This has been bothering me for awhile now, so I have to vent. I am so sick and tired of hearing from others that nursing "sucks" Lately whenever I tell people I am entering nursing school, I get the rolling eyes and the sorrowful look. You know what? SAVE IT. They say the money isn't good. Guess what, I am making a piddly 25 grand now for busting my behind. I am quite looking forward to doubling my salary. Maybe the people who hate it should not have gone into the field. It does take a special person. I can honestly think of thousands of instances in everyday life where people are opposed to things. It is called personal preference and this is what my preference is. I just wish I would get some respect in my decision to do this and other nurses would encourage, rather than criticize. Thank you
It isn't ALL bad but most of the complaints are legitimate. I truly hope conditions have improved significantly for you and other graduates when you complete school so you don't burn out.
It is INCREDIBLY stressful to be stretched beyond your limits and you can't properly care for your pts....add the fact that regardless how much effort you put into it, sweat, blood and guts....you aren't appreciated and to top it off you receive the brunt of complaints from pts, families, MD's, administration, a single mistake can kill...throw a dash of HIPPA and JACHO and you're headed for the looney bin.
I'm sorry if the truth is hard to digest....but it IS the truth.
Again, I hope your experiences are much more positive than mine.
The ONLY reasons I've stayed in it this long is that I enjoy helping people, I'm always learning and I get paid enough so I can return to school and learn another profession before my body wears out.
I've worked in many other jobs as well and the stress level is much worse in nursing....but that is just my opinion.
Good luck! Hope you find your niche in nursing.
Last edit by Furball on May 18, '03