No I wouldn't recommend nursing - page 12

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   S_A_F_F_R_O_N
    wow! as a 3rd year student reading that kind of puts a downer on things! It seems work conditions can be just as bad in the USA then it is here in the UK. But like some people have mentioned it does depend on the area you work in. I don't think it's all about cleaning up bodily fluids and breaking your backs, it is about caring for the patient. If anyone I feel sorry for the health care assistants, who tend to clean up all the poo over here in england not so much the trained nurses! Some trained nurses here in the UK think that they don't have to do the washes and make the beds which I feel is bad as how do you do a proper assessment of the patient if you don't care for all their needs??? Anyways thats my opinion!
  2. by   XYRN2B_SOCAL
    Woa! What's all this hostility about. I quit a 50k job to get into nursing. I was a graphic designer and had my own business. My mom works in the medical field and kept pushing me to get into it for the money. I kept resisting and went and did my own thing. 10 years later my dad had a triple bi-pass a year and a half ago and my gandma passed away this past year. All this made me reevaluate my life. Yes I was making great money, but somthing was missing. Now I am currently a CNA student and I am doing my clinicals. Nursing is a hard job and not for everyone. The one week I have done clinicals made me realize that nursing is for me. I am not doing it for the money but because i like helping people. Not everyone likes their job. I hope alot of people who are unhappy are just venting because they have had a bad day. I have been in clinicals for one week and have had some great residents. The job is not pretty and fancy but knowing that I have helped them makes it alot easier to deal with. For those of you who are unhappy I hope that you find a career you enjoy. Sorry this is so long I just think that the people who are posting the negative are forgetting why they went into nursing in the first place.
  3. by   GeorgiaBoy61
    Sobering to read these posts...

    Nurses aren't to blame for the condition of the field or health care in general. Reading these stories, I'd say that many of you go above-and-beyond each and every day. There aren't too many professions that make the physical and mental demands on you that nursing does, but get paid so little and accorded so little respect. Sure - MDs work monster hours, but they get better pay than we do. The way I see it - and I'm new so I could very well be wrong - is that nurses don't bring in revenue. They are an expense, a large fixed cost for a hospital. That drives the beancounters nuts. So - they have every incentive to cut nursing to the bone and push us as hard as they can, to reduce the impact on the bottom line. I tell non-health care types about working conditions in health care and they either can't believe it or they get amazed that anyone would work under such conditions. Ultimately, the shortage may force healthcare institutions to make real reforms, but right now all I see are band-aid types of solutions to the RN staffing crisis. And it isn't just some RNs who are unhappy with health care. My brother is an MD and he tells both his kids - college-aged - to avoid medicine. So plenty of MDs and others are dissatisfied. If you are one of those people who likes nursing and can tolerate the conditions, you can do pretty well these days - espcially if you know in-demand skills.
  4. by   nursemelani
    I wouldn't reccomend hospital (especially med-surg) nursing, but there are plenty of other places to work as a nurse. Home health, Drs office/clinic, assisted living, etc.
    Like the poster above, I have friends who are M.D.s, and they will not encourage their children to go into medicine.
  5. by   all_legs
    I have a bachelor's degree in communication and haven't been able to find a job that I couldn't have done right out of high school. Certainly none paying more than $24,000 nor have any better opportunities come to light. I want to know what all you people complaining about nursing would rather do for a profession. Honestly!! I am considering being a nurse because my six years of college have not helped me find a career and I know the relatively short ADN program will open a wealth of doors.
    So what other career would you suggest that offers the stability and opportunity like those in the health care field?? HELP???? :roll
  6. by   vickim
    jeez! i hope the really unhappy nurses that have replied on this thread have other careers to fall back on. i would hate to see someone continue to do something that they loathe.
    i'm a student so i can't speak from working as a nurse yet and won't be able to make that opinion until i do, but i do know that nursing will let me rest my head on my pillow every night before i go to sleep and know that i am doing something that makes a difference in this world. HELPING PEOPLE. In this day and age, why wouldn't you want to contribute in the health care field with all that is going on??
    and no worries- someday someone will clean up your poop too. if you're lucky, there will still be some of us left to do so.
    Last edit by vickim on Feb 14, '06
  7. by   wincha
    Quote from all_legs
    I have a bachelor's degree in communication and haven't been able to find a job that I couldn't have done right out of high school. Certainly none paying more than $24,000 nor have any better opportunities come to light. I want to know what all you people complaining about nursing would rather do for a profession. Honestly!! I am considering being a nurse because my six years of college have not helped me find a career and I know the relatively short ADN program will open a wealth of doors.
    So what other career would you suggest that offers the stability and opportunity like those in the health care field?? HELP???? :roll
    your correct. i have a double major and was in grad school for a semester and decided to go to nursing school over 20 years ago. since i had most classes out of the way it took me 2 years or less. i have worked in a variety of areas. the back breaking work is on the floor. i went to peds 15 years ago and went to telephone nursing 10 years ago. i have worked in many units and urgent care, home health. my job has always worked out with my family also part time, full time prn per diem. there are alot of options out there. if floor nursing is too hard(i think i am too old for it personally) there are so many other areas you can look into . also you can get your masters and be a nurse practioner.
  8. by   RudyMvp1
    Okay,,heres the DEAL,,,,DO I RECOMMEND NURSING?
    Actually, I dont RECOMMEND ANY career,,,thats for the person to find out while they are discovering what they wanna do.

