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No need to be upset at the truth! Change careers

Specializes in Neuro ICU/Trauma/Emergency.

One thing that has baffled me on this website is individuals always are up in arms when the truth is, if you have no passion for the profession you need to make life decisions for yourself. Most individuals come on allnurses.com to complain about the nursing profession, long hours, nursing staff, arrogant doctors. The truth is, this is not Mcdonalds where you work the job because it's a requirement for survival. You entered into college and chose a profession that makes you miserable, spent countless hours studying a subject that you have no interest in, and entered the work field to make others who are passionate about their careers miserable. Yet, many complain that the healthcare field has taken a turn for the worse. Has it ever occurred to those same individuals, if there was no passion for the career to begin with there would be none after starting your first, second, third, or even tenth position?

Maybe it's my family values that taught me, if I don't love what I do there is no way I will ever be successful in life. Success is not defined by the basic salary, but level of contentment with my life all together.

So I say, if you hate nursing make life decisions so the rest of us can enjoy our jobs.

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Altra, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency & Trauma/Adult ICU.

Thanks for the post, griffinchet. It's not unique to nursing, either. Plenty of folks in all fields wake up one day and say, "I just don't want to do this anymore ..." The average adult's work life spans 40 or more years ... in that time it's not out of the question that abilities, preferences and priorities will change.

You are blaming the victim.

Many nurses entered the field with high hopes to be able to care for the sick.

Corporate society has taken that from us... with their goal of PROFITS!

Don't we wish we could move on to a job that didn't beat us up.... it is simply not do- able for the vast majority...

therefore,,,

allow us the luxury to vent.

RNGriffin

Specializes in Neuro ICU/Trauma/Emergency.

You are blaming the victim.

Many nurses entered the field with high hopes to be able to care for the sick.

Corporate society has taken that from us... with their goal of PROFITS!

Don't we wish we could move on to a job that didn't beat us up.... it is simply not do- able for the vast majority...

therefore,,,

allow us the luxury to vent.

You are a self inflicted victim. Although there may have been economic tough times, what would make you choose such a serious career field for the sake of a dollar? I cant--->>

That Guy, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency/Cath Lab.

You are a self inflicted victim. Although there may have been economic tough times, what would make you choose such a serious career field for the sake of a dollar? I cant--->>

$$$ speaks....volumes at that. I hate to say it but I like nursing because it does allow me to have a lot better life than if I was a medic. It simply pays a lot more. Am I terrible person for that?

RNGriffin

Specializes in Neuro ICU/Trauma/Emergency.

$$$ speaks....volumes at that. I hate to say it but I like nursing because it does allow me to have a lot better life than if I was a medic. It simply pays a lot more. Am I terrible person for that?

I am not implying you are a terrible human being if nursing provides you a sense of security financially. Would I volunteer to nurse if my bills were behind, probably so. But, I would also have another place of employment. Would I run off to get an accounting degree tomorrow because they are now in high demand & well compensated, absolutely not! This is the logic I can't understand about some individuals. They're so fickle to whatever is paying well, and never finding security in the basis of the passion.

Nursing today, accounting tomorrow, computers next week, and a pilot next year!!

Where is your assumption that all nurses that are unhappy with their career choice are only in it for the money coming from? My personal experience is that the majority of nurses that I know who are unhappy with nursing are unhappy because they believe the wage scale is not commensurate with the level of responsibility and liability the job entails. In my nursing class, the majority of students were second career people, who switched careers not because they wanted more money but because they found their previous choices unrewarding on personal or professional levels. I graduated in 1996 during better economic times and the majority of my cohorts(about 80 percent) continue to work in nursing in some capacity.

RNGriffin

Specializes in Neuro ICU/Trauma/Emergency.

Where is your assumption that all nurses that are unhappy with their career choice are only in it for the money coming from? My personal experience is that the majority of nurses that I know who are unhappy with nursing are unhappy because they believe the wage scale is not commensurate with the level of responsibility and liability the job entails. In my nursing class, the majority of students were second career people, who switched careers not because they wanted more money but because they found their previous choices unrewarding on personal or professional levels. I graduated in 1996 during better economic times and the majority of my cohorts(about 80 percent) continue to work in nursing in some capacity.

