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- by digoe74 Mar 31, '11This question is for both seasoned nurses and those nurses who have just entered the field of nursing. What I am interested in is this... would you advise a close friend or family member, or anyone you care about for that matter to enter the field of nursing knowing what you now know? Regarding the economy, the fact that unfortunately there is no longer a 'nursing shortage' ? I am currently a pre-nursing student. I am hopeful, more than hopeful actually as I feel that nursing has been "calling" me for several years. Your posts will not detour me, but I would just like to hear some real 'real life' experiences and perspectives in regard to staring a nursing career NOW. Thoughts?
- Mar 31, '11 by hopefulwhoopHonestly, no, I would not recommend nursing to anybody. I have actually discouraged people from entering nursing. I hate that I had to, but they wanted honesty and that's what they got. I don't 'hate' nursing, by any means, but I definitely don't love it. Nursing is full of stress with little reward. And, that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I plan to leave bedside by the end of the year.
- Mar 31, '11 by dthfytrYou're assumption that "there is no longer a nursing shortage" is inacurate. The market for nurses waxes and wains in general. Some places are always short of nurses, some places it varies. I've been disabled for over a year but get 2 or 3 emails or phone calls per week offering me positions all over the continent plus Saudi Arabia. When the market is tight, some places can be more picky about hiring. At other times I've seen recruiting before graduation and even outside the US.
Would I recomend? I love nursing and 25 years went by way too fast. I encourage everybody to find something they enjoy, then they'll never work a day in their lives. Like to help people, good pay, ability to move geographically with fair job security? Nursing, Resp Therapy, Rad techs are always in demand for travel positions!
- Mar 31, '11 by Daisy_08good question.
i think it depends on the person. i have encouraged and discourage people. for myself its just something that is in me, it feels right. i know a lot of nurses who love their jobs and some that hate it. i will mention that one of the most popular conversations in the staff room is the "i wish i just would have done (ultrasound tech, dental hygienist, ct tech ect) cuz they make more, have way better schedules, and work less" (fyi that last part about working less is not something i said so please don't get upset with me).
i think you need to consider if you really want to be a nurse. or are you looking for a secure job, with good pay, where you can make a difference, then you can get a job that offers that with less stress, less physically demanding and with better hours. but if you want to be a nurse then go for it, in the end i love it.
- Mar 31, '11 by Black JadeI haven't encouraged or discouraged anybody from entering nursing. I just give them the facts and it's up to them to decide on their own if this for them. There was a former coworker who asked me about nursing. He was lazy, took shortcuts, did not take school seriously (he was in his 40s), etc... I was upfront and told him that if you go into nursing just for the money and not because you love helping people, then no, nursing is not for you. I think he ended up changing careers. Good, one less selfish individual in this field.
- Mar 31, '11 by LPNweezy"There is always a need for nurses"
- Apr 1, '11 by DarkfieldI love it when other people become nurses. I am in ICU, and I love what I do. There are days that I hate it, but I'm in where the drama is. Life, death, blood all over, old family feuds boiling over, some of the weirdest cases, good and bad doctors, mercy flights, young people who are really really sick and then get better (or don't). Daily, I see the sort of thing that people watch TLC for. And I get paid.
When I tell people that nursing is great, I also let them know that it isn't easy, that I hated school and almost dropped out the first semester. And that it is constantly stressful, and you'll be in a lot of situations that you won't know how to deal with. I'm not really about holding someone's hand and making their day better (occasionally, but it doesn't thrill me to the core of my being) but about learning as much as I can about the human body and its pathologies, and how to apply my knowledge. If you are a pharmacist, you know a lot. But you never get to see your work in action like we do. We are right there, with patients. I think it would be frustrating to see be, say, in radiology, because you might see something wrong with a patient, but all you can do is take an x-ray. We're different.
And if you burn out of your job, there are a million other things to do. Management, telephone triage, public health. There are niches for nurse entrapeneurs; a market that can only be filled by use. The nursing shortage is not over where I live; and there is a huge primary care gap that needs to be filled by nurse practitioners.