No I wouldn't recommend nursing - page 18

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   NurseHeather
    Hi jrwest. Its Heather. I haven't talked to you in a long while. Just wanted to see how you are doing. I call a while back and left a message. Give me a call .. It would be nice to talk to you.
  2. by   jollyjenny
    Well, I've been accepted into nursing school and sonography school for this fall. All of you nurses that regret becoming nurses and have worked with sonographers--would you recommend that I choose the sonography program? Do sonographers seem happy with their jobs?

    Thanks!
    jollyjenny
  3. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from jollyjenny
    Well, I've been accepted into nursing school and sonography school for this fall. All of you nurses that regret becoming nurses and have worked with sonographers--would you recommend that I choose the sonography program? Do sonographers seem happy with their jobs?
    I'm not yet a nurse, but I had spoken to an acquaintance when I was taking prereqs who's been a NICU nurse since the dark ages and she highly discouraged me going this route. She said a fellow RN had gone back to school to get licensed as a sonographer and if she had it to do over again, that's the way she'd go and told me to do the same. Obviously, I didn't listen so far!

    Good luck!!
  4. by   RN1263
    Quote from jollyjenny
    Well, I've been accepted into nursing school and sonography school for this fall. All of you nurses that regret becoming nurses and have worked with sonographers--would you recommend that I choose the sonography program? Do sonographers seem happy with their jobs?

    Thanks!
    jollyjenny
    I HAD to post when I saw this!
    This was exactly what I struggled with 3 1/2 yrs. ago......I decided on nursing because the sonography school was MUCH farther away from where I live.

    I'm now a new grad R.N. my first job in the E.R. didn't fair so well and I quit. I've interviewed for a psych position that I hope I get, but if I don't get it I'll be forced to enter the wonderful world of med/surg (ugh!).

    I don't personally no any sonographers, but I bet there job is less stressful, they're probably not running around like a chicken w/ their head cut off all day! OHHH and they don't have to worry about possibly making a med error that they can be sued for or god forbid kill a patient....

    ......I say go for sonography.
  5. by   MA Nurse
    Quote from dijmart
    I HAD to post when I saw this!
    This was exactly what I struggled with 3 1/2 yrs. ago......I decided on nursing because the sonography school was MUCH farther away from where I live.

    I'm now a new grad R.N. my first job in the E.R. didn't fair so well and I quit. I've interviewed for a psych position that I hope I get, but if I don't get it I'll be forced to enter the wonderful world of med/surg (ugh!).

    I don't personally no any sonographers, but I bet there job is less stressful, they're probably not running around like a chicken w/ their head cut off all day! OHHH and they don't have to worry about possibly making a med error that they can be sued for or god forbid kill a patient....

    ......I say go for sonography.

