Yes, there are so many options - page 3

Yes, I'd recommend Nursing as a career; there are very few careers that allow the flexibility and options that Nursing does. First of all, there is the satisfaction that you are helping people. ... Read More

  1. by   skhawkins
    Having 20 years of experience in long term care,with no interest in any other area of nursing, I can only answer to this one specialty area.And yes, in this day and age it has become very specialized.With this stated,my answer is a resounding "NO!!!"
    I have always and still do love working with the elderly and Alzheimers afflicted.I understand them(scarey huh?).It has always been the ugly redheaded stepchild of nursing.And this alone can be hard to deal with.These days it is so underfunded and over-regulated that you can't even go to the bathroom with out filling out a form to do so.With the inseption of PPS things are really going to heck fast.I found my "out" by taking an MDS Coordinator position.Now all I have to deal with is the patient,their family(minimally),and a computer.Some forms and careplanning.But very little else.This brings me to my only real positive thing to say about nursing in LTC;Even within the realm of LTC nursing,there are options.I know because I've done them all.From CNA to DON.And everything in between.
    But, if money is your thing,and high stress,"Big Brother" looking in every bodily oraface,constant threats of lawsuits,fines and incarceration,where doing the paperwork is more important than taking care of the patient,and never having the supplies to do the job right,ain't your thing then stay out of LTC.
  2. by   tgale
    All have made good points
    I'm just finishing my pre-nursing studies. If not you then who will do the job. I work 72 hours a week make 25k a year, subject to at least one 4 month deployment to and an area of the world that is in crisis each year not to mention the mandatory training deployments. I am a jack of all trades and a master of none. I am kept poor and ignorant for the purposes of my employers exploitations of which I know not. I am given vaccinations that poison my body. My life is not my own. With any luck and a lot of creative financing I will escape the bonds of BIG BROTHER and join all of you. I have and insatiable desire to help those that are sick and, for knowledge. When my son was born, the Doctors treated him but in was the nurses that took cared of him. This maybe my ignorance speaking, and the grass always seems to be greener on the other side, but I'm feeling a little froggy, I think I'll jump if not only from one pot into another.....
    I like a challenge
  3. by   boscott
    I am a 32 year-old male who will be starting a RN program up in Canada with aspirations to work in California the day after graduation (hopefully SF) any thoughts on starting out in an urban setting and what should I prepare myself for?
  4. by   Tleeves
    Would I reccomend nursing as a career? Yes and no. Yes to those who are going in for the right reasons, certainly no to those who are looking for an easy job with lots of money.
    I have been a nurse for 3 years, and I currently work as a critical care float nurse at a level one trauma center. I was looking for variety, and I found it! I work in all the adult ICUs, the Peds ICUs, the ED, PACU, Peds PACU.... and make around $30 per hour. work, 3 12 hour shifts per week. I have lots of days off to see my husband, and I have lots of opportunitities for continuing education, It is a good situation. The work itself? Exhausting, mentally and physically, there is little support, no one has to time to offer any! So if you are looking for pats on the back, steer clear, but if you are self-motivcated and love to help people, jump right in., The money and hours aren't all that bad. there is a type of nursing to fit any schedule. And you can alwayschange to a new area if you get bored, I have worked Bone Marrow Transplant and Pediatric Home health as well. If you becume a plumber, I dare you to try to beat the flexibility and the diversity, and the educational opportunities.... Nursing isn't for the faint at heart, If you choose nursing, make sure you are going in with your eyes wide open! -Tleeves-
  5. by   larry browne
    I have been a RN since 1979. before that I was a hospial corpsman in the Navy. Since becoming a nurse I have been a Police officer with a Sheriff's dept a Drug rep with Bristol Myers and then an ER nurse ina trama center to house supervisor to presently Managing the Medical Dept in a 400 bed jail and also a 90 bed juvenile detention facility. Where could you have such diverse job opportunities and stay in the medical field. Nursing is a great career.
  6. by   Lynn-rn2be
    I would recommend that anyone considering nursing as a career should start as a CNA to get an idea of the work. Nursing school takes dedication and I'll tell you it is not for everyone. If you go into this field for the right reasons, you will not find a more rewarding occupation anywhere. It is definitely hard work, but when you see the difference you can make in a person's life, it makes it worthwhile. Oh, and if you are going to nursing school, don't plan on having a life because there is no time.

  7. by   vpine1
    I feel that nursing is an incredible field to enter in to with all of the continuing knowledge that we have of the human body. Nursing can be a trying time also with the insurance companies trying to run things. If we can keep our chins up and remember why we went into nursing in the first place, things can look up for us and those we care for.