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So..why does your current job suck and what do you hope will be different about nursing? I'll go first. I got a degree in Psychology, and worked in research for 2 years, went to law school for a... Read More

  1. by   WantAccel.BSN
    Your statement: I posted in this thread after reading the rediculous statement that "other fields are so much less stressful than nursing." I just had to comment after reading that.

    I never said that "other fields are so much less stressful than nursing." If you are going to quote me, I would really appreciate an accurate quote.

    What I said was, "the level of stress in nursing seems significantly less then other professions I've been exposed to," and, if you go back and look, that was AFTER you berated me in your original post, telling me I was naive to think that I would argue less as a lawyer than as a nurse. So that statement was NOT why you "just had to comment," because it didn't occur until AFTER you had already begun to post. And what is more (like another poster said), one's opinion of "stressors" can be significantly different given differences in personality, demeanor, lifestyle, etc. I don't think it is inappropriate to espouse my belief that the stressors will be less, for me, then the stressors in other fields I've worked in/seen, because, for me, they may very well be.

    And you still haven't responded to anyone's prompting to mention something (or things) you DO like about nursing, and why you continue to stay in the field if you think it is that atrocious.
  2. by   polishgurlrn2b
    to wantaccelbsn: you go gurl. just like ive said a previous post. keep the positive attitude about your choice to change to nursing. stay realistic (since we are all naive daydreamers waiting to get the chance to have a cushy job like nursing LOL) but let the positives outweigh the negative.

    as for me, i choose to IGNORE the negative attitudes about the profession. I know some people get lost on these forums and click on the wrong thread. i am just going to pretend that thats what happened. unless i see a post that explains why they chose to stay in nursing being that its so HORRIBLE. where does this person find their motivation to do the job in a caring manner, when they seem so angry about the day to day bs that nurses have to put up with. NOT SAYING THEY ARE A BAD NURSE-let me just get that out there now. just saying i dont like my job due to day to day bs too. but thats my motivation to change careers, and i also dont find myself doing my job to the best of my ability (which i am a d*** good banker) because i feel that way. but here's a news flash to those who chose to argue that they are right, and we are all wrong (which i think we should just agree to disagree and get back to the light hearted topic at hand)-every career has its ups and downs: budgets that keep you from doing your job, unappreciative bosses, customers, patients, etc) long work hours, and not enough pay for what you do. and aches. be it headaches or back aches. we all have them from rdh's to nurses, to lenders, and lawyers. nurses arent the only ones. Again, Good luck to everyone and i look forward to hearing more about the jobs-maybe someone has a funny/odd one they'd like to share. I am going to go and read more threads that nurses have posted on their thoughts about their careers. i hope EVERYONE had a great holiday yesterday and has a wonderful new year. i say everyone because although i disagree with a specific individual on here, that doesnt mean i want to ignore the fact that they are a person too. and (like i said) i hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season. take that how you want to, cause i know how i meant it...
  3. by   Valerie Salva
    oh, forget it.
    Last edit by Valerie Salva on Dec 27, '07 : Reason: it's not worth it.
  4. by   WantAccel.BSN
    Quote from Valerie Salva
    oh, forget it.
    I still wish you would tell us what you dislike so much about your job, why you don't change careers, and what, if anything, you think can be done to make yourself more satisfied. Are there particular subsets of nursing you would advise against, or just the entire field? I apologize for any harsh words that have been exchanged, but I think all anyone is saying is that we implore you to help us. I know some of us (perhaps myself, included) may have idealistic notions about nursing, but telling us that, without additional information and assitance, probably isn't going to help anyone.

    I wish you, and everyone else here, well in your career endeavors.
  5. by   polishgurlrn2b
    same here. i wish everyone well in their journey to achieving their goal. good luck!
  6. by   kamikazegirl
    Actually, I like my jobs (respite care and behavior modification "tech"). I mainly wish they were more rewarding and paid better (and actually had benefits), but there is only so much one can do with a BA in psychology (in field) and experience with autism and other PDDs around here (everyone has one it seems). Also, graduate school is extraordinarily expensive and competitive. I had to work my way through undergraduate, so I didn't necessarily have a lot of time to put in for research with my peers and professors (which seems almost like a must for admission to MA/PhD/Psy.D programs)
    What interests me about nursing is,
    1) the human body fascinates me (and all of the odd things that keep it functioning or can contribute to its breakdown)....human behavior is interesting as well [hence one of my jobs]....
    2) challenging career (which can be a negative too...)
    3) job security and mobility (??)
    4) the sheer number of ....specialities...it seems almost endless and awesome
    However, I am well aware that its not a cakewalk, and thank/encourage/beg for any insights from current/former nurses.
  7. by   B2728
    I currently work as a computer programmer analyst. It's stressfull, demanding, and thankless - and that's the plus side.