    Wow, this thread is OLD, I read most of it and it is SO NEGATIVE!
    I would like to point out the positive things about my job. I work in NICU and PICU, too lately. For those of you who hate BIG corn-filled poops, why not try the smaller patients?? Preemies don't eat corn!
    I have a very flexible schedule. I am paid very well, IMO. Where I live, RNs have the highest pay in the US. Who do you know that can work about 2 (8 hour) days a week and make $40,000 a year?! I'm so glad I don't have to work M-F full time to make that money. In my per diem job, I only have to work 1 weekend a month, which is nice. I find nursing very flexible when you have kids.
    I enjoy helping babies and kids and their families. The majority of families are very appreciative of a nurse's help.
    I hope, if I ever get sick, i don't have nurses like the negative ones here taking care of me!!
    Try to find a nicer nursing job if you don't like running your butt off up and down floors and taking care of bed-ridden heavy older people with huge poops! Go into management, get a better degree in nursing, try something new other than LTC and Med-surg! Nursing has a lot of different opportunities.
  6. by   RN1263
    Quote from Kimbalou
    I hope, if I ever get sick, i don't have nurses like the negative ones here taking care of me!!
    Try to find a nicer nursing job if you don't like running your butt off up and down floors and taking care of bed-ridden heavy older people with huge poops! Go into management, get a better degree in nursing, try something new other than LTC and Med-surg! Nursing has a lot of different opportunities.
    Kimbalou,
    I'm glad you've found your niche and are happy! .....working only 2 (8) hr. days a week must be nice.
  7. by   tahliasmommie
    Good GAWD---I am just a nursing student-to-be, and I have to say that the majority of these posts are frightening to say the least. I am just curious, all those that are extrasordinarily unhappy, have you had jobs, other than nursing, that you enjoyed? I am sincerely hoping that negative experiences comes from negative thinking--not that I am challenging anyone to change my mind. So far, the hardest job that I have ever had (I am 31 and have worked in a few different industries) is raising two screaming little girls. But then again, I live in the state of great nursing shortage and excellent nursing pay. The payoff here is excelent benefits along with being able to take care of my family. this is not the first time that I have thought about becoming a nurse. But after having my second child at home, I just knew that I wanted to become a nurse. I imagine that med school would be wuite the experience as well--but the kiddos and location make that an utter impossibility. Sorry that many of you have had nothing but negative experiences. Sounds like it is time for you all to explore a different side of life.
  8. by   RN1263
    Quote from tahliasmommie
    Good GAWD---I am just a nursing student-to-be, and I have to say that the majority of these posts are frightening to say the least. I am just curious, all those that are extrasordinarily unhappy, have you had jobs, other than nursing, that you enjoyed? I am sincerely hoping that negative experiences comes from negative thinking--not that I am challenging anyone to change my mind. So far, the hardest job that I have ever had (I am 31 and have worked in a few different industries) is raising two screaming little girls. But then again, I live in the state of great nursing shortage and excellent nursing pay. The payoff here is excelent benefits along with being able to take care of my family. this is not the first time that I have thought about becoming a nurse. But after having my second child at home, I just knew that I wanted to become a nurse. I imagine that med school would be wuite the experience as well--but the kiddos and location make that an utter impossibility. Sorry that many of you have had nothing but negative experiences. Sounds like it is time for you all to explore a different side of life.
    I'm a new grad R.N. and although I may seem negative "at times" (more like totally frustrated) I don't mean to "offend" anyone. I'm totally hoping that I will find an area of nursing that I'll be very happy doing for the long haul and I'm still looking. Also, if you click on a thread that says "No i wouldn't recommend nursing" you will probably hear some negative comments.

    As for MY attitude......I use to be all happy and excited about nursing as well until my med/surg clinicals and nursing instructors beat that attitude right out of me!
    I was being naive' apparently and got totally blindsided!

    Speaking only for myself YES I've had jobs in the past that I liked, but they didn't pay well at all.......Now that the pay is good I would still like to be happy and I think I deserve it......

    .........As I was writing this I got a phone call offering me the job I wanted to try next in Psych (my second passion in school).......I took the job for less pay then the E.R., but I WANT to be happy!
  9. by   KatrinaRN
    I usually just lurk and enjoy reading the valuable information, but I find that I should chime in on this one. I agree that everyone has the right to voice his or her opinions both good and bad regarding nursing; however, I'm concerned that nursing students and future nursing students are hearing mostly negative experiences.

    I have been a nurse for 11 years. In that time, I've worked as an LPN, ASN, and BSN. I'm currently one year away from completing my MSN. I have worked in various areas of nursing: geriatrics, orthopedics, med/surg, family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and nursing education. I'm currently working for a community college teaching med/surg (lecture and clinicals) and OB/Peds (lecture and clinical). I would be less than truthful if I said that I enjoyed every area of nursing in which I've worked, but I can say that I have learned a lot and became a better nurse through all my experiences.

    As nurses, we do have to deal with management, short staffing, mulit-tasking, and heavy workloads, but every profession has its obstacles. My husband has an MBA and works as a GM for a large company and although he loves his job, he has bad days. I feel that nursing is the most diverse profession out there and although it isn't easy, it is extremely rewarding. I always tell my students that you may not get a lot of thank you's, but you have to know that you're doing something good and rewarding.

    To me, nursing is so much more than cleaning BM and it's unfortunate that that seems to be the focus for some of you. It's all part of the learning process. It is part of the fundamentals that makes us good nurses. It would be impossible to be a good, effective manager without experience as a floor nurse and how can we go on to be legal consultants or educators without significant knowledge of patient care.

    I see nothing wrong with aspiring to take on different roles in nursing. I feel that that is what makes nursing so desirable, but IMHO you have to learn to give the bed baths, clean BM, be comfortable with medications and treatments before moving on to the next level and being successful at it.

    Nursing isn't for everyone and there is nothing wrong with admitting that it isn't a good fit. I wish everyone the best of luck with their decisions and chosen occupation.

    Katrina
  10. by   tahliasmommie
    Quote from dijmart
    I'm a new grad R.N. and although I may seem negative "at times" (more like totally frustrated) I don't mean to "offend" anyone. I'm totally hoping that I will find an area of nursing that I'll be very happy doing for the long haul and I'm still looking. Also, if you click on a thread that says "No i wouldn't recommend nursing" you will probably hear some negative comments.

