This board has me worried...
- 0Apr 30, '02 by GraceMI am 32 years old, and until I came to this board, I was seriously considering going to nursing school to be an RN.
Is there anyone out there who is satisfied with their nursing job? All careers have advantages and disadvantages, and I am sure nursing is no different. But why are people so unhappy?
Many of my friends and family are trying to discourage me from nursing. I am starting to think they are right.
Can someone give me a more even handed idea of what nursing is like, with the good and the bad included?
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- 0Apr 30, '02 by Fgr8OutHey Grace,
I understand your confusion. My first question to you would be, "why are you considering the Profession of Nursing?" My second question would be "what are the reasons your family object to when they try and talk you out of entering Nursing?"
You have a unique opportunity here, Grace, in that you get to hear ALL sides of Nursings stories... good and bad. You are already aware that at this time, Nurses face overwhelming challenges and frustrations from both their employers, patients and public opinion. You hear the horror stories of Nurses overburdened with too many patients and not enough time to properly care for them. You read the posts of Nurses who are faced with coworkers who are uncooperative, angry and unwilling to see outside the proverbial "box."
But I would hope you also see in these posts all of us who DO love our work and who are PROUD to be in this Profession and would choose no other.
I can't even begin to imagine how difficult a decision it is in these times to choose Nursing. But I can't imagine myself being in any other Profession, because Nursing is what I enjoy. The many frustrations I have from time to time I can put aside when I reflect on all the GOOD I do for my Community. I'm sure these feelings are shared by many others on this Board who also love their work... hate the politics... and choose to stay in Nursing and do their part to make a difference in spite of it all.
Whatever you decide, Grace... decide it because it is what YOU choose... And not because someone else tells you differently. Best of luck to you
- 0Apr 30, '02 by Cindy_AGrace,
Nursing is a hard job, but I think a very rewarding one. This is a place for nurses to vent their frustrations, because nobody understands a nurse like another nurse! In every profession, you will find people who don't like their jobs. I'm an LPN who will be graduating this May with my RN, and I wouldn't change a thing!
Of course I still have to pass the NCLEX!
I would advise you to get some experience, like a CNA to see if you like it. You could also volunteer in a hospital or find out if you could "shadow" a nurse for a day.
- 0Apr 30, '02 by amdrnHi Grace,
Believe you me, there are times when I plan on going to Wal-Mart for an application to be a greeter at the door. Most times, especially when I see a patient get better and know I played a part in that, I know nursing is great. I'm not going to blow smoke up your butt and tell you nursing isn't difficult, demanding, frustrating at times. On the other side of the coin, over the course of my 23yrs., it has been enriching, rewarding etc....
When I started, nurses received respect. That certainly has been lost some where.
Someone else asked you why you want to be a nurse? I pose the same question.
Good Luck in your decision.
- 0May 1, '02 by l.raeGrace, Only you can answer this question, honest, 22 years ago I thought the white uniforms and caps looked neat. haha. But once I was in I was hooked. So many people say to me "I could never do what you do." IMHO, nursing is a calling. Sometimes I still ask myself why I want to be a nurse, and I still don't have a clear answer. There is a deep gratification in this career in spite of the crisis that has defined nursing lately. The gratification comes from touching others lives in meaningful ways that no other profession can offer. Gratification comes from the physical and mental challanges we face each shift. If this excites you then go for it. Don't worry if you can't articulate to others exactly why you want to be a nurse. Good luck
- 0May 3, '02 by BeeStrongGrace,
Congratulations, it takes a brave and strong person to even think about being a nurse; it is true that you should think long and hard about your reasons for going into the profession, it is certainly not for wimps!! I love it and have been in nursing for over 25 years. Tried other jobs and just didn't get the satisfaction that comes from knowing you actually helped someone who really needed it. There is respect from those who experience what you actually do for them; there is respect for those who deserve it. Just wearing the uniform will not automatically guarantee respect....you really do have to earn it; and you can go home knowing that you did your level best to help people who were suffering. There are times you will be in tears from frustration, and times you will be angry, but if you always treat your co-workers and patients with respect and sensitivity, the rewards are tremendous. Best wishes to you, whatever you decide,
- 0May 3, '02 by SleepyeyesMy mother was an artist, in addition to being an excellent caretaker for the family, with its multitude of physical maladies.
She always tried to discourage me from nursing because it was not a true "profession," in her opinion. "You're smarter than that," she'd insist. I always leaned toward it because it is a calling; just couldn't articulate why I felt that pull, and worse, I couldn't give her a rational answer.
Finally, after years of being a CNA and really needing her support before I tackled the ADN program, she moaned again about "Why I had to pick nursing."
I got so exasperated that I found myself blurting, "Geez Ma, healing is an ART. And just like you're good at your kind of art, I'm good at this kind of art. So we're both artists, ok????"
The little light bulb went on. She giggled and said, "OK," and has never uttered another negative word about nursing. She has been very supportive, in fact. :kiss
In fact, now that I've turned into the health care consultant for the entire family, she seems....proud. e
- 0May 3, '02 by micrograce,
what a beautiful name,
don't let any persuade you or dissuade you,
if i had my druthers i would be on top of a mountain contemplatin life......but bills have to be paid.......
I wouldn't trade nursing for any other career, because it is where I fit in this workaday world.............
in health care, it is totally a unique experience and not one that can be put into words succinctly, you just have to want to do it and have to really want to do it to stay with it.........
you will be a great nurse, should you so choose
- 0Jun 7, '02 by neuroRNNursing can be frustrating and hard at times, but it is so rewarding. For me the satisfaction comes from knowing that I have made a difference in so many peoples lives. And I always remember what my instructor in nursing school would say, "What other job could you have where you get a hug at the end of the day and know that it is all worth it?"
- 0Jun 7, '02 by nursedawn67I love being a nurse....I just don't like the burden of so many residents to one nurse and how they can be overworked....I don't get how the state and government can leave nurse to patient/resident ratio so bad. I feel I could do better nursing if I didn't have so many residents to look after.