No I wouldn't recommend nursing - page 19

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   Tait
    Wow...what a horribly negative thread. First step, empower yourself. The one thing I have always lived by is if you don't love what you do, then move on until you find something you do. That is how I found nursing.

    I also told another newer grad like myself the other day, after listening to a particular rant from another new nurse, that you must love and focus your nursing for the patients not the the politics.

    Change comes from within, and if you think I am naieve then so be it, but after 29 years of existing I have learned that the only person who can instigate change is yourself.

    Nursing will change when people learn to leave it when they are unhappy, and change it when they love it and can't bear to leave.

    PS. And on the note of "poop" duty, I love to take care of my patients, because I think of how awful it would be to be 90 some years old, with a family that won't let me die, and sitting in my own feces. Even if that person is in a land of dementia and doesn't know who I am, I assume everyone wants to be clean, dry, comfortable and without hunger. That is what keeps me going.
    Last edit by Tait on Aug 8, '07
  2. by   Skyetropics
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    Quote from snazzle
    If you are willing and able to handle being verbally abused by doctors, co-workers, administration, patients,& patient's family members, work long hours for little pay, no breaks, not even for lunch, not receive any respect,be unappreciated,be treated like you don't have a brain, have little time for personal, family life, and lots of fights with you're spouse about all the time you spend at work, this is the career for you. I love what this job, I wouldn't do anything else, could do without the arguements with my boyfriend though. Yes i would recommend nursing as a career.
    This is pretty old but i so agree with it - i am a patient care tech-specialty/cna at a large Level 1 Trauma University Medical center and the above sounds like my average day but I love it and will continue to pursue my dream!!! I see what the nurses endure but at my hospital the complaints are much less than what I have heard elsewhere. As far as the arguments with my husband, its mainly from my long work hours but then I get many days off and awesome benefits so we do ok.
    Last edit by Skyetropics on Aug 11, '07
  3. by   Epona
    In reference to the above post.... I am not in Nursing yet, I am an RN student, but I am a little older and have worked in the "nonsense" business world for a while... Media to be exact.. so I know what nonsense is. I believe it's how you ALLOW yourself to be treated. If you stand up for yourself (as I have in the past) for the most part, people will not walk on you. Not sure where you are located, but in my state if you work 8 hours you are entitled BY LAW to get a meal break. You are supposed to get a meal break... so TAKE ONE. And yes, I have heard what about the other nurses who are overloaded, the patients who are terribly sick, etc. Well YOU will become overloaded and YOU could become terribly sick if you do not look out for yourself. I am not saying deliberately do not help co-workers or neglect patients... NO... I am just saying there is a time and place to take care of yourself. There is an old expression... if you don't take or yourself NO ONE else will. I hope you remember this and this advice helps some... Best of luck... Epona
  4. by   junebug62
    I love nursing and have been a nurse for 23 years. To me, nursing is so flexible. What to help but don't really like the one on one? Go in to the OR, they are sleep most of the time, but you are still doing something VERY worthwhile. Like things to be detail oriented and technical? Critical care may be for you. Like children? You know where I am headed..........you've gotta find your grove so you can dance!
  5. by   RN1263
    Quote from junebug62
    Don't really like the one on one? Go in to the OR, they are sleep most of the time, but you are still doing something VERY worthwhile. Like things to be detail oriented and technical? Critical care may be for you. Like children? You know where I am headed..........you've gotta find your grove so you can dance!
    I'm a new grad, but I agree w/ this..... I don't like the med/surg world and so I'm starting in psych on the 20th of this month. If there wasn't psych I don't know what I would do? I hope I like it that's for sure.....Loved my Psych clinical so I think I'll be able to dance...HAHA!

    Most of the jobs like home health, hospice, utilization review, case management, ect. require 1-2 yrs. of med/surg experience first. I really don't think veteran nurses remember this when they post to new grads who don't like or who can't do med/surg, because I see them posting these options all the time (I'm not referring to this quote above).

    Anyway, good luck to all and I also hope everyone finds their niche! OH, and to find your niche is a soul searching experience I think, because you may have to go against what other people think you should do!......for example- Not everyone is supportive of my going into Psych.......Usually, people say "why in the world would you want to do THAT!!!!!"......
    Last edit by RN1263 on Aug 11, '07
  6. by   Lorelai22RN
    Quote from Epona
    In reference to the above post.... I am not in Nursing yet, I am an RN student, but I am a little older and have worked in the "nonsense" business world for a while... Media to be exact.. so I know what nonsense is. I believe it's how you ALLOW yourself to be treated. If you stand up for yourself (as I have in the past) for the most part, people will not walk on you. Not sure where you are located, but in my state if you work 8 hours you are entitled BY LAW to get a meal break. You are supposed to get a meal break... so TAKE ONE. And yes, I have heard what about the other nurses who are overloaded, the patients who are terribly sick, etc. Well YOU will become overloaded and YOU could become terribly sick if you do not look out for yourself. I am not saying deliberately do not help co-workers or neglect patients... NO... I am just saying there is a time and place to take care of yourself. There is an old expression... if you don't take or yourself NO ONE else will. I hope you remember this and this advice helps some... Best of luck... Epona

