Would you become an RN again if you had the choice? - page 4

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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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    I would do it again, I work 0.6 with FT pay and good benefits, day shift hrs. Most of my co workers are nice, and so are the doctors. The work is interesting and challenging and I have a lot of free time when I am not working. I would not become a NP as I am not interested in working a lot more hrs and covering call, for less pay per hr. I work in SICU and would feel differently if I worked a general floor.
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    NO, absolutely NOT....
    And for you newer Nurses....I feel sorry for you.
    For starters, too many Nurses, not enough jobs, pay has decreased & hotel customer service B.S.
    Szasz_is_Right, JZ_RN, jrwest, and 3 others like this.
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    No. I love my patients. I love what I do. I hate management and rude co-workers, the nasty patients, the overwork for little pay, lousy benefits, and disrespect. If I worked with only certain co-workers and with only certain patients, it would be better, but I never realized how nasty some other people can be until I worked with them and cared for them daily.
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    Quote from JZ_RN
    No. I love my patients. I love what I do. I hate management and rude co-workers, the nasty patients, the overwork for little pay, lousy benefits, and disrespect. If I worked with only certain co-workers and with only certain patients, it would be better, but I never realized how nasty some other people can be until I worked with them and cared for them daily.
    *** Exactly why I work in critical care. I like my patients intubated and sedated. I work night to avoid the bulk of their families.
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    6 months ago I would say do not be a nurse, but then again I was in LTC forever. Being a nurse is the only profession I have known so I cant really relate it to anything else. But I will say my mother and father work in the technical field and it's as miserable as nursing lol. its the same things for everyone, not enough pay, too many hours, not enough appreciation. A lot of it is the economy, they know there are 5 people lined up behind every nurse to take your job so there is no point in companies satisfying their employees. I am in a family clinic now and while it has its down falls it really is a lot better than crazy shifts, working weekends and holidays, and having way too many patients. Its still stressfull, but its a different more tolerable stress to where I think this could be my path in nursing.
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    Nurses being mean to nurses should be the least of your worries.

    I just retired after 35 years. I will answer your question in two ways: if I were to need to start raising my family NOW, the answer would be a definite NO...I hate the computer part of nursing. The computer, IMHO, gives us less time for actual nursing care and has become the number one priority when you are on duty. Guess I would have to say if I know what I know now, the answer is no.

    But when I started, we really learned bedside nursing skills and got to use them. No such thing as relying on one's ipad or iphone; we had to know it. And we were far less hassled by the PTB.....some of them actually knew how to do bedside nursing also.

    My nursing "career" was simply a way for me to raise my two children. Fortunately, I enjoyed it (until about 10 years ago) and I was good at my specialty (Labor and Delivery).

    So if it were 35 years ago, yes, I would do it again. If it were now, no way. There are way too many liabilities connected with it now.
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    Definitely not. Only been in it 2 yrs and I've already determined it's not worth the stress in the end...to me. I don't know about whether getting a MSN or NP is worth it. I'm still debating that myself.
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    Just curious for all those who answered "no"...What would you rather be doing for work? I ask this in all sincerity, because I'm on the fence, myself, and trying to get an idea of all the options out there.
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    NO...
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    I rarely post on here and usually just read through the threads. But I wanted to comment on this.

    No, I absolutely would not go to school to become a nurse. If I knew then what I know now I would have picked radiology, physical therapy, respiratory.

    I'm actually going back to school in the spring for a non healthcare related degree.

    I have encountered mean people but that is true anywhere not just nursing. But I have also met some amazing people too. When I meet someone (I'm a travel nurse at the moment) that is going back to school for their NP/MSN I always congratulate them on their choice.

    Even before I started traveling I didn't feel appreciated. I feel like I'm a waitress, a punching bag, a pion and that I have to take care of the family instead of the patient. I've been in healthcare for 11 years and actually regret the day I wanted to go to nursing school. I thought it was perfect for me. Helping people, making a difference in someone's life.

    It is rewarding to a lot of people. But I'm not one of those people.
    Ambitiouz, sbostonRN, VanLpn, and 1 other like this.


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