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No I wouldn't recommend nursing

  1. 2 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.

    Manuel
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    From 'Detroit'; Joined Mar '01; Posts: 17; Likes: 2.

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  3. Visit  gimmeabreak profile page
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    Originally posted by manuelvillanueva:
    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.


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    would i recommend nursing as a career choice to anyone? yeah, sure....especially if you want a job that entails no breaks, no lunches, mandatory overtime, constant stress, no management support, poor pay, lousy hours, minimal recognition for a job well done under adverse circumstances, daily exposure to blood and bodily fluids, inadequate staff levels, little or no respect...shall i go on?
    Last edit by P_RN on Nov 28, '05
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  4. Visit  Yana profile page
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    Originally posted by manuelvillanueva:
    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.

    Manuel
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    Jeez! That doesn't sound too good for a student!
    Pardon my stupid question, but do RN's have to clean poop everywhere or it depends on the department you work in?
    Last edit by P_RN on Nov 28, '05
  5. Visit  janine3&5 profile page
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    EVERYWHERE! (LOL) Been through all areas with rotations in school, if it's not poop, it's some other bodily fluid!
  6. Visit  NUR 310 profile page
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    I think that all jobs have their drawbacks, and nursing has many. I dont know anyone who loves their job 100%. You have to remember what nursing is all about, it is caring for the patient. It dependes on alot what area you work in. There are so many fields of nursing that one can go into. If one is unhapp in a certain area then it is time to change. I enjoy working with patients, and giving them good quality care. Just remember one day you will be the patient.
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  7. Visit  nursedude profile page
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    "You have to remember what nursing is all about, it is caring for the patient."

    The above is a true statement primarily in health care facilities/settings only... If you are a nurse in another setting - like insurance, then your focus becomes that of the bottom line - sometimes at a loss of care for the patient.(Gee - that almost sounds like a hospital?)
  8. Visit  NeilRN profile page
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    Originally posted by nursedude:
    "You have to remember what nursing is all about, it is caring for the patient."

    The above is a true statement primarily in health care facilities/settings only... If you are a nurse in another setting - like insurance, then your focus becomes that of the bottom line - sometimes at a loss of care for the patient.(Gee - that almost sounds like a hospital?)
  9. Visit  NeilRN profile page
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    Originally posted by nursedude:
    "You have to remember what nursing is all about, it is caring for the patient."

    The above is a true statement primarily in health care facilities/settings only... If you are a nurse in another setting - like insurance, then your focus becomes that of the bottom line - sometimes at a loss of care for the patient.(Gee - that almost sounds like a hospital?)
    I'm not sure we're both from the same Pittsburgh, PA. It's like this. I was/am a Nurse in the PGH area for the last 25 years. I have seen many changes. I watched salaries climb from $5.50/hour to $21.35 then back to $13. I have been a psych nurse for the last 19 except for 1 year I worked in a Nursing Home. I've watched with amusement then chagrin then total dismay as the pay went up miniscul-ly(I don't think that's a word but....)at the patient load went up geometrically. When I came out of Nursing School I was dismayed that they gave you FIVE patients. I got more dismayed that on an active adult psych unit there were 28 patients and 5 staff. 2 RN's, and 3 CCSs. They were at least trained in psych. I now work at an Adolescent/Child Hospital that also has 2 Residetial care facility areas as well as acute. I Assess and admit acute patients while watching over 9 Residetial Cherubs at the same time. We don't GET a break. What? Illegal you say? OH well, if the state comes around, they bother to tell them that the schedule for today is more than adequate because 4 out of 10 are mandates...... for the 4th time this week. Who will tell them that the schedule they are looking at will be in the trash can before the door closes behind them. What about Sunday morning when there are 3 staff scheduled for 36 patients. (Uh OH! Did you say MANDATE! AGAIN!!!!. 2 Things need to go. Managed care and For Profit Hospitals.
    Our Moto today is Warehousing people is a profitable business....the return trade is phenominal. And don't ask about nursing homes, my wife went back to work (as an LPN) after 20 years raising our kids, was accepted with scoliosis and a Drs excuse not to lift(by herself)because she was to be a "Med Nurse", and she was an aide the last 3 times, because the aides who called off, who were going to be "taken to task" for it, still do and the "rules have changed" so you have to lift, or you'll have to leave. And the 25 patients the LPNs pass meds to and do treatments for still cry at at bedtime becuse there's not enough staff and thew meds take forever.
    I prefer the company of Computers.
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  10. Visit  Athena profile page
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    I only recommend nursing to mature individuals who don't have a problem with pride or the thought process "what do I get out of this deal". Nursing is a "calling". It isn't glamorous and it is selfless. For the most part, NO, I don't recommend nursing. But it isn't for everyone. A lot of nurses need to find a different job. I am looking forward to nursing being viewed as a profession...we need professional-thinking nurses only.
  11. Visit  Navy Nurse profile page
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    Really depends on what their motive for going into nursing is. If it is for money the answer is no, but there are reasons that I would recommend nursing.
    It beats mowing lawns or getting shot at the local convienence store.
  12. Visit  Nurse Sunshine profile page
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    I personally would recommend nursing as a career choice for the right individual(s). I love the work that I do 99.9% of the time. It isn't glamorous and it won't give me monetary wealth, but it gives me a sense of satisfaction. For myself it isn't about pay, corporate recognition or benefits, it's about the desire to make a real difference each and every day in the lives of those I care for and about. ALL my patients are treated like family by myself and my staff and we have fewer complaints. I have in the past and would again donate my nursing skills for absolutely no financial gain to someone in need. I know many disillusioned nurses and I feel bad for them. Being a nurse isn't what I DO, it is what I AM. I've never been happy doing anything else. Maybe it's my parents' fault, I have a brother and a sister who are also nurses, mom is a CNA (35+) years and daddy was an O.R. tech for many years. I agree if you're not happy, move on until you find your place in the world. Not all employers set out to force staff to work unsafely. Sometimes the reimbursement system doesn't leave many options when a profit must be turned to remain open. Good luck to you all, I hope you find a career that gives you what you are seeking.
  13. Visit  MSCWARREN profile page
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    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
  14. Visit  jdangelo profile page
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    I have been a RN for over 30 yrs - women had few options for careers. According to the American Nurse Executives poll, there are over 2 million nurses - however, only 1 million are actively working. Where did every one go? Maybe to a better paying, better working environment?! We have unwittingly created our own problem for the nursing shortage. Until the profession itself does something, we will all continue to be in this mess.


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