Does this bother anyone else? - page 3
I was just reading a post in another thread and came across the following statement that alarmed me: "i wish that i had chosen nursing in the first place because i need a recession Proof career". ... Read More
Apr 29, '09Occupation: servant to the felines... Specialty: ICU ; Joined: Jan '08; Posts: 414; Likes: 733Quote from WoofyMutt80Then will you give me your paycheck?It so irks me when anyone in the healthcare field, whether its a CNA or RN says they are in it for a paycheck. If you want a paycheck go work for McDonalds!
Seriously, I would not do this work for free, and I doubt many others would either. We are entitled to earn a living. Ultimately, yeah, I'm in it for the paycheck.
I don't see anything wrong with that. Maslow's hierarchy, and all that. My pts do not know the difference. I'm 100% there for them, with all my energy & passion, when I'm at work, but when I'm not, my time & energy are mine.
Apr 29, '09Occupation: Medical Assistant Specialty: Geriatrics, Cath Lab, Cardiology,Neuro ; From: US ; Joined: Oct '08; Posts: 166; Likes: 206I love what I do, I dont care how much I am paid. There are some who just want to be in healthcare for the $$$ and dont have pride in their work
Apr 29, '09Joined: Oct '04; Posts: 8,571; Likes: 9,692I see it more and more with the Accelerated BScN students. Their first degree was in their "dream" area of study. Unfortunately, they are finding out those degrees don't pay the bills. So Nursing here they come.
One our unit, has an IT degree. Failed the registration exam twice. Last in, first off the floor for breaks. People hate picking up her patients. Foleys unemptied, Drains clogged, meds may or not have been given but all are signed for.
She's the first to admit that she went into nursing because of the paycheque. Sounds cruel but we've all got our fingers crossed that she fails her next attempt because then she will have to find another field of employemnt or go back for remedial eduation. Because what good is a BScN if they can't pass the CRNE?
Apr 29, '09Joined: Jan '07; Posts: 11; Likes: 15Anyone who goes to nursing school just because it is "recession proof" will quit before they finish once they start their clinicals and see what is in store for them. I love nursing, but it is not for everyone!
Apr 29, '09Joined: Jan '07; Posts: 11; Likes: 15Quote from nursing student 19ALot of them start out compassionate and have the "compassion" knocked out of them by the time they graduate. Nurses can be pretty mean to student nurses, and then there are the patients and Dr's to contend with as well.You'd be surprised of how many make it through nursing school and not having an ounce compassion.
Some people can survive nursing school with just the thought of the being a " recession proof" career.
Apr 29, '09Joined: Jan '05; Posts: 4,765; Likes: 2,554Quote from WoofyMutt80When McDonalds pays me $40/hr with benefits then maybe I'll consider it. But for now, I stay in bedside nursing for the MONEY! EEks, such a bad word...It so irks me when anyone in the healthcare field, whether its a CNA or RN says they are in it for a paycheck. If you want a paycheck go work for McDonalds!
Quote from WoofyMutt80I love what I do, I dont care how much I am paid. There are some who just want to be in healthcare for the $$$ and dont have pride in their work
Please don't equate staying in this field for money with not having pride in their work. The two are unrelated. I have enormous pride in my work, love teaching families and precepting students and am constantly educating myself in my field. I am quite proud of the care I give, TYVM.
Quote from genabrieBlanket generalizations serve nobody well. I went into Nursing because I was tired of 'doing all the work' as a PCT for PCT pay. Yes, I learned very quickly that being a PCT wasn't even 1/10th the work of a nurse. But my main reasons for going into nursing were:Anyone who goes to nursing school just because it is "recession proof" will quit before they finish once they start their clinicals and see what is in store for them. I love nursing, but it is not for everyone!
And what's wrong with that? I'm committed to my unit, my education, my patients, and quite frankly, I kick butt at what I do. I rule. So what if I went to nursing school for those reasons? Plenty of single mothers went into nursing to provide for their family. Are you gonna tear them down for that too?
