Would you become an RN again if you had the choice? - page 8

I'll be applying to ABSN (or ELMSN) programs this upcoming year. I have been getting increasingly frustrated over becoming a nurse which is starting to worry me. The main thing I keep hearing is... Read More

  1. by   LilgirlRN
    There are a whole lot of jobs that pay a whole lot less than a 2 yr RN degree. The education to $$ comparison wins but happiness outweighs the $$ I think. Would I be a nurse again? Probably not. Whole lot of stress just to be unappreciated. Right now I don't have a nursing job and would kill to get one but only because I need cash to pay my bills. (including the 100,00 buck student loan for my daughter's degree). If I had to do it allover again I would not be an ER nurse but would do surgery or perhaps just go straight on into CRNA school. You do have to watch where you end up. A lot of folks love the ER, figure its the place where they can do the most good. However, it makes you cynical, you think everyone is lying even outside of work. It's really amazing to me how many nurses come here and think that they are the problem in a situation. They feel stupid etc. There really are some people who should never be a nurse ans makes me wonder how they passed boards. However, most nurses are safe, smart, caring, wonderful people, don't second guess yourself.
  2. by   mariebailey
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    probably not
    Caught me on a bad day! Today I would say absolutely.
  3. by   Murse281
    A lot of these comments kind of scare me as I am just starting schooling for nursing. If if isnt good what other things should I look for, maybe radiology?
  4. by   RNJill
    I think I would do it again-but then again I know I haven't been a nurse for nearly as long as some on here. I think the key to success and at least some level of contentment (hopefully a good amount-LOL) is to do the best you can in nursing school and be proactive about getting externships/tech jobs in places with the best nursing environments possible so that you are positioned to start in a place where you are not destined to fail. I know this is so much easier said than done, but I believe that part of the reason why I'm not running for the hills is because I work in an environment with decent staffing, supportive management, and generally good-to-excellent coworkers. I'm not going to lie-some changes have happened recently and others are on the horizon that have been difficult and there are some nurses/techs I work with that really need to go-but overall it has been a good career choice.

    I think the other thing that has kept from from getting burnt out (that I think was mentioned in one of the first posts) is having some sort of "ultimate" plan. For me, I've always known I wanted to be an NP-from the time I was in high school. I really wanted some solid med-surg experience first, but had decided that after a couple of years I was going to apply for a masters program, and if I didn't get in, consider MICU or even wound care (something I've been interested in since nursing school). I'm in NO WAY saying that you *have* to plan on getting a masters at any point during your nursing career-I just believe that if you plan on branching out and growing in your nursing practice I think it helps keeps you from getting stale and too burnt out.

    Just my .02!
  5. by   PinkNBlue
    Yes 1000 times. I LOVE my job. <3 Good luck!! It is absolutely what you make of it. Although the journey isn't so fun, the finish line and beyond is so worth it.
  6. by   sharpeimom

    If I hadn't become disabled, I would have become a psych NP. I have a BSN and a MSN and just wanted more kinds of psych experience before I applied. The nurses and techs I worked with were a terrific bunch!

    Sometimes the frailties of life just get in the way.
  7. by   ItsANurseLife
    Yes! It has been very stressful at times, and there have been moments when I wondered what I was thinking to become a nurse, but then it is also the most rewarding job I've ever had. For example, the day I was walking my dog in the neighborhood when a car screeched tires, almost hit a curb, and a well dressed lady jumped out of her Cadillac, yelling my name and running towards me in the street. She hugged me three times, thanked me profusely for being her husband's nurse before he died and told me that things I had said to her gave her the strength to go on after her husband died. I don't care for management's lack of appreciation for how hard we nurses work, but in my mind I don't work for them, they just pay me to work for my patients and their families. Yes, there are some catty, mean nurses out there, but in my facility so far I have found they are fewer than the team oriented nurses that are willing to help each other out. My floor seems to have a "we're all in this together" attitude. This is my second career, my big regret is that it wasn't my first and only.