Nursing is pathetic... - page 26

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   MK2002
    With any frequently visited website many of the original posters eventually disappear. I have experienced that gradual disappearance with two websites I have been involved with over the years. Sometimes people leave because they do not care for the direction that newcomers take the website. Others just get tired of reading numerous posts and trying to respond to them. Eventually, they realize how much daily effort it takes and they move on to different life activities.

    As for the lottery, keep playing! I have a small stack of tickets here on my desk. I go through the stack every couple months and then start over again with an empty space on the desk. Many years ago I nearly won $5,000 in the daily quick pick. Really sad story since I was a student at the time and needed the money for car repair and other things. Too bad about that missed opportunity, but life became better as the time went on.
  2. by   oramar
    Dear ND, glad you are still here, so am I. Hope what ever you are doing you are making tons of money. I am to busy being a patient to be a nurse. Ora
  3. by   booboo
    I agree that nursing is currently a "pathetic" profession. But it doesn't have to be that way. I would NEVER allow my daughter to become a nurse - NEVER. The verbal and sometimes physical abuse I have encountered, the demeaning treatment from administrators and managers, the schedule, the pay, the enormous responsibility, the physical and emotional demands - bending over a med cart for hours, lifting patients -. There are LOTS of careers for college grads with more to offer that take less of a toll. Attorney, pharm. rep, business, banking, computers, accountant, insurance agent, engineers, I could go on and on...
    I have so much anger built up after taking all of the crap for over 10 years - I feel like I'm about to explode. I am, however, working with a group to get mandatory staffing ratios here in FLA. That is the only thing keeping me going back day after day.
    I saw it posted here:
    "I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees..."
  4. by   MICU RN
    We need more angry nurses who are will tell lit like it is. Although, I work in a really good unit, I know based on my past jobs and friends nursing jobs that the conditions a pretty lousy for the most part. An I agree, i would not encourage my son or daughter to go into nursing, just as you are mentioned there are to many other better options for someone with a college education than to put up with the **** we are expected to put up on a regular basis. Nursing has a ways to go to become an appealing profession and it is only going to change when we demand it and start expecting to be treated like professionals.
  5. by   calderon76
    My friend is a newly graduated LPN and she has accepted a position for $21.00 per hour weekdays. My mother-in-law is an RN, BSN and her hourly rate is $48.00 per hour, no weekends.

    Hope everyone had a nice day today
  6. by   draczniak
    It is so sad to read that you think nursing is pathic. If nusing is so bad, get out. You aren't helping your self or our profession. I have been in nursing in several different clinical areas and levels of administration. I love the diversity and options we have. I can honestly say I have loved everything I have done. Now I am a recruiter for nurses from staff to the VPN and talk to wonderful professionals every day. You know attitude is everything and where you work counts for a lot too! If you are unhappy where you are then move or change. It won't help to remain where you are or doing what you are doing if you are that unhappy. Remember to look at the glass as 3/4 full instead of 1/2 full and see what happens to your state of mind and attitude.
    Dianna drmed@mriraleigh.com
  7. by   renerian
    Today I started my first day on the floor at a SNF. My security button they gave me yesterday did not work so it took me 20 minutes of banging on a window to finally get someone to let me in. I was of course, late. The nurse supervisor starts yelling at me in front of about 10 residents and about that many staff. Outside of the confused ones (residents LOL) most people were looking at me with sympathy in their eyes. I asked the super to please take me into the office and we would talk about it and that my button did not work. She took me off the schedule and sent me home and told me the DON would call me and let me know if I had a job or not........

    That is pathetic.........

    rererian
  8. by   NurseMark25
    "It is so sad to read that you think nursing is pathic. If nusing is so bad, get out. You aren't helping yourself or our profession. I have been in nursing in several different clinical areas and levels of administration. I love the diversity and options we have. I can honestly say I have loved everything I have done. Now I am a recruiter for nurses from staff to the VPN and talk to wonderful professionals every day. You know attitude is everything and where you work counts for a lot too! If you are unhappy where you are then move or change. It won't help to remain where you are or doing what you are doing if you are that unhappy. Remember to look at the glass as 3/4 full instead of 1/2 full and see what happens to your state of mind and attitude.
    Dianna drmed@mriraleigh.com"

    Now I'm going to have to be rude. Ms. Desk Jockey, RN, MPA, obviously you are no longer a floor nurse for a reason. Guess what? It IS horrible out there. Staffing ratios ARE dangerous. The work loads ARE getting bigger!The pay stinks, and the overall work environment is stressful. This, "If you pretend to be happy, you will be" attitude does not cut it. You think it's so easy to simply just leave a profession after years of schooling? Why don't you try it then? You have been in several different areas and levels of administration? How long were you really a floor nurse for prior to being a manager? The bottom line here is that NOT everyone can be a desk jockey like you. Not everyone can be a manager. You need the floor nurses and staff. How about trying to make the profession BETTER for us in the trenches instead of sitting on your horse as a calvary officer, talking about how great it is to be there. I've had managers tell me, "If you don't like it, leave." That is not a rational answer. It is one of disrespect, lack of intelligence, and weak listening skills. What you are saying does have merit, but get real!

