Would you become an RN again if you had the choice? - page 5

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   joanna73
    I enjoy nursing, but I definitely need to change specialties, move to a city, and decrease my hours. Too costly to go back to school for an OT/PT Masters. I also want to work even less, so I'm thinking of getting my RMT license. I wouldn't mind working as a professional masseuse part time, and nursing part time.
  2. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from PMFB-RN
    *** 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.
    If you go work for the US Bureau of Prisons as an RN you can retire after 20 years with a pension. And it has that law enforcement culture. If you go work at a particularly violent prison, it has an ED-type workload.
  3. by   Nurse Ebere M.
    I would do it a million times over if I had the opportunity!!

    I wouldn’t let how others act affect what you want to do with your career. If they want to spend this precious time we have on earth acting like children and being mean that’s a shame for them, but you don’t have to be a follower.
    Last edit by Nurse Ebere M. on Oct 9, '12 : Reason: had double words
  4. by   Christina0tran
    Quote from clarkheart
    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.
    EXACTLY! Thank you for your comment, very touching and true.
  5. by   samadams8
    After two decades, I honestly struggle with answering this question. Right now, I will say this. I wish I had pursued certain other scholastic interests earlier.

    I have liked so much of what I have done as a RN in critical care. I genuinely care for the patients.

    For me, the overwhelming negativity is about how the administrative systems work and how nurses treat each other that is the deal breaker. I know this is a factor in all fields and types of work; but I find it is particularly intolerable b/c of all the other demands and serious stressors in the field.

    So, I might well do it again, but I would have moved forward with academic growth sooner. That's no one's fault really. I had made a commitment to becoming a mom and caring for family members in crisis. So at the end of the day, it became what it became in terms of moving forward for me.
  6. by   lee1
    No, not just a RN but I could have seen being a APN. Now retired RN for 2 months.
  7. by   DSkelton711
    If I had to do it over again, I would probably choose nursing again, but I would have planned my future a little better to
    include more education and finding my niche and sticking to it. I set aside a lot for family, which I don't regret, but I didn't take
    my career seriously enough and I wish I had more education. Now I am just working to get myself (hopefully) to retirement someday.
  8. by   I love my cat!
    No no and no. Nursing has not turned out to be anything that I thought it would be. So disappointing. Thank goodness for part-time work!
  9. by   nursingisok
    no way dude. Sometimes I wish I was in front of a computer and had my own cubicle.
  10. by   mariebailey
    probably not
  11. by   Multicollinearity
    There are so many specialties in nursing and so many options. I cannot imagine another field with so much diversity and such variation. I have RN friends who work in research, school nursing, correctional, psych, ED, oncology, nursing educators, etc. My next door neighbor is a flight nurse.

    Maybe I'm a happy nurse because I've never worked a floor.
  12. by   samadams8
    OK. So far I have counted the following:

    28 "No's,"

    19 "Yes's,"

    and about 7 "? - Maybe if this or that/unsure, or not definitively answered either way."
  13. by   martymoose
    Quote from 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.
    you must not work on a hospital floor then. customer service AND waitressing along with medical tx :-(
    And at least in waitressing the odds that a customer is going to attack you with a fork are fairly low, correct me if im wrong :-)