Hey everyone! So I'm 18, I'll be attending college next fall, and I was planning on majoring in nursing. I've always been interested in medicine, I'm very much a people-person, I want a meaningful career, and I also want something with a lot of excitement and change. Nursing seemed like a really good choice for me ... but then I discovered this site. It seems like a lot of nurses are on here are tired, miserable, trapped, and just don't like their jobs. It scares me because I don't want to end up like that! I mean, I know that every job has its bad days, and obviously nothing is going to be perfect. I just want to make the right decision.
So I guess my question is this: is being a nurse really that bad? Should I stay as far away from it as possible? And if you're a nurse, would you pick a different career if you could do it all over again? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Oct 1, '13
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
I started as CNA in Fall 1973, LPN 77, RN 82....still love what I'm doing as RN affecting over 25,000 persons lives a year as Central Intake Manager in Home Health Agency. Planning to work 14 more years for 50year career.
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Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Oct 1, '13