    Mark
  9. by   l.rae
    Originally posted by draczniak
    It is so sad to read that you think nursing is pathic. If nusing is so bad, get out. You aren't helping your self or our profession. I have been in nursing in several different clinical areas and levels of administration. I love the diversity and options we have. I can honestly say I have loved everything I have done. Now I am a recruiter for nurses from staff to the VPN and talk to wonderful professionals every day. You know attitude is everything and where you work counts for a lot too! If you are unhappy where you are then move or change. It won't help to remain where you are or doing what you are doing if you are that unhappy. Remember to look at the glass as 3/4 full instead of 1/2 full and see what happens to your state of mind and attitude.
    Dianna drmed@mriraleigh.com
    Because the glass is 3/4 empty and those who would beg us to see differently are full of it....recruitment huh?...it's retention stupid...(New nursing slogan taken from .."It's the economy stupid".)...cheers ...from an empty glass...LR
    Last edit by l.rae on Oct 18, '02
  10. by   FranRN
    To all:
    There have been some great comments on both sides of the fences. The question is WOULD YOU RECOMMEND NURSING AS A CAREER? Each person has their reasons for not recommending it or for recommending it. We as a profession should be supportive of each other and to new people coming into the profession. Not to the point to lie to each other. But it is this hostility and negative nature in some of these posts, that have lead to the decline in nursing.
    Fine nurisng is not as glamourous as we some would like. And Yes there are more jobs out there with more monetary value and probally where one gets more respect. Do you think that Florence Nightengale was into nursing for the money? No! She possessed all the qualities that nurses should have today, but some have forgotten them while chasing the big bucks.
    I have only been a nurse for 6 years. I go to work to do my job, to my best ability. I am one of those nurses who take more pride in helping someone die with dignity or seeing someone get well, than I do with monetary perks.
    For all those who have such negative feelings towards nursing: Maybe it is a time for a career change for you!!
    For those who are in it for the money: Consider agency/traveling nursing. It has it perks.
    All of us need to evaluate why we are in nursing. We need to pull together and be supportive of our fellow nursing, but most importantly to our PROFESSION.
  11. by   lee1
    No, I did NOT reccommend it to my daughters.
    I have over 34 years of critical care (all types, last was hi acuity CCU---heart transplants/ IABP/LVAD/CVVH)
    I am very involved at work----co-chair --Nurse Practics Committee at a Magnet accredited hospital. Belong to ANA/AACN, active in both.
    I have recently moved to a less acute job which I had been doing part time anyway. Left ICU envionrment.
    My daughter's have both completed their BA degrees. NO professor treated them like I hear the BSN/ADN students being treated by some. Their professors very flexible, easy to access.
  12. by   SpecFuz
    why would any young person want to work under these conditions?

    I would like to take a stab at answering this question, at least in my own personal reasons...

    I am 28-yr-old married, worked in NYC as an executive assistant over the past 8 years. I made more $$$$ than I will probably ever see as a nurse, but I was on-call 24hr/7wk/365yr. An executive needs something on Saturday afternoon, or Thursday night at 11:30 p.m., and that's how it is. It's not 12-hour shifts 3 days per week, it's 15 hour days, 5 days a week. Vacation? You still have to check in and handle situations. There is no flexibility whatsoever in hours. Can't work nights, weekends for extra money. Having kids is not possible unless they are dropped off at 6 am everything morning and are not picked up until 7:30 or 8 pm at night. And I was lucky! I had a fantastic boss, the best!

    Personally, for myself, I want to have an exciting job that will require me to always be thinking and learning, and every now and then, might help someone.

    All of this, of course, is very naive I'm sure, but that excites me because I would rather put up with the worst of the worst in a hospital where my help might actually make a difference once in a while, then put up with the worst in a corporation making the filthy rich CEO's even richer.
  13. by   l.rae
    Originally posted by FranRN
    To all:
    All of us need to evaluate why we are in nursing. We need to pull together and be supportive of our fellow nursing, but most importantly to our PROFESSION.
    Then you need to take your own advice.....how about being supportive of fellow nurses who are sick to death of putting their license and their patients lives on the line?.......We all do our best, but unfortuantly corporate management has created an atmosphere where our best is not good enough anymore......and BTW...all jobs are about money...and we should be paid fairly.....LR

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