If you knew your career would take its current path?
I have been working in an SNF for almost 2 years and, I'll admit, if I knew this was going to happen, I probably wouldn't have gone to nursing school. The only job offers I've ever received are from SNFs and home health care, neither of which I had in mind when I signed up for nursing school. But no other opportunities have presented themselves, which makes me wonder if nursing school was worth it, at least for me. Seems like people either have great luck or no luck at all when it comes to job. Anyways, I'm disappointed. What about you? Was nursing school worth it?
Yes, it was worth it! It's true that my first year as a nurse was really awful and back then I did wonder if I'd made a big mistake. But I am in my fourth year of nursing now and I am very happy being a nurse. I think, quite regularly, how glad I am that I went to nursing school. I'm not saying it's all rainbows. Being a nurse has not been easy for me. Nursing can be quite brutal in some ways. But I am very happy in my current job and have found the specialty that I love. On a financial level, I went to a nursing school that was relatively inexpensive and came out debt free. My career has paid for school many times over and I have a career that I feel really good about. So yes, it was definitely worth it.
No. Had I known what would happen, I would have stayed with the status quo at the time. That would have enabled me to take care of myself and my family in my old age and I would have been happy instead of disappointed and discouraged. Nursing turned out to be a bad dream that should have been relegated permanently to the past decades ago.
Not really comfortable or happy with my choice. Except, I have touched some lives in a meaningful way which is huge. Also, have a nice house and vacations twice a year and don't really have to worry when bills come in. So...yes, no, yes, no, yes......
I probably would've tried another medical STEM field. Probably slightly fewer opportunities, which is why I'm not switching now, but if I were younger with no family to consider, I would've tried something else first.
I would do it again if only because I met my boyfriend at my first nursing job, and he's pretty great! Without that...maybe. There are days when I really love my job and feel like it makes a difference, and I am grateful that I have job security and can support myself fairly easily. But there are definitely things I think I'd enjoy doing more. If I could start all the way over, I'd do music therapy or something that leaves room for more creativity and less rushing around.
Yes, yes I would.
Like you OP I started out in a SNF and spent the first couple of years at them but I did not wait for opportunity to present itself. I hunted opportunity down like it was a gazelle and beat it into submission until I landed my first hospital job and then went after the next, and the next opportunity.
Things I did were craft several custom and well-thought out resumes, got my BSN to make myself more marketable, joined several professional nursing organizations, built a professional LinkedIn profile and networked intensively, and got myself a couple of certifications.
Actively fight for what you want until you get it.
Yes, but I would go either direct-entry MSN or straight to NP school. There were some valuable experiences and about $50000 or so financial gain which otherwise would become my student debth, and some of my true and good friends I've made, but still years between BSN and MSN were more negative for me and, should I know it, I would avoid them altogether.
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Yes, but I probably would have either went straight for RN or went to an institution with some sort of bridge program. Part of the problem with being an experienced LPN and going back for RN is that employers have a nasty tendency to treat RNs who were LPNs for years as if they were new grads. It is extremely discouraging to contemplate going back to school only to make a couple dollars more an hour as a "new" RN.
As far as being stuck in a SNF.... I think a lot of new grads in SNF have a "grass is always greener" mentality. Hospitals aren't all they're cracked up to be. Bedside nursing is bedside nursing. And frankly, the vast majority of future growth in nursing is going to be in areas other than acute care hospitals. Part of the reason it's harder to land a job in the hospital is because job growth in that sector is sluggish. It's not necessarily because it's such a better place to work.
Brandon , that sounds like an excuse. Don't let others determine your goals and destiny. I was an experienced LPN before RN and I've experienced the opposite. I got paid extra money per hr for my LPN exp too.
To answer the OP. No I have no regrets. I love my career and grateful to be a RN.
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I'm disappointed. What about you? Was nursing school worth it?
I am sorry you're disappointed, RockinNurse.
Generally speaking, I am very pleased that I went to nursing school and am happy with my career. But then again, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Now, had you asked me that back several times in my career, when I all but gave up nursing for art, I may have sung a different tune. But nursing has allowed me to experience things I would have otherwise not, and has always been a mainstay for me.
Yeah I'm Very happy with my choice to become a nurse. Its a second career for me so I started out the cheap and quick way out of necessity. I got an associates degree at a local community college. I took my first job as a floor nurses at a local hospital and was there about a year and transferred to the ER where I still am. Along the way I picked up my BSN (mostly paid for by my employer) and now am due to graduate with my DNP (entirely paidfor by my employer). I'm looking forward to starting my new position as an NP here in the next couple months.
I loved your post. You are right opportunities in Nursing rarely present themselves. I beat down the door for every opportunity that was available with my employer. I applied at the VA and even then they weren't really looking to hire new nurses with an associates degree but I kept hounding them and eventually got hired I think in part because I had a bachelors in another field, I promised to enroll in a BSN program and I was a Veteran. I didn't like floor nursing so I took a test to qualify for a critical care course and was one of three nurses (1 per patient care med/surg floor) selected to transfer to critical care. I wanted to go to the ER and knew that the top grad got to pick their assignment so I studied hard in the critical care course and got the assignment I wanted. The VA gives scholarships
for grad school with limited funds available so I knew I needed great grades and an early application for a chance to get it. I got a 4.0 in my silly BSN program and turned in my correctly and fully completed application (very important in my bureaucratic world) the minute they started accepting applications for funding and was the only nurse in the hospital that got his DNP paid for. My point is that I'm not Mr. Wonderful Nurse at all as that's far from the truth. In nursing to get anywhere you have to fight and scrape for every inch of advancement. The same holds true for annual pay raises. Every year I fight for a raise in my review with my boss. Nurses that wait for something good to happen are rarely happy. You gotta make it happen in nursing which really is just like every other job I had in business before getting into nursing. Maybe in heaven the meek are rewarded but in the hospital they get a poop sandwich
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