    My next job will not be "outsourceable".
    Last edit by B2728 on Jan 17, '08 : Reason: simplify
  8. by   Futurenurse86
    My last job was a soldier. It just wasnt for me. I deployed to Iraq and hated it. Want to talk stress, I dont think there is anything more stressful then worrying about your life, being thousands of miles away from your family, and doing a job you hate (truck driving). I got out and decided to go back to college to find a new career, and that is when nursing "found" me. In the Army I had stability, paycheck every two weeks (not that it was anything to brag about), healthcare, but it just didnt make me happy, so I hope nursing will be more enjoyable for me.
  9. by   JeanettePNP
    I like my job--I'm a freelance writer/editor and SAHM. I make my own hours, work as much or as little as I please, I'm good at what I do and I enjoy it. However, the pay is very low and even with dh working we're barely above subsistence level. On the plus side I have freedom, I have time for creative work, and do feel that I'm making a difference (in a small way). So what am I looking for in nursing? I know I'll be trading in my cozy little life for one that is much more challenging and stressful but I love the opportunities in nursing, the exposure you get to people of all walks of life, the experiences... There's something so vibrant about nursing as a profession. I'll probably keep writing after becoming a nurse (one day God willing!) but will have so much more material to draw from. I think the knowledge and experience that one gains from nursing is invaluable and opens up many doors in life. Truthfully I'm enjoying being in school (I like the structure of it and knowing the expectations at every step, and the sense of accomplishment). This is sort of an idyllic period that I will enjoy for two more semesters until it's time to apply to nursing school, and I'm kind of anxious about the changes that it will bring. But we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.
  10. by   MelBel
    Had to put my here...

    I am currently 7 months into my life as an RN. Prior to becoming an RN, I was headed in the Music Education direction, until I woke up and decided to be a nurse instead. I don't want to get into the drama of the thread, but I spent a few years working in a group home for adults all diagnosed with severe and profound mental retardation, I have a family member who is a lawyer, and I've worked in fast food.

    Why I am choosing to stay in the nursing profession so far, and why I left the others:

    Fast food...stressful at times when management is breathing down your neck, and the customer is upset about not having a tomato. I got in trouble for forgetting to bring my visor. Looking back, I would laugh at these people for getting upset about such pettyness. But, at the time, it was a job (poorly paying), and I needed money. THAT part, was stressful.

    Music Education...music is something in which one must always strive for perfection and never achieve it. VERY stressful for a perfectionist like myself. The education part I just didn't enjoy after a while...

    Group home...working with people who communicate differently than oneself causes frustration at times, but this was the most rewarding job I've had. It had it's stressful moments (someone choking, physically abusive individuals), but I found the staffing to be AMAZING at that job. Didn't pay very well, however.

    And Nursing...I look back at how stressed I was while in music,and I laugh sometimes. How could I have been stressed THEN, when now I have people's LIVES in my hands? But as stressed as I get (mostly due to poor staffing and unrealistic pt/fam/dr/managemnt demands), I love seeing a smile on a patient's face, and knowing I put it there. I also love that for only 2 years of schooling, I have a stable job with an acceptable paycheck and opportunity for advancement.



    Basically...we all need money to survive, it is a fact of life. Whatever you do to get that money is going to cause SOME stress. Lawyers may make good money sometimes, but nurses have better job stability (MOST OF THE TIME...NOT all!). But at least I know when I go to work, if I get a patient who doesn't like me, they are stuck with me for the night, and I still have a job.

    What it comes down to is whether or not the benefits outweigh the stressors, and so far the benefits of Nursing HAVE outweighed the stressors, for me! I hope they do for you all too!
  11. by   Jaguar Boy
    Well, i've been pondering a career shift for some time now and now have almost (99% sure) made the decision to change. I've been a commercial real estate appraiser for 4 years now with much of it being a relationship with my computer and trying to chase elusive information. I originally wanted to be a doctor: love sciences, love working with people (usually :spin and love challenge. But after seeing two smart and competent friends go through med school and one of them becoming clinically depressed, I thought...No, perhaps not medical school.

    In nursing I look forward to being important, having practical knowledge, having geographical flexibility, and a chance to get off my butt! No profession offers perfection, otherwise they wouldn't call it work, right? And it'll be stressful, I know. But at the end of each shift, I can reflect and I'm sure I'll be able to come up with one positive difference I made in a persons life! Sure can't do that now!
  12. by   polishgurlrn2b
    thank you for this post. you said what i have been trying to say all along. but being that im not a nurse, yet, i couldnt put it in those words because i wasnt speaking from experience.
  13. by   Jaguar Boy
    Quote from polishgurlrn2b
    thank you for this post. you said what i have been trying to say all along. but being that im not a nurse, yet, i couldnt put it in those words because i wasnt speaking from experience.
    Actually I'm not a nurse yet, but I've lots of varied work experience. I've been a walmart employee, paper pusher, office geek, church organist, married to a doinkhead (that was probably the most unpleasant "job", but I learned a lot!)

    Lots of people hate what they do, but I think life is what you make it, perspective is everything...As future nurses, it's always good to see what others have experienced, but ultimately our experience is our own responsibility.

    As a future nurse to other future nurses, I say

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