How are you feeling about nursing? - page 2

I have been doing some soul-searching, re: nursing, and how I feel about it, and what I want. Where are you in your nursing career?... Read More

  1. by   just tired
    get fed up with the suits who don't know beans about nursing,pt. care, or even the human side of the profession. but what keeps me going is knowinh that someday,with me being in LTC, They are going to have to look at me for their care-meds,including LAXATIVES!!!, food, water, even their bootie wiping. and for a split second it makes me smile. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
  2. by   Disablednurse
    My situation was not listed. I am a nurse of 26 years, 8 years as an LPN and the rest as an RN. I became disabled and had to stop working two years ago. I miss it horribly. I have nightmares about work every night or two. I dream that I have lost a patient or forgot to give a med pass or I gave too many meds. I still love nursing, but cannot do this anymore. Hopefully I will soon adjust to the fact, I hope so.
  3. by   barefootlady
    Here we go. LPN 5 years, then RN 18 years, except off for about 2 years with injuries. I am burnt to a crisp. Looking for a new focus. Can't seem to come up with one. Just need to retire I guess, but no money. Nursing is a profession that is killing it's own.
  4. by   cwazycwissyRN
    I have also gone through many periods in my nursing carreer where the burnt to a crispy critter syndrome would have described my feelings. I have changed departments, dabbed in management, and gone to different shifts to provide changes I thought to be needed for my mental serenity.
    My last change was to go to the OR. I knew I had lost my mind, entering a area that would require a starting over period, that would last for quite some time. The OR is a much different area of nursing. Far from serene. I changed hospitals and had a compete fresh start. I try very hard to avoid hospital politics, and only use windows of opportunity, where I truly feel change will occur if I do get involved. I do not want to waste time beating my head against the wall, so I choose them carefully.
    I can say I do love my job now. It has taken much time, and change on my part. I choose to focus on the good things my job provides for me and my patients. Yes, I wear rose colored glasses at times, I place them on on purpose, for my self preservation. I try to stay focused on my own goals and how to obtain them. My goals are to provide safe, competent care to my patients, to become a positive part of a team providing the care to my patients. I still have ups and downs, but I can say that I do currently love my job.
  5. by   healingtouchRN
    ya know I just can't think of anything else I know how to do other than care for folks. I like animals too. I think I am good at what I do, (not braggin', just confident). I just don't know I will be doing the same job in 5 years as now. Been in current position one year, but havedone same position 7 years ago for 6 years. So I have the T-shirt! I want to be full time teaching & full time private practice in 5 years & maybe part time bedside in 5 years.
  6. by   live4today
    Seasoned and hanging in there.......have good and bad days...all of life is just that way, soooooo.......a I will stay!
  7. by   live4today
    Originally posted by barefootlady
    ..............Nursing is a profession that is killing it's own.
    Now that's a topic that should be discussed further because that is exactly how I feel! Going to bed now, or I would stick around and explain myself. Perhaps tomorrow I will. Just couldn't resist sharing how that sentence touched me just now. Thanks barefootlady! Nighty-night all! :zzzzz :kiss