Should I give nursing another try? - page 5
I am extremely depressed. My whole family are nurses mother and all my aunts. They kept on telling me nursing is the only way to make money quick. So I enrolled in nursing school but I didnt pass the... Read More
Sep 18, '12Can't you go be a Navy Nurse? My folks were in the Marines, and that's what I was supposed to do but out of high school I wasn't mature enough to buckle down with the books for. I didn't go into the military because I was afraid I'd be put doing something else (dangerous!). Finally as a middle aged woman I went to nursing school and love being a nurse no matter what!
Sep 18, '12Quote from almostmadeit50-60,000 dollars a year doesn't go far in most places these days, especially if you live in or near a major city, AND hate your job.Physiotherapists make the same, as well as dental hygenists, and executive assistants. However, any profession requires patience, dedication, and work.RN's in my state start at 50,000. Entry level nurses are the richest proffesion in the world!
Sep 18, '12Thanks alot everyone. Not all nurses have stressful jobs. A lot of plastic surgery and out patient surgery centers hire RN'S to take out ivs, take vital signs and pass out juice boxes. That's it. Also some nursing homes hire RN's for the sole purpose of passing meds and nothing really much else. I was going to pass nursing but I had a bad instructor for the practicum, If that hadn't happend I would have passed. Oh,well.
Sep 19, '12I hope you can find some useful advice here. The recurring theme seems to be that you & Nursing probably are not a good fit. You will be a lot happier if you put some thought & focus on finding a career doing something that you actually might enjoy doing. Also some honest self reflection on why you didn't pass your Nursing class/Praticum the first time will help you avoid making the same mistakes in your next chosen profession. Good Luck.
Sep 19, '12I've worked in a nursing home for 2 years. We do much more than pass meds. In fact, LTC is the absolute last place you would want to work if you are seeking "lighter" nursing duties. Sorry to break it to you, but no nursing job is easy.
Sep 20, '12To reiterate: you are incorrect in many, if not all, of your assumptions. I can speak to the ambulatory surgery aspect. To state that all we do is "take out ivs, take vital signs and pass out juice boxes" is both incredibly wrong and offensive.
Who do you think puts the iv IN? Who do you think cares for the intubated patient in the Recovery Room? Who do you think assesses cardiac/neuro/endocrine issues in pre-op and raises questions as to the suitability of the patient for general anesthesia?
If you think that any facility is willing to pay an RN to pass out juice boxes, then again, I strongly recommend that you find another field to pursue.
Quote from almostmadeitThanks alot everyone. Not all nurses have stressful jobs. A lot of plastic surgery and out patient surgery centers hire RN'S to take out ivs, take vital signs and pass out juice boxes. That's it. Also some nursing homes hire RN's for the sole purpose of passing meds and nothing really much else. I was going to pass nursing but I had a bad instructor for the practicum, If that hadn't happend I would have passed. Oh,well.
Sep 20, '12I feel uneasy about recommending military career to young people for the perks and benefits. Too many immature kids are encouraged into it without realizing the full implication, with tragic consequences. With that said, it really is a great option only if you're prepared to give up many personal freedoms, be relocated/deployed, possibly be wounded/killed.
OP, I'm scratching my head as I read your post and responses, as it appears that you're really not getting what people are trying to tell you here. Have you had a job before? I really recommend getting a job somewhere and start supporting yourself -- that will give you the insights into the reality of hard work and rewards. Not to mention, growing up as a person. You can start taking classes part time to prepare for if you desire.
And know this: insinuating nursing is a lucrative job with minimal effort is offensive to a lot of us. We worked hard to become nurses and we continue to work hard against terrible working environment and all kinds of mental stress that caring for people entails. Even the areas that you seem to think are a piece of cake aren't so easy. Please don't go into specialty sections of this forum asking "Is (specialty) nursing easy?" as you're bound to get flamed if you haven't noticed already.
Another thing. Please heed the advice above about honest reflection. First step of growing up and earning respect of others is owning your mistakes instead of putting the blame on someone else. A "bad instructor" does not fail a student. The student let herself get failed by the instructor. If you change this attitude, it'll help you a lot along the way no matter what career you choose.
Sep 21, '12Quote from almostmadeitThere are emergencies that arise in plastic surgery (kanye's mom?) and in out patient care. A juice box isn't going to help you there. NO nursing job totally stress free or easy. I don't think you understand any of this, which is why I don't think you & nursing is a good fit.Thanks alot everyone. Not all nurses have stressful jobs. A lot of plastic surgery and out patient surgery centers hire RN'S to take out ivs, take vital signs and pass out juice boxes. That's it. Also some nursing homes hire RN's for the sole purpose of passing meds and nothing really much else. I was going to pass nursing but I had a bad instructor for the practicum, If that hadn't happend I would have passed. Oh,well.
Sep 25, '12You don't think there is a reason that nurses start off making decent money? There's a price in there somewhere. And it's because the job is HARD and demands a lot.
Go work as a PCA or CNA. And if you hate it as much as you hated nursing school, that's ok! You can find something else to do. Save up as much of your paycheck as you can and then when you find something you really want to do, you can pay for school and not worry about loans. There is nothing wrong with working at Starbucks or wherever while you figure out what you do, despite what you parents apparently think. Move out. Get a roommate. Save money. Travel. Learn about yourself and grow as a person. There's nothing wrong with working at Starbucks for the rest of your life if that's what you want to do.
Oh and BTW LTC nurses do a lot more than passing a few pills. And you know what? I got paid a lot less than $50,000 for doing it. Good luck. Experience some life and decided what YOU want to do, not what your PARENTS want you to do.
Oct 6, '12okies if the undecided person is still reading tis. Nursing if you think you can succeed go for it. though after a certain point you really are on your own as parents can't be funding your pipe dreams if you can't make it a paying reality. There' s no rule that you can't do nursing cuz it pays well. Most people in it for the money so what if you graduate pass then you're a nurse. No one gives a damm why i chose nursing just that I've got a license and can do the job. As for being a writer/editor that is a career that you can do with any major just gotta write well.
Before you reattempt nursing you must find out why you failed out to start, what steps can you take to ensure that does not happen again. trying harder is not the answer. Either way you will need to have a strong grasp of your anatomy physiology and nursing concepts before you reattempt medsurge. There is a time limit on how long after leaving can you go back so good luck.