If you had a reset button, would you choose nursing again?

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nurse2be13

nurse2be13

137 Posts

No I would not

NewGradRN114

NewGradRN114

28 Posts

I'm going to have to say no. I thought there was a nursing shortage when I first started nursing school four years ago but now that I have graduated and cannot find a job I realize there is no shortage. Or there is one and the government just doesn't want to spend the money to provide proper staffing. I still love being a nurse though and I like working with patients but it's a little discouraging to not be able to find a job.

Orion81RN

Has 7 years experience. 962 Posts

After each shift I would have a different answer to this question. Some days I'm at my limit and say out loud to my coworkers, "I'm DONE."

Other days I can't imagine doing anything else.

Marshall1

Marshall1

989 Posts

No. Nope. Nada.

peabozzle

peabozzle

38 Posts

depends on the day....I really do like my job & I am good at it. It provides me with financial stability & independence. I didn't become a nurse until my early 30's. I am 15 years in & am exhausted. Its physically, emotionally, & mentally exhausting. I am a Team Leader & am responsible for about 30 people & my director has checked out. Nursing was never my "dream". I wanted a job I could do anywhere so I never had to depend on anyone. Ultimately, I guess I wish I had started earlier & gone a little farther....maybe an NP. Or, maybe I should have followed that instinct in 1st year nursing school to change my major to pharmacy.....

dawniepoo

223 Posts

No. Bad choice on my part, although I love the idea of nursing and I love the science. In today's healthcare state, it's a miserable profession. I know I would have felt different 30 years ago.

SunnyPupRN

SunnyPupRN

Specializes in Psych. 3 Articles; 289 Posts

No. Or maybe if I had gone to a better school, one that I felt prepared me better for the real job.

Not sure, to be honest. I love the patients most of the time, but sooo many things keep you from being the nurse you want to be that it can be so disappointing. And more just gets piled on... I keep hoping I just haven't found "my place" in the nursing world yet.

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