No I wouldn't recommend nursing - page 4

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   hbncns35
    Five Emotional Cancers

    Criticizing
    Complaining
    Comparing
    Competing
    Contending

    Covey,Stephen(2005)From Effectiveness to Greatness, The Voice of Influence, p.135
  2. by   Tonita
    i am thankful for the profession and to be a nurse. no job is perfect or very few are. Each has its pros and cons. However i wonder if i would be happier in another profession. Too much stress, backbiting, gossip, grown people who act like they are in high school, patient load too much. And when a mistake is made or something forgotten its like people forget about the good you do and focus on the bad. I like helping people and even though sometimes the patients themselves can even get to me (i think its just the workload at times though) Overall its like its the people that we work around and all the other crap i mentioned that can really make it more stressful and/or unhappy.
    i have left the hospital and i dont miss the mess, gossip all the crap involved, the workload..i will go back sometime soon. i miss a lot but in a sense i dont..
    i have more peace now.
    would i recommend nursing? well if i could only choose yes or no..then i would have to say NO...
    but it does have its positives and a lot has to do with your mindset.
  3. by   hipab4hands
    I'm currently off on disabiity leave and have been for the past month. The funny thing is that I don't miss work. For the first time in many years, I feel both emotionally and physically great.
    I wouldn't choose nursing as a profession knowing what I do now. When people ask about a nursing career, I tell them to work as a CNA in a hospital first for at least 6 months to get a first hand look at how Nurses are treated in the hospital. If they do this and still want to go into nursing, I encourage them to do so. At least they are not going in to the field with their eyes closed.
  4. by   Haunted
    Quote from MSCWARREN
    NOT AT THIS TIME. THE ENVIRONMENT FOR NURSES ISN'T HEALTHY ANYMORE. IF HEALTHCARE FACILTIES KEEP ABUSING NURSES BY INADEQUATE STAFFING AND MINIMAL PAY, ALONG WITH INADEQUATE SUPPLIES..<SHALL I GO ON ALSO?>...WHAT INCENTIVES DOES A NURSE HAVE? THIS FACILTIES ARE ALL PROFIT, WITH POOR QUALITY OF CARE. BUT THEIR BROCHURES LOOK NICE. MYSELF, I'M DESPERATELY LOOKING INTO MEDICAL SALES AND OR PHARMACEUTICAL SALES. CURRENTLY WORKING AS AGENCY NURSE UNTIL THAT HAPPENS. IT SCARES ME EVERYTIME I GO INTO A NEW FACILITY. AND AS AN AGENCY NURSE, THE STAFF THERE TENDS TO OVERLOAD THE AGENCY NURSE BECAUSE OF 'MORE MONEY'. IT'S GETTING UGLY OUT THERE


    You are right!!!
    Last edit by Nurse Ratched on Nov 28, '05
  5. by   tmnelson
    I've just changed careers after 16 years of teaching preschoolers to high schoolers (no difference in behavior, let me tell you) to become a nurse. I am just waiting for the application. I must admit, all careers seem to be a dead end. I guess we just deal with it. I didn't get breaks, lunch, or good pay ($2000/month)! Now I have the same to look forward to in nursing? Thanks folks! Actually, I kind of agree with the idea that nursing, like other careers is selfless, even if you don't like what you are doing. I hope I've made the right decision, I don't want to think I left a job of cleaning poop for another job of cleaning poop and listening to whinning!?! LOL (anyone)?:chuckle
  6. by   Gottago
    Quote from tmnelson
    I've just changed careers after 16 years of teaching preschoolers to high schoolers (no difference in behavior, let me tell you) to become a nurse. I am just waiting for the application. I must admit, all careers seem to be a dead end. I guess we just deal with it. I didn't get breaks, lunch, or good pay ($2000/month)! Now I have the same to look forward to in nursing? Thanks folks! Actually, I kind of agree with the idea that nursing, like other careers is selfless, even if you don't like what you are doing. I hope I've made the right decision, I don't want to think I left a job of cleaning poop for another job of cleaning poop and listening to whinning!?! LOL (anyone)?:chuckle

    Well...at least you won't have to grade papers.

