Discouraged from pursuing Nursing... - page 3

by mimi26 4,592 Views | 26 Comments

Hello all, I have found this website's forums and articles extremely helpful over the past few months, however, now I am posting myself with hopes of receiving some insight from practicing Canadian nurses. I am 20 years old... Read More


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    If I had it to do over again I would do it in a heartbeat. I have had plenty of bad days over the years, but so many good ones too. Some of my favourites? The three year old who came up to me the day her dad was discharged after his kidney transplant with a box of donuts and said "Thank you for taking good care of my Daddy". The pt who tells anyone who will listen that he has the "best nurse ever". The wife of a pt who died on my shift who thanked me for taking care of him and who told me that he was glad I was his nurse that day, because he didn't want to die on a day that a stranger was looking after him. The other nurses I have made friends with over the years. The ICU doctor who showed up on the unit one night and said "I knew you'd have this under control, but thought I'd come see if you needed some backup." The doctors who remind me that they value my contributions to pt care. The son of a pt who everytime he sees me thanks me for the care I took of his mom and will tell any mutual acquaintances about the difference I made for her (he and I attend the same groiup of churches, so we have a number of friends in common. And I didn't realize it was his Mom when I looked after her.) The manager who encourages me to learn and grow - and yes, is willing to pay for the workshops and give me work time to study. The (same) manager who absolutely will NOT tolerate her nurses being abused (I've always said she reminds me of a mama bear watching out for her cubs). And now working in an outpt clinic, seeing pts come into clinic for their q6month follow up healthy, working, enjoying their time with families and friends, and remembering those same pts when I nursed them through their transplants so many years ago and remembering how sick they were. I started working on a unit where nurses did not eat their young and learned a lot from some wonderful nurses along the way. I think I have been very lucky.

    Long shifts, demanding pts, demanding families, bad smells, too much work and not enough time, arrogant doctors, snarky lab techs/pharmacists/RT's, that was and is all there too. But I truly love what I do and would absolutely do it again. To me the good definitely outweighs the bad. I work with a great group of nurses and allied health professionals, and a great team of doctors. I have a manager who will listen to her staff, and try to find solutions to our concerns if she can. I truly think that I am where I belong.

    However, nursing is not for everyone and it is very draining and one is easily burnt out if it is not where they truly want to be. Getting some experience in a health care setting would, as other have said, be a valuable insight into whether this is really for you. Whether you choose to pursue nursing or not, good luck with your choice and I hope you can look back on it 25 years into it and be as satisfied with your choice as I am with mine.
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    Thank you for your post.I was starting to feel like the odd man out.True I have only been at it for 6 years and I may feel different later but right now I love what I do,in spite of the ups and downs.I love my job and I love the girls( and guys) I work with.The doctors for the most part treat us well and my charge nurse is a gem.I love getting to know my patients and being told they are happy i am their nurse that day.I love the heart felt thank yous from the patients when they are well enough to leave.I love looking around the table during report and being happy i am here working with these people.Nursing is so much more than just my job, it's who I am.
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    I was a nursing assistant for three years an LPN for two and I am now in my second year BScN. I was absolutely built for nursing, love what I do. My previous LTC experience was priceless, every branch of nursing is honorable.
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    I think you should follow your heart. Ive been an RPN for six years, and an RN for one year. Although there are many things I do not like about nursing, it is still the best decision I ever made. The options once you are a nurse are endless... and really it is such a rewarding career, I would not choose anything differently. Go for it.
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    I've been a nurse for 2 years. It's what I chose to do, after having worked in other fields. I'm not discontented by any means (although I do despise overtime...so I quit working overtime), however, if I had to do this over...I would pick physio therapy, recreation therapy, or dental hygenist. You're helping people, and making more money with better hours, for a lot less stress.
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    Wow, finally found my way back to these boards!
    I want to thank all of you that were so thoughtful in your responses and apologize for not responding right away. I have read through all your postings for a second, third, fourth time and have taken all of it to heart.

    So, here is where I am at now. After some long and hard consideration on my part I withdrew from my college courses for September as I thought business/administration/health administration was a path I would like to explore and was still leery about entering a nursing program. I started a full time office job in Inside Sales/Office Administration and was hoping this would not only help me gain valuable work experience in Administration but to also help me gain insight into my future career path. Although the pay is decent and this is a role I could see myself filling for a few years to come, I am realizing this is not the 'career' I envisioned. Perhaps monotonous office work is not for me - I crave human to human interaction and can see in a few years time I will not feel fulfilled. I am realizing about myself now that I need to feel as if I am contributing to something larger and helping others (especially in the community in which I live.) So in a roundabout way, this has all led me back to nursing.

    Although I have set myself back a semester from withdrawing from my courses, I see this as an opportunity. My main goal right now is to get some volunteer experience in a health care setting to see if this is REALLY what I want to do! I have hopes to volunteer through this fall and if I still feel the same way, I will start to enroll in college to complete the BSc Nursing pre-reqs in January.

    Thank you all again and I would love to hear any other ideas, comments, or insights you may have. Or even personal stories on your journey to becoming a nurse would be great to hear. If I do enter a nursing program then I will be 25 or 26 when I graduate depending on how long the pre-requisites take me to complete. It's sad to say I feel far behind my other siblings that have already completed their bachelor's degrees by the time they've reached the age of 22. Perhaps I am just a late-bloomer! :-)

    Edited to add: I should also mention that I have been researching many other career options in the health care/social services field. A few that had initially interested me that I had looked into - Social Worker, Youth Protection Worker, Counselor, Midwife, HIMT, Nursing Unit Clerk, and probably a few more that I cannot recall right now. I will continue to do some research on the various fields and perhaps try to gain some volunteer experience. It is true as many of you stated though that every career has its pros and cons. My mother manages a treatment center for youth and is employed by the health authority, and my sister is completing her masters degree to become a clinical counselor. So as you can see I have been largely influenced by those close to me and realize that I too want a career that is just as fulfilling! Anyways, I will stop yapping now. Maybe I will update you all once I have some volunteer and real world experience in the health care setting to see if I am still feeling as optimistic!
    Last edit by mimi26 on Aug 31, '12
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    Don't worry about your age. I was almost 42 when I graduated.


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