Need to hear from happy RNs - page 2

by Winnie

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After 10 years of dreaming of going back to nursing school, I was just about ready to take the plunge. That is until I came to this board. I have read so many comments from RNs who are very dissatisfied with their chosen... Read More


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    I am an RN and just saying that makes me estatic. I am happier than I ever thought possible. I was only active about a year before I took a 7-year break to have children. I thought my career was impossible to revive ~ then suddenly, miraculously, a job was just dropped in my lap and now I am once again employed and loving it. Being with the patients is great, even the doctors...I love being a nurse ~ I know how important it is and how meaningful and I could never make as much $ anywhere else...the reason you're seeing so many negative things is that most nurses come here to vent. If it was that bad, they wouldn't be here ~ they'd just get out and do something else. I was.......BORN TO BE A NURSE
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    I am very happy to read positive postings. I think that nurses need to value themselves.
    I have read a lot about money. I have to ask the question, How many of us went into nursing for the money? If you did, I guess you made the wrong choice.
    I hear complaints about mandatory overtime. Next time you interview for a position find out what the Internal Policy on Mandatory Overtime is. As I understand it, if there is a policy stating the facility can mandate overtime, and you accept the position, you have to work the mandatory overtime. I feel that we need to educate ourselves and our peers.
    I am currently an ADON in LTC. I have a stable staff and no mandatory overtime in my facility. I have a team that works well together. My wish for all of you is that you find a place as nice as mine. NA
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    Hi winnie,

    I love being a nurse. Do I find it frustrating and sometimes unrewarding, yes. But when you can help a patient or family member, it's all worthwhile, just to get a thank you, you made a difference. Nursing is the type of profession you either love or hate. There is no middle ground. I work in a hospital and it can get quite harrowing at times, that I go home thinking, there's got to be a better way. But then I think, there really isn't anything I would rather do!!!
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    I am proud of the work we nurses do and glad to be able to do it. My reasons for working for change are all over this site. BUT NURSING IS WORTH IT!

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    Winnie, I'm just trying to relax after a busy but short night. I did a 4 hour shift this evening because I have an ACLS class tomorrow, and they were short-staffed from 3P to 7P. I work CV-ICU, and got a little old gentleman straight out of heart surgery. We extubated him right after he came to the unit, I nagged him to make sure he kept breathing, gave him pain meds and stabilized him. He and his wife thought I was special, and when I went to say goodnight to him because I was leaving for the night, he tried to sit up and HE KISSED ME ON THE CHEEK! In my 30+ years as an RN, I've never had a patient kiss me on the cheek before; especially 3.5 hours out of heart surgery (he nearly pulled out his dbl. lumen CVP line on that move, too, but we shall ignore that fact). He told me he'd never forget how kind I was and called me his angel. My 18 year old daughter tells me I have a "passion for nursing" and doesn't think she could do the job I do. I love my job; I sometimes hate the **** that we have to deal with in this current environment of HMOs and nursing shortages and being treated like dirt. The only thing I ever wanted to be, was to be the best nurse I could; and I'm working on that, day by day.
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    Good points of nursing: Never a shortage of jogs, lots of different job opportunities. You can easily change jobs or specialties when bored/burned out. Travel opportunities. Nursing keeps you busy.

    Bad points: Pay isn't so hot, heavy workload, thankless job sometimes. Very little control of important staffing issues.

    Everyone else whom have posted are all giving you good advice. Ask yourself why you want to go into nursing, and what you expect to get out of it. Overall for me, it has been worth it, or else I wouldn't put up with what I put up with.
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    Winnie........
    Yes we do exists I truly believe I was born to nurse and so I am content to be doin what I do, Things however could be much better, Low staffing levels and nursing within bugetary constraints do frustrate Nurses, and I think thats what you see here,I have been nursing for 20 years and seen much change but not all for the worse, as a RGN in UK we have much more responsibilities than we used to have and there fore can make a difference to some aspects of hospital life, tis just a pity we don't hold the purse strings because then our patients would recieve all they need, ie: more of us and more of our time during duty spans !! Go back to Nursing Winnie and be "happy" to do it, The rewards make the frustrations bareable. Good luck

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    Originally posted by Winnie:
    After 10 years of dreaming of going back to nursing school, I was just about ready to take the plunge. That is until I came to this board. I have read so many comments from RNs who are very dissatisfied with their chosen profession. Now, I'm not so sure.

    I find my current career, marketing, very unfulfilling. I don't think what I'm doing really makes a hill of beans in this world. I like the fact that nursing makes a difference. I also love the flexibility that comes with nursing. If I don't like what I'm doing, I can switch to a different specialty. In marketing I can't do that (there aren't a whole lot of jobs out there).

    Please, RNs who love what you're doing... Please reassure me that you do exist!

    Thanks!
    Winnie
    Winnie: It's a bit unclear. Have you actually been in nursing school before? Although I abhor the bureaucratic changes since I started nursing 20 years ago at age 40+, I do not want to do anything else. I take breaks now and then by trying a different area, although it isn't always as easy to change as one may think. Most areas want people with experience or they want new grads - cheaper. I don't expect gratitude from my patients. Most of them are really sick and testy and some of them are dying, so I cut them a lot of slack for crabbiness, although I won't take abuse. I will reiterate that nurses do a lot of venting, that is why you hear a lot of negativity on this board. The only other person who really understands how we feel is another nurse. Don't let what it sounds like deter you. I was born a nurse, I just had to wait a few years to get my license to practice, and I have never been sorry. Not for one tiny second. The good outweighs the negative and if it doesn't, you're working in the wrong place, not the wrong profession. GOOD LUCK! MSS
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    Originally posted by Nancy1:
    I am very happy to read positive postings. I think that nurses need to value themselves.
    I have read a lot about money. I have to ask the question, How many of us went into nursing for the money? If you did, I guess you made the wrong choice.
    I hear complaints about mandatory overtime. Next time you interview for a position find out what the Internal Policy on Mandatory Overtime is. As I understand it, if there is a policy stating the facility can mandate overtime, and you accept the position, you have to work the mandatory overtime. I feel that we need to educate ourselves and our peers.
    I am currently an ADON in LTC. I have a stable staff and no mandatory overtime in my facility. I have a team that works well together. My wish for all of you is that you find a place as nice as mine. NA

    Greetings, Nancy1!
    I have to tell you that you are probably one reason why your workplace is the way it is. It appears that you value your staff highly
    AND you let them know that.
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    Winnie..greetings from Virginia. After 30 years in healthcare, 25 as an RN, I have always said and continue to say that nursing was the best decision i ever made in my life. Is it all perfect? Absolutely not. Is it a worthy vocation? Absolutely! Nursing is not for the meek and mild anymore. It takes a great deal of inner strength to meet the challenge. At the end of the day, however, when you can leave your patients and know that you made a difference, even for one person, it is all worth it. And with marketing skills added to nursing skills, you may have a very unique and interesting career ahead of you. Best wishes.


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