Everyone wants to be a nurse... - page 2

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There's a high demand in nurses. Everyone wants to become one! Do you think this is part of the economic recession and people just needing a job that is in high demand? Or, do you think people are genuinely interested in... Read More


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    Of course there's people out there who genuinely want to become a nurse to care for others, there are those who are in it for a paycheck, and people who have been laid off and were told to go into nursing because of it being ”recession proof” and a ”shortage.” At my nursing school orientation an instructor asked if every job paid $5.00 an hour and we could pick any job would it be nursing? I thought it was a valid question and it made people think. Pay is a factor but it shouldn't be the SOLE reason for a person to just jump up and say hey I want to be a nurse. If you're just in it for the money and have no desire whatsoever to care for a human being then you're going to become bitter and do a disservice not only to yourself but to your patients. A person doesn't have to have a calling or sleep, eat, and breathe nursing but at least have the desire to want to care for and help people. Everyone has their own reasons for pursuing nursing but I feel that it should be for the right reasons. I became a CNA in 2008 so that I could really see if I wanted to do nursing and it affirmed it for me. I wanted to do more to advance and now I'll be starting the BSN program next week. In my opinion if a person is thinking about becoming a nurse they should at least become a CNA or do something similar so they can see if it's something they want. There's so many people out there just wanting that paycheck and I feel that those ones will not last in the nursing profession that long and that's good thing. I look forward to starting the BSN program and would hope that people who aren't in it for the right reasons are weeded out.
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    Thank you Nurse2b209 I so agree with you on the CNA thing. I also got my CNA in 08 to "test the waters". I'm getting ready to start my 3d semester of a BSN program and the people in class who have never been CNAs or PCTs are pretty clueless. Some think there are things only the PCTs should do because nurses don't do that. They seem to think having a BSN will protect them from wiping butts or dealing with suction containers. I wouldn't let some of them even come through my door if I were a patient. In short, the thought behind my rant is that some type of "in the trenches" patient care should be a requirement for all nursing programs. Hopefully something will happen to make these folks change their course.
    DizzyLizzyNurse and Nurse2b209 like this.
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    Just a comment regarding the nursing shortage, I am currently in nursing school and have been able to work "On Call" for numerous staffing agencies throughout the years...we constantly get needs from all over the country for MS/ICU/NICU/CCU/ER that we can not fill, we have so many open orders.....this nursing shortage is what keeps the staffing agencies in business and what has allowed me to stay home with my children, work from home at night and attend nursing school full time during the day.....I am looking forward to becoming an RN, truly care and fully aware of the need for experienced quality staff...
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    Good question! I think it's a bit of both actually..from personal experience I've came across nursing students who are doing it for the money & benefits and some are in it because they love to be caring, assertive, passionate, and all the other qualities that nurses must be instilled with. As for me, personally, I'm doing it because I have the qualities of a nurse
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    I constantly hear this. I'm trying to figure out what other health care professionals (not vocational) in hospitals do you consider not be "caring, assertive, and passionate" ?
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    Those are just qualities of nursing I pointed out however, it may also fit under all other health career jobs as well. I know that there is HUGE demand of physical therapists and Registered Massage Therapists...well at least where I live. It's in so much demand that were is competition between companies over those who apply for a job...I went to my physio and he said it is so hard to hire a person because they are looking for a certain individual. One that isn't arrogant and actually considers the patients need, is their advocate, is caring and polite. He's been in the business for 15 years....so in any health career job that you willingly pursue you must remember you are dealing with patients so it is most certainly relevant to have these necessitous qualities. For instance, if there are rude physio therapists dealing with a patient, I highly and strongly doubt that they'd ever go back to give them business again. Same goes for nurses for example, if you are rude and don't take into account of the patient's needs, you're going to have a bad reputation as well as complaints from patients.

    That's why it is so important that any health care professionals exceed in these definite qualities. This is just my opinion.
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    Quote from SlaveHeart
    Wait, I thought the nursing shortage was a myth. Is the myth over and the shortage here?
    *** Not a myth. False, self-serving propaganda put out by those who stand to gain financialy from a glut of nurses.
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    Quote from ygonzales
    we constantly get needs from all over the country for MS/ICU/NICU/CCU/ER that we can not fill, we have so many open orders.....this nursing shortage is what keeps the staffing agencies in business and what has allowed me to stay home with my children, work from home at night and attend nursing school full time during the day.....I am looking forward to becoming an RN, truly care and fully aware of the need for experienced quality staff...
    *** An abundance of open positions in no way indicates a shortage of nurses. It may well indicate poor working conditions, low pay, or abundant oppertunities for people with nurses skills and critical thinking.
    Even during times when there were many, many open staff nurse positions there were still plenty of nurses around. It's just that many choose not to submit themselves to the working conditions being offered for the compensation offered.
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    Quote from ygonzales
    Just a comment regarding the nursing shortage, I am currently in nursing school and have been able to work "On Call" for numerous staffing agencies throughout the years...we constantly get needs from all over the country for MS/ICU/NICU/CCU/ER that we can not fill, we have so many open orders.....this nursing shortage is what keeps the staffing agencies in business and what has allowed me to stay home with my children, work from home at night and attend nursing school full time during the day.....I am looking forward to becoming an RN, truly care and fully aware of the need for experienced quality staff...
    No disrespect intended- but you too will be considered one of those new grads who can not attain your first nursing position.

    I assume you are clerical staff not a licensed nurse and you did state you are' filling orders' for those positions. Experienced nurses who have not been at the acute care bedside for 2 years can't fill those open positions you mentioned- I've been in M/S tele for the past 30 years as an RN but have not been doing acute care bedside for 2 years and I can't fill those M/S positions. There are very experienced RN's out there, many of them who are very qualified to fill those positions but the hospitals have locked those positions- 'recent experience', Their criteria is: "within the past 2 years!!" That eliminates any RN with experience who has not been in one of those positions in the past 2 years and any new grad. The hospitals don't want those positions filled!!
    DizzyLizzyNurse and elprup like this.
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    Quote from ygonzales
    Just a comment regarding the nursing shortage, I am currently in nursing school and have been able to work "On Call" for numerous staffing agencies throughout the years...we constantly get needs from all over the country for MS/ICU/NICU/CCU/ER that we can not fill, we have so many open orders.....this nursing shortage is what keeps the staffing agencies in business and what has allowed me to stay home with my children, work from home at night and attend nursing school full time during the day.....I am looking forward to becoming an RN, truly care and fully aware of the need for experienced quality staff...
    I'd be interested to see you findings of how many positions are being filled with new graduate, inexperienced nurses.
    DizzyLizzyNurse, PMFB-RN, and SunDazed like this.


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