Nursing is pathetic... - page 22

It's to bad you feel this way I work in the E.R.and am constantly exposed to hiv, hepatitis,and a host of other diseases you can protect yourself. Why did you really go into nursing ws it for the... Read More

  1. by   l.rae
    this post may be old but i think it is vry worthwhile. nd, i admire your honesty, iv'e been a nurse for 22 years. imho, some of the posters that vehamently dissagree with you are either very new and niave, or from the old school (like me) far as the new nurses...eventually they will see you are right on...the profession of nursing has greatly evolved since i started.. i heard one nurse put it eloquently, she said, "used to be when dr.'s came into the nurses station we gave them our we just give them the finger" as for some of the "older nurses" it appears to me that their attitudes have not evolved with their sad. we should be a much more respected profession than we are. those who value the warm fuzzies over the dollars need to change careers and be missionaries. just because our jobs bring personal satisfaction does that mean we should expect less compensation?????i don"t think so! who says plumbers and electritians don't get personal satisfaction from their careers? my husband is an electrition and loves his job...if he gets a pat on the back for a job well done...should he bring home less pay?????? it is this mentality that will hold nursing back....if we can't agree with one voice to raise the bar for nurses concerning respect equal to other comparable careers...nothing will ever change...i plan to leave bedside nursing within 5 years. dear nd sorry to hear you left the bedside....unlike some other judgemental posters, i feel it was the patient's loss....good luck...god bless ya....peace lr:kiss
  2. by   nursewoman
    It's been interesting reading the opinions of all the nurses responding to the subject of recommending nursing as a career. A year ago, I would have said NO!!!!! I have been a nurse for 22 years. I tried public health nursing, ICU nursing, school nursing, ER nursing, IV team, even the Red Cross. I kept trying to find my place but was just not happy. I went to school and became a nurse practitioner. Guess what? I hated it. Last year, I took a position in a prison. Would you believe I really like it? I work Monday through Friday with no weekends, no call, and no holidays. I work day shift with another nurse and we work together to get the job done. It's challenging and requires a lot of autonomy. My point is this: Nursing will never be a perfect job, but you can find happiness if you just keep trying. Reach out and try new things. If it doesn't work, move on. You only have yourself to blame if you sit in the same situation year after year. It won't be easy, but you'll be better off. If you got into nursing for the money, forget it. You're in the wrong profession. Until we can get together and fight for our profession, we will never get a decent salary. We, as a whole, love to turn on each other. I have no problem with anyone wanting to make a better salary for the work we do, and the amount of education we are required to have in order to do our job, but it shouldn't be the only reason to go into a profession. I also don't buy into the "I only want to help others, so money doesn't mean a thing" routine. I want to do something that makes me feel needed and valued. Hang in there everyone. You make a difference whether you know it or not.
  3. by   Faby
    Hi I'm a 43 yers old nurse and I live in URUGUAY. Here we don't make mucha money as you (500 dollaars amonth) And we donn't make as much money as other workers do. I think nursing is ot about making money. to me it is about feeling well helping people and solving health problems, and that's what I do.I worked in ER. ICU, medical surgical areas, pediatrics, and basically that is nursing. Of course sometimes I feel like not being recognized specially when I think of money. But money doesn't make happyness.
  4. by   Cubby
    One of the signs that we have here at my facility sums up nursing for me. "Only a life serving others, is a life worth living"
  5. by   OzNurse69
    I have been thinking of coming over to the US to work on a 12 month contract for some time now. Reasons: gain experience, see the world, make more money! After reading NurseDude's post on the H1B thing, can anyone tell me if I will be welcome, or is that site just an inflammatory page written by a bunch of right wing rednecks (as it appears)?
    I would hate to think that I was doing the right thing and helping to ease your nursing shortage (while at the same time contributing to the shortage over here, but that's a different story!), but in actual fact was putting people's noses out of joint.
  6. by   gwenhyfar
    It has been so interesting to read the comments here. We have happy, productive nurses, and unhappy nurses, and the issue is we do need to be happy at what we do. I look forward to seeing new nurses, and foreign nurses are welcome here where I work. You just need to do what is in your heart, whatever that happens to be. Don't do something just for the money, because it is not worth it.
  7. by   live4today
    I probably already posted a comment to this question...maybe more than once.....I'm just back to rub my response in some more.....and that response was.......YEPPER, I SURELY WOULD RECOMMENED NURSING TO OTHERS. :kiss It's done right by me, so why not!
  8. by   RenayCCRN
    If we could only ban together as a profession and fight for what we believe in as strongly as we complain about what is wrong. All through out history change has been effected by groups of people who ban together and say we will take this any more. Not to say I don't complain about all the same things you do, but why can nurses not ban together. Please name me a profession which national has more members than nursing (RN, LPN, CNA). Hey we should be able to take over the world if we wanted to. We need to get rid of the garbage and raise the bar, I mean get rid of all those who think this is a "job" and are only in it for the money (which is not their) basicly those (and you know who I mean) who are lazzy and could not nurse except for the fact that we end up covering for them because we will not see the patient suffer we are real nurses not immitations. You can lose your licience when you do to many drugs, get caught doing things you do everyday that only a physician can do, or someone just gets mad and calls the board, but what about not adhering to the morales and ethics of a real nurse. I believe if we one by one raised the bar and excepted no less, banned together and stood as one voice we could make things better. What better time than know when nursing is at a explosive peak and one way or another something is going to change, we can either mode that change the way we want it or live with what someone else decided because we like to complain and not act.
    Did nurse not ban together and stop parliment from passing a bill that said we can't work for ourselves why not get a specialty together a sell service back, I don't mean like travel nursing or agency I mean like ER physicians one ICU companies staffs 10-20 hospitals run by nurses. I don't have a business head but if someone else sees the vision it can be done.
  9. by   nursecheryl
    Regardless of what profession we choose in life, if after we are in it and find it is the wrong choice it is time to move on. I would suggest strongly that anyone who chooses to leave make sure you keep up your credit hours as a nurse and keep paying for your licence so that you can come back if once again you don't like your next chosen profession. I realize this may be what you are saying out of anger for some reason I'm unaware. I hope you don't let your dissatisfaction effect your nursing care. :crying:
  10. by   joenp
    I have been a nurse for 18 years, and an NP for 4 years. I came to nursing from social work, where I was just earning minimum wage. I now work as a Nursing educator and a part time NP. I have not run into many of the problems that ND and Slug have run into in their careers. I guess I have been lucky. I also keep my practice varied, from med surg, to ICU, to clinic and outpatient and inpatient mental health. I too have seen many nurses in mental health facilities, but it was not always because of their job. I like what MIRN has to say and I think that this nurse has found a way to maintain his/her ideal in the career. I have needed to move on to other aspects of nursing when I started to feel the burned out syndrome. I have not run out of options yet. I too feel that ND should move out of PA, and pursue nursing in other states. Just because Penn. cannot do it right does not mean that the rest of the country is going to fail. That is just a shortcoming of the way nursing is handled in the healthcare organization that ND works at. ND, look at where you want to be in 5 years and you may find that nursing is not in your future, and I think that we would all be happy for you, if you did something else for a while. You may find something that you really like doing, and may never return. Yet, don't put those of us who like it, down because of our beliefs and opinions. I hope that you find a solution to your delimma soon before it really does more damage to your person. Joenp
  11. by   researchrabbit
    I've been a middle school teacher. I've worked in advertising. I've been an editor. I've written a book (unsold, alas). I've been a secretary, worked every kind of fast food there is and done reservations for Howard Johnson's in French & Spanish. I've been an artist's model. I've done housekeeping. I've even sold on Ebay (still there, actually!). Now I'm a nurse. I wouldn't consider any of the jobs I've done pathetic. I've enjoyed aspects of them all. Each has had its own set of frustrations, too!

