Nursing is pathetic...
- 0Sep 17, '99 by firstname.lastname@example.orgIt'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 money? If it was for that then you missed the whole point of what a nurse is. It was never meant to be anything more than the giving care to those in needof your services if you allow yourself to feel all these negative feeling it's time for a vacation from nursing and try something else for a while or have you considered trying a new area that may have sparked some interest. It might be something to think about?
- 0Sep 18, '99 by nursedudeHello,
That about sums it up for me... I am a 34 year old guy and live in Pittsburgh Pa. Have been an RN for 10years. I have done the following in nursing: Cardiotharacic ICU, ER,UR, Case Management...
THe problems with nursing I have found:
1) Poor compensation- I have friends that are Registered Plumbers and registered electricians, Certified computer specialists etc. All of them make twice as much $$$ as I do- none of them have a college degree. None of them are exposed to HIV, TB, Hepatitis on a daily basis.
2) You can't really practice nursing on your own even though you are licensed- See above- The plumber, the electrician and the computer guy all work full time jobs and also do business on the side from home and make money... Did you ever practice nursing on the side? its called illegal...
3) Nurses are on the bottom of the food chain...Doctors, PA's, CRNP's, Administrators all look down on nurses- at least here in Pittsburgh they do. Nurses here are just another load on the revenue generated by hospitals...
- 0Sep 18, '99 by nurse lalaI do not think it is bad to be able to indentify the short-comings of being a nurse.
I agree that other professions that require less education have less risk involved and more income.
As a psych nurse, I have a potentially dangerous, albeit exciting vocation. My husband has a great job, so I can afford low pay in order to enjoy my chosen (low pay ) profession.
I am working with a special sub-set of our society: veterans. For the most part, they are homeless, drug addicted and poorly motivated. I get burned out too. Then I will encounter a patient that I can really help-make a long term difference in his life. That's why I became a Nurse. To make a difference.
It's okay to be burned out. We need the lows to appreciate the highs.
- 0Sep 18, '99 by mirnI agree with both of the previous posts. I think its ok to identify the drawbacks of nursing, but almost every job has those. For me, the satisfaction comes from the knowledge that I make a difference in people's lives, even if they are small ones, or short-term ones. This is worth more than gold to me...what keeps me going. As frustrating as these times are for nurses, I truly cannot imagine doing anything else.
- 0Sep 18, '99 by 3651bhtDear Nursedude,
Sounds like your plumber and electrician friends are working alot of hours. Ever heared of part time work as a nurse in a nursing home, as a consultant. Nurses can work independently you just have to find the right area. If you find the perfect job would you please e-mail me so I can go with you?
- 0Sep 19, '99 by katz rnDear Nursedude,
Sorry you feel that way. Maybe it is time that you look away from nursing for awhile. I too have been an RN for a long period of time (11 yrs). I've also done a variety of jobs that have kept me challenged. I am at a crossroads in my career right now, that I need yet another change. They are right, there are areas where nurses can work independently, check them out. Your attitiude towards nursing now will only reflect on the patients that you interact with. Don't let that happen, the patients after all are what we are all about.
- 0Sep 21, '99 by suellen e.Dear ND,
I too am one of those dedicated nurses - was a nurse's aid at age 18, a RN by age 21. Now I am 45 and will be graduating as a FNP with a master's degree in May. Over the years, I certainly have gotten burned out and the best thing I ever did was take breaks from nursing. You owe it to yourself. It's demands are as rigorous as it's rewards are outrageous. Go be a fisherman on a tuna boat for awhile...travel. Play an instrument. I have done all over the years, and find that my heart is still in nursing. There is nothing I would rather be. I wish you the satisfaction, joy and commitment I have found in being a nurse.
- 0Sep 28, '99 by nursedudeYou all make me laugh...
The question was: would you recommend nursing as a career?
Not, are you burned out?
I meerly replied with my opinions and that is:Nursing is a pathetic career.
I did not say anything about: Would you recomend nursing as a vocation?
My best guess: Nursing as a profession/career will not exist much longer. Instead, RNs will be replaced (as they already are) by less skilled/cheaper EMT'S PARAMEDICS AND NURSE AIDES...
- 0Sep 28, '99 by mirnIf 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.
- 0Sep 28, '99 by Nursing SlugWhat's this about "feeling good about helping people". The "boss" makes sure that's not about to happen! There is little 'on the job satisfaction'. The workload is tremendous, one nurse is pushed to the physical and mental limits just to perform the paperwork and basics, to maintain their liscense from being revoked. The days of sitting down and consoling a patient are over.... it's "Open wide, I'm shovin' the pills down the throat... without even breakin' my flyin' stride"~~~~> Gotta get back to the paperwork, sign off a few thousand treatments that I can't possibly perform due to ~~~> WORK OVERLOAD. PS: Do you think nurses get "Burned out" because they "enjoy" or have "fun" at their jobs?