Nursing is pathetic... - page 10

It's to bad you feel this way I work in the E.R.and am constantly exposed to hiv, hepatitis,and a host of other diseases you can protect yourself. Why did you really go into nursing ws it for the... Read More

  1. by   sonnie
    Would I recommend Nursing as a career? YES!! Having been a RN for 13 years and a CNA before that you can bet your bottom dollar I would if and only if the person I was recommending it to was sincere. I would be honest and tell them about the hours and the pay. I would also tell them of the rewards of seeing a new life come into the world, of comforting a spouse who just lost the love of their life. The good with the bad. I guess you could call me one of the pathetic ones, but I am very very lucky. I work in a small hospital (40 beds total) as an Assistant Director of Nursing. OHHHH NO not management!!! I can here most of you screaming! Let me walk you through my day. 23:00 Report time and make assignments for my coworkers ( 1 CNA and 3 RN's one of which will work ER) After report I make rounds with the CNA and help her take vitals if needed and/or help evening shift get things together to get them out of there on time. Then I retreat to my spacious office which I share with Social Services and the ADN on evening shift. The office is 8x10 and just holds the community computer and desk. This is when I switch hats and become either the Infection Control Nurse or Staff Development Coordinator. At about 3:00 I start getting people off to breaks (which some don't want to take!!!) Sometimes depending on the staff mix and the patient load I labor a patient or help the CNA make rounds on the patients to turn, fluff and puff. I also must answer the doctors answering service and pass on calls and check to see that staffing is adequate for the next shift. Each month I review approximately 30 -40 charts for infection control and QA, and I am responsable for Nursing's yearly competecies. 7:00 comes and I'm not done yet I need to call all the people who I cannot call in the middle of the night and check with medical records for missed reviews. I usually get out of the hospital by 8:00. I am not complaining I wouldn't give up my job for anything I love the diversity and I am soooo glad that there are nurses who want to work in the larger hospitals because I would definately go crazy there. My pay? $23.25/hr salary no overtime but I do get 3 weekends off a month. (weekend call is shared by our DNS, Social Service, and the other ADN) I have known other nurses who have left nursing to find the perfect job and have returned with their cap in their hands because the other jobs were very similar or worse. So those who want to go into nursing GO!!those who don't, don't those who want the mega bucks become a professional ball player of somekind perferably in the NBA. Then maybe you will get paid what you are worth.
  2. by   cynthia L. Green
    First ? . . . do you have a BSN?
    Why then don't you get out of acute care and go into medical sales or something that has more monetary reward? There are many avenues you can take nursing with different levels of rewards. If you have a BSN, you can get any job you want, even if it has nothing to do with nursing. Your skills used encompass any industry and you will get hired on the spot, and revered by your coworkers for having so much experience.

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  3. by   biscuit
    Originally posted by mirn:
    If we are "pathetic" , "ignorant" and "make you laugh" , perhaps it is time you find others with whom to share your opinions and let us continue with our camaraderie...

    I think you missed our point that we would recommend nursing as a career IF you are dedicated to patients and not dedicated to chasing the almighty big dollar.

    I don't know where nursedude works (geographically), but where I come from, nurses are quite well-paid...upwards of $25-$30 per hr. in most areas, and we are experiencing a shortage, which means large sign on bonuses for many new employees.
    where are you located.Curious.


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  4. by   jnc1991
    I am about to enter a 1 year diploma program to become an LPN. I am wondering if anyone
    has anything to suggest I should think about or do before entering. This message board has
    been both an encouragment and discouragment. I have read so many people complaining
    about nursing. I am a married male with four kids. Some have told me I wont make enough
    money to live but my wife and I do not require a large income. We live simple. I am about to
    get out of the military and want a stable sure job that I dont have to worry about being
    out of work with. Anyone have recommendations or comments?

    Jason
  5. by   sonnie
    welcome Jason!!! Nursing is a great career for men. My only advice would be to continue on with your education and it will open more doors for you then you can imagine!! BEST OF LUCK TO YOU!!!
    SONNIE
  6. by   jnc1991
    Thanks for the encouragment.
    I plan to be living in the Erie Pa. area. Anyone know what the average pay/opportunities are like there? After reading this message board, I have been frightened to the point of just staying in the military. I do not really want to do that but I want a satisfying and reliable job. This is one of the reasons I picked nursing. I have read there is a shortage of nurses and it is only going to get worse. The reason for this ,I thought, was the Baby Boomers but according to some it is the poor job quality that is chasing all the nurses away. This is a big career move for me, and a dangerous one with 4 kids...I can't mess this up! I will continue me education. Will the 1 year LPN program prepare me enough to have a lasting career? Will I be able to continue me education while still working?Thanks for any advice.

