No I wouldn't recommend nursing - page 10

It surprises me how many students are going into nursing. I had my BSN since 1992 and have worked in the hospitals since then. Nursing is back-breaking labor with the reoccurring role of cleaning... Read More

  1. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from wincha
    12 hour shifts are very hard on your body. guess its great for new young nurses but as you get older it gets much tougher not to mention taking you away from your family all day and all night
    Yes, because working M - F at least 8 hours a day (often with mandatory overtime -- UNpaid because you're salaried) and then spending your 2 days off catching up and trying to familiarize yourself with your kids and their activites DOESN'T take time away from your family.

    There are pros and cons to both sides of that story, but I say -- bring on the 12-hour days....I work 10 most days anyway 5 days a week and wish I had longer stretches of time off to work on projects around the house or just "be".
  2. by   fuzzpuff
    Good grief. I am a nursing student in the midwest. I have several friends who are nurses, all of whom love their jobs and the flexibilty that comes with nursing. Great for raising kids. Maybe they work PRN or maybe they work 3/12 hour shifts. My one friend worked PRN in ICU made $80,000. He is now in school to me a CRNA (nurse anesthetist), he is 8 months from graduation. He gets job offers weekly from all over the country with salaries in the $200,000 range. Nurse practioners make over six figures. As far as back breaking labor, switch to something else. School nurs, doctors office, administration, pharmaceutical sales rep. That is what is sooo great the opportunities are endless.
  3. by   jones21498
    It surprises me how many students are going into nursing. I had my BSN since 1992 and have worked in the hospitals since then. Nursing is back-breaking labor with the reoccurring role of cleaning poop. There is no way my back can last another 20 years until retirement. Pick something else to go into.

    My reply:

    I have worked in factories, they're no easier on your back
    and I have kids...the poop does not phase me.
    I know I am in for a lot of back aches, but I do my best to
    prepare. I stay healthy, lift weights, do cardio, and stay active.
    I don't know a job that doesn't have its own set of problems. Before
    students get discouraged about going into nursing, they need to
    know that nursing is by far not the only job that deals with hard
    physical labor, and for those that cannot take the physical portion,
    there are many avenues to be explored in nursing.
  4. by   mtngrl
    Quote from rafael80
    so what' wrong with working 3 -12 hr shifts?? i mean making 35 hr it shouldn't be bad right?? i am only taking prerequisites right now but i am almost done. all these comments don't discourage me at all. it's true , nobody is 100% happy with their job. but at least there's the job security right?? there will always be sick people around. and as far as cleaning the poop, maybe one day someone will have to clean ours. treat others as you would like to be trated.
    35/hr???? I made $15/hr at the hospital I just resigned from!!!!!!! As an RN! The part I hate about nursing is that it is such a huge responsibility. That is what makes me want to leave the profession. One error and it could mean someone's life.
  5. by   nursemelani
    Quote from mtngrl
    35/hr???? I made $15/hr at the hospital I just resigned from!!!!!!! As an RN! The part I hate about nursing is that it is such a huge responsibility. That is what makes me want to leave the profession. One error and it could mean someone's life.
    OMG, that is an insulting wage for an RN !! What state are you in? Here in CA, I make more than that as an LVN, and since I work home health, I make less than hospital LVNs.
  6. by   NaomieRN
    Quote from mtngrl
    35/hr???? I made $15/hr at the hospital I just resigned from!!!!!!! As an RN! The part I hate about nursing is that it is such a huge responsibility. That is what makes me want to leave the profession. One error and it could mean someone's life.

    I cant believe you only making $15/hr as an RN. In Connecticut the CNAs make about that in some nursing homes and hospitals. Lpns make about $26/hr and RNs $30 and up.

    If you are in the profession for love, you wont see all the responsibilities. I know RNs who have worked in hospitals for 30 plus years and still look forward to go to work everyday because they have a love for the profession. Nursing is a calling from God, if you do not have that calling, you wont make it. I think that is the reason so many people are frustrated, they do not have the calling. God did not call them to take care of the sick because taking care of the sick, requires love and patient. Not everyone was born to be a nurse. Some people do it for the money; others for the passion. You know the ones who are in it for the passion. They dont complain, they go out of their way to help the sick. They go the extra mile.

    One thing I like about nursing is the many opportunities that you have. You can do home care, hospitals, clinics, Dr's office, school nurse, research etc. What other professions can you have all these options?

