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1 hour ago, OUxPhys said:

I had this same conversation a few weeks ago. Had I known about the other medical careers with less stress and schooling that paid pretty well I would have done that. I hate school. I have my BSN but I am never going back for my masters. I wish my high school would have provided us with other career choices instead of ramming college down our throats.

I find that this is a common complaint from a lot of nurses. Feeling like they wish they had chosen an easier route. Do you feel that achieving your BSN was worth it though?

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6 hours ago, np830 said:

Nope! And NP isn't much different. Nursing is a lot of responsibility with ultimately little control over outcomes thanks to administration.

Thanks for this perspective. Many make it seem like NP is the be-all and end-all of nursing. 

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4 hours ago, Forest2 said:

  I am not sure why someone would want to be a nurse today when there are other professions that have good pay and don't require the sacrifice of mind, body and soul.  I had a near relative that wanted to be a nurse, I said don't do it, and gave the reasons, they did it and got out as soon as they could.  I wanted to say, "told you so".

For me its the hours, pay, flexibility, and the possibility of OT. In my current job I work 3(12's) one week and 4(12's) the next, I LOVE LOVE LOVE, my schedule!! I get decent pay for a relatively "easy" job that I have been doing for 10 years. I just don't see myself doing it until I retire. So I thought about jobs that would provide me with these same benefits, and well I couldn't really think of any but nursing. But as you say, I will have to decide what I am sacrificing for this...

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This type of forum is going to have lots of rants and venting since it’s a generally safe place to do that as long as you don’t get too specific about patients and employers. We have to get it out somewhere! So that probably contributes to a feeling sometimes that everyone is unhappy. 

I definitely have my grievances, and it feels good to get them out, but I’ve had other non Nursing Jobs that I would never go back to. I love a lot of things about being a nurse. I also love that it’s a whole field rather than a specific type of work. When I finally get sick of these patients once and for all I hope to move toward teaching and/or consulting. 

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babatee has 8 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Geriatric, Acute, Rehab, Psychiatry.

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Most nurses are passionate about caring for their patients. The frustration most have is with management. 

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I have been a nurse for 43 years. I worked Pediatrics for a year, Med-Surg. for 11 yrs., ER for 17 years, Short-Stay for 3 years, Nurse Educator for two years, Clinical Educator for several years at a Community college and a fill in School Nurse for a couple years. Now I am working in a free standing ambulatory care as a PACU nurse. I have ALWAYS loved being a nurse, however I had a bullying experience as an Interventional Radiology Nurse that shook me to my core. Nursing has become a part of who I am as a person. I was only in this department for a total of 10  months and was screamed at in front of my patient and Radiology Tech by an other nurse because I was going to "Hold up the doctor" by giving my post liver biopsy patient with a pain level of "8" more pain medicine. A long story short, this nurse got reprimanded because I was correct, according to the pain protocol, in giving this patient more pain medicine. Several of the department nurses now were angry at me and tormented me daily. I was a wreck. My hands shook, I was getting an ulcer, and I had trouble sleeping and thinking straight. I couldn't get my direct manager to help me and ended up losing my job. This was a devastating experience and it took me time to recover emotionally. I had always told my students to come to me if anyone bullied them, but I did not stand up well for myself. Nursing is a wonderful profession and I now have a job where I am very happy. I can honestly say I love my job and taking care of my patients. Nothing is ever perfect, but remember to stand up for your principles and don't let others walk on you. Follow the chain of command when necessary. Most nurses are kind and caring people. Don't let a few bad eggs spoil your impression of a wonderful job!

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8 minutes ago, Betty Beth said:

Don't let a few bad eggs spoil your impression of a wonderful job!

I'm sorry to hear such thing has happened to you Nurse Betty. I also can relate how it feels to be bullied by the entire unit (minus one or two individuals), including the director of that unit. Needless to say, I had my very first experience of Hospital lies, deceit, and a meeting with HR when that happened. Of course I changed units after that.

I hope this helps, but at the end of the day..you're not living for them. You could care less about them. We "should" be united in the safety and care of our patients..but as with human nature, drama happens.

Do you still think about that dark moment of your life? Of course you would. I do too.

But put it this way. None of those are people that "you'd be inviting for your dinner party" anyways. 🙂

You have your friends, your family, and those that care about you. If you are the Religious type, even Jesus wasn't able to get everyone to like Him.

 

Please enjoy your day Betty!

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OUxPhys has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiology.

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17 hours ago, Sumdaymurse said:

I find that this is a common complaint from a lot of nurses. Feeling like they wish they had chosen an easier route. Do you feel that achieving your BSN was worth it though?

I do because most hospitals now are looking for BSN and some hospitals pay you more for having it. Do I regret it? No. But if I had to do it all over again would I? Maybe. 

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18 hours ago, Sumdaymurse said:

For me its the hours, pay, flexibility, and the possibility of OT. In my current job I work 3(12's) one week and 4(12's) the next, I LOVE LOVE LOVE, my schedule!! I get decent pay for a relatively "easy" job that I have been doing for 10 years. I just don't see myself doing it until I retire. So I thought about jobs that would provide me with these same benefits, and well I couldn't really think of any but nursing. But as you say, I will have to decide what I am sacrificing for this...

 

what unit are you in? So happy to see someone loving their job as a nurse! I hope to be there soon! I'm applying to nursing school soon! 

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Yes.... I actually LOVE my job... in spite of all the BS that we deal with on a regular basis— horrible doctors, horrible patients, horrible families, horrible senior staff, no breaks, etc... there are enough amazing coworkers, amazing doctors, nice patients, and sweet families to make it worth it.

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1 hour ago, thatfuturenurse said:

 

what unit are you in? So happy to see someone loving their job as a nurse! I hope to be there soon! I'm applying to nursing school soon! 

Not a nurse! But congratulations on making it this far! I wish you much success 😊

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