    If you want to be a NURSE for the pay,,then NO dont do it,,,but thats with ANY profession,,if you do a career FOR THE MONEY,,you will FAIL. Sure, you might be making good money,,but you wont be happy on the INSIDE., which equals FAILURE!!!!

    I dont recommend a career to people,,,what i DO recommend is for them to take personality career testing like the myers-briggs,,these type of tests can help you figure out your personality....i know ALOT OF PEOPLE who work in the business world THAT HATE their jobs with a PASSION,,,they might be making 50k-100k a year, but its EATING THEM ALIVE!!!!!
  9. by   RNLisa
    Quote from vickim
    jeez! i hope the really unhappy nurses that have replied on this thread have other careers to fall back on. i would hate to see someone continue to do something that they loathe.
    i'm a student so i can't speak from working as a nurse yet and won't be able to make that opinion until i do, but i do know that nursing will let me rest my head on my pillow every night before i go to sleep and know that i am doing something that makes a difference in this world. HELPING PEOPLE. In this day and age, why wouldn't you want to contribute in the health care field with all that is going on??
    and no worries- someday someone will clean up your poop too. if you're lucky, there will still be some of us left to do so.

    I agree wholeheartedly!!

    I am angered by the posts here about this subject. If the reason you are in Nursing is to get a paycheck, then you all need to find other jobs. Nursing isn't for everyone, but I am in it to help others get well. I have some great experiences as a patient in my local hospital, and in fact, some of those nurses were my "mentors" to get into nursing. I want to help others. We all poop, right? We all have vomited in one time or another, right? We all pee, right? What happens when your parent, grandparent, or other relative gets to a point where they need help with their incontinencies? What if the nurse on duty doesn't want to do that kind of work? Would you rather them sit in their crap? No, cleaning up bodily fluids isn't a pleasant job, but these patients are human beings, just like you and I. They deserve to be treated as such, and if you have a problem doing it, then please, by all means, find another job and leave the caring to the real nurses out there!!! Sorry to be so blunt, but this all just ticks me off.
  10. by   JBudd
    I like nursing. I like the challenge of using my brain to keep up with all the ever changing patient conditions, unexpected findings etc. I like human contact. I like the feeling of being able to do something about people's pain or problems, instead of feeling helpless in the face of disaster. I balance science with nurturing, technology with humanity. I get paid well (go union hospitals!), am mobile, and generally respected by people who know I am a nurse. My children brag about me (well, I brag on them too :spin: ). I choose to work during my best hours of the day (how do you people manage to function in the early hours of the day? noon is soon enough to be up :roll ) Is is a perfect job? no. There aren't any. But I don't want to do anything else.
  11. by   wincha
    Quote from 2ndyrnursestudent
    I agree wholeheartedly!!

