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How much do u like nursing? Scale of 1 to 10

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How much do you like nursing on a scale of 1 to 10?

And why?

Since zero (0) is not available on a scale of 1 to 10, I would say one (1).

Multicollinearity, BSN, RN

Specializes in Acute Care Psych, DNP Student.

As a pre-nursing student, on a wait-list for an ADN program, and applying to more...I'd say for me, the IDEA of nursing is a 10.

I may have a different number after actually working as a nurse. :rotfl:

Since i'm optimist, ill say most days i'd rate nursing at a 9 1/2. After 12 days straight, ill rate it a 9, but i still love what i do.

MikeyJ, RN

Specializes in Peds, PICU, Home health, Dialysis.

Since zero (0) is not available on a scale of 1 to 10, I would say one (1).

If you despise nursing that much, perhaps you should get out of the field.

CritterLover, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER, ICU, Infusion, peds, informatics.

i'll give it a 3/10

i like what i do, i really do.

i like taking care of people.

i really like teaching people about their diagnoses, and how to take better care of themselves.

i like spending time with them to dispell the myths, and to teach them what really is important, and why certain "fads" aren't such a good idea.

i love it when i see that "lightbulb" go off over their heads, and they finally "get" it.

(when working in the er, i once took care of a girl with c/o abd pain. in fact, i think it was this past thanksgiving. she wasn't sick at all, but scared to death that her abd pain was really significant. i don't really remember the details, but she had a hepatic cyst (benign), and i spent a great deal of time talking to her about this. she had a very flat affect, and i didn't think i had gotten anywhere. but anyway, i went to every internet site i could find and printed off additional info i could give her, in addition to our generic "abd pain, no diagnosis" d/c instructions. i really didn't think i had gotten anywhere with her at all. imagine my surprise when read her press gainey survey, where she had circled all "5s" and had said how wonderful "nurse kimberly" was -- can't remember exactly what she said, but she had to write that part in. completley shocked me. almost made me a believer in the press-gainey survey concept. )

i love those kinds of moments, where i think i've made a difference. doesn't have to mean saving a life. decreasing anxiety or educating a patient/family can be just as important.

however, there is so much crap in nursing today. they expect us to do more with less. i wrote this in another thread, but good, quality nursing care, where we address the "person as a whole," can be highlhy inefficient (isn't always, but sure can be).

that is where my job dissatisfaction comes in. trying to do more with less -- but not letting your patients (aka "customers") know that you are trying to do more with less-- well, that is why i'm currently pursuing a masters degree in a very non-nursing field.

even when i'm done with my master's degree (if that ever happens :) ), i'll probably still work an occasional prn shift in the nursing environment, just because there are parts of nursing that i will always love. at least the advanced degree in something else will keep me grounded, and remind me that i don't have to put up with the crap.

DutchgirlRN, ASN, RN

Specializes in OB, M/S, HH, Medical Imaging RN.

I would say a 10.

When I was younger I would have answered 6 or 7 because of working weekends, holidays and nights. Now I work days, 10 hour shifts 3 x week, no weekends, no holidays, no nights, no call and very good pay. I feel blessed to be sure.

CraigB-RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency, Education, Informatics.

After almost 30 years, it's still a 9. :)

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

I'll give it a 7.

After 30 years as a nurse, I have seen a lot of good and bad. At it's best, nursing is terrific and so are many nurses. However, we are asked to do more with less -- pull miracles out of a hat and subjugate our needs to the desires of other disciplines and regulatory agencies. Sometimes, I simply get weary of it all.

CritterLover, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER, ICU, Infusion, peds, informatics.

if you despise nursing that much, perhaps you should get out of the field.

i have to say that i completely understand where mystic fish is coming from.

as it stands in most hosptials today, we barely have the time to get our basic work done. absolutely no time at all to go the extra mile and do the things that drew many of us to nursing in the first place.

adminsitraiton only cares that we give safe, basic care. and that our press gainey survey results are good. what a contradiciton in ideals.

so, nurses give safe, basic care, when they are lucky. as for the customer satisfaction survey results.............

i wouldn't be a med/surg nurse in the hospital system that i work in, even if they promised to pay my grad-school tution without any repayment plan whatsoever.

just because she is giving nursing, in its current state of affairs, a 1/10, doens't mean she (or he???) needs a new career. maybe she/he just needs a new employer or a different specialty. there are a few good ones left out there.

Nursing - a 10... all the politics, public relations, and paperwork - a 0

angel337, MSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Room.

8.5. if it wasn't for the holidays i would probably rate it 9/10.

3/10 for many of the same reasons critter lover stated.

