Would you become an RN again if you had the choice? - page 6

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. Visit  jrwest profile page
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    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.
    I had a factory job prior to nursing. company closed. I might have c/o stuff back then, but after being in nursing, what I wouldnt give to have that job back!!!
    To be realistic though, I was thinking of going back to school for RHIT healthcare records tech. I have alot of the pre- req's already.yes it's a cut in pay. But it would give me a couple years to pay off my bills while studying, and realize there might be an end to the nursing h e double hockey sticks
  2. Visit  NurseCard profile page
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    I don't know... I had the opportunity to become a teacher instead, but I kept
    feeling a "tug" to go back to nursing school.

    I think part of that though, was that the education program at the college
    where I was attending, was horrific, and the office staff were rude. I got
    stuck doing observations in a kindergarten class, and the teacher and aide
    kept sticking me with this little girl who had the most gawd-awful behavior.

    There are many many times that I wish I had become an art teacher!
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  3. Visit  Bella'sMyBaby profile page
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    I am in front of a computer all day...I'm an MDS Coordinator.
    chevyv likes this.
  4. Visit  cardiacrocks profile page
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    Quote from jrwest
    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 :-)
    I am correcting you, I do work as a floor nurse, I work on a cardiac step-down unit, it is crazy there everyday, but I love it! I have never been attacked by a patient. There are those days that I do think, what the heck was I thinking going into nursing, however, I think those thoughts far less than I did when I was waiting tables. I'm not putting down being a waitress, but, I never used my brain like I do now. Think about it, everyday we help save someones life, everyday we have to make crucial decisions on how we treat our patients, we are their voice. We see people at there most vulnerable times. This is just my opinion, I for one LOVE BEING A NURSE!
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  5. Visit  calinurse11 profile page
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    Not in a million years, nope, never.

    Its really REALLY sad to me that so many of us feel this way....

    If I could go back, I would not have done anything related to the health care field.

    I would rather be

    1. Stay at home mom (and NOT have to worry about bills)
    2. A good paying job that I could perform strictly from home so that I could do what I really love (refer to #1)
    3. A non-stressful office type job
    JZ_RN likes this.
  6. Visit  LPNnowRNhopefull profile page
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    As an LPN for 10 years, who is awaiting acceptence into an RN program as we speak, the answer is a resounding YES! I have paid my dues, so to speak, and feel that I now have enough knowledge and life experience to be effective in another position.

    I hope for everyone who responds with anything less than a Yes, that they will find a way to become impassioned again. With all the different types of positions for RNs - there has to be one position out there that can make you feel excited again. With all of your education and experience, no one here should allow themselves to remain in a rut or continue to feel burned out. You don't have to give up your day job, take something per diem in a totally different environment. You may find you like it, or you may find new appreciation for where you work.
    libbyliberal likes this.
  7. Visit  PMFB-RN profile page
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    Quote from calinurse11
    Not in a million years, nope, never.

    Its really REALLY sad to me that so many of us feel this way....

    If I could go back, I would not have done anything related to the health care field.

    I would rather be

    1. Stay at home mom (and NOT have to worry about bills)
    2. A good paying job that I could perform strictly from home so that I could do what I really love (refer to #1)
    3. A non-stressful office type job
    *** I know three RNs who work from home and make good money. Close to what they made in the hospital. One works for a large health system on the nurse call line. They set her up with a computer hooked up to their intranet. I have been to her house and seen her talk to people via a head set and make appointments for them while breast feeding her baby while wearing a robe. The other two work for insurance companies. One does case managment and the other works on their nurse call line giving advice. He has company approved advice for many different ailments people call with. He just types what they are asking him about into his company computer and up comes the pre-approved advice. When in doubt he recomends the urgent care or ER. It's super easy. He spends lots of time out in the garden with a head set. Both of the insurance nurses can be located anywhere with fast & realiable internet connection. They can work from Starbucks if they want. One of them manages to work while out doing erands via his smart phone. They all report very flexable working hours.
    All of them were experienced acute care nurses and they did have to spend a year or two working from an office before they could work at home.
    Just something to think about.
    calinurse11, cardiacrocks, chevyv, and 1 other like this.
  8. Visit  Caffeine_IV profile page
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    Nope. I would do some other healthcare thing...occupational therapy, PT or something else.

    I'm not even motivated to get my BSN anymore. I've only been a nurse for 4.5 years and the changes within that time have not been for the better with the exception of one thing.

    Nurses catch the blame for it all...linens not changed, doctor rounded "late", doctor left off medicine, dinner gross, floor not mopped. My coworkers are the least problem at this point.

    Patient satisfaction rules everything. It is almost to the point that they will be handing off rate your nurse cards after each shift.

    The nurses (on my floor) that want to save the world, make a difference have the most struggle. Those of us that just provide polite care, keep them alive and medicated for pain don't burnout so quickly.
    JZ_RN, libbyliberal, barbyann, and 2 others like this.
  9. Visit  oldeddieboy profile page
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    Threads like this make one question if its worth it to work hard for 2.5 yrs and spend $20k+ on school. Judging from my other thread, I would probably make $10-15k/yr more nursing than many other jobs, but is it worth it? Sure, I really want to help people, but I'm sure everyone in this thread went in with that attitude.
    JZ_RN, joanna73, and tyvin like this.
  10. Visit  cantdoit profile page
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    not in a million years.
    JZ_RN, libbyliberal, barbyann, and 2 others like this.
  11. Visit  tyvin profile page
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    No...a lawyer
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  12. Visit  noahsmama profile page
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    Absolutely yes! Second best decision I ever made in my life! (first best was becoming a mom!)
    LPNnowRNhopefull and tyvin like this.
  13. Visit  PMFB-RN profile page
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    Quote from tyvin
    No...a lawyer
    *** I suggest spending a little time reading here:
    But I Did Everything Right!

    It's a blog by people who spent large amounts of time and money to enter an already oversaturated field and their bitterness about not finding a job.

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