Do you like being a nurse? - page 4

For everyone out there, do you like what you do? Especially for all those people out there who dreamed of being a nurse, is it what you expected? I'm trying to get into nursing and sometimes I wonder... Read More

  1. by   Metalchild
    Oh shoot... jumping on this thread late. I was frustrated about my work so I came here and searched for how people like their job as nurses...
    I am currently working in a post acute/rehab/nursing facility. I feel like most patients are more post acute than anything. A few are long term care. Nurses take care of 26-ish patients per shift. Pretty rough and busy all the time. A quarter of the patients were pain to deal with, but there are some nice ones too who'd brighten you up. We use paper charting, push a med cart around with MAR in giant folders. I got this job as a new grad, with no prior experience in health care. They gave me 3 days of training and threw me in. I could have asked for another week of training but from what I've heard, everyone there was pretty much trained in 3 days, so I sucked it up. I'm at my 4th week and I had lost 6 lbs in 2 weeks. It's stressful as hell. I'm stressed out every day and I'm not even the type of person who stress out a lot.
    I miss the posh med-surg floor I was trained at-- pyxis for meds, computer charting on walking stations, 5 patients per nurses. Well I'm waiting to hear back from the VA hospital (they use pyxis and computer charting, yay). My interview went pretty well... so, pray for me please! It's pretty hard for new grads to find jobs where I am.
    I wouldn't say I don't like nursing in general though. I had a professor who had told us story of how she found a job that suits her. She actually rotated around in a few different departments within a big hospital system before finding something she was really good at and really enjoy. She encouraged us not to get discouraged by a couple of unpleasant nursing experiences, there are so many niches in nursing, you shall find something you like.
  2. by   stickit34
    I've only been a nurse for a year, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I really don't like nursing at the moment (I'm on a busy med-surg floor). Literally all I do is push pills, tiptoe around difficult patients to avoid getting written up for the stupidest stuff (one tech got fired because she woke up one person "too abruptly") and the work environment isn't the most welcoming. However, I never wanted to be on med-surg for long, my ultimate dream was to work in the OR and eventually become an FNP. In the process of getting out of this position.
  3. by   SirJohnny

    - Sent you a PM ... please check your mail.

  4. by   nurseling
    You can be stressed at ANY job. Stress really is a STATE OF MIND is what I discovered. It's all about how you choose to look at things. In the real nursing world, I discovered that people complain a lot. Don't play into the complaining. It will only wear you down. Look for the positive in all situations if you can and you will do very well.
    I recently got my RN license and have been working on a very busy med-surg unit for about 5 months. The first 3 months were really the hardest. I was overwhelmed with the amount of information that was thrown at me. During my time off, all I wanted to do was sleep and watch tv, but now that I'm getting used to it, things are really looking up. I love the work that I do. I'm learning so much everyday. Working nights still takes getting used to because I also work days, so the switch can be a challenge, but it's not so bad and the pay is pretty good.
    Other than that, I have to say nursing really becomes what you make it out to be. If you keep telling yourself that your job is really stressful and feed into venting and complaining, it will be a rough road is all I can say. Keeping positive is the key. Other than that, I swear by exercise, meditation, healthy diet and drinking lots of water, which helps ease the journey and actually makes my work so much more rewarding..
    Self care as a nurse is sooooo important. Anyway, just remember when you're a new nurse you are never "alone", even when you're done orientation. You have the support of the whole team that is there looking out for you. Be a team player. Offer help where you can and believe in your own ability to learn. There is a lifetime of learning as a nurse. Enjoy the ride!
  5. by   nursetobows
    No, I do not like being a nurse. I would go so far to say I am 85% of the way to hating being a nurse. My first 2 - 3 years I hoped this would get better but NOPE! I wish I wouldn't have wasted all my time and money going to school to be treated like a replacement.
  6. by   Muser69
    No. Hate it. 9 months til retirement. I am the ultimate burn out.
  7. by   TU RN
    I've been a nurse for (almost) a year and have made some realizations.

    The first year is the hardest. I would analogize it to a rollercoaster. For example: I was scared ****less the first month, and confident again at the third. Deeply depressed and looking for a way out of healthcare for months 5 and 6, and with renewed confidence at month 7. Right now at month 11-12 I am at a new low. An existential crisis, so to speak. While I am told I'm good at being a nurse, the high stress, lack of structure, and long night-time hours have pushed me to limits I never knew possible. My once, ever-positive demeanor has been weathered down to nothing.

    Working in the hospital is very stressful, regardless of your area/level of acuity.

    Med surg seems to take the cake as far as lowest RN satisfaction and ICU nurses seem to be more fulfilled in their work, but you'll find dissatisfaction (and satisfaction!) in every area. For example, I work in stepdown and feel quite burnt out.

    It seems many nurses who have left the hospital to work in offices, insurance companies, research, management, etc. are glad of it. Does minimal face-to-face patient contact make a happier nurse, or is it something else that afford these individuals such satisfaction?

    The greatest realization I've made is that every person is different. So are our hopes and destinies. Some people have created plans at young ages and stuck through them through their lives. Truly inspiring individuals they are. Others have varied their "specialties" in nursing so many times and found happiness, while others have had to change careers to get there. Some have had multiple career changes.

    There aren't stars in my eyes or rose-colored glasses in front of them (not sure if there ever were), but I think every nurse has at least some very small component of selflessness which drives us to persist in difficult/trying/miserable situations longer than the average person. At some point you have to drop that and pursue your own happiness at whatever cost lest you be ruined. You'll find your own way, so far that's mine.
  8. by   wanderlust99
    No. I'm in the ICU. You can only turn patients and clean up poop so much before you break. Yea I know we do more than that, but sometimes it doesn't feel that way. Everything else has become second nature to me, so it's not that exciting. I did a short gig in the PACU but found it boring. I've grown to hate nursing so much I don't even care to go back and get my masters. I initially wanted to become a NP but now that doesn't interest me at all.

    Not sure what else to do. Right now, I'm doing it to make money only and seeing the country as a travel nurse. It could be much worse. So for the opportunity to easily obtain work and travel, I am very grateful for nursing.