1. Hello, I am a junior in high school and today I went on a job shadow in the NICU (b/c that is my area of interest). When I was talking to the nurses the majority of them told me NOT to be a nurse b/c you have to work holidays, weekends, nights, tough to get vacation, not very flexible anymore, bad pay & too much work (high work load of patients), lack of respect (by doctors and public), that you can contract diseases very easily & it is even possible if you wear a gown, gloves, and mask, also they said that nursing school was awful and if they knew that was how nursing school was that would have never become a nurse. When I asked them if they went back in time if they would become a nurse all over again and most of them said NO!!!! I have been so excited to become a nurse ever since I was in 8th grade but now I am lost and confused and don't know what I should do. Any insight at all would help. If you would be willing to be an e-mail buddy or have any comments please e-mail me at shannon@mckillion.com
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  3. by   Forevermomof5
    It makes me so frustrated when people complain about their professions like they have to you. Now honestly, do you really believe that there is a profession out there that people won't complain about? I worked at the Department of Aviation when I was first married and everyone hated it. They had to work weekends and holidays, bad pay, lots of job turnover. I live in Las Vegas and the workers here complain all the time that they don't get holiday pay even. They work the same hours as nurses and blah, blah, blah. Same stuff, different job.

    So if you truly believe that you want to be a nurse, go for it. The more people who have a great attitude and desire to be in the field, the better it'll be.
  4. by   fnimat1
    Don't be discouraged. You have to wonder about all those nurses who gave you that information. What is their mind set? Why would they give you that horrible advice? I don't even have the answer to this. My only advice to you is that you do what your heart tells you to do. If you feel passionate about your future career you'll be 200X better than those nurses that you met.

    "RN 2B in 2004"
  5. by   micro
    don't listen to anyone but yourself.......and then get to know someone in the field, that has both good days and bad days........and then ask them.....on their bad days(cause they are out there for anybody).......are they changing fields..........

    nursing....I was told not also, and here I am...............some days envision "you want fries with that", but that thought passes very quickly.........like what I do.......

    and there are so many options in our field today.......and I foresee so much more opportunity.....
    nursing = nursing variety= advanced education withing nursing=
    advanced education in other health care fields=career of change and variety within the same umbrella
  6. by   peaceful2100
    It has already been said but it is defintely worth repeating. DO NOT LET ANYONE DISCOURAGE YOU. AS I remember the dean of my school telling us at the beginning of the semester to the incoming sophomore students who were just beginning at their welcoming ceremony. Do NOT LET THE FIRE OF YOUR PASSIONS, YOUR HOPES, YOUR DREAMS BURN OUT BECAUSE THE FIRE OF SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS TIRED AND STRESSED OUT HAS ALREADY BURN OUT.

    I guarantee you no matter what field or profession you are in you are going to hear negative comments. Granted some are worst then others but still. I was thinking about being an education major and did some shadowing in some schools and all the teachers told me do not teach, I did a journalism workshop a few summers ago and many of the journalists were like why journalism, we are trying to get out.

    Nursing offers so much diversity, and you can do so much with a nursing degree. Besides if it don't work for you then you can always change and no education is ever wasted. Many people go through several career changes before they find the career that truly fits them and for some people they love what they do and never change. Now I am still a nursing student but I know nurses who have been nurses for 25+ years and they still love it, they say there is a lot of political BS but they would not give up until their bodies tell them to. I also know nurses who are fed up and just waiting to leave but that is ok.

    Don't be scared, if this is what you want to do then do it. No one else can tell you what to do.
  7. by   betts

    WHEN THINGS GO WRONG, as they sometimes will,
    When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
    When the funds are low and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest, if you must-but don't you quit.

    Life is queer with its twists and turns,
    As everyone of us sometimes learns,
    And many a failure turns about
    When they might have won had they stuck it out;
    Don't give up, though others say so-
    You'll succeed if your heart says go.

    Success is failure turned inside out-
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt-
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems afar;
    So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit-
    It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.