For experienced nurses, can you honestly encourage anyone to enter nursing? - page 5

For experienced nurses, can you honestly and with 100% conviction encourage someone to become a nurse?... Read More

  1. by   sparkle flower
    I have been a working RN for 41 years and there is a light at the end of my tunnel. I can't wait. Nursing has changed so much in those years, that I have finally removed a button (that I wore for most of those years) that said "I love my job". Not anymore. Patient care is lost on shortage of staffing, computers, JACHO expectations, hierarchy expectations in charting, and more critical patients. Most of my time in ICU's, and some management. It used to be rewarding, not anymore. Why take physical abuse, verbal abuse, work related injuries, mental and physical strain, and receive no compensation for same. There are a lot more jobs around that pay more, give you time off without begging, allow you to plan your life, and appreciate you. Sorry, but I'm realistic, I too, had ideals and thought I could make a difference. We older nurses are going to have to take care of each other in our later life. You younger nurses look for another job while you can. This is now a thankless profession and looked down upon by many. Sorry, but I'd get out if I could. I never, ever, thought I'd say that. This was my life and I lived nursing until the last few years. Of course, this is a different world today, not like it was 41 years ago.
  2. by   bjpeace
    I voted Yes, and I do actively talk to people about being a nurse! Several posts brought up the money issue and the work load issue. There are many jobs out there that make you work hard, and pay marginally. I'm not going to tell you that money isn't important to me, because it is. What I will tell you is that as an Lpn I make much less than Rns, and usually have a heavier assignment both physically and mentally. I have worked my way up from a CNA in hospice care, to a medical assistant in a MD's office to a Lpn in stepdown to where I am now, in a surgical ICU. I am graduating in May with my RN. I have worked under the strain of Rns who felt that an Lpn didn't belong in critical care, and I have held my own against my husband's EMS circle who still ask me "why be a bedpan dumper?" There are hard days. What keeps me moving forward are the many things about nursing that I love. The number one reason is that I was called to do this job. This, no matter how hard, is what I was put here on this earth to do. I can care for someone. The glamour or drama is certainly in the codes, and the life saving measures ( don't get me wrong, I love the adrenalin moments too!) But the quiet victories are the hand holding moments, speaking up for families, and of course knowing that I am the last line of defense for my patients - these are the aspects of my job that I treasure. I'm very selfish and controlling when it comes to those in my care because they are depending on me to do and say and question what they can't. And one day I know I will be depending on someone, and so will everyone that I love. So if I can help to encourage someone else to answer their calling, and to stand strong when it gets tough, I will do it, again and again.
  3. by   micro
    bjpeace........well said......i ditto you
  4. by   DF-LPN
    to me it all depends on the person asking me. if it is someone who i see as a caring, a commited to helping others, and a person who has a tall bs meter, then i would say YES!!! please become a nurse and help us. but if its someone who is just there for the money, and easily pop off about anything and everything then i say no way.....don't need ya!
  5. by   prn nurse
    The hospital envoirment 40-60 hours a week is un natural for anyone to experience. Are you ever off for 4 -5 consecutive days and appreciate being around "normal" people and experiencing a "normal" routine that most people take for granted? And how long does it take you when you return to work to realize that you are in an "unnatural" envoirment?
  6. by   Brownms46
    I didn't vote...but I have to say...that all things considered....nursing had done well by me and my family! But only because I was able to work agency...and make some of my own rules! If there was NO agency....I would never have stayed!

    I encourage people to go for their goals in life! I don't judge who I think will be good or bad in whatever they want to do...I just encourage them to go for it! I'm not the person I started out to be when I first entered nursing. You can't stay the same and see the things many of us have. The events and situations in our lives has an impact on us all.....and many times they effect changes in matter what! So who's to say how someone might be changed for the better or for the worse!

    Seek your dream....and let the chips fall where they may...
  7. by   Fgr8Out
    For someone with the right frame of mind and a sincere desire to make a difference in a persons life, I can sincerely encourage them to enter the Profession of Nursing.

    ALL careers have their drawbacks... Nursing seems to have more than its share at times. But I'm able to raise a daughter, and still have some left over to make a comfortable life for us. I enjoy being in a profession where I am constantly learning everyday. And while I don't care for some of the poor attitudes that have arisen as a result of understaffing, poor management and less than optimal compensation, I CAN get through that when I remind myself that I DO make a difference.

    My prayers to all of you... happy, unhappy, or indifferent in your career. We all fill a very necessary place in this world. I'm happy to be among you.

  8. by   Dr. Kate
    I went into nursing because I needed a salable skill. I have stayed because it suits me. I am now qualified to do other things. It's tempting to think another field would be better than nursing when you look at it from the outside. It's a lot different when you've gone outside of nursing and the greener grass is still growing somewhere else. Dream jobs are few and far between. For me, one of the best things about nursing is that I never have to think about whether or not what I do is significant. Nursing touches people's lives in deeply personal, intimate, and significant ways. Even if they never realize it. As a nurse I know what I do makes a difference, even if some days it's not a very big difference.
  9. by   Stargazer
    Actually, I did this just the other day. I work for a large corporation in a fairly "glamorous" industry (travel) which has nothing to do with anything medical, but was asked to give a presentation last week for "Take Your Children To School" Day.

    I threw together a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation complete with photos entitled "Nursing: The Hospital and Beyond" and talked to about 35 kids, ages 6 - 16, concentrating on non-traditional nursing jobs and emphasizing the variety of specialty areas and kinds of jobs available. Each presenter had to write 3 questions on their own content, as the kids were "tested" on presenter info at the end of the day, with highest scores getting prizes. One of mine:

    People become nurses because:
    a. they couldn't get into medical school
    b. they watch too much "ER"
    c. they think they look good in white
    d. endless variety of jobs and specialty areas available!

    The talk went over pretty well. Never too soon to start recruiting our young!
  10. by   AJACKT33Z
  11. by   fergus51
    Originally posted by Stargazer
    One of mine:

    People become nurses because:
    a. they couldn't get into medical school
    b. they watch too much "ER"
    c. they think they look good in white
    d. endless variety of jobs and specialty areas available!

    Everyone I know would probably say B ~:roll
  12. by   MHN
    E.there mother did it