does anyone regret this career? - page 8

just curious. I regret it every single day. I had good intentions when I started, and I wasn't idealistic either. But it is a FAR worse job than I imagined. I feel like the life has been beaten... Read More

  1. by   kdtiller
    Hi ~~ Family and friends will never understand. I have been an RN for 25 years and have regretted working in healthcare settings with difficult administrations. One of the things that would probably help is to try to get into another area of nursing such as home health, research, case management, teach nursing Some of these areas are not as stressful as the hospital. This is why there is such a shortage. Hang in there
  2. by   joanna73
    I'm toying with the idea of returning to school for OT/PT. This means a separate 4 year degree, but then I could work casual as an RN and as a physiotherapist. Working a floor is not for me. I'm currently working LTC. I actually enjoy geriatrics, but I can't see myself staying in LTC for longer than a few more years.
  3. by   aflack41
    How did you find that job? I'm in Illinois, any suggestions, and what does that entail?
  4. by   RX.Coffee
    I have had a few jobs at various hospitals in the DC metropolitan area. I can say with absolute confidence, that it is not the taskof nursing or the professional standards and responsibilities which degrade ones nursing career. It is the work ethic and disrespect by other members of the medical and administrative team towards the nurse. Nurses are the boots on the ground, first line of defense between the physician, administration/management,the patient, the family and friends. The nurse must also be able to rapidly defuse many situations from a change in status, to a patient's dissatisfaction with their care, room, doctor etc... There is not enough time and or energy to chase down a tech when a patient needs to be changed or repositioned when you have another patient going south in the next room. It is more than aggravating,when you ask a tech to do something and they simply say they are busy, will get to it, or they walk away... Then you find them in the break room for the millionth time. Or management wants another duplicate, time consuming, paper trail, report. And God help the nurse busy with a coding patient, that Opps... forgets to document or change a dressing. And ask for help???? Then the nurse will be considered incompetent and not only talked about, they will be given the worse patient load as retaliation. The Answer, TERMINATE the Techs that are not team players. Hire more techs and nurses, so the patient to nurse and tech ratio will be reduced. Apparently, if the patient dies and all documentation is up to par, it's no biggie. Management and their legal team will be able to spin the story. But, if the nurse neglects to document in a timely fashion in the midst of caring for the patient, the nurse will be disciplined or in some situations terminated. So, yes NURSING as it sits today, is the worse decision a well-educated person can make. That is, if the individual's desire is to enjoy a professional career with growth and actual autonomy. Tell me another career which requires higher and higher levels of education, pushing nurses to not only obtain their Master degrees, but PhD's as well. Then to treat the nurse like an indentured servant, not the professional that he or she is. A nurse, more times than not, has a calling to serve those in need. Yet the bureaucratic redtape, disrespect and work ethics which encompasses the health care field is not only deplorable, it is destructive. Last words of advice, if you are thinkingof a nursing career, run don't walk to another major/ career!!!!
    Last edit by RX.Coffee on Sep 3, '12
  5. by   samadams8
    Quote from loriangel14
    That's very sad. I love my job and I don't regret it for a minute.

    Why do you dislike being a nurse? Have you tried working in different settings? How long have you been a nurse?


    I regret the inside abuse, and the fact that too many don't want to face or discuss it. How can it possibly be dealt with unless people face it. Seems like it has to be an "in-your-face" and overt kind of abuse in order for it to even begin to be addressed.

    That is truly my only regret about nursing--well, also poor staffing and mentoring issues.
  6. by   kdtink
    I am still in school and I have those days where I wonder just what in the world I am doing. I started working toward my RN in 2007 while still in a career I loathed. I often wonder if I am cut out for this career, but I think it may be last minute panic prior to graduating in May. It certainly doesn't help when I talk to nurses who tell me how much they hate their jobs on a regular basis. I wonder if everyone feels the same way.

    I have been a tech in the hospital for 10 months and the money I make for the abuse I take is laughable. I was honestly feeling as though I had made a huge mistake until Saturday. I had the kind of night that reminded me of why I wanted to change careers in the first place. I got a blood draw from a patient that nobody else on the floor was able to get and I had a patient thank me for being her friend while she was in the hospital. It was just what I needed at just the right time. But I understand the feeling of regret and questioning. I hope it works out for the best.
  7. by   nursewithskills
    Right now I regret it because I'm not currently working with the demographic group that I
    went to school for which are neonate.

