Would you become an RN again if you had the choice? - page 7

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   LPNnowRNhopefull
    @ oldeddieboy - When an individual first enters the nursing field, you work very hard to prove yourself capable and do whatever it takes to get into the type of nursing you prefer. But as people age, they sort of get dependent on the higher wages that generally come with staying in the same job for along time. Also, alot of people simply do not like changing jobs. However, making a decision to remain in a position because of either of these reasons can - doesn't always, but can result in decreased moral.

    The individuals who have reflected that they maybe would not pursue nursing again if given the chance, are probably the same people who find themselves at a crossroads in the profession.

    Truth is, these nurses are probably the best skilled individuals that are available for their areas of choice. But they must allow themselves the opportunity to experience somthing new, simply by taking a chance and trying a new area.

    Yes - we all know that the medical field has changed through the years. But guess what, so has everything else. We have to take charge of our own happiness and not allow it to be undermined by our own insecurities and inabilities to make a change.
  2. by   PacoUSA
    Quote from tyvin
    No...a lawyer
    Been there, done that. I switched to nursing, 1000% happier
  3. by   DoeRN
    Quote from LPNnowRNhopefull

    The individuals who have reflected that they maybe would not pursue nursing again if given the chance, are probably the same people who find themselves at a crossroads in the profession.

    Truth is, these nurses are probably the best skilled individuals that are available for their areas of choice. But they must allow themselves the opportunity to experience somthing new, simply by taking a chance and trying a new area.

    This may not apply to some people. Myself included. I am a float/travel nurse for one company and I work everywhere from clinics to case management to the floors and out in the community. I work for a large health organization at the area hospitals and other facilities they own. So it isn't that I am not allowing myself to experience something new. I experience something new every single time I work.

    For me I should have never gone to nursing school. I quickly learned after graduating what it really was about. I was a nurse tech but still didn't really know what the nurses went through to an extent. I was busy doing my own tasks. I'm sure this question could be asked to other professions and we would have similar answers. Not everyone enjoys being a nurse and some regret going into nursing. It doesn't matter what area they go into they still won't like it. I'm sure there are teachers who regret being a teacher, police officers, etc.

    I enjoy taking care of people but I would enjoy it better from a different angle.
  4. by   tyvin
    Quote from Paco-RN
    Been there, done that. I switched to nursing, 1000% happier
    Maybe so but at least I would have expected dirty underhanded tactics as a lawyer. The disgusting ways I've seen nurses, doctors and management try to cover their mistakes which always ended up with someone being hurt makes me vomit...at least as a lawyer I would have expected it! I'm sure there are many nurses who found employment at places where everyone sings Kumbaya and eats s'mores in the break room. I'm sure that some of you have never seen such circumstances as I have. In the real world there are some nasty situations and there are many places out there that are scum that appear absolutely angel.

    I believe I was employed at this last place for a reason...to shed light on them...and that I have done. I am currently at home cooling my heels and waiting...
  5. by   joanna73
    Quote from oldeddieboy
    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.
    We all want to help others, or we wouldn't have chosen nursing. There are many positive aspects to nursing that we could all probably agree on. However, issues such as chronic understaffing, mandatory overtime, the never ending useless documentation, and work place politics which exist in 90 percent of current health care facilities make nurses question their decisions. I don't regret nursing, but I despise the system, which is what drives nurses away. There are much healthier work environments in other professions. I think the key to contentment as a nurse is to decide what environment suits you best, including the number of hours you choose to work. Nursing needs to work with my life, not the other way around.
  6. by   Jenni811
    No. If i made my choice now i would not pick to be an RN. Unfortuantly, now is not the time i want to go back to school. I just got done, im 24 years old and im just not up for it again. I feel like i am stuck in this career. Maybe one ady my fiance will make enough money where i don't need to work and can go back to school for something i enjoy ...HA! (one can only dream...).

    No, as anurse we are SO under appreciated and treated like slaves that have to meaning in life. My job could care less about me, all they are about is money. Example: I need to have an upcoming surgery where i need 5-7 days off work (per doctors orders) and he said it NEEDS to be done before January. So, i talked to my manager to give her a heads up MONTHS in advance, and worked out a date where i wouldn't need to take that much time off. I thought i was being pretty resonable. Schedule comes out...and im scheduled for the day she said i could have off!!!!! the same day i am scheduled for surgery. Um....??? When i asked her about it, she told me she was unable to give me that time off because we are already short staffed for 4 people on maternity leave.
    What do you mean you cant give me off on a date i NEED to have surgery?? Like you are F****** KIDDIN ME?? So i immediatly contacted the surgeon, who i know well because i work with him, and told him about it. He wrote a letter and signed a medical leave form. My manager is PI$$ED at me right now, and i am pretty much on her sh!t list. Crap like this happens all the time though. They could care less about you, your health, your family or anything else. They see you as a servant, a slave basically non-human life form that doesn't havea life outside of work.

    Patients and family see you as the nurse, the doctor, a servant, a slave, a mechanic, a plumber. Basically they expect nurses to know how to do EVERYTHING. Once a patient's TV wasn't working...i don't know how to fix it. I was going ot have to call maintenence. he literally yelled at me because i didn't know how to fix the TV and demanded a different nurse "who knew what they were doing." If i woudn't loose my job over it, i would tell 90% of my patients and their familes to ki$$ my a$$..

    END of my rant
  7. by   CrunchRN
    Jenni - that last line - LOL!
  8. by   Jenni811
    we would all love to say it,..
  9. by   ThePrincessBride
    This thread is disheartening, but not surprising.

    I'm a nursing student who works in the float pool as a sitter and a PCA in another hospital. Just today, I was watching a patient in a rehab center. The PTs and OTs did nothing impressive. In fact, some were goofing off among themselves, dribbling basketballs and having extended lunch periods. It was sickening, knowing that they were probably being paid more than a nurse who does quadruple the work they did. Not trying to be disparaging, but nurses are severely underpaid for what they do.

    That said, nursing is still a very broad field full of opportunities. One doesn't have to stay on bed side, and I'm wondering how many of the nurses in this thread are working bed side. I'd suggest exploring your options and expanding your horizons.
  10. by   JZ_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.

    I would work in something where I worked independently and not caring for or being responsible for others.
  11. by   flibbertygibbert
    Absolutely! The only change I would have made is doing it sooner rather than later...took me a few years to figure out what I really wanted to do, spent a lot of years and money on education I didn't utilize. Then I got my nursing degree and wondered why I didn't do this to start with! I love my job, love my co-workers and love the many opportunities that are available. I truly enjoy and respect the patients I have helped and value the relationships we have formed. If you no longer like what you do, it is time to move on, maybe just to a different area of nursing or take a break for a while. It is extremely hard, demanding, and frustrating work most days, but also so rewarding!
  12. by   Meriwhen
    I would do it again, but if I knew then what I know now, I would have done things somewhat differently.
  13. by   lsprn2b
    I just would have done it sooner ( got my RN) and remained in the hospital. I'm a LPN, licensed for the past 30 years, stopped working over the years off an on to have my children (5), was out of active nursing for almost 10 years. Working in long term care for the past 12 years, love it but tiring most days. Now in school for my RN only 1 more semester left, will graduate 2013 when I'm nearly 57 years old. Yes some nurses are mean but those are the ones that are mean whether they were nurses or not. Nursing is a wonderful profession filled with caring, knowledgeable, hardworking, gracious folks. Nursing brings out the best in humanity.