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Do it all over again? Aaaaaaa

guest974915 guest974915 (Member) Nurse

Having been continuously employed as a hospital staff nurse and assistant supervisor for almost 25 years, I sometimes wonder how I would respond to a young person seeking career advice and contemplating a future in nursing. No sour grapes here, as nursing has afforded me many opportunities, much flexibility, and an overall good quality of life. However, in light of the educational attainment-BSN, consider that many engineers and accountants for example, also having four-year degrees yet, enjoy a much higher professional status (my opinion), definitely better working conditions-no exposure to infectious bodily fluids..., better hours, and an earning potential that far exceeds nursing! Yeah, I know all about the suffering humanity and "it's a calling" bit, but it makes me think that if I had it all to do again.....well, I'm not so sure!

BSNbeDONE specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

I don't know which road I'd travel. But it would definitely not :smokin:be nursing. End of story.

The "would you do it again?" question is hard for me to answer. On one hand, I like my work more than ever. On the other, just for the sake of something new and/or adventurous, I would like to see if I could do something different.

Nursing has been good to me, but I see how others don't feel that way so it's difficult to advise someone else. One thing I believe for sure, eyes need to be wide open to all aspects of the working conditions and expectations.

Rose_Queen specializes in OR, education.

I don't know which road I'd travel. But it would definitely not :smokin:be nursing. End of story.

Same. Health care isn't about the health care anymore. It's all business and the bottom line is far too much of a focus. I get needing to reign in costs, but to cut nursing staff while paying half million dollar bonuses to execs is ridiculous. It's profit over human lives.

brownbook has 35 years experience.

Because I was never afraid to float, step outside my area of comfort, I have enjoyed my varied nursing career. I have no exceptional skills, talents; am not the go to nurse for "what is this, how do you do this" etc. I am just an average ASN nurse!

The great thing about nursing is there are 100's of different jobs, areas, types of nurse to be. I would definitely do it again.

BSNbeDONE specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

Because I was never afraid to float, step outside my area of comfort, I have enjoyed my varied nursing career. I have no exceptional skills, talents; am not the go to nurse for "what is this, how do you do this" etc. I am just an average ASN nurse!

The great thing about nursing is there are 100's of different jobs, areas, types of nurse to be. I would definitely do it again.

I'm a float nurse and the pay and flexibility are awesome! It paid my son's way through college. But I still wouldn't choose nursing twice in the same lifetime. Come to think of it, I didn't choose it the first time around...my dad threw me into this mess.:cautious:

KittyLuv specializes in Geriatrics, med surg, telephone triage.

Absolutely not. No question. It wasnt a calling or a dream. There are no medical people in family. I should have done something else. It pays the bills (mostly) but so do lots of other professions. 26 years in nursing. I have another year to 4 years that I will stay in it and then I am done. I'll go work at Costco (lol) or something. Anything.

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