Quote from lancerRN
WOW!! This sounds like a WONDERFUL profession! Not one has stated anything really positive here, except that it is "not for the faint at heart." Which means what by the way?? So if there is nothing positive in your field WHY ARE YOU IN IT??
I said "there's so much more"..........meaning the positives, which I thought too many to list. You're initial question was "is it as bad as they say".
"Not for the faint-hearted" means it's not a cushy job. You have to be strong emotionally and physically and able to handle stress. People are sick and dying under your care. It's a blood and guts, smelly, stressful, back-breaking job. Best to know that from the get go. No need to sugar coat that for people considering nursing.
As I suggested, many of us stay in nursing despite all that because we have a passion for caring for people when they aren't at their best, for teaching, for making a difference in people's lives. It also is a nice middle income, with the opportunity for variety and advancement, overtime and stability in the coming years.
I'm sorry you didn't get that in my post, and I hope that I've clarified it.
Also, remember this is a bulletin board where many of us come to talk about things, to vent our concerns, to share the negative so we can get help and cope. So it kind of skews nursing in a negative direction.
Yes, there are plenty of nurses that hate nursing and wouldn't recommend it. I don't know why they stay in nursing. I'd like to know that myself.