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  • 55

    The problem is, we are no longer allowed the time we need be the nurse we all want to be.
    Health care is now a corporate money maker. Nurses are the commodity that make money for big business.

    I never hated nursing, I hate that the corporate masters have taken it over.

  • 29

    Just once I'd like to read a thread by some pre-nursing butterfly who's dream job is to be a really good med-surg nurse.

    Enough already with the NICU/PICU/OB princesses.

  • 23

    Never say never to any specialty of nursing, regardless of your feelings. Depending on job availability when you graduate, you may have to work a job that is not your dream job. And yes, I love being a RN, been one for almost 18 years at this point, with a BSN to boot. Work in nursing home, and would not go back to a hospital unless it was the only paying job in town. Have 12 years hospital, and 5+ LTC, with some prn HH thrown in. Never knock any specialty. You never know when you may end up there, and it may even become your passion!

  • 23

    When a patient tells me I am a good nurse, it's not usually because of my nursing skills, but rather my people skills. I smile, listen, and comfort. Those get me more compliments than anything else.

    Occasionally "you're the best nurse ever!" Is followed up by, "so and so was awful, terrible, just the worst!". Next shift I am the worst, and the current nurse is the most amazing person to walk this planet. Meaning, the patient is just really being manipulative and staff splitting.

    So I don't always take it seriously. I take any compliment with a grain (or spoonful) of salt, especially if it's followed up by a comparison to another nurse.

  • 21

    I like nursing (still too early to decide if I truly love it) and I like what I theoretically do as a nurse.

    I'm not so fond of the conditions I'm attempting to achieve my nursing goals in.

    Many come here to vent - it's therapeutic for us and gives us a chance to find new ways to cope with the high levels of stress many are functioning under. Not as many people feel the need to start a thread just to say "I love my job". I think they call it confirmation bias? Can't remember.

    If nursing is what you want to do, then keep doin what you do. Just don't come in thinking everything is calm, amazing, NCLEX-WORLD nursing.

  • 19

    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    Anyone who calls NICU or PICU nurses princesses clearly doesn't know what they are talking about. Spend some time with a newborn who is actively withdrawing or care for a ten year old in a coma after being hit by a drunk driver and then come back and talk.
    I took Mav's post as more about the attitudes new grads have rather than saying NICU/OB nurses are "princesses". There have been a lot of posts about how new grads dream jobs are in these specialties, which is fine, but they aren't willing to consider other areas and become frustrated when no one hires them for their dream job.