save the life of the young, attractive patient. And when all is said and done, the nurses get to bask in the glory of having saved another life.

    Yeah, right. Real nursing is so different from that, I don't know where to begin.

    First of all, being a nurse is NOT really about saving lives in emergency situations. I said it before, I'll say it again, too many new grads confuse nurses with paramedics or something. Our job revolves around promoting health, easing suffering, and providing bedside care. Exciting "code" type stuff is just something we happen to participate in when the need arises. Even ER nurses spend most of their time triaging and treating decidedly UN-exciting patients.

    Second, we don't really work side by side with the doctors. They write the orders, we carry them out. That's pretty much it. I laugh my butt off when I see Dr House administer a med on TV. This never, ever happens. Nursing IS mostly the "grunt" work of healthcare. Resign yourself to it.

    Also, your patients 99%of the time will not be the attractive 30-something with some acute disease that can be cured so everyone can have a "yay team" moment. Your patients will almost always be much older and have chronic diseases that most definetly can NOT be cured. Your job will be to treat the symptoms and hopefully the pt will become stable enough to go home. This is the real meat and potatoes of hospital nursing.

    The reality of nursing is that it's a job that entails a HUGE amount of responsibility with very very little prestige or recognition. I don't think having a "calling" is necessary, but if you're looking to become a nurse for glamour or excitement, you'd do well to think long and hard before committing all the time and money....
    Last edit by BrandonLPN on Jan 20, '13
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    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.

    *** Yes I fully realize this but two things. First the fewer people who enter nursing the better for those of who are already nurses. Pay and working conditions for nurses have deteriated since the glut of nurse made itself felt in 2008. It's not new grads fault since the false and self serving "nursing shortage" propaganda mislead many people who would not have considered nursing to pursue nursing/ This was intentional false propaganda desinged to mislead people and it worked, very well.
    Second our world does not revolve around nursing students and new grads. You guys should feel lucky you are getting a view of the underbelly of nursing in advance. Most of us didn't have that oppertunity since there was no Allnurses when I graduated.

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    irst and most obvious question, Does anyone actually like being a Nurse?
    *** Yes! I love it! I have a fun and very rewarding job and am very well compensated for it. However the longer the glut of nurses continues the less that's true. Even my hospital, a hospital with a long history of treating it's nurses well is starting to realize that any of us can be replaced by a long line of new grads chomping at the bit to take our jobs
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    First of all, being a nurse is NOT really about saving lives in emergency situations
    *** Yes you are right. However just wanted to point out that there are nursing jobs like that. My job as full time rapid response nurse is like that about half the time.
    I notice that many grads think working in ER is going to be like that. I wish! When I worked ER the vast majority of my patients where 5 year olds with ear infections, little old ladied from the nursing home with severe constipation, older gentelmen with COPD or CHF exacerbation, and people looking for a doctors note to get out of work. A chest pain or minor trauma was a fun interlude between the patients I mentioned. Major trauma isn't even seen by many ER nurses since major traumas often bypass smaller hospitals and some trauma centers have trauma teams that don't include the ER staff.
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    If a bunch of strangers on the internet can dissuade someone from entering the profession, then they either aren't serious about nursing, or they're not meant for it. Either way, it's best to decide that early, but on your terms.
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    There are times I stay away from this site for many of the reasons other posters gave. But no one knows how it is except other nurses. Example: I won't out to dinner with a friend the other night, and we were talking about job stresses. She also knew I moved into another position, and I told her that giving up bennies for increased pay was worth it to me, plus I mentioned my rate (big mistake). She then told me, jokingly but not really, to never complain about my job stress again. Um.....Also, I could spend some time posting about the parts of my job that make me feel good. There's at least a few minutes of every shift that patients express their appreciation to me, or I've advocated for patients to make their care much better. That doesn't make the stress go away though. It just makes it more tolerable for a short period of time.
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    Nursing is such a broad field. There are so many types of nurses with varying degrees of expertise. Not all nursing positions hold the same stress levels.

    Once you have been a nurse for a while and if you ever get the experience of being a floor nurse, then you will understand. Until then, it is best to listen and learn.
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    Quote from SaoirseRN
    That was directed at Orion I believe, whose reply to that poster was quite shocking.
    This would be correct.
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    I don't want to speak for anyone else, but I'm guessing I'm not alone in this though....when I come to AN to vent, I am not trying to dissuade anyone from nursing. Likewise, I am not trying to "tell it like it is" or scare nursing students so they know what nursing "is really like." I vent on here to get support from other nurses, to realize I am not alone in the world of the problems associated with nursing, to learn how others have successfully dealt with difficult circumstances.

    This is a site for nurses to share their experiences, good and bad, with other nurses....not a place to read about sugar coated niceties of the job. If you want that go to:

    5 Careers That Let You Have Fun on the Job - Yahoo! Education

    Otherwise, you are aware of what experienced nurses talk about on AN. I don't mean to be harsh about it, but if you don't like it, don't come to AN.

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    Yes, i have nightmare awful shifts months on end! dont like it , you can leave. ehat i like about nursing is working3 twelves and the pay. i should have thought more of myself and done something else but for now $25/hr or so is good enough.
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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.
    How does any of this negate what that poster said? nursing world does not revilve around new grads . ........ we can post 363738585 vents withouy any consideration on how new garda or experienced nurses will perceive them.
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