    For everybody that puts the negative spin on nursing, I have one question: what wonderful job would you suggest? Not saying that nursing is a wonderful job...just saying that if you feel like a bottom feeder, then what bottom-feeding job do you think will move you up the food chain?
  7. by   matthew1100
    Personally i'm going through massage school now and i love every minute of it and I enjoy giveing them on a daily basis so i think it's a positive jump up maybe not a huge one but alittle is better then nothing i suppose
  8. by   airforcePOL
    You know, even after reading every post here, I still want to be an Air Force nurse. Especially if I can become a Flight Nurse, they fly into combat zones, land, load up patients into the back of a cargo plane and leave. The money is pretty good for a military nurse as well...base pay of about $4800 a month as a Captain (fairly low ranking), plus money for housing and food, plus special medical pay (about $15k+ extra per year depending on specialty), full benefits, etc. Also I know a few Air Force nurses and the working conditions are MUCH better, unless you have an aversion to getting shipped to foreign lands with lots of sand (I don't, been to Iraq and back twice, didn't bother me that much, and there you make even more extra pay). I've been involved in the medical field before (EMT for 2yrs) So as a military man, I don't see any reason why I should have an aversion to becoming a nurse, I think it will be a great career move for me. Great pay, I can live overseas, all benefits covered, great job, etc.

    Any military nurses here wanna give me a downside or two?
  9. by   bluesky
    Quote from janine3&5
    EVERYWHERE! (LOL) Been through all areas with rotations in school, if it's not poop, it's some other bodily fluid!
    Not really. OR, outpatient procedures, public health, schools, physicians offices, clinics, advanced practice... all of these don't require much interaction with BM.

    Furthermore, it's really not that big of a deal. It takes about a total of at most an hour of your shift combined, even if your patient has enemas or what not.

    Let me tell you, if BM is the greatest concern in one shift at my work in the ICU- then it's been a darned great day.

    Taking care of a patient is not completely unlike taking care if your child, in a limited sort of way. God, your state board of nursing, and your patient are trusting you with this person's life today. To me this remains a great priviledge. What bothers me about nursing is not having to take care of patients, which is after all, what I signed up for, but how lowsy we treat each other sometimes.
  10. by   joseph2005
    I agree entirely! I was a male student nurse making a career change with Deans List credentials in nursing and science academics. After all of my hard work and dedication, the County College of Morris, New Jersey School of Nursing advised me that I did not pass Nursing 3 Clinical. I was disappointed, but I found that during my nursing experience, most of the Instructors did anything to show me, nor many other students most of whom were not male, any real support or assistance. They just basically threw you out into a hospital medical/clinical setting to fend for yourself. Many of my activities involved work that most people would prefer not to have to do.

    I also felt that I wanted to have much more instruction and guidance than they were willing to offer. I felt this need because I felt the work involved other people and I did not want to do anything to harm anyone, which I never did. They showed my no support, and they showed many of my female classmates no support either.

    I am grateful that I am not involved with Nursing, although if it were a properly managed field, professionally organized and really cared for people, I would be more than interested in it, since I have a genuine caring attitude for people of all backgrounds.
  11. by   RN2MD
    No, I would not recommend nursing. However, if nursing is someones passion I would not try to dissuade them from choosing nursing. Low pay, little to no respect, no health care upon retirement, no pension upon retirement, etc..... Most nurses I know have at least 2 jobs. Even with 2 jobs they don't make $80,000. Nurses work so hard and take so much crap from patients, administration, doctors, social work etc...It's such a demeaning and demoralizing job. I hope nursing improves in the future or who will be around to care of me in my golden years?
    Last edit by RN2MD on Dec 17, '05
  12. by   2bnurseguy_2005
    Quote from tmnelson
    I've just changed careers after 16 years of teaching preschoolers to high schoolers (no difference in behavior, let me tell you) to become a nurse. I am just waiting for the application. I must admit, all careers seem to be a dead end. I guess we just deal with it. I didn't get breaks, lunch, or good pay ($2000/month)! Now I have the same to look forward to in nursing? Thanks folks! Actually, I kind of agree with the idea that nursing, like other careers is selfless, even if you don't like what you are doing. I hope I've made the right decision, I don't want to think I left a job of cleaning poop for another job of cleaning poop and listening to whinning!?! LOL (anyone)?:chuckle

    I am torn between nursing and teaching. What didnt you like about teaching? I am definitely going to change my career
    I have my drawbacks about nursing as well
    What made you choose nursing
  13. by   Future_Nurse_Natalie
    I have not read all the posts in this thread b/c it's so negative *and I realize that is the point of the thread* so I'm not sure if anyone on here has said this but if you have so much to complain about then switch careers. Imagine the level of "care and compassion" you must have if you are walking around so bitter. I feel that in most cases if a patient has a nurse with a poor attitude then the healing process can be affected. The point of going into nursing isn't to help yourself, it's to help others IMO. Hence the title of "caregiver". Thanks for making all my hard work and dedication in nursing school sound like a waste of time. :angryfire

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