Are you ashamed of being a nurse? - page 3

Hi everyone. Please respond and offer feedback on whether you are ashamed of or embarrassed about being a nurse; becoming a nurse; or considering nursing as a career. If you are ashamed or... Read More

  1. by   Nebby Nurse
    Wish I were a teacher, better hours,weekends and summers off. Better pay, better retirement.
  2. by   Huganurse
    Very proud to be a nurse.
    Last edit by Huganurse on Jun 30, '02
  3. by   bellap
    Wow! I just graduated last May and have been working as a nurse for 6 months now. I have read all of the above concerns and I can see how some of us feel the way we do. Where I work doctors try to embarass you by making you think that you are questioning their judgement, when after all, I found it not always up to par. They can also be rude! I find putting them in their place and showing respect helps in this matter. I also agree with the fact that nursing eats their young. I can't believe the things that I hear and see nurses do to each other. When I go home at the end of the shift there are days that I feel good about what I have accomplished and then there are other days when people expect too much from you and don't appreciate anything. I feel that I go out of my way to be a nurse and give the extra TLC when I can. But at times all people do is complain about what you didn't do!!! I have also wanted to be a nurse for a long time but put it off until my late 30's early 40's. I am now 45 and after what I have seen and heard and dealth with in the profession so far, I don't regret it one bit. I can honestly say that it was worth it!

    Bellap
  4. by   capgirl
    I love what I do, and fortunately, I think I am an effective nurse, despite all the struggle that goes on with staffing,etc. I also think that due to the shortage, the public looks at those of us that are in the trenches everyday with more respect. But the bottom line is that I respect myself, and what I do.
  5. by   tiklemesoftly2
    Ive never wanted to be anything else expect a nurse. I consider it and the care I provide as a calling in life. I am proud to do what I do... earning the trust of my patients, and tending to their needs. I have learned so much in this career.. not the clinical stuff..but things that have taught me about life.. and whats really important..Im not only PROUD to be a nurse... Im HONORED
  6. by   Miamipete001
    WOW, finally some POSITIVE responses on becoming a nurse. I was getting a little scared there. No, I'm kidding, I know there are always people crying, until they change there careers, and see how good they had it.

    Pete
  7. by   CaronRN58
    How nice to see all of the replys to this question. I have always been proud to be a nurse. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a nurse and still love it, warts and all. I keep reminding myself of this fact after a rough evening at work.
  8. by   PreemieRN
    Hello everyone. I too am proud to be a nurse. I give high quality patient care despite short staffing, high acquities and occasional disrespect. After 15 years in the business,I know enough about myself and the importance of the care I give that any ignorant fool who chooses to disrespect me or tell me I'm not a professional can kiss off. If you know who you are and how important you are to patients and their families you should be proud and honored to be a nurse. It takes a very special person to do this job. 99% of the population could never do what we do every day.
  9. by   beckymcrn
    I am extremely proud to be a nurse. I wouldn't want to do anything else. Every once in a while when a patient or family member looks up at you and says "thank you!" that makes it all worth while. Unfortunately I am going to have to leave hospital nursing because of a back injury but I will always until the day I die be a nurse and very proud of my profession!!
  10. by   nsmith_rn
    AM I PROUD.... YES AND NO
    YES ON THE DAYS WHERE I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE... AND HELP SOMEONE...
    ON THE DAYS THAT STAFFING IS SO BAD AND THE FACILITY THAT I WORK FOR REFUSES TO CALL IN OUTSIDE AGENCY OR SHUT DOWN THE HOSPITAL TO ADMITS THEN NO I AM NOT.
    IT IS THEN THAT MY PATIENTS ARE IN MORE DANGER... THAT IS NOT NURSING TO ME... THAT IS LININGTHE CEO'S POCKET
    THAT IS NOT WHAT I GOT INTO NURSING FOR..
  11. by   john william
    I heard a commentator on the radio the other day say unless your making one hundred thousand a year by the time your fourty then you've made some bad career choices "unless your a teacher or a nurse" Proud....yes, but 100 thousand a year would make me a whole lot prouder!do you think there would be ANY shortage of nurses if we were all to get a check for 100 thousands dollars on our fourtieth birthday?!
  12. by   Heather Plate
    I TOO, AM PROUD TO BE A NURSE. IF I AM EVER ASHAMED OF WHAT I DO I HOPE I WOULD HAVE THE GOOD SENSE TO FIND ANOTHER PROFESSION. IF YOU LOOSE THE PASSION FOR WHAT YOU DO THEN YOU WILL NOT DO IT WELL. THE PEOPLE WE TAKE CARE OF AND TRUST US EACH DAY WITH DELIVERING THEIR MEDICAL DESERVE OUR BEST AND GIVING ANY LESS IS NOT RIGHT. DO I GO HOME AT NIGHT AND FEEL I HAVE DONE EVERYTHING I WANTED TO DO FOR MY PATIENTS? PROBABLY NOT BECAUSE THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH TIME OR HANDS IN A DAY, BUT I DO GO HOME FEELING THAT I HAVE DONE THE VERY BEST THAT I COULD DO FOR THE TIME I WAS THERE. I CAN'T IMAGINE ANY NURSE WHO IS STILL PRACTICING HER/HIS PROFESSION BEING ASHAMED OF IT. IF YOU ARE PLEASEE, PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE ANOTHER PROFESSION!!!
  13. by   iamme457
    I have never been ashamed of being a nurse. Occasionally I am disappointed of other nurses behaviors and judgements.

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