If the shoe fits wear it, if it doesn't pass it along. The original post was geared at the individuals who state nursing is a choice only for money. As I stated, we are all stressed at some point. Am I happy everyday with my job, no! Will I jump the gun to say "I hate nursing"; absolutely not! --->>>

For a lot of people their work is but a small part of their identity, they don't have to be passionate about work in order to feel successful at work or in life as a whole. WHat they do is such a small part of who they are that they don't need that validation. I sometimes wish I was more like that. Research sAys the average adult changes careers six times during a lifetime. I'm pretty sure not all those changes are motivated by changing passions.

RNGriffin

Specializes in Neuro ICU/Trauma/Emergency.

For a lot of people their work is but a small part of their identity, they don't have to be passionate about work in order to feel successful at work or in life as a whole. WHat they do is such a small part of who they are that they don't need that validation. I sometimes wish I was more like that. Research sAys the average adult changes careers six times during a lifetime. I'm pretty sure not all those changes are motivated by changing passions.

Predictable post! I am aware that work is not the entire being of my existence or of yours. Yet, the decisions I make in my life reflect who I am. Therefore, my career is a reflection of who I am and what I will be remembered for.

Judgmental, much?

to the OP, incompetent managament has contributed to the downfall of health care.

Many bright, enthusiastic people enter nursing with the best of intentions only to have their first

job suck the life out of them.

I think management forgets they were once (or should have been) a new nurse that actually cared.

I agree with OP. A career is loving what you do. If you don't love what you do than maybe just maybe it's not for you. Yeah it's ok to complain sometimes but if it is draining you of being who you really want to be. Or it's making you flat out miserable...DONT DO IT...I get irritated when I hear people saying they go into nursing just for the money..and most of the time those are the nurses walking around making patients feel uncomfortable because they carry that negative attitude around with them.

applewhitern, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

With over 3 million Registered Nurses in the United States, I certainly don't take the comments I read here as a true sampling of how people feel about their jobs. Most of the comments I have read here are from people who want to be a nurse, and simply have to vent about a current situation they are in. Some are merely seeking validation for what they are going thru, or feeling. Besides, you came on here to vent, didn't you?

Be careful up there on that high horse, people occasionally fall off. It has been known to happen. How many years have you been a nurse?

JZ_RN

Specializes in Oncology.

LOL OH PLEASE. I LOVE patient care. I LOVE what I do. I don't love being treated like a disposable commodity, instead of a human being. I don't love when people treat me with disrespect like I'm a slave or worse, and I don't love unsafe working conditions that make work unpleasant and make patients unsafe. If you're complacent and okay with unsafe working conditions and poor patient care, please continue to hold our profession back and accept being treated like a customer service rep with a stethoscope. For myself, I'll keep trying to make nursing what I know it can be, mostly pleasant and rewarding, and most of all, safe care for patients.

The only person who can change you is you, and you are the only person you can change. I dislike the fact that there are a lot of nurses who are unhappy with their jobs and I wonder why they would have put so much effort into getting where they are if they weren't passionate about becoming a nurse, but why let that get to you so much? Are your co-workers really making your job miserable? Then you are allowing them to do that. You have the ability to look at the world in an entirely different light, it is what you make it. You know those people who are always smiling and have a positive attitude? The one's who seem like everything is going great in their lives and they would do anything for anyone and never expect anything in return? The one's who love their job and their spouse and their friends and family? I want to be that person, I want to love my job, and feel grateful and blessed each and everyday. If you want to be that person, than BE that person. You don't have to allow these people to make you angry, and when it comes to this site you don't even have to read their posts but I agree with whover said "give them a place to vent", this site is a perfect place for venting and the best part is, you don't have to listen to any of it.

I used to have a passion for nursing, but it has been stomped out of me. I went into nursing to care for patients, not to pinch pennies at the expense of patient care at the direction of insurance companies and profit seeking hospitals. I guess I am wondering why you feel compelled to toot your horn?

it's ok to vent but when somethings tearing you apart CLEARLY let it go..or find out what makes you happy...When you LOVE doing something and it is WHAT YOU WANT TO DO...it can't be stopped...it can't be put out..when you are ready to give up and you don't bounce back and you just keep going down hill...there is just no point unless you want to live on as a miserable nurse...We all have bad times...but if your bad times out-weigh your good times...hey its not for you let it go..

Ever see the movie Office Space? If you had a billion dollars what would you do all day ? The reality is, passion does not pay the bills. The reason you get paid to work, it's WORK. Otherwise they would not need to pay people to do it. If we all did what we love, there would be very few people scrubbing the toilets. But you see, the toilets still need to be scrubbed. The world is not the same when you take off your rose colored glasses.

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