    I am angered by the posts here about this subject. If the reason you are in Nursing is to get a paycheck, then you all need to find other jobs. Nursing isn't for everyone, but I am in it to help others get well. I have some great experiences as a patient in my local hospital, and in fact, some of those nurses were my "mentors" to get into nursing. I want to help others. We all poop, right? We all have vomited in one time or another, right? We all pee, right? What happens when your parent, grandparent, or other relative gets to a point where they need help with their incontinencies? What if the nurse on duty doesn't want to do that kind of work? Would you rather them sit in their crap? No, cleaning up bodily fluids isn't a pleasant job, but these patients are human beings, just like you and I. They deserve to be treated as such, and if you have a problem doing it, then please, by all means, find another job and leave the caring to the real nurses out there!!! Sorry to be so blunt, but this all just ticks me off.
    why are you angry? are you angry at the nurses who choose to no longer do floor nursing? you have to pick what you like to do. but some of us also either have to support a family or put children through school. so yes money is still important. if it wasn't you can go volunteer your services for free. many nurses after a period of time get out of floor nursing. yes it can be backbreaking depending where you work. there are many options for nurses. if you want to stay in direct patient care in a hospital you can work peds, nursery, nicu not as backbreaking. i am in my mid 40's and floor nursing is just too exhausting for me plus raising my children. thats just how i feel. its great that new young nurses are entering this field to do the floor nursing but most likely will specialize as they are into this profession. but money is important and its not that great. i could have gone to law school and made more money(i had my ba before nursing school) but i chose nursing. would i encourage my children to get into nursing no i wouldn't.
  12. by   RNLisa
    Quote from wincha
    so yes money is still important. if it wasn't you can go volunteer your services for free. would i encourage my children to get into nursing no i wouldn't.
    How do you know I don't volunteer my time for free currently??? If my children asked if I thought Nursing would be a good career for them, I'd say, "Is it in your heart? Do you want tohelp others? Do you mind blood, poop, puke, pee, etc?" If they answered "EEEWWW", then No I wouldn't recommend it to them.

    I just think that if it were my family member sick and if I knew the nurse in charge of my family member was talking about how gross it is to take care of this patient, I'd be upset. If it bothers someone to take care of someone who has a bowel problem, or whatever, then you are right, floor nursing isn't for you. We all go into nursing knowing full well that we will have to clean up poop once in a while, that's what we learn in nursing school. Get over it and do it or get out. That's all I am saying.
  13. by   wincha
    Quote from 2ndyrnursestudent
    How do you know I don't volunteer my time for free currently??? If my children asked if I thought Nursing would be a good career for them, I'd say, "Is it in your heart? Do you want tohelp others? Do you mind blood, poop, puke, pee, etc?" If they answered "EEEWWW", then No I wouldn't recommend it to them.

    I just think that if it were my family member sick and if I knew the nurse in charge of my family member was talking about how gross it is to take care of this patient, I'd be upset. If it bothers someone to take care of someone who has a bowel problem, or whatever, then you are right, floor nursing isn't for you. We all go into nursing knowing full well that we will have to clean up poop once in a while, that's what we learn in nursing school. Get over it and do it or get out. That's all I am saying.
    too bad you only took part of my quote and twisted it to look like something else. bottom line. people need to make money to support their family ,my point. i don't care if you volunteer your time or not. i never talked about how gross nursing is however there are many nurses who have done floor nursing that have gone into other areas of nursing. it is hard work. personally i only think you can do it so long as far as the physical part of it. thats why its nice to have so many options in nursing. are you working as a rn currently? couldn't tell by your user name

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