Should I give nursing another try? - page 5
by almostmadeit 9,310 Views | 61 Comments
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 practicum and failed med surg... Read More
- 1Sep 17, '12 by MPKHMoney shouldn't be the ONLY reason you do nursing. I've read your other posts, and I get the feeling that you are drawn to nursing because of (potential) high income and (perceived) job stability. Don't do nursing for those things alone--or you'd feel "stuck" a few years down the road. Do something YOU enjoy.
- 0Sep 17, '12 by sapphire18 GuideNot true. Try being a CNA first. See if you like that. If not, then try another field. I always thought being a paramedic would be fun if I hadn't gone into nursing. That takes a LOT of knowledge and skill, too though...definitely not an easy way to some quick money.
- 0Sep 18, '12 by samadams8OK, here it is. Even if you love so many aspects of nursing--even if you you have found your niche--even if you really strive to have a great attitude--um, a person can become miserable in the role for a good many reasons. So, if you aren't into it, please consider not doing it.
IMHO, there are already too many disgruntled, burned out, miserable, and just unhappy nurses in the field. Some of that came for them over time, and for some folks, well, they thought it was going to be something other than it is.
On top of that (and I truly expect to get slammed for saying this), there are too many insecure people in the field. No, not all.
Many people just aren't in touch with their lack of ability to work together, be flexible and supportive of each others--regardless of clique or faction formations--that is, they don't get the concept of forming coalitions with other nurses for the ultimate good of nursing. So, they can't find common ground toward that aim and choose to work together without infighting. There are some that just strive to be on top of their game, but can't do so without trying to intimidate, manipulate, or out-do others.
And then there are the poor folks that just want to do their best, but are wrongly viewed as being competitive and vicious ladder-climbers, when indeed that may totally not be the case. I'm always amazed at how much jealousy there can be in nursing. I scratch my head, and I really don't get it. There are a lot of nurses that don't get the whole "You're OK, I'm OK" thing.
So, there's this gross lack of security, objectivity, balance, and fairness in the field; that is, IMHO--and I think after 20 years of hard work and striving to do right, I am entitled to my opinion.
Unless something has really changed within you or you just think you didn't give it a fair enough shot early on--OR if you think you were more on the young and immature side--don't go back into the field.
It's not worth it to make maybe $20 extra per hour. $15/hr(40 hours) is about $30,000. $30/hr is about $60,000. That may seem like a lot to some folks, but it's not really--especially if you are miserable doing something, are working off-shift & holidays & weekends, are dealing with all kinds of stress and getting your hands dirty. You have to be OK with all that, plus the sad disunity that may accompany the team or group with whom you may end up working.
Get something for now that will help pay the bills and go back to school for something your really like--and hopefully is more marketable.
Education can be a political pain in the butt, but if you like it, and are good at it, there can be many more benefits to it than working in nursing.
Or, perhaps if you go back to nursing school, and then you could also work on getting a school nurse certificate--or try occupational health. You really have to do your research and take some time to think about it--after doing your homework (research) that is.
Good luck to you!Last edit by samadams8 on Sep 18, '12
- 1Sep 18, '12 by joanna73 GuideI'm not impressed with the system of nursing, and many nurses feel the same (staffing, unrealistic pt ratios, etc....) However, nursing for the sake of helping others, and the ability to be stimulated will make me stay. I will just switch specialties eventually. If you aren't truly interested in nursing, and your primary motivation is money, you won't be content. There is no amount of money that could make me take a job I didn't enjoy on some level.
- 1Sep 18, '12 by BiBi777Since you're only 22....why don't you join the military?
Decent pay, bene's, job advancement, paid vacations, food/housing provided, paid training.
Yes, you're a gov't worker...BUT, if you play your cards right, you could walk out after 4-8 years and get a job paying much MORE than the50K
Plus being a veteran has it's own benefits
Both of my daughters decided to join the navy, I was army and my DH was Coast Guard Reserve.
Just my 2 pennies thrown in.
I'll say a prayer for you in discerning your best path
- 3Sep 18, '12 by BiBi777NewRN- AMEN! I've met a few nurses who "Did it for the money" and they HATE their job, they hate their very lives...one of them is a HOSPICE nurse!!!!!!
*SHUDDER* anybody wanna chew on that thought??
Hate job/hate life/ caring for end of life......S*C*A*R*Y!