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- May 19, '12 by LVNtoRN2012im glad you found out that it isnt for you, i find a lot of people in our culture are forced by their parents or convinced that it is the only option to make good money. I always tell people, nursing is not for everyone, please dont work in a field where you are dealing with peoples lives if you cannot maintain your efforts for 12+ hours for the rest of your life. I came from a business background and I LOVE helping people, thats why I tried the nursing field. At the end of the day nursing (medical field) IS a business which also breaks my heart with some of the stuff going on in the 'system' god bless you
- May 19, '12 by IEDaveSorry to hear about your situation, OP - and, in a sense you're right. As others have stated - nursing's not a profession for everyone.
However, I had to chuckle a bit about signing bonuses; one of the things I've noticed is the recurrence of...signing bonuses! Over the past 6 months or so, I've seen a number of places (granted, not the gravy institutions) hanging out the ol' signing bonus shingle - and this in fiscally sodomized Southern California. Better than that - had a general staff meeting at my LTC a little over 2 weeks ago; part of the agenda was...signing bounses and referrals.
Far as the rest - well, being verbally emasculated is nothing new to me; playing in the glop is, likewise, nothing new; same with being at the bottom of the social totem pole. Still - when all is said & done, it's far, far better to me than working in IT; because what I do here matters. And, right now, that's what I need.
Having a paycheck (even a little bitty one) isn't too shabby either.
- May 19, '12 by GrnTea"i hope you can get out of the profession you hate quickly. "
for your own mental health and the welfare of anyone you are attempting to "care" for, i think this is excellent advice.
good thing that not everyone feels this way, huh?
- May 19, '12 by arte_suaveI went to nursing school because I got burnt out in dental which I see the OP mentions being a "hygienist as being a comparable profession without the risks". Not for me! After seven years of dental assisting with a bit of office managing thrown in at the end, I was literally fried and overcooked with the dental profession and private practice as a whole.
For one thing, no one likes the dental office and everyone makes sure you know. There was even a point where one of my co-workers tried to commit suicide during office hours by running into traffic (while the doctor chased after her!) due to the overwhelming level of stress patients and the office were giving her. It's hard to love your job when you are the number 2 phobia behind public speaking.
Then you have your wacky doctors that run the whole show because it is their practice but have no idea how to run a business. They went to dental school which last I checked has no courses in business management! Plus, they really do have hang ups about not being considered a "real" doctor and only being a dentist. Throw in trophy wives who expect a certain doctor's lifestyle and guess what you'll never get while you work at that office? A raise.
Plus, there are patients who are too ignorant to figure out what their insurance covers but are willing to physically maim you because you want the 2 grand for the root canal and crown that they agreed to with the doctor without knowing what their insurance covers! Oh and don't forget the drug seekers too who think can pull a fast one you because it's a dental office.
Throw in the fact that you never can call out unless it's "coming out both ends" because the doctor is so cheap he'll only hire a skeleton crew. Finally, you go home after working a 12 hour shift just to be awoken in the middle of the night because Mrs. So-And-So's tooth blew up and now she is undying agony that we need to do an ER procedure at the office RIGHT NOW even though you are going to see that same office for another 12 hours very shortly again (oh & you will have to remind, beg, and plead with the doctor to pay you for your midnight time which will still be the same subpar rate you always make)!
So each to their own! I'll take nursing any day over working in the red-headed stepchild of healthcare that is otherwise known as "dentistry". It's all about what you can put up with.
- May 19, '12 by ladawn reevesim sorry you feel that way about nursing, truth is it isnt for everyone. thats why it is so many different fields in healthcare, i love nursing i cant see myself doing anything else, considering i never did anything else even as a teen i worked in a nursing home as a dietary aide and switched to a stna/cna. truth is any career u choose will have its ups and downs, i never heard anyone say they completely love their job and they are stress free and its the best job in the world and they wouldnt want to do anything else... lol i mean seriously. but if it isnt for u then maybe you should try a different career, maybe a different job, even, sometimes it can be the type of job, or the place u are working at as a nurse too, i wish u nothing but the best of luck and i hope the feeling u have will subside. try finding a different job in the field before u quit it all together. best wishes!!!!!
- May 19, '12 by Patti_RNMaybe it's not that you hate nursing, or that you hated nursing school--maybe you had some really bad luck with the school you attended and where you happened to find a job. Some of my instructors were awful--most were excellent. I was once on a unit that was filled with angry, bitter, mean-spirited employees--but at most jobs I had truly wonderful colleagues, some of whom became close friends. There are so many opportunities and possibilities in nursing, maybe you could find your happy niche somewhere before you give up on your career. A change might fulfill your dreams, after all.
- May 19, '12 by LaceElaineMaybe I'm mistaken, but CNAs aren't actually nurses. I had a woman in one of my classes warn me about becoming a CNA. She told us that if we want to become a nurse, skip the CNA part at all costs because you will get burnt out and dread your work. Hopefully it's not that way for most people. I've heard so many people say they love being an RN. Thanks for the warning ad preparation.
- May 19, '12 by RNsRWeQuote from LaceElaineOf course CNAs aren't nurses. The OP said she "started out as a CNA" and then went on to nursing school.....where she "survived".Maybe I'm mistaken, but CNAs aren't actually nurses..... She told us that if we want to become a nurse, skip the CNA part at all costs because you will get burnt out and dread your work.
Many nurses do start out as CNAs, and many nursing schools now require prospective students to get this certification first (value of which is debatable). I would have to disagree with the advice you've received in that if you're going to get burnt out on the CNA work you'll do as a nurse, you'll do that whether or not you've BEEN a CNA....it's just a matter of how long it takes. Better, I'd say, to find out as a CNA you don't want to be a nurse before heading off starry-eyed to nursing school and realizing you weren't cut out for it.
- May 22, '12 by Bobmo88To the OP: I'm sorry you feel this way and that you've had some bad experiences in nursing school and I hope everything works out for you. With that being said, I start a BSN program in the Fall and I fully intend to finish despite all of the adversity I may and probably will encounter. I've worked in the ER as a tech for the past 2.5 years not to mention having volunteered for 2.5 years before that so I know what I'm getting myself into. I would have quit a long time ago had I thought it wasn't for me and one of the reasons why I chose this field was the opportunity for advancement if I got tired of one thing. If I wanted to do anything else with my life, I'd be pursuing it right now.