Would you become an RN again if you had the choice? - page 3

by eminthesr | 20,011 Views | 97 Comments

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 that nurses are mean and not... Read More


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    its nice but, NO its too much labor and direction following. and you don't get the general respect you deserve.
    JZ_RN, anotherone, and barbyann like this.
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    No, I wouldn't be an RN today. I don't even know where to start. The public treats us like we are waitresses instead of educated professionals. You can't tell a patient that you were busy in another room, or that you have X amount of patients to care for. You can't worry about the patient who is in distress, because if you don't bring a blanket to a family member fast enough, you will get written up as the worse nurse they have ever seen. Family members try to tell you how to do your job. It isn't enough that you don't make medication errors or other medical mistakes; it isn't enough that you do all you can to help your patient; the family/patient will find some ridiculous thing to complain about, and it will be your fault. If you follow doctor's orders, they will blame you for the orders instead of blaming the doctor. If the food is too cold, it is your fault. It isn't that I am burned out from nursing; it is that I am burned out by the patient satisfaction scores that are crammed down our throats every day. You can't do what is good for the patient anymore~ now you have to do what the family wants. If your patient has a 103 temp, by all means put 3 blankets on them because the family says to. As you can see, I am totally disgusted with this profession right now!
    JZ_RN, Always_Learning, joanna73, and 7 others like this.
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    Absolutely YES! I'm curious to those that stated NO, if this was their first job, or did they work elsewhere before becoming an RN? Also, I do plan on continuing my education and becoming a FNP. My intention all along was to become a FNP, I'm hoping to actually obtain my DNP. Good luck to you, you can NOT determine your future endeavors by looking at others. You and only you can decide what is best for you. I work with some incredible RN's as well as nursing assistants. There has been some major transitions on my floor lately, we have a New Nurse Manager (I believe she is a breath of fresh air), I know this year will be filled with many challenges, however, I will always be there to help out and be a positive team player. Good luck in your decision. Remember there are SO many opportunities in nursing, if you don't like floor nursing you can work in an office or just about anything. The pay is pretty good too, and my benefits ROCK!!!
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    No I wouldn't become a nurse if I could go back and do it again. Maybe I would've done a direct entry program but going back for my ASN was a big mistake. It cost me way too much money, too far too long, and I had to start all over with my career.

    I don't find that nurses are mean to each other at all. In fact, my coworkers are always willing to help and are generally very nice and love teaching. I just had a vision of nursing that turned out to be a lie.
    joanna73 and Bella'sMyBaby like this.
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    After having worked in a hot factory for a few years, I would say definately I would go into nursing again if I had the chance to do it all over. Matter of fact, I would have gone right after high school instead of waiting until having my children and seeing them in school.

    Women in general tend to not always be very kind to each other. My coworkers can be catty and some downright mean, but I work with people from so many different cultures and backgrounds that there are bound to be some battles. If you let that be the only reason you shy away from nursing, that would be a shame. There are many other more profound reasons to question nursing.
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    Absolutely not. Most of my coworkers have been great in every job I've ever had before I became a nurse. Now, if I hear one more stupid girl badmouth the other girl who just walked away one more time, I'm going to flip. It's so irritating and I don't get it. I've had people be mean to me because I was the new girl and they figured I must not know what I'm doing, but then they're also mean to me because I do know what I'm doing. Then the doctors think we're nothing but secretaries, and they expect us to bend over backward just because they received a text (you know, the personal ones where people are just saying good morning or something).

    Over the past few years, I've had so many problems related to stress, I don't know how I still function. Before I finally realized what was causing my problems, I racked up quite a few bills. I've also suffered through some pretty severe shoulder problems due to my job as well. Every time I feel a shoulder ache or every time I have to lift another patient, I wonder why I put myself through this. If there were another job I could find where I could make ends meet, I'd take it in a heartbeat. At this point, I'd love to be one of those people who have an 8-5 customer service job where they do their thing, and at the end of the day, they can go home and forget all about it.
    JZ_RN, Sisyphus, applewhitern, and 1 other like this.
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    Yes, I would, without hesitation.
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    Yes I would choose nursing again!
    Yes, I would recommend continuing your education as it is impossible for you to know what type of nursing you might find rewarding and higher degrees will open more options for you.
    I wouldn't worry about an APN degree until you have gotten your feet wet in the clinical arena so that you can make an informed choice.

    There is more lateral violence in nursing areas where the staff are underappreciated and over worked. Powerless professionals lash out in unprofessional ways.
    Multicollinearity and anotherone like this.
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    I've been a nurse for over 17 years now and I don't regret for a moment my choice to enter nursing. I understand and appreciate some of the comments regarding our profession such as the long hours, disrespect, and feeling that we don't make a difference. But we do make a difference. Just when I get discouraged I will meet a person I took care of in a store and they say thanks for all the hard work I had done for them. I don't remember their name but they remembered mine. Even though I was only involved in their lives for a short while I made enough of an impression that they wanted to thank me months after they left the hospital. There are many fields to encounter in nursing if you so desire but all of them require you have the desire to want to help people and if you have lost that desire than perhaps you should be out of nursing.
    Christina0tran and echoRNC711 like this.
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    Yes without a doubt. I have a great job, make very good money, have good benifits, and work with a great bunch of people. Plus my job is interesting, challenging and rewarding. In my 18 years of nursing in 4 different states and a number of hospital I have observed dysfunctional units unofficaly run by mean B****** who chewed up new grads. But only a couple times. They were unusual and by far the minority. Of course back then an RN could get a different job the next day if they weren't treated well. Nowdays that's not so easy.
    I have spend my whole career in critical care and emergency. That has made the difference for me. I wouldn't have lasted long n med-surg or LTC.
    I personaly would not get an MSN to be an NP. First such programs are getting hard to find (due to the emergence of the silly DNP). Second I wouldn't make more money, maybe even less. Most of my many friends who have gone on to NP did it for lifestyle reasons, not to make more money. They didn't like working nights or hoilidays or weekends and becomeing an NP allowed them to make the same, or close to the same as a staff RN but with a more normal schedual. Too much BS and not enough reward for me. If I was going to go the a clinical grad program I would do CRNA not NP.


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