    God will only recommends nursing to people who have love and passion for the field. If that's not you, get out now people someone gets hurt. I know in my heart, that God has called me to be a nurse b/c after reading all the frustrations of unhappy nurses, I am still on fire to be a nurse. I cannot wait to start helping the sick and the needy around the world.
    Last edit by NaomieRN on Feb 1, '06
  7. by   scampi710
    HMMMMM. Let me see. Went to work. Had 5 critical patients. Had marginal monitoring equipment (the hospital is "renovating"). Had to use the computer before I could start on my patients....OR if the patient is drawing his last breath, I have to save his life, perform the interventions, get the meds from pyxsis (more codes), get the pt. stabilized, then put all into the computer, get the pt. to ICU, satisfy the beancounters that I am turning my patients over in timely acceptability, deal with incompetent administration, make $25.00/hr (in TX that's GOOD), keep up with more critical patients as they are rolling in from EMS, lifting obese pts. from guerny to stretcher (often with minimal help since the rest of the staff is also pounding out pts.), not have a bathroom break, and protect the hospital from lawsuits despite the fact the administration does nothing to make my job easier (i.e. computer etc.).

    HMMMM. Went to the bank. Three people there. Quiet enviorment. Occassional customer. Lovely surroundings. Long lunches. Full Benefits. Soft music in background. Plenty of help. No responsibility for saving a life or the legal liability thereof.
    Decent pay considering the lack of stress.

    Am I burned out?:uhoh21: Would never recommend nursing.
  8. by   nursemelani
    Quote from scampi710
    HMMMMM. Let me see. Went to work. Had 5 critical patients. Had marginal monitoring equipment (the hospital is "renovating"). Had to use the computer before I could start on my patients....OR if the patient is drawing his last breath, I have to save his life, perform the interventions, get the meds from pyxsis (more codes), get the pt. stabilized, then put all into the computer, get the pt. to ICU, satisfy the beancounters that I am turning my patients over in timely acceptability, deal with incompetent administration, make $25.00/hr (in TX that's GOOD), keep up with more critical patients as they are rolling in from EMS, lifting obese pts. from guerny to stretcher (often with minimal help since the rest of the staff is also pounding out pts.), not have a bathroom break, and protect the hospital from lawsuits despite the fact the administration does nothing to make my job easier (i.e. computer etc.).

    HMMMM. Went to the bank. Three people there. Quiet enviorment.



    Occassional customer. Lovely surroundings. Long lunches. Full Benefits. Soft music in background. Plenty of help. No responsibility for saving a life or the legal liability thereof.
    Decent pay considering the lack of stress.

    Am I burned out?:uhoh21: Would never recommend nursing.

    OMG, posts like these just confirm that I never want to work in acute care. Except maybe L&D/post-partum.
    Loving home health. Those laser skin centers hire RNs to zap wrinkles. That is a nice spa-like environment. hmmmmmmmm...
  9. by   Kelly_the_Great
    Quote from FutureNurse35
    If you are in the profession for love, you wont see all the responsibilities. I know RNs who have worked in hospitals for 30 plus years and still look forward to go to work everyday because they have a love for the profession. Nursing is a calling from God, if you do not have that calling, you wont make it. I think that is the reason so many people are frustrated, they do not have the calling. God did not call them to take care of the sick because taking care of the sick, requires love and patient. Not everyone was born to be a nurse. Some people do it for the money; others for the passion. You know the ones who are in it for the passion. They dont complain, they go out of their way to help the sick. They go the extra mile.


    God will only recommends nursing to people who have love and passion for the field. If that's not you, get out now people someone gets hurt. I know in my heart, that God has called me to be a nurse b/c after reading all the frustrations of unhappy nurses, I am still on fire to be a nurse. I cannot wait to start helping the sick and the needy around the world.
    FutureNurse35,

    I really admire your enthusiasm!

    Word of caution though, be careful not to over-romanticize your view of the nurse's role. It's a lot of hard work and responsibility, often w/ very little support. Frequently, new nurses who have an unrealistic view/expectations of the actual nursing environment are the 1st to crash and burn, unfortunately, because you haven't been prepared for what is to come. The world of "NCLEX" hospitals/patients/doctors/coworkers do not exist in reality.

    Also, please know nurses should have the right to demand and expect a fair wage for all they do. This is a defining characteristic of a professional and there should be no shame in it, whatsoever! It's a "divide & conquer" issue, promoted by those that truly have neither the nurse nor the patient's best interest at heart (rather the bottom dollar), to believe it must be one or the other - working as a nurse for money vs. a "calling" to help others.

    Best of luck to you.
    Last edit by Kelly_the_Great on Feb 1, '06
  10. by   nursemelani
    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    FutureNurse35,

    I really admire your enthusiasm!