    It's just not that simple......nurses dont want to be treated badly. But it often happens. And we often dont get meal breaks. What you are saying sounds good in theory but when you begin working as a nurse post nursing school......you will be aware of the reality.
  7. by   avalon1946
    I am retired after 20 yrs and its the best thing i did. i do miss the patients and some of the co workers. they don't bond with each other. they like to snitch. i finally had enough so i left. i have been a nurse for over 30 yrs, working off and on until i stayed with this job for 20 yrs. nurses need to be sensitive not only to the pt's but also the staff. there doesn't seem to be any careing., and now that im gone i hear from no one. its like i never existed to them. i didn't think they would treat me like this. i was always there for them helping them, etc.
  8. by   RN1263
    Quote from avalon1946
    nurses need to be sensitive not only to the pt's but also the staff. there doesn't seem to be any careing., and now that im gone i hear from no one. its like i never existed to them. i didn't think they would treat me like this. i was always there for them helping them, etc.
    I'm sorry that the staff you worked w/ is treating you this way. I know that when I've left jobs in the past I had to be the one to go visit, call, ect. if I wanted to see my old co-workers. I guess the quote "out of sight, out of mind" comes into play unfortunately. Eventually, I'd get sick of it and I'd stop calling or going to see them and it didn't seem to matter (to them)......and I've never heard from them again.
  9. by   suanna
    If one of my kids wanted to become a nurse I would advise them to have thier head examined. 20 years ago-maybe the health care system had a bit more money to throw around. In todays world nurses are becoming an expensive comodity that hospitals are looking to cut back on. That means more patients, less benifits, and grudgingly little respect. Job security is there but the same could be said for slavery. If I did't have 5 years till retirement I'd rather drive a truck. As a matter of fact my son-in-law drives a truck- he has better insurance, better 401K match, almost my wages, and has never had someone punch him, spit on him, poop for him to clean it up, or had to lift more than 30lbs. I wonder if the bag boy at my local grocer realizes I envy his job?
  10. by   fortman
    Sure I'd recommend nursing as a good career move. I've been a RN for many years now and unlike many of the responders that are very dissatisfied with their careers and agree with you about not making a career recommendation, I love nursing. I wouldn't enjoy all the nasty, gross substances they report being exposed to, the back breaking labor, long hours, blah, blah, blah. I've never worked in a hospital and probably never would. I've never started an IV or had to deal with blood. Those nurses sound like they hate their jobs and so would I. The key is to stick to a specialty where you are treated with respect and not treated like a slave. I've primarily worked in psych the majority of my career and have loved most every minute of it. If teaching a group on meds, playing some cards, doing a bit of charting, meeting with a patient's family to discuss discharge plans, shooting a few games of pool, and doing some more charting sounds like an awesome way to spend 8 hours making a living, you understand why I love it!
    Last edit by fortman on Aug 15, '07
  11. by   RN1263
    Quote from fortman
    Sure I'd recommend nursing as a good career move. I've been a RN for many years now and unlike many of the responders that are very dissatisfied with their careers and agree with you about not making a career recommendation, I love nursing. I wouldn't enjoy all the nasty, gross substances they report being exposed to, the back breaking labor, long hours, blah, blah, blah. I've never worked in a hospital and probably never would. I've never started an IV or had to deal with blood. Those nurses sound like they hate their jobs and so would I. The key is to stick to a specialty where you are treated with respect and not treated like a slave. I've primarily worked in psych the majority of my career and have loved most every minute of it. If teaching a group on meds, playing some cards, doing a bit of charting, meeting with a patient's family to discuss discharge plans, shooting a few games of pool, and doing some more charting sounds like an awesome way to spend 8 hours making a living, you understand why I love it!
    Now that's what I'm talkin' about....LOL.
    I start my psych job on Monday.....woooohooooo!
  12. by   PostpartumNurse'07
    Quote from fortman
    Sure I'd recommend nursing as a good career move. I've been a RN for many years now and unlike many of the responders that are very dissatisfied with their careers and agree with you about not making a career recommendation, I love nursing. I wouldn't enjoy all the nasty, gross substances they report being exposed to, the back breaking labor, long hours, blah, blah, blah. I've never worked in a hospital and probably never would. I've never started an IV or had to deal with blood. Those nurses sound like they hate their jobs and so would I. The key is to stick to a specialty where you are treated with respect and not treated like a slave. I've primarily worked in psych the majority of my career and have loved most every minute of it. If teaching a group on meds, playing some cards, doing a bit of charting, meeting with a patient's family to discuss discharge plans, shooting a few games of pool, and doing some more charting sounds like an awesome way to spend 8 hours making a living, you understand why I love it!
    Hey fortman, what kind of psych nursing are you in? Sounds like a residential facility of some kind?
  13. by   shmoofins
    I wouldn't recommend it. It's awful (to me, anyway). I don't feel like it's a good fit for me. Even in school I felt this way but I stayed with it partly because my family pressured me to ("you'll have such a good job when you get out!") and partly because I wasn't sure what else I wanted to do. Now that I'm out of school I really wish I would have just changed my major to something I liked. I've only been out of school and working for a few months (although I externed in school so I knew I didn't like floor nursing, but decided to do it anyway...thought the floor I got hired on wouldn't be as bad...wrong!) and already I want to go back to college and do something else! I know there are lots of different options in nursing but without the experience it's harder to get those nice office jobs and things like that.

    I really want out, I'm just sick of this whole profession already. Now I'm looking for a new job and I hope I can find something that, if I don't like it, at least maybe I won't hate it. I would love to go back to school for something different where I don't have to deal with sick people/confused people/bodily fluids/huge liability/crazy stressful shifts where I hardly get to sit down at all, etc. I'm not totally ruling out the possibility that I can still find something I like within nursing, but I'd still like to get out of it asap. I just feel like it's not me, like it doesn't fit my personality or something.

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