As long as the nurse is a good nurse, who the heck cares why they became a nurse? What does IT have to do with YOU?
I just don't understand why everyone is all up in everyone elses business all the time.
Apr 29, '09Specialty: ICU/Critical Care ; Joined: Feb '08; Posts: 4,914; Likes: 7,697I think people who criticize those who go into healthcare for the money and benefits are hypocrits themselves. Think about it, they say that they don't care about the money and thats not what they went to school for but say "well, then take that 27 buck an hour salary you make and cut it down to 15 and come back and tell me you would work for that amount." I bet they would say no.
Apr 30, '09Joined: Aug '04; Posts: 9,279; Likes: 4,301Quote from WoofyMutt80I love what I do, I dont care how much I am paid. There are some who just want to be in healthcare for the $$$ and dont have pride in their work
You don't care how much you're paid? Then why not just volunteer your services?
May 6, '09Joined: Sep '08; Posts: 9; Likes: 2I think whomever is writing that they don't care about their paycheck is just trying to get a rise out of most of us level headed nurses out here who do a great job and earn a living doing it... too ludicrous of a statement for anyone to pay attention to.
With regards to the profession being recession proof...
I think it is unfortunate that nursing has to deal with people who take excessive breaks, are last on and first off, and do not fulfill their duties. In many other professions this is not tolerated, but in nursing, due to the infamous "nursing shortage," it seems that a warm body is a warm body.
Some of you wrote about hospitals laying people off. Nursing opportunities abound in places other than the hospitals. Home care has been my calling.
May 6, '09Specialty: 6 year(s) of experience ; Joined: Jun '07; Posts: 59; Likes: 78Wow....someone is awfully high and mighty if they think that the only good nurses are those that "have a calling" or are "passionate" about their work. I wasn't called...and frankly I'm not that passionate either. Nursing is my job, I am good at it and it puts food on the table. So what?
May 6, '09Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Med-Surge, ER, GI Lab/Scopes ; From: US ; Joined: Mar '09; Posts: 48; Likes: 67Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs... We have to satisfy our own basic needs before we can extend care to another.
May 6, '09Occupation: RN Specialty: Cardiac Telemetry, ED ; From: US ; Joined: Oct '07; Posts: 3,673; Likes: 5,547Quote from stdntnurse
All I know is that if and when I am a patient in the health care system, I want a nurse looking after me who actually wants to be there and is dedicated to looking after her patients, not one who chose her profession based on job security and is more concerned about cash flow.
Not me. I'd rather have a nurse with a brain on her or her shoulders, who can at the very least think their way out a paper bag. I don't care what your motivations are for being a nurse, so long as you are a good one.
May 6, '09Occupation: RN, Nurse Manager From: US ; Joined: Jul '07; Posts: 1,517; Likes: 1,475Quote from TurnLeftSideActually LPNs do make only $15/hr in this area. So yeah, I'll work for that amount and I have worked for that amount. We all have to work in order to live. That is a fact unless you are born in a rich family. Finding work that matches your passion and can pay the bills is the ultimate. I was lucky with both. I don't think anyone that says passion is important is saying that they don't care about the money. It is just hard to understand going into nursing ONLY for the money.I think people who criticize those who go into healthcare for the money and benefits are hypocrits themselves. Think about it, they say that they don't care about the money and thats not what they went to school for but say "well, then take that 27 buck an hour salary you make and cut it down to 15 and come back and tell me you would work for that amount." I bet they would say no.
My mom went in to nursing in the '60s because it was the only option available to her. She did an excellent job because she had a work ethic and cared about her patients, but she absolutely did not have the passion and actually tried to get me to not go into nursing. She did eventually pursue other options. So yes, you can be a good nurse without the passion as long as you have a good work ethic and care about people. But I think without the passion it would be hard to be a nurse long term. The passion keeps me coming back even when I want to quit.