Is Nursing really THAT bad???

  1. So, I came across this website: and to my surprise, could not believe how many nurses hate their job. Go ahead, read some the stories on that site and tell me what you think about it.
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  3. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    In my personal opinion nursing is not that bad . However, what I read sounds pretty accurate.
  4. by   slackula
    Yes, it is that bad.
  5. by   JSBoston
    It CAN be... the majority of healthcare facilities are really cutting budgets and it really hits nurses hard. Understaffed and working with other burnt out employees, and when healthcare is really geared now towards customer service (not just making sure patients are happy, but catering to unrealistic expectations instead of what is best for that patient)... all of this can really be a killer.
  6. by   prettymica
    It is what you make of it. I personally have found a specialty that I like.
  7. by   AgentBeast
    Charles Barkley says it's turrible.
  8. by   jerenemarie
    I retired over a year ago after working full time as an RN for 28 years, was an LPN for 3 years prior to becoming an RN & was an aide prior to working as an LPN so I've been around awhile! I loved the nursing part of being an RN but hated the politics, the gossipy nurses & the whole nurses eating their young thing!
  9. by   That Guy
    There are days I come home thinking what in the hell was I thinking.

    Of course I am also redoing my house right now and it makes me so glad I went to school and am NOT doing that for a living.

    Work sucks sometimes. Hopefully it has those days where it gets better and reminds you why you are doing what you do.
  10. by   Isabelle49
    Nursing evolved into something much more different than we expected it to.
  11. by   Jules A
    Overall I love it and think we are fortunate to make the money we do in times when some people aren't even able to pay their bills.
  12. by   Walden-Puddle, RN
    A-Yup. It's that bad.

    Funny....I had no idea when I was in school. I had never heard about floor nursing being like this. I have a good work ethic, lots of corporate experience etc....and I figured I'd be fine. I just wasn't ready for the general level of chaos and insanity.

    It's the only job I know of where I regularly (not occasionally) see co-workers hyperventilating on the way in....and quietly taking some time to cry on the way out of work. And I work in a supportive environment with a great manager etc., but there's just simply a lot of work to be done, a lot of doctors (And medical students) to deal with, lots of orders (that seem to change each time you blink) and lots of sick patients.

    I'm very new, so take it with a grain of salt. Plenty of the experience nurses on my floor accomplish all this and more with quite some grace.
  13. by   Biffbradford
    You go to school, and fill your brain with all this 'cool' knowledge. You're so smart! Then you find a job and help save the world. Yes, you are helping people during their worst times and that's all good. Sure, it's hard work, but it's good work, you think. Oh, it's a rush man. You see things that most people will never see. Good and bad. It's life changing for sure. In the mean time, little by little, you give a little bit of yourself to the 'Machine'. Day by day the 'Machine' sucks a little life out of you until eventually you can't give anymore. Meanwhile the Machine keeps asking for more. Oh, can't you just stay 4 more hours? Can't you come in on Saturday? Then you find yourself making the calls, begging, pleading.

    It doesn't matter who you are, the Machine will chew you up and spit you out. The Machine always wins.

    So, get your kicks, nothing wrong with that. However, have a backup plan in case you need to bail, or are forced to bail. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BACKUP PLAN.
  14. by   sistasoul
    The worst part for me is the amount of documentation. When I have a shift that is so insane with patients going bad, and dealing with families, all other departments of the hospital asking me questions I have no idea of how to answer, MDs, and other assorted miscellaneous things (i.e., trying to find a working number for my non alert dying patient to let the family know she is not doing well (this took 25 minutes of my time last shift), meals not being delivered or not what the patient ordered, phones and TVs not working, etc. etc, etc.). After all of this chaos; knowing you have 2-3 hrs of documentation ahead of you after shift ends is the worst. If you can get your same patients back the charting is not as bad because you can copy forward but most days you do not get the same patients back. The more chaotic the shift and the more MDs you have to call the longer the charting becomes because you must document you called the MD or it may look like you did nothing to help your patient.