would you recommend nursing as a career

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    Nursing is a noble profession.I believe you should not enter into this profession unless you are called.It is demanding, time consuming, can and does interfere with your social life, the financial gains are low,however, the measure of satisfaction one derives from caring for an acutely ill person and seeing them recover after being close to death is invaluable.No other profession gives you the opportuunity to impact on someone's life the way nursing does.Yes I would recommend nursing as a career if you are looking for oppotunities to give of your very self and experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from caring
    Last edit by bajan girl on May 21, '03
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    You sound like a caring nurse, nursing is a very demanding job, the time it takes to aquire everything that you need to do just to become a nurse and then all the continuing education hours you have to put in, and the personal time refreshing yourself and getting used to new ways of doing procedures and always learning something new in nursing etc, etc. But just look at all the ways you can impact just one person's life and the countless people that you will help save or assist in saving/helping when they are at their worst. It is truely a calling and it's a shame that more and more people aren't coming to nursing. I try and tell everyone that is somewhat interested in nursing to look into a career in it or take the time to research it and find out if that is what they want to do with their life.

    LPN & EMT-CT
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    I agree with both of you. It is a very rewarding profession and it is a calling. There are those that become nurses thinking that there will be good money making potential, but that is not so. You have to look at nursing as what you can do for people and how you can help them. I have put 25 years in the profession and loved every moment of it. I worked in LTC and it was most rewarding.
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    But there is no reason why nursing should not be well paid. Why do careers where eople make a difference, and are of great use to society, have to be one or the other? Why does nursing have to have this martyr tinge to you, that you have to "sacrifice" to help your patients? Nurses should be paid well, should have safe working conditions, should be treated with respect, and should not have to put up with all the crap that's dished out. This is not a conflict of interest, and there is nothing wrong with being well compensated.

    If nurses were treated better, our health care system would be dramatically different and patients would be "rewarded" by being cared for by the best and brightest of our society. Instead, many individuals who might be interested in nursing and who would make great nurses look elsewhere, because they're not willing to put up with working conditions and low pay.
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    There was a time when i would say that nursing was a career only for those that were called to do so. But recently at my place of employment, just about anybody can do my job. Our unit manager hires people who definately are not cut out to be nurses, but continue to stay on the payroll. These so called nurses know nothing of patient care, pain management, compassion or even how to read an MAR. one person in particular has had so many med errors, that the nursing assistants are calling her nurse kovorkian. It does no good to tell anyone about all this. It is noticed by everyone on our unit, but nothing is done about it. When i first started there, another LPN told me, " Anyone who can read can do this job." I refused to let myself believe it, however over time, i am beginning to believe she was right.
    I tell myself everyday, that i am there to make a difference, that i do make a difference, and will eventually make a difference. But if it keeps up like it is, I won't be in nursing very much longer.

    Thanks for letting me sound off.

    If your hearts not in it, then get out of it!
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    I would like to add, that many of us were called into nursing & our heart is in the right place, but we are getting out because of the unsafe & ridiculous working conditions. Don't get me wrong- I'm not afraid to work hard. I work like a dog everyday, with passion. I feel I give 110% and it's NEVER enough. You can have a heart as big as the Grand Canyon, but until safe staffing becomes a priority, patient care & nurse burnout will be the result.

    Please don't assume that all of us who are leaving don't have the heart. I have a BIG HEART and I am moving on to another profession where I won't be expected to work doubles, miss breaks, have 2 hrs O.T. every day, and live in fear of missing something.

    I wanted to be a nurse, but after 5 years, it is killing me both physically & mentally. I will be out of it as soon as I finish my school for another profession. For those of you who stay in the field- I admire your strength & dedication. I hope we can someday make working conditions and safe staffing the priorities they need to be.
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    Originally posted by roxannekkb
    But there is no reason why nursing should not be well paid. Why do careers where eople make a difference, and are of great use to society, have to be one or the other? Why does nursing have to have this martyr tinge to you, that you have to "sacrifice" to help your patients? Nurses should be paid well, should have safe working conditions, should be treated with respect, and should not have to put up with all the crap that's dished out. This is not a conflict of interest, and there is nothing wrong with being well compensated.

    Look closely, the above post is full of "Shoulds". Yes, we should be well paid, we should be treated with respect, but the reality is that we are not.

    Therefore, would I reccomend nursing as a career?
    No.
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    I would not recommend it as a career either

    I do love what I do, but most people don't want to work, they think that they are too good to put someone on a bedpan or help turn someone over or help pull someone up in the bed or feed a little old person after they get their license as RN or LPN, they want to sit behind the desk and chart or look at the computer and give orders for others to do their work.

    Rachel RNC
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    Once upon a time I encouraged others to become nurses because of what nursing brought into my life, and what I was able to give to the sick and dying.

    One of my daughters even became a nurse because she said that I was her inspiration for doing so.

    Today...RUNNNNNNN fast as you can AWAY from nursing because today's nursing does not resemble that which I use to know as nursing. Sad, but true.
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    I can't help but notice that Nursedude has certainly drawn some fire from others out there, some so scathing they had to be pulled offline, well nursedude, I can actually relate to some of what you are saying, and it's true that at times in my life I probably have been even more critical than youself about the pay the conditions and the other things that contribute to nursing dispondancy syndrome (NDS hey I coined an acronym) but let me ask this, next time you go to work, will it be as a plumber, butcher or other tradesman or as a nurse? if your answer is the last one then yes even you recommend a career in nursing because if you did not why would you spend ten years of your life doing it?


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