No need to be upset at the truth! Change careers

  1. 19 One thing that has baffled me on this website is individuals always are up in arms when the truth is, if you have no passion for the profession you need to make life decisions for yourself. Most individuals come on allnurses.com to complain about the nursing profession, long hours, nursing staff, arrogant doctors. The truth is, this is not Mcdonalds where you work the job because it's a requirement for survival. You entered into college and chose a profession that makes you miserable, spent countless hours studying a subject that you have no interest in, and entered the work field to make others who are passionate about their careers miserable. Yet, many complain that the healthcare field has taken a turn for the worse. Has it ever occurred to those same individuals, if there was no passion for the career to begin with there would be none after starting your first, second, third, or even tenth position?

    Maybe it's my family values that taught me, if I don't love what I do there is no way I will ever be successful in life. Success is not defined by the basic salary, but level of contentment with my life all together.

    So I say, if you hate nursing make life decisions so the rest of us can enjoy our jobs.
    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 13, '12 : Reason: spacing
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  3. Visit  Altra profile page
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    Thanks for the post, griffinchet. It's not unique to nursing, either. Plenty of folks in all fields wake up one day and say, "I just don't want to do this anymore ..." The average adult's work life spans 40 or more years ... in that time it's not out of the question that abilities, preferences and priorities will change.
    anotherone, aachavez, itsmejuli, and 2 others like this.
  4. Visit  Been there,done that profile page
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    You are blaming the victim.

    Many nurses entered the field with high hopes to be able to care for the sick.

    Corporate society has taken that from us... with their goal of PROFITS!

    Don't we wish we could move on to a job that didn't beat us up.... it is simply not do- able for the vast majority...

    therefore,,,

    allow us the luxury to vent.
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    Quote from Been there,done that
    You are blaming the victim.

    Many nurses entered the field with high hopes to be able to care for the sick.

    Corporate society has taken that from us... with their goal of PROFITS!

    Don't we wish we could move on to a job that didn't beat us up.... it is simply not do- able for the vast majority...

    therefore,,,

    allow us the luxury to vent.
    You are a self inflicted victim. Although there may have been economic tough times, what would make you choose such a serious career field for the sake of a dollar? I cant--->>
  6. Visit  That Guy profile page
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    Quote from griffinchet
    You are a self inflicted victim. Although there may have been economic tough times, what would make you choose such a serious career field for the sake of a dollar? I cant--->>
    $$$ speaks....volumes at that. I hate to say it but I like nursing because it does allow me to have a lot better life than if I was a medic. It simply pays a lot more. Am I terrible person for that?
  7. Visit  RNGriffin profile page
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    Quote from That Guy
    $$$ speaks....volumes at that. I hate to say it but I like nursing because it does allow me to have a lot better life than if I was a medic. It simply pays a lot more. Am I terrible person for that?
    I am not implying you are a terrible human being if nursing provides you a sense of security financially. Would I volunteer to nurse if my bills were behind, probably so. But, I would also have another place of employment. Would I run off to get an accounting degree tomorrow because they are now in high demand & well compensated, absolutely not! This is the logic I can't understand about some individuals. They're so fickle to whatever is paying well, and never finding security in the basis of the passion.
    Nursing today, accounting tomorrow, computers next week, and a pilot next year!!
    RN In FL and OnlybyHisgraceRN like this.
  8. Visit  fakebee profile page
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    Where is your assumption that all nurses that are unhappy with their career choice are only in it for the money coming from? My personal experience is that the majority of nurses that I know who are unhappy with nursing are unhappy because they believe the wage scale is not commensurate with the level of responsibility and liability the job entails. In my nursing class, the majority of students were second career people, who switched careers not because they wanted more money but because they found their previous choices unrewarding on personal or professional levels. I graduated in 1996 during better economic times and the majority of my cohorts(about 80 percent) continue to work in nursing in some capacity.
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    Quote from fakebee
    Where is your assumption that all nurses that are unhappy with their career choice are only in it for the money coming from? My personal experience is that the majority of nurses that I know who are unhappy with nursing are unhappy because they believe the wage scale is not commensurate with the level of responsibility and liability the job entails. In my nursing class, the majority of students were second career people, who switched careers not because they wanted more money but because they found their previous choices unrewarding on personal or professional levels. I graduated in 1996 during better economic times and the majority of my cohorts(about 80 percent) continue to work in nursing in some capacity.
    If the shoe fits wear it, if it doesn't pass it along. The original post was geared at the individuals who state nursing is a choice only for money. As I stated, we are all stressed at some point. Am I happy everyday with my job, no! Will I jump the gun to say "I hate nursing"; absolutely not! --->>>
  10. Visit  fakebee profile page
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    For a lot of people their work is but a small part of their identity, they don't have to be passionate about work in order to feel successful at work or in life as a whole. WHat they do is such a small part of who they are that they don't need that validation. I sometimes wish I was more like that. Research sAys the average adult changes careers six times during a lifetime. I'm pretty sure not all those changes are motivated by changing passions.
    Aurora77, DizzyLizzyNurse, OCNRN63, and 9 others like this.
  11. Visit  RNGriffin profile page
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    Quote from fakebee
    For a lot of people their work is but a small part of their identity, they don't have to be passionate about work in order to feel successful at work or in life as a whole. WHat they do is such a small part of who they are that they don't need that validation. I sometimes wish I was more like that. Research sAys the average adult changes careers six times during a lifetime. I'm pretty sure not all those changes are motivated by changing passions.
    Predictable post! I am aware that work is not the entire being of my existence or of yours. Yet, the decisions I make in my life reflect who I am. Therefore, my career is a reflection of who I am and what I will be remembered for.
    RN In FL, Woodenpug, and MA_Davis like this.
  12. Visit  Mulan profile page
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    Judgmental, much?
    anotherone, OhioITNurse, Designer NP, and 18 others like this.
  13. Visit  pat8585 profile page
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    to the OP, incompetent managament has contributed to the downfall of health care.
    Many bright, enthusiastic people enter nursing with the best of intentions only to have their first
    job suck the life out of them.

    I think management forgets they were once (or should have been) a new nurse that actually cared.
    OCNRN63, Rose_Queen, nuangel1, and 6 others like this.
  14. Visit  MA_Davis profile page
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    I agree with OP. A career is loving what you do. If you don't love what you do than maybe just maybe it's not for you. Yeah it's ok to complain sometimes but if it is draining you of being who you really want to be. Or it's making you flat out miserable...DONT DO IT...I get irritated when I hear people saying they go into nursing just for the money..and most of the time those are the nurses walking around making patients feel uncomfortable because they carry that negative attitude around with them.

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