    I'm wondering after obtaining the RN license along with the experience if I'll still
    regret it. My guess is that I would, but only time will tell.
  8. by   Navigatingnursing
    I can really relate to this as we've had similar early nursing experience. But hey, I'm a new LPN working on getting her RN to get an MSN. I mean, may as well, times gonna pass anyway. Slowly but surely I think I can get there. Thats continueing ed and we're supposed to to that. What happens along the way I dunno. & this is my 3rd career so you know I'm "older". I love the possibilities of it.

    I hate to tell people what to do and to be presumptuous, but I hope my words will inspire you to explore where you're at and see your next step, and it might just be to do inner work. but I so relate to office politics and business over medical care. I hate the resistance I get from suggesting medical procedures, etc., but that's peoples egos and you can just step back and laugh, but not directly cos that's a write-up too.
  9. by   nursewithskills
    I'm actually looking for Data Entry job positions currently.


    It would be a huge decrease in my income, but for the
    sake of my sanity I'm willing to do it.

    Just give me a computer and some data to type in and I'm good.

    No one in my face, no skin checks, no narcotic junkies, no nonsense.

    Nursing would mean more if nurses were actually appreciated and not about the money
    that the sick brings into a facility.
  10. by   nursie_nursie_415
    there are some things i like about inpatient nursing & some things i hate. being a nurse for over 8 years, just in the past year have i found true enjoyment & fulfillment in what i do as a chosen career. finally i feel a balance between being a good nurse & being a good employee.

    if i could change the past, i would have started investing before i was even potty-trained & started several businesses as a youth... and i FOR SURE would not be a nurse.

    overall, i am thankful to have my current lifestyle but i would not recommend being a nurse to anyone i know.

    i think nursing schools should stop brainwashing their students into thinking that being a nurse is the most important role in health care. they should stop feeding the "doctor vs. nurse" flame & instead should teach nursing students how to learn from others without challenging them. nursing schools need to be upfront about the fact that "health care" is really "disease care" & nurses are mere pawns in the game of ho$pital bu$ine$$.

    if nursing schools would just keep it real with their students, then the expectations are managed & less would feel disappointed & regretful when their expectations are not met.

    ... now that i know & have accepted these things, my perspective has totally changed - i don't hate being a nurse anymore & i can truly connect with my patients as not just a nurse but as a human. in a way, my care is fueled by feeling somewhat sorry for them because they are unwell, stuck in a broken system that doesn't work & is continuing to crumble.
    Last edit by nursie_nursie_415 on Sep 3, '12
  11. by   VICEDRN
    I could have written the original post on this thread. Wish I had just gone to med school like I originally planned. I love the er and working with patients but hate nursing! Best of luck to op finding a solution.
  12. by   Dragonfly777
    This is more like a venting thread. It's good to let your feelings out, one way or another. Otherwise, it just dwells in your deepest thoughts. I like and enjoy nursing and the nursing skills we provide, unfortunately all that entails dealing with everything else that surrounds it like family members, patient's personalities, bad co-workers etc. For the first two years somehow you have to manage to suck it up, and learn ways to cope....just like you may have done it before in different situations. After you have the experience you need and have the skills expertise, you/we are worth much more money and with it comes better positions. It's holding on that two years that's probably going to be the hardest. The worst part is when people want to think they know better and absolutely do not care anything you tell them for their own good. The second worst part is been physically threaten. Good luck in your future endeavors.
  13. by   Anna Flaxis
    Quote from JMBnurse
    Interesting... I am pretty old school, but after reading all of the problems with finding a nursing job here, are people not doing this anymore? Every job I have ever had, except my current one, I applied for in person. The only reason I did not for my current position is because it is with an insurance company and they have very tight security, so you can't just go there unless you have been invited for an interview. I know we are in the internet age of google and monster.com, but are nurses seriously not dressing up, hand delivering their resume, filling out an application in person, knocking on doors and shaking hands when they are on a job hunt? If not, in my opinion, that is obscuring possibly one of their greatest assets- themselves. Live and in person! I want them to see me, not just my resume or an online application.
    Most places around here have online applications.

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