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

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   DoeRN
    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.
  2. by   PMFB-RN
    Quote from CapeCodDreamer
    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.
    *** Even though I said "yes" I must say I often wish I had gone into law enforcment THEN nursing. LE would have been interesting and exciting but mainly I envy their abiliety to retire with a nice pension after only 20 years. As an RN I will be working until I am 65 or older.
  3. by   tokmom
    Never worked with overly snarky people. Some had bad days, but they stayed to themselves

    I'm very proud of my profession and don't regret my choices at all, but I'm to the point in my career for something different. Don't know what that is yet. Having holidays off would be nice.
  4. by   barbyann
    No would not do nursing again, I would do speech therapy, art therapy, ultrasound, etc. Nursing is the bottom of the barrel in a hospital. It all belongs to the RN. Nobody else seems accountable for anything. I deal daily with issues of food, garbage, seating, noise, parking, TVs, lighting, transport. If we are part of a team it doesn't seem so. Everything comes down on nursing. No other specialty takes all that on. They see their pts, write their notes and if a problem comes up they GET THE NURSE. sigh
  5. by   Clementia
    No, absolutely not. I can't wait for the day when I quit the profession for good. It just doesn't fit me very well.

    Given the chance to do things over again, I would get a degree in philosophy or music, or work with plants or animals. Anything that won't smack, manipulate, or verbally abuse me when I try to help.
  6. by   nar-es
    If we were in a perfect world I will definitely say YES!

    Where your patients and their families do not treat you as a slave and appreciate you, where management approves all of your requested vacation time, where nobody gets sick during Christmas, where all your co-workers's attitudes are all sunshine and ******* rainbows!

    So, if I were given another choice do I want to be a nurse again? my answer is NO.
  7. by   anotherone
    Quote from eminthesr
    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 nice to each other. I've heard this from many different people and I'm getting worried. I don't want to either 1. become one of those people or 2. be treated poorly by my co-workers

    My question is, would you still become an RN if you had the choice to do it again? Why or why not?

    Would you recommend getting your MSN and NP license? Why or why not?

    Thank you! I really hope that the people I am hearing these things from are wrong!
    Yes, some nurses are mean and they didn't all start out that way. I would say a lot of it comes from frustration and annoyance. i try to not take it personally, unless it is. It is more annoying when the patients/visitors are mean or rude AND THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF THEM. Even the mean/rude staff is more tolerable than those, if they acted the way some visitors or patients act he/she would be fired in a heartbeat. I don' know if I would do it again. I like the pay but it is a VERY STRESSFUL job, very physically and emotionally demanding.
  8. by   PacoUSA
    YES YES YES, I would defintely become a nurse all over again. This is my second career, and my only regret is that I did not do this sooner. I was lost for a very long time in a career I thought was for me, but taking the leap of faith in this direction was the best move I could ever have made.
  9. by   BlueDevil,DNP
    How far back can I turn back the clock? If I could go back 30 years and start all over again, no, I would not choose nursing/medicine at all. I would have pursued my real passion and gone to a music conservatory instead. I sit down with my cello every night and play for at least an hour, and it is often a melancholy hour, full of regret. Spilled milk. However, all other things being equal I would do it again, I just wouldn't have wasted so much time before returning to school for advanced education. There always seemed to be a reason why it wasn't "a good time." They were dumb reasons, in retrospect. I wish I had returned to school 10 years earlier.
  10. by   Guttercat

    No way.

    If I'd have known then what I know now, I'd be a vet.
  11. by   cardiacrocks
    Since this is a third career for me, I can relate to being a waitress and a customer service rep for an insurance company, and let me tell you something, I get far more respect being a nurse. This is a career that I knew I'd be using my brain on a daily basis. I don't feel like I'm a waitress, because I've been a waitress, I've had creamer thrown in my face. Don't get me wrong I loved waiting tables, however, my body took a beating and I just couldn't see myself waiting tables when I'm in my 60's. I have two bachelor's degrees and chose nursing as my career. I've worked with women all my life and let me tell you, they never change. It doesn't matter where you work there are catty women! You have to rise above the BS.
  12. by   HAYNURSE
    You bet I would I waited 57 years to be a nurse and I love my job and my co-workers. Made it through in three years going summers and did not have to retake a class. To all you who might think they are to old to go to nursing school I was 54 when I started. So if it is your desire to become aa nurse I say "GO FOR IT."
  13. by   gabbiegirl
    echoRNC711 ... thank you! YOu have saved my career! I have been an RN for almost 5 years and I'm currently working as weekend RN supervisor in a LTC facility. I hired on as supervisor for 8 hours, and charge for 8 (during 10 - 6 shift). This was GREAT! Also receive "Baylor Plan" 8 hours of pay for working the weekend with very little sleep in between shifts. Low census, cutbacks, yada, yada ... they have me charging for 16 hours each day and I am literally losing my mind from the stress and the fatigue!!

    Being a nurse ... (lol = control freak) I took on ANOTHER job during the week, which I absolutely love, teaching a medication aide class, just 3.5 hrs/4nights/wk.

    Your post helped me realize I am NOT mean, just completely worn out and TIRED! I am going to quit the LTC job and coast for a few weeks, and seek out the perfect hospice position I have been dreaming about. I can be the weekend, on-call girl who saves the day for everyone else!!! Right??? Thanks again, you really have no idea what you have done for me (and my dear husband!!, probably my kids, and grandkids ... elderly father ... etc.)

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