    Jason
  7. by   smignoni
    Hey just want to add my two cents in ,what took place in this discussion has been
    what holds nursing back.We pick on each other instead of working with each other.Every day for the last 20 years i have seen the day shift pick on the night shift the NA on the RNs etc.The issues nurse dude bring up have been said all over
    the country.We need to all stick together and let the federal goverment and the insurance people have it.along with the pharmacy and other vendors who are making
    billions every year.The solutions lies in uniting the Nurses,Doctors,Patients and the
    hospitals in one voice which can challenge these other very Powerful groups.Can
    you imagine the representation we would get with our numbers and their money.Let go after the problem not each other.Sam
  8. by   lita1857
    Well Jason here's my 2cents...there is a nursing shortage here in Rochester, NY...and Ive been a nurse 23yrs I have seen this before and I believe it will get worse before it gets better. IF you decide to go into nursing, if any way possible get your BS. Job wise usually any of the critical care areas usually start at a higher pay..I started in NICU and I currently make $30/hr which gives a base of 62,400...last year I made 72K, highest year so far 86K. This is not a joke, I am on staff 40hrs plus. I 'd be happy to explain further you can e-mail me at lita1857@hotmail.com....Best of luck...to answer the question I think an RN can always get a job...it is stable. My personal opinion.
  9. by   Miss Saigon
    Originally posted by lita1857:
    Well Jason here's my 2cents...there is a nursing shortage here in Rochester, NY...and Ive been a nurse 23yrs I have seen this before and I believe it will get worse before it gets better. IF you decide to go into nursing, if any way possible get your BS. Job wise usually any of the critical care areas usually start at a higher pay..I started in NICU and I currently make $30/hr which gives a base of 62,400...last year I made 72K, highest year so far 86K. This is not a joke, I am on staff 40hrs plus. I 'd be happy to explain further you can e-mail me at lita1857@hotmail.com....Best of luck...to answer the question I think an RN can always get a job...it is stable. My personal opinion.
    So tell me what do you think of the staffing here in Rochester, NY. I am also a nurse here. Do you work short? ever been required to work mandatory overtime? or told when you can take a personal day? I really do love nursing but I'm beginning to resent my job.

  10. by   leslie :-D
    Oh Bunky, Bunky, Bunky,
    I am SO disappointed in your response to NurseRUDE. Yes, I think that all experienced nurses share the frustrations that NurseRude has expressed and it many times does feel like a hopeless situation. I work in a long term care/rehab facility and it is the love and hope I receive everyday from the pts/residents that I am reminded as to why I chose nsg. as a career. Yes, managed care & unlicensed assistive personnel along with long stressful hours are great obstacles. But Bunky, you are not like NurseRude and inspite of your fatigue & frustration, just from reading your responses, you are a warm person with much integrity. Please don't lose sight on why you became a nurse. That is why the majority of us WILL stay in the profession. In spite of the trillion downfalls that NurseRude so delicately pointed out, let the vision and determination of Florence Nightengale live on. And yes, I am for real.
  11. by   bunky
    OK Earle, I got your email and am responding to the matter in private because it is long and detailed. Earle the way I see it right now, is that something has got to change here, and there isn't too much time left to do it and keep the decent nurses. Where I work they are jumping ship in droves! It has gotten so bad, and I am so disgusted with the way things have deteriorated in nursing. I try, and I try, and my only reward is that if they notice that I am still able to get my work done and not kill anyone, I get another patient added because it seems like I am handling it! None of us on my unit are able to keep up with the insane pace that we are being pushed to run, and it is showing! Orders written aren't being carried out, people are soaked and dirty, and those patients who can are complaining loudly and bitterly, and I DON'T BLAME THEM! How much lower can it sink without capsizing?
  12. by   oramar
    Originally posted by jnc1991:
    I am about to enter a 1 year diploma program to become an LPN. I am wondering if anyone
    has anything to suggest I should think about or do before entering. This message board has
    been both an encouragment and discouragment. I have read so many people complaining
    about nursing. I am a married male with four kids. Some have told me I wont make enough
    money to live but my wife and I do not require a large income. We live simple. I am about to
    get out of the military and want a stable sure job that I dont have to worry about being
    out of work with. Anyone have recommendations or comments?

    Jason
    Dear Jason, my brother has been a LPN for 10 years. He loves it. He was a steel worker until the steel industry collasped in our area. He started school PN at age 40. One of the reasons he is happy is that he works at a facility that serves only local people and is funded 100% by local goverment. They were totally unaffected by the cuts in federal and state financing that adversely affected other instituions. Since they serve local citizens any attempt by politicians to cut staffing or do anything else that would adversely affect their clients is met with howls of protest by local voters. This is something you should think about.
  13. by   PPL
    WHAT? Oramar, I didn't know such places existed! All the smaller facilities in and around my area have linked up and/or been taken over by larger facilities and/or healthcare groups, in order that they might stay afloat. By the way Bunky, when I started reading Earle's post to you, I had to LOL, 'cause I thought, Bunky, Bunky, Bunky; what have you done or said now!? But you were really just getting a compliment, which you deserve! PPL.

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