Quote from Whitney1987
Ok so i'm a nursing student and have been reading through everyones post. I have to say the ALOT of what i'm reading is negative. I read about bulling, back stabbing, no jobs, long hours, getting beat up by people you care for. So why is everyone still a nurse if it's sooooo bad. I mean it really depresses me because i want to be a nurse so bad but now it sounds so awful to me. Is it really that bad? Are other nurses really that horrible? And is it REALLY that hard to find a job? And also alot of people are saying the pay sucks......i thought nurses made very good money considering the times. (Also i know i can't spell)lol
Sure, bullying and back-stabbing happen... though they happen in other fields, too. It does seem a bit more tolerated or expected in nursing for some reason but any individual can do a lot to foster or discourage that behavior toward themselves.
No jobs... well, that's an exaggeration as I presume you realize but jobs are very competitive right now.
Long hours... Pretty much either 8s or 12s (my favorite) and then paid OT after that. Nothing much to complain about with 1.5x or 2x pay. I used to be salaried and often worked 55-65 hour weeks while only drawing pay for 40.
Everyone isn't still a nurse... To whatever degree "everyone" is, it's because (a) they don't have any other options, (b) they can put up with the crap, or (c) their workplace isn't so bad.
Is "it" so bad? "It" really depends... there are hundreds of thousands of nurses in the US... it's not horrible for everybody... or probably even most. It is, however, pretty bad for enough of them for you to hear about it.
Some nurses are that horrible... most (from what I've seen) are not. However, there are a number of nurses with whom I work that are labeled "horrible" or other derogatory terms and yet I have no trouble with them. Is it me, or them, or the ones doing the labeling? Dunno...
Money... some do make very good money, most make OK money, and some are really getting screwed. Personally, I'm somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between the latter two and moving toward the third.
And yes, for new grads particularly, it *IS* that hard to find a decent job.