    In addition, I've taken hours in computer science, agriculture, English Lit and counseling. Decided none of these were for me. Hypnosis courses are next, maybe that will be a nice sideline.

    Still don't know what I'll be when I grow up. :chuckle

    I think if you are unhappy in your job you should consider a switch (it's not hard -- see the varied stuff I've done above and I'm only 45. I'm not rich, either). If you try something different and you are STILL unhappy, it's probably time to look within for a solution.
  12. by   JonRN
    Greetings all, I would not recommend nursing to males for a career. I am 62 and retired now with one of the worst backs on the planet, you know why? Because my sister nurses came and got me every time some one needed to be gotten OOB, turned or anything else that required heavy lifting. Now I am a cripple sitting at home while they are probably on a beach somewhere.

    I did my work and about half of theirs, what do I have to show for it now? Zippo. I worked at the VA in the SICU in case anyone cares. I was always a critical care nurse my whole career, nothing was too tough for me until my back went kerblooey. I finally wound up with a spinal fusion with instrumentation. Would I recommend nursing as a career choice? NO WAY!!!!!!
  13. by   Glad2behere
    Wow! What a mean thread! And so old! Thia absolutely unbelievable! I have never in my life seen so much crying at bellyaching over nothing! Good Gosh, get a grip...nursing is a piece of cake.

    I have worked as a nurse, a mechanic at an auto dealership, salesperson and salesmanager at a dealership in charge of 20 salesmen, a truckdriver ( made Dallas to Boston roundtrip over 3600 miles TWICE in a week) for 5 years, framing carpenter for 2 years, owned my own car lot for 17 years making nite car auctions 3,4,5 nites a week after working all day, so I am going to say there is a whole lot worse things you can do.

    Me, I don't mind at all working my little ole 3 days a week 12hr shifts. And if I want to make some money, I can easily work 5.
    About a 100K per year. Such a hard program!

    If you want stress, try having a banker call and telling you he's calling the note on that half mil he loaned you. That'll make the ole sphincter bite down.

    There is whole lot worse things than nursing, and I've been there done that...God, am I