Why do so many people want to discourage nursing students???? (vent) - page 3
Ever since I told the first person, besides my husband, that I wanted to be an RN, I can't tell you how many people have told me, my mother or husband that I shouldn't do it. "They're over worked,... Read More
Nov 21, '02Occupation: pre-nursing student, secretary - non-medical Joined: Jan '01; Posts: 1,761; Likes: 46WOW ERIC!!!!!!!
Nov 22, '02Joined: Dec '01; Posts: 2,865; Likes: 15sound advice from all
just wanted to add my voice to many..
for all the negativity remember the positives..
when someone starts to spew forth their misconceptions,jaded opinions or just general pessimism
NOD AND SMILE AND TUNE RIGHT OUT!
you are doing this for a reason ,a reason that many of the nay sayers cannot comprehend, nor will they ever be able to because they have not had the experience of knowing what to do with their lives.
its a bitter person who wants to cut others down.
consider the source and rise above it.
for every one of their negative comments you have myself and others who are sitting here cheering you on, rooting for you, sharing your failures AND your successes and anxiously awaiting your graduation so that you can see first hand that its not all bad
infact its mostly all good....
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
(so dont let them!!!)
Nov 22, '02Joined: Aug '01; Posts: 3,725; Likes: 459I like what Wendy said....smile, nod and tune out. I chose to be a nurse after many years of nursing knocking at my door and telling me it was choosing me!
I like what I do, and although at times it is stressful, I wouldn't trade it for anything...
Nov 22, '02Occupation: Full time student Joined: Nov '02; Posts: 758; Likes: 2Wendy, I really appreciate your posts. You make some very valid points, particularly shutting out the naysayers and concentrating on those nurses with positive attitudes. In the past, I had also read the threads on the BB and actually let the negativeness in and put this dream away. Fortunately, it seems to be stronger than I am and I am going to refrain from reading the downers and look for those like yourself that are happy with their choice.
Nov 22, '02Occupation: Research technologist Joined: Feb '02; Posts: 57First, let me say am not going into nursing for the money, but just on financial terms according to Nursing Spectrum magazine I can make up to $56.00/hour. Is this publication for real? Are nurses making this much? I personally would like to make $25.00/hour and work 3-12 hours shifts a week or part-time. I want to make a difference. I want to actually see the faces of the people I help. I am an older nursing student and I have spent most of my life hating what I do. Maybe I will hate nursing, but if I make half of the hourly pay listed in Nursing Spectrum adds, I will be fine. All of those who are RN in the U.S. let me know if Nursing Spectrum is lying.
Nov 22, '02Joined: Nov '00; Posts: 931; Likes: 18The thread asked the question 'why do so many people discourage nursing students?'
To answer that question, you only need to read the problems encounted daily that are discussed at allnurses. Nursing is a very demanding profession. Demanding physically, psychologically, morally, ethically and spiritually. If anyone tells you differently, they are lying.
That doesn't mean the choice to go into nursing is "wrong" or that the positives do not outweigh the negatives. In my opinion, it takes the best people in the world to be a nurse. The ability to think critically, solve problems, do heavy physical work at times, do complex technical procedures, comfort and support another human being, etc., . . . requires a person with exceptional inherent abilities and talents. The "Joy of Nursing" is intangible, such as the satisfaction and exhilaration of a successful Code, the knowledge that YOU caught a problem before it became critical, the satisfaction of knowing that it was your skills that made it possible for a patient to walk out the hospital doors instead of wheeled out the dock door to the morgue, and the humbling when a patient tells you very sincerely 'thank you' for being there.
The choice of a nursing career can't be only a comparison with other professions using tangible data such as benefits, wages, hours of work, etc. If you use only those parameters, nursing will come up short every time. But, it isn't just about those tangibles, is it !?!
You don't have to justify to others your choice to go into nursing, or any other decision you make in your life. When you do encounter the discouragement of others, just say that you have already weighed the pros and cons, and that's why you chose to be a nurse.
Nov 22, '02Occupation: student with two crappy part time jobs Joined: Jul '02; Posts: 244; Likes: 1Still a student here, and I've had a mix of comments. SO's mother forbade her children from becoming nurses (she was an air force RN...vietnam vet). My own mother has been pushing it since I first mentioned it because "I know this LPN that makes almost 18/hour" which is wealth in my hometown .
I've had mixed responses from the nurses, and I take every single one of them into consideration. I politely dismiss the ones who don't know what they're talking about--but when you're a leftwing overly political unreligious vegan who loves to listen to Marilyn Manson all day you get used to unwanted comments .
Follow your heart and pity the person that tries to stand in you're way--if they were happy with their lives they wouldn't dream of telling you what to do with yours!