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Nursing Is No Longer Worth It

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AnonymousSuper has 8 years experience and specializes in Supervisor.

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Is Nursing Worth the Risk?

Nurses are treated like expendable pieces of meat that are readily replaced like a disposable dead battery. Covid-19 is the straw that has finally broken the camel's back for me and now I'm ready to leave nursing completely. You only live once in this life. If you happen to discover this article and you're considering a career in nursing, I would urge you to turn around and look elsewhere. You are reading page 5 of Nursing Is No Longer Worth It. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

HiddenAngels has 7 years experience.

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On 4/14/2020 at 11:35 AM, 2BS Nurse said:

"Don't buy us pizza, baked goods, and crappy nurse's day prizes. Give us better pay and better benefits". Yes, this is insulting. How about the piece of clothing that's free advertising?

uuuuuh HELLO! Amen to this!

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Daisy4RN has 20 years experience and specializes in Travel, Home Health, Med-Surg.

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3 hours ago, HiddenAngels said:
3 hours ago, HiddenAngels said:

I agree also. My favorite was the T-shirt with the company logo that we were expected to buy ourselves. What?! You can guess how many people accepted that "gift".

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AnonymousSuper has 8 years experience and specializes in Supervisor.

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19 hours ago, HiddenAngels said:

"an expendable piece of meat"... "a dead battery"....uhhh sir/ma'am, ..you killed me... LOL

I'm a guy.

On 4/14/2020 at 6:36 PM, jobellestarr said:

Yes ma’am, right there with you. (Or sir))

I'm in the 10% of nursing. I'm a guy.

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AnonymousSuper has 8 years experience and specializes in Supervisor.

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On 4/16/2020 at 7:04 PM, Willcont2montr said:

All this hero talk ...when a nurse dies there is no trumpets there is no ceremony.

They say " Nancy died...can you work an overnight? "

Truth. 100%.

We don't get ceremonies. We get pizza parties. Raise your bread stick in honoring Nancy...

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10 hours ago, AnonymousSuper said:

Truth. 100%.

We don't get ceremonies. We get pizza parties. Raise your bread stick in honoring Nancy...

Absolutely correct on that one! No one was caping for nurses until this pandemic. Overworked, underpaid and expected to do miracles without any complaints. What the hell is a pizza party supposed do for me...half of the time it’s not even quality pizza but the rinky dink stuff from a C-Grade restaurant! The level of disrespect, humiliation, and ingratitude we go through with management just do to our jobs on a regular basis is sometimes not even worth it.

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HiddenAngels has 7 years experience.

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5 hours ago, Millennial Nurse87 said:

Absolutely correct on that one! No one was caping for nurses until this pandemic. Overworked, underpaid and expected to do miracles without any complaints. What the hell is a pizza party supposed do for me...half of the time it’s not even quality pizza but the rinky dink stuff from a C-Grade restaurant! The level of disrespect, humiliation, and ingratitude we go through with management just do to our jobs on a regular basis is sometimes not even worth it. 

The other thing that boggles my brain about this whole situation is the lack of the presence of mgmt, the infectious disease nurse dogging us about wearing too much or too little PPE, JCAHO waltzing through the halls, ...where yall at now fighting for us when it matters?

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mmc51264 has 8 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes.

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I have to say that my organization has been amazing! Making us feel wanted valued, important and making sure we are safe. They are redeploying people that worksites are shut down (ambulatory surg facility). I work on an ortho floor and there are no electives going on. They have found jobs for us and if we are put on call, we don't have to use our PTO. Leadership has been visible and helpful. I feel truly blessed. Will never work for anyone else. ❤️

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jpicurn has 19 years experience and specializes in PICU, peds, nursing instructor.

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I agree with a lot of the posters listed here. I have been a nurse for over 23 years; when I started, fresh out of school @ 21 years old, I was going to "make a difference!" Earn a decent living. Travel. Be a blessing to others.