    As for MY attitude......I use to be all happy and excited about nursing as well until my med/surg clinicals and nursing instructors beat that attitude right out of me!
    I was being naive' apparently and got totally blindsided!

    Speaking only for myself YES I've had jobs in the past that I liked, but they didn't pay well at all.......Now that the pay is good I would still like to be happy and I think I deserve it......

    .........As I was writing this I got a phone call offering me the job I wanted to try next in Psych (my second passion in school).......I took the job for less pay then the E.R., but I WANT to be happy!
    I sincerely hope that this new position will be everything that you want and deserve. After posting here (perhaps I should not have ventured here), I have found many other spots where there is more balance of positive and negative. As is/was your post. It is just being honest, and I wish the best for all that are extremely unhappy.
  11. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from tahliasmommie
    After posting here (perhaps I should not have ventured here), I have found many other spots where there is more balance of positive and negative.
    It is always nice to see a balanced viewpoint, particularly from a "veteran". As you pointed out, each profession has its up and downs. Some are just a better fit for some folks rather than others.

    I have ventured to many different areas on allnurses and I think all contributions are appreciated!!!
  12. by   babymeena
    Hi, all. I haven't been able to read ALL pages of this thread but thought I'd put in my two cents.

    I'm pretty content with this profession most of the time. The most valuable asset of nursing profession is the infinite possibilities. You could quit one position get another the next day because of the nursing shortage. You could work ANYWHERE (given you have a LITTLE experience) and make a decent living if you do some research in your area. You could work agencies, home health, hospitals, etc. You can do bedside nursing if you want or push papers wearing pretty clothes if you want. If you do bedside nursing you couldn't beat the flexibility. You could do 3 12 hr shifts which gives you lots of free time to enjoy your family or do 5 8 hr shift if you have little ones you need to care for. You could work at night or pm depending on your situation. Hospitals are begging you to do overtime giving you all kinds of incentives (automatic over time of course, bonus, perks like choosing to get the next day off). I've NEVER been forced to do overtime.

    Then there is the possibility of continuing your education to be RNP or CRNA. Teach @ a college if you want. CRNAs' make $100/hr fresh out of school and hospitals are lining up to give you jobs offering student loan pay-off incentives and etc.

    I have to say that nursing has its downfalls. You have to clean poop/bodily fluids, deal with pompous docs and demanding pt/family members. You are constantly reminded to be humble. You are the go-to person for every department and you are ultimately responsible for the well-being of the pt. It is an awesome responsibility. Most of all nursing as a profession does not demand respect which is our own fault. If we reunited as a profession and stand by each other we would receive much more recognition and respect as MDs' do. Sure they make a lot more money and influence comes with money however we do have to learn to back each other up and respect each other as MDs do. Majority of the MDs never put down other MDs in presence of other staff members. They do discuss among themselves the different opinions they may have of certain MD but never in public. I'm sure you've heard many nurses blaming prior shift for things that didn't get done or went wrong even when it was really nobody's fault. That just lowers the nursing profession as a whole. Most of the downfalls could be corrected if we try to unite. Easier said then done though, I guess.

    I do admit that I would discourage my daughter from entering into this profession because I would want her to choose a profession which receives more respect. But if it turns out that she is not interested in any particular profession and wishes job security and advancement possibilities I won't be againt nursing.

    Cleaning poop is not all nursing is made of. If you work with people you like it could be a really fulfilling experience saving lives and making a difference. Working was actually fun when I worked in ICU @ my previous hospital. I've now moved on for better benefit package/wage but always looking for new opportunities. As I write this I'm listening to my new job leaving me a message on my answering machine asking me if I want to come in for an extra shift this p.m. practically begging on the phone. I live in CA and never worked any other states so it might be different in other states.

    So I'll end this BOOK by saying this. Nursing could be a very rewarding career choice IF you are dilligent in finding opportunities and preparing for them.
  13. by   EnigmaticParadigm
    There are SO many kinds of nursing, saying that "nursing" in general is a poor field to get into is not being intellectually honest.

    Want to be an occupational nurse for Budweiser? Sure.

    Want to be an elementary school nurse? No prob.

    Want to help attorneys with malpractice lawsuits? Go for it.

    Want to jump out of helicopters and rescue injured climbers in the middle of nowhere? Awesome.

    Want to work at a world famous pediatric hospital? Etc. etc.

    Nursing /= poop

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