Would you become a nurse today if you could do it over again? - page 3

Two career-advice questions (at end of this message)... Candid answers would be very welcome. BACKGROUND: I am a first-year nursing student in an RN ADN program. I have a master's degree in... Read More

  1. by   ebear
    Mulan said it best... (post # 2)
    Last edit by ebear on Nov 18, '07
  2. by   harley007
    1. YES! I love being a nurse and am so very proud to be one. From the day I started reading Cherry Ames to LPN school graduation 31 years ago and on to RN graduation 32 years ago. I have worked all over the place LTC, rehab., Med-Surg, School Nurse, step-down CABBG, ICU, ER, and finally my favorite Cath Lab.
    2. I guess being an RN may open more job opportunities when combined with previous education. But, if you do not love it or sadly must work as a nurse for the money and bene's then when and if you can, leave it to follow your heart.
    Last edit by harley007 on Dec 10, '07 : Reason: spelling
  3. by   Shantas
    1) NO...Everytime I go to work before I enter my unit I pray to God to give me the sanity so that I will be able to keep my patients and myself safe the rest of the 12 hrs!
    2) Yes... you may not get as much as money that the nurses make but at least you wont have to kill your self trying to do your job.
    Every time I feel pain on my back after I turn a heavy bed ridden patient on my own (just because the lift teams are too busy and the family is yelling at me) and I clean up a "code brown" (poop all over!) on my own or getting yelled at by patient and family because I did not give them jug of water on time (no nurses aide on the floor that day and I am taking care of 7 patients) and getting ignored by the management when I tell them that we need more bedside help....I tell myself I am tolerating all these nonsense just for my children, just so that I can give a roof over their head....its a bit selfish thing to say but this is what keeps me going
  4. by   CrispyRN
    1. Hell no.

    2. Yes
  5. by   MikeyJ
    If it were not for pediatrics, I think I would go insane. I am currently finishing up nursing school (BSN) but work as a nurse apprentice -- thus I do all RN duties but an RN has to sign off on me. And I really do enjoy my pediatrics floor and enjoy working as a nurse. However, if I had to work on an adult floor after graduation, I think I would leave the field in a hefty second.

    Even though I enjoy the field, I have come to realize that I would rather be in medicine. Thus after graduation, I will work my tail off for a year and pay off some of my enormous debt and then continue on and finish my pre-req's for medical school.
  6. by   Riseupandnurse
    Yes and no. Nursing is great---if we could ever actually do it. I hate, hate, hate customer service.

  7. by   Christie RN2006
    1. Yes, I do think I would do it over again, but I would definitely go to a different college. I was lucky enough to find a job that I really enjoy straight out of school. I can't picture myself doing anything else at the moment. 40 years down the road I may have a different perspective, but for now I really like where I am. Nursing is a career that gives you a lot of choices.

    2. Like someone else said, only you can make that decision for yourself. With an MPH, you could easily get into an accelerated RN, BSN program if you wanted to and having a BSN and MPH, you would definitely be a #1 recruit for public health nursing or something related to that. If nursing is something you are interested in, then I say go for it.
  8. by   End Game RN
    A resounding YES!!! I can not imagine what my life would have been had I not become a nurse. I was not forced into nursing because it was an acceptable profession for women. I have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly in 28 years. I wouldn't trade these experiences for anything!

    Don't jump ship until you can look at all sides of this question. I know for a fact that there are good places to work, learn and develop close relationships with co-workers and not fear administration. I hope those of you who have responded to marie-francoise's question with a "no" will one day work in a place where you feel appreciated and valued for what you bring with you to your work place.

    Good Luck

    End Game RN
    Last edit by End Game RN on Nov 18, '07 : Reason: last sentence fell down, brought it back up
  9. by   Tangerine Lipgloss
    1. No

    2. Yes
  10. by   SICU Queen
    1) HELL no.

    2) Finish your degree but then get a job using your MPH.
  11. by   MIA-RN
    1. Yes yes yes!
    2. Do what you feel your heart is telling you to do.
  12. by   Nemhain
    1) No, I wouldn't be a nurse again.

    2) Yes, you should use your MPH.
  13. by   Nemhain
    Quote from Smithbc1
    NO! I would claim a street corner. Better benefits, protected by pimp (not so by hosp admins). Probably not as much exposure to as many diseases on a standing street corner.
    I with you!