Quote from zahryia
See, I thought the opposite; that nursing was family friendly in the sense that it can potentially be flexible (i.e. per diem, night shift, weekend shifts, etc)
No, this is a myth! Nurses that manage to be assigned to good shifts worked years for the company/department. New grads do not land the great shifts on average. I know lots of nursing students who think the same as you do. I tell them I worked in Health Care and I know that X, Y, and Z hospital/clinic/facility will not give new grads good shifts and are not very understanding about schedules or kids. However many do not believe me because they think there is nursing shortage and they are the ones in control not their future employers.
They are wrong because the so-called nursing shortage is a myth too. Check out posts where experienced nurses cannot find employment or refuse employment due to poor working conditions! :uhoh21:
In any case, the positive thing is as a nurse who has put in his/her time, you can usually move on to other things. The opportunities are there, but it is not there for every new grad to grab. Naturally there are exceptions to this rule, but believe me those are few and far between. Experience matters in health care as in any field.
In addition, facilities are not desperate to hire and fill open positions. Refer to all of the posts where bedside nurses are complaining about short staffing and high nurse-to-patient ratios. Sometimes management prefers it this way. According to many of the nurses on this board, it is cost effective.
All I have to say is go into nursing with your eyes wide open. The politics sounds like it is no different then any other field of study.