does anyone really like nursing? - page 2
:twocents:Does anyone really like nursing...be honest! I work for several agencies and go to many, many places. To find satisfied staff is near impossible. The facilities are always short (esp.... Read More
Sep 6, '06I couldn't imagine doing anything else. So yes I do love nursing. (most days)
There are days that I can't believe I actually paid money to do this! LOL
Mostly, it is the politics that drive one nuts!!!!!!!!
Sep 6, '06Quote from TheCommuterSo true!!I agree. In my opinion there's too many 'chiefs' and not enough 'indians' in nursing. Much of the so-called 'nursing shortage' is attributable to the fact that so many nurses are in management and not enough are working at the bedside.
The worst part of that for me is seeing so many "Indians" over the years getting promoted to "chief" and suddenly having all of theses high standards and theories about what quality patient care is.
Standards I'd failed to have seen working alongside them as fellow staff members.
Most recently, a night nurse who could barely keep her eyes open and stay awake for her night shifts is now the night administrator.
Of course now makes a point of going around the units trying to catch people sleeping on the job and goes on and on about how unfair and unsafe that is to the patient.
Apparently it wasn't unsafe all the years she was doing it because she got promoted.
Yes, we really don't need any more fancy title's with offices telling us how to do what we've all gone to school and became licensed for.
It's a big reason why I have disliked particular nursing positions.
Some RN "head of this or that" with an alphabet soup after his/her name saunters down to my unit looking for whatever "violation" or what have you, knowing that we are working with a skeleton crew and doing the best we can as it is, has no intention on pitching in or helping out, but wants us to stop so that he/she can lecture us on what we are doing wrong today.
Sep 6, '06Yes I love nursing wouldn't consider doing anything else. some days are better than others but what job is prefect?
I don't agree with the op poster it is not a business, it is a passion, about compassion the desire to help and care for others. Money is not the reason to do the job, if it is you are in the wrong place. You will quickly hate it.
Sep 7, '06Considering all I have lost, I wish I could take someone's place. I'd love to be in nursing again.
Sep 12, '06Yes I love nursing and Yes there are days that I question why I am a nurse. But, I hate the system not the career. Whenever I am feeling down about my career choice it never fails that someone will do something that totally makes me realize why I became a nurse in the first place.
Like for example getting something as simple as a thankyou or hug from a family member or a patient. I had a little girl come up to me and thank me for being her Mommies nurse...I even received a cute little picture from this child. That was last year and it still hangs on my fridge.
The corporate part of nursing absolutely stinks...being able to connect a little with patients and their families is the most wonderful feeling in the world. Every day a family member makes me smile. And that is what it is all about for me...making someone else feel better or at least at ease about their current situation.
Sep 12, '06what else was I born to do? If I got paid my amazing wage by petting cats 24/7 I'd be doing that instead. Giving back to the world every shift by doing what I was born to do and getting paid well for it, well who could ask for more. Pardon the passionate gooey post but I guess I love nursing even after 20 yrs. Of course I do my share of griping about all the wrongs in the world and I don't live thru rose coloured glasses.
Oct 4, '06All of my instructors LOVE their jobs and can't praise nursing enough...and all the nurses on the floors I have been on seem to truly love their work and there is a very positive working vibe. of course, the majority of my clinicals have been at MGH where nurses stay their entire careers it seems, so I guess it's a biased sample...
Oct 14, '06I left to do other kinds of nursing, (prison nursing, administration in a skilled facility) I even got a grad certificate to try doing Information Technology. Found myself missing acute care in the ED. Took me two years and a refresher course to get back and happy I did. There are days when I want to scream and quit but they a few and far between but I am no different then anyone else. Many days I am just glad I came back. A nurse is who I am and will continue to be. When you think about quitting just remember the grass is not greener on the other side. I tell people who want to quit nursing, before you do it do some soul searching is it the profession or the job. There is no shame in admitting you do not like where you are working I have worked in some horrible places that I would not take my turlt to, it is ok to move on try another type of nursing another hospital another unit another specialty there is soooo much out there. Once you get one year of nursing under your belt the world is your oyster.
Oct 22, '06I work for several agencies....just take your pick after you have called them and asked their rates, etc. The downside is the cancellations but if you have several agencies and you are flexible with your schedule (I'm not) you can do very well. The good thing is you can circulate and keep it interesting all the time. Right now, I have quite a few of flu clinics I do before I do my 2nd shift..and lately I won't even bother with the second shift when I do the clinics..just for the free time.. good luck.