    Word of caution though, be careful not to over-romanticize your view of the nurse's role. It's a lot of hard work and responsibility, often w/ very little support. Frequently, new nurses who have an unrealistic view/expectations of the actual nursing environment are the 1st to crash and burn, unfortunately, because you haven't been prepared for what is to come. The world of "NCLEX" hospitals/patients/doctors/coworkers do not exist in reality.

    Also, please know nurses should have the right to demand and expect a fair wage for all they do. This is a defining characteristic of a professional and there should be no shame in it, whatsoever! It's a "divide & conquer" issue, promoted by those that truly have neither the nurse nor the patient's best interest at heart (rather the bottom dollar), to believe it must be one or the other - working as a nurse for money vs. a "calling" to help others.

    Best of luck to you.
    Amen to that. You definately need a loving/caring attitude to be a nurse, but that is a small fraction of what it takes to be a nurse. And hey, nursing school is really hard, and working in the hospital is extremely stressful. Nurses deserve to be paid well. If you want to do loving, hands on care, and don't care about the money, a CNA would probably be a better job. The higher you go in nursing, the less direct patient care and more paperwork there is.
  11. by   wincha
    Quote from FutureNurse35
    I cant believe you only making $15/hr as an RN. In Connecticut the CNAs make about that in some nursing homes and hospitals. Lpns make about $26/hr and RNs $30 and up.

    If you are in the profession for love, you wont see all the responsibilities. I know RNs who have worked in hospitals for 30 plus years and still look forward to go to work everyday because they have a love for the profession. Nursing is a calling from God, if you do not have that calling, you wont make it. I think that is the reason so many people are frustrated, they do not have the calling. God did not call them to take care of the sick because taking care of the sick, requires love and patient. Not everyone was born to be a nurse. Some people do it for the money; others for the passion. You know the ones who are in it for the passion. They dont complain, they go out of their way to help the sick. They go the extra mile.

    One thing I like about nursing is the many opportunities that you have. You can do home care, hospitals, clinics, Dr's office, school nurse, research etc. What other professions can you have all these options?

    God will only recommends nursing to people who have love and passion for the field. If that's not you, get out now people someone gets hurt. I know in my heart, that God has called me to be a nurse b/c after reading all the frustrations of unhappy nurses, I am still on fire to be a nurse. I cannot wait to start helping the sick and the needy around the world.

    God? recommends people to nursing???? Oh my. There are nurses who love to care for their patients however if the hospital short staffs it does take away from "your calling" as you put it. Maybe the joining a religious order is more appropriate here giving free care while being a nurse.

    Just because you complain or even leave patient care due to the staffing problems that are here these days doesn't mean you are not a good nurse. Actually there are times where it is dangerous to be a nurse and I have refused those assignments.
  12. by   AtlantaRN
    my biggest hassle with nursing is management....my issue is scheduling, but on the whole, the nursing part is what I love...poop happens...that is just the way it is and I DISPISE the nurse that WON:T clean a patient or has the pat comment "let me get your tech."

    linda
  13. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from scampi710
    HMMMM. Went to the bank. Three people there. Quiet enviorment. Occassional customer. Lovely surroundings. Long lunches. Full Benefits. Soft music in background. Plenty of help. No responsibility for saving a life or the legal liability thereof.
    Decent pay considering the lack of stress.
    Am I burned out?:uhoh21: Would never recommend nursing.
    Oh, yeah...been there, done that....did you "sell" you expected quota of credit cards/mortgages/personal loans? Have you EVER dealt with people and their money? You know it's your personal fault as the teller EVERY month when their account's overdrawn (again) and the corporate bigwigs have the NERVE to charge them fees for that? It's your personal fault when the RTC comes in and takes over your bank or you're sold to another bank and they decide to renegotiate the rates (and they can) and the customers are sure it's YOUR fault?!?! Oh, and how DARE you charge them for a cashier's check or money order or whatever because they have been customers for years....them and their $25 savings account. And everything has to be run by a manager for initials or an okay or a signature because you can't make that decision. And if the customer doesn't like it, you get to hear about it. Oh, and most fun I had was wondering everytime a strange, doped up person came swaggering in if THIS was the guy with the gun and which one of us was going to be lucky enough to have him end up at their window?

    And yes, the hours are set, there's sometimes nice music in the background and you do get a real lunch....but hey, for $10/hour (are they really hiring full-time and giving benefits these days?!?!), someone else can have that.

    As someone pointed out earlier, there's ups and downs to every career. To each his own.

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