Everyone wants to be a nurse... - page 5

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... Read More

  1. by   sukiathome
    I think it is a conjured up financial mess putting out the myth that there is a nursing shortage. I've met so many "nurses" that absolutely HATE what they are doing. Give them less than one full year..................I have yet to meet a new nurse that is not claiming she is trying to find her way OUT of this career called nursing. Nursing is NOT what the J&J commercials portray it as. I hate when people start spouting off their mouths about the high respect nurses get. That is just not true. Nurses get the blame when things go wrong. Nurses get sued. Nurses get written up for the stupidest things. Nurses that truly care about the patients often get dumped on by administration. Why? Because management and administration knows the nurse will do right for the patient. That often means not getting their lunch. Not going to the bathroom. Taking the verbal abuse by doctors. Charting while they are off the clock just so they don't get in trouble by getting overtime. Most of you nurses know what I am talking about.
  2. by   sukiathome
    you got it! They are still getting through. I am adjunct faculty for a nursing program and I could tell you stories! Students that have absolutely no business NOR any desire to be taking care of people. They still think they will meet and marry a rich doctor. Forgetting most of the smart doctors today are going to marry another doctor!
  3. by   sukiathome
    Nursing today requires you also be a good MANAGER. The nurse must constantly manage the care of the patient and her multitude of a million tasks to accomplish. So, do not think for one minute you will not be managing. You spend your day managing people and things to get done.
  4. by   everoo
    I live in Brevard County, Fl...
    We often see stronger needs for nurses in specialty areas or higher acuity units. I've never seen a shortage in med/surg units. There's so many RN programs around here that are pumping out so many new grads every semester that there's not enough hospitals to hire all of them. And the LTC or nursing homes are reluctant to hire RNs because they don't stay long and they also prefer LPNs.
    I keep hearing about a true shortage in North Dakota though...
  5. by   Natkat
    I went into nursing for the money. I have no regrets and I'm a darn good nurse. If you are a person with integrity and a strong work ethic, you'll do just fine.
  6. by   Natkat
    This is true of so many other schools that promise degrees and jobs. I know lots of people who went to school for,things such as medical assisting, surgery tech, radiology tech, etc., who spent a ton of money and couldn't find jobs. As long as the schools get their money they don't care.
  7. by   Natkat
    Hmmmm. Sour pickles. Are you off your meds?
  8. by   la_chica_suerte85
    Quote from time2go
    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.
    They'll figure it out when they go to clinicals for specialties that rarely have UAP help -- like L&D. Or, when they precept with a nurse who has too many high acuity total care patients.