DolphinRN84, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Med Surg Cardiology.

on a good day, i would rate it to be 8-9/10. there are days where i actually do make a difference for a patient. on a bad day...maybe a 3/10...because of all the crap we go through. overall...a 7/10 :)

i'll give it a 3/10

i like what i do, i really do.

i like taking care of people.

i really like teaching people about their diagnoses, and how to take better care of themselves.

i like spending time with them to dispell the myths, and to teach them what really is important, and why certain "fads" aren't such a good idea.

i love it when i see that "lightbulb" go off over their heads, and they finally "get" it.

(when working in the er, i once took care of a girl with c/o abd pain. in fact, i think it was this past thanksgiving. she wasn't sick at all, but scared to death that her abd pain was really significant. i don't really remember the details, but she had a hepatic cyst (benign), and i spent a great deal of time talking to her about this. she had a very flat affect, and i didn't think i had gotten anywhere. but anyway, i went to every internet site i could find and printed off additional info i could give her, in addition to our generic "abd pain, no diagnosis" d/c instructions. i really didn't think i had gotten anywhere with her at all. imagine my surprise when read her press gainey survey, where she had circled all "5s" and had said how wonderful "nurse kimberly" was -- can't remember exactly what she said, but she had to write that part in. completley shocked me. almost made me a believer in the press-gainey survey concept. )

i love those kinds of moments, where i think i've made a difference. doesn't have to mean saving a life. decreasing anxiety or educating a patient/family can be just as important.

however, there is so much crap in nursing today. they expect us to do more with less. i wrote this in another thread, but good, quality nursing care, where we address the "person as a whole," can be highlhy inefficient (isn't always, but sure can be).

that is where my job dissatisfaction comes in. trying to do more with less -- but not letting your patients (aka "customers") know that you are trying to do more with less-- well, that is why i'm currently pursuing a masters degree in a very non-nursing field.

even when i'm done with my master's degree (if that ever happens :) ), i'll probably still work an occasional prn shift in the nursing environment, just because there are parts of nursing that i will always love. at least the advanced degree in something else will keep me grounded, and remind me that i don't have to put up with the crap.

wonderful post! couldn't have said it better myself.

rnurse2b

Specializes in everywhere.

Most of the time, I would rate it as a 8-9/10, but when upper management decides these silly things for us to do, then 2-3/10 simply because it takes time away from my patients.

thank you. you completely understood me.

i have to say that i completely understand where mystic fish is coming from.

as it stands in most hosptials today, we barely have the time to get our basic work done. absolutely no time at all to go the extra mile and do the things that drew many of us to nursing in the first place.

adminsitraiton only cares that we give safe, basic care. and that our press gainey survey results are good. what a contradiciton in ideals.

so, nurses give safe, basic care, when they are lucky. as for the customer satisfaction survey results.............

i wouldn't be a med/surg nurse in the hospital system that i work in, even if they promised to pay my grad-school tution without any repayment plan whatsoever.

just because she is giving nursing, in its current state of affairs, a 1/10, doens't mean she (or he???) needs a new career. maybe she/he just needs a new employer or a different specialty. there are a few good ones left out there.

I am a new grad, and prior I had been a CNA for over three years. One and a half LTC and one a half acute care. I must admit that prior to this nice long vacation that i've taken in between jobs, I would have rated it a 2/10 (burnt out with so much expected of a CNA, and also not being able to do what I had learned in RN school...) But now with a couple days off, I really miss it!! Even as a very masculine male, I enjoy the customer service, the helping people when they are sick or unable. The little things have disappeared for the time being, and I miss the big picture. Can't wait to start my new neuro-medsurg job! I'm sure i'll be semi-burned by six months, but ya know...so many places to go in nursing. I have so many options, and I am def considering each one...i.e., CRNA, NP, starting a home health agency (after saving the appropriate amount of capital and gaining the proportionate amount of experience and knowledge), etc. I pretty much know that I will not be able to handle (mentally and physically) being a med-surg nurse for 30 more years. I am already 29, and my back is giving me many problems. No offense to those nurses who are in m/s...many props to you! But just not for me...I am out to gain experience and learn as much as I can from my elders and/or peers. And...Help a lot of people along the way! So...right now...i'd say 9/10, cuz there aren't so many careers with this many options, who get that warm fuzz-ly feeling almost every day, and who make as much as an RN does with just an associate's degree!

chuck1234

Specializes in Nurses who are mentally sicked.

Negative Ten....-10...right This Is How Much I Like It.

EricJRN, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU.

I'll go with 9. Good days and bad days, but overall very happy right now.

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