Would you become an RN again if you had the choice? - page 8

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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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    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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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    not in a million years.
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    No...a lawyer
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    Absolutely yes! Second best decision I ever made in my life! (first best was becoming a mom!)
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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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    @ 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.
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    Quote from tyvin
    No...a lawyer
    Been there, done that. I switched to nursing, 1000% happier
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