Nursing takes it's toll on your professional life, personal life, and aspects you never consider...I cannot even tell you how many Christmas dinners I missed with my extended family, or birthday celebrations, baby showers, weddings, and funerals. I can tell you I have missed my kids sports events, concerts, and some field trips. I have juggled and struggled and cried buckets of tears on my way to work because I could not do it all. Or on my way home from a shift because a child died and now I need to go home and wrangle my own family out the door to work and school and it doesn't seem right or fair....

It has been a mix of joy and pain, to say the least.

But overall, I have had some wonderful coworkers and teammates that I love and miss dearly. I have had some awful ones too, ones I do not miss and that clouded my vision of nursing and care. I have worked in lots of different areas of nursing, from adult hem onc and hospice, to peds, PICU, and pediatric surgery preop and PACU and adult surgery PACU. I have taught nursing, fundamentals and pediatrics, clinicals and online. And now, I have *landed* in public health nursing.

I don't know that I would recommend nursing, or what I would say, but I will admit my lovely rose colored glasses have come off over the years. When I see my students, eager and excited, to learn about nursing, I am both reminded of where I came from and where I am now, and what a journey it has been. I am not discouraging, but I am realistic....

That being said, there are always "places" for nurses, and jobs, and you can find, and something you can do. So I usually tell them some version of that. I have been able to work nights when I had young kids at home, weekends when I needed to be home more during the week, days when I needed some weekends and nights off, and have flexed my schedule all around to suit my family, and most jobs don't have that.

Nurses in general are usually overworked and overtired. Either from work or home. I did 20+ years of hospital nursing, never calling in sick, always coming in early and staying late, and at the end of the day....truly....nobody cares. It's that simple. I did not get a grand finale, a final bonus, a "hey you will be missed!" email, nothing....I put in my notice when I had enough, and got some nice texts from coworkers, and poof....I was gone. And that is pretty heartbreaking, but only to me and my family.

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11blade is a RN and specializes in OR.

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On 4/14/2020 at 8:27 AM, AnonymousSuper said:
he personal effects it has on your life.

Amen, sister! The COVID thing has just exposed to the rest of the world what we who have been slogging along in this dysfunctional system have known all along. We truly ARE expendable! Advertise pay a few dollars higher than what some nurse in Podunk, Ms, Tx, La, etc. is making and they will drive nite & day to fill that position. Dangerous? No problem! Could lose your life, or, cause your family to lose their lives? Pay a few dollars more and there will be a warm body in that overcrowded ER/ICU/makeshift ICU in the PACU, etc..

I have worked contract for the past 20 years to be able to control my work schedule as to where and when I work. There is no work for what I do right now. There are 500 contract operating room nurses looking at or applying for the 5-10 travel jobs that are at places that you wouldn't take your dog to. I'm not just sitting out, but actively seeking work in any thing OTHER than nursing...not because I'm afraid of COVID19...I fear the idiots that are going to stampede the GDP (general dumb public) into operating rooms in ASC's and hospitals in the next two weeks.

The NIH recommendation to add as much as 30 minutes to OR turnover times because of the droplet contamination during intubation and extubation is going to drive some surgeons WACKY, as if they weren't already whining about turnover time. That process change 'might' happen on the first day, until the big swinging dick in the OR screams at administration about turn over time. I KNOW that OR's will jump back to 'bidness' as usual, and then it's ON for the SECOND wave of infections.

I left the last OR job I had in February, listening to idiot co-workers poo-poo the virus, "I'll just do the usual hot toddy tonite & I'll be good to come back to work tomorrow (through dripping nose and coughing)"....nice. I fear going to work with those morons MORE than going into a grocery store!

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CaffeinePOQ4HPRN has 10 years experience as a BSN, MSN, LPN, RN.

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On 4/14/2020 at 8:44 AM, A Hit With The Ladies said:

Have you considered treating those healthcare organizations as expendable as well? We live in a capitalist country where everyone's worth and value is determined by their market value they provide for an organization.

It doesn't matter if you're a nurse or not. You'll see the identical patterns among attorneys in Biglaw, among physicians in giant hospital networks and group practices, among engineers in corporate offices (ever heard of Dilbert comics?), among computer scientists/software engineers at the big tech companies, and most other educated professions.

Your job is and always will be "just a job". If you make your nursing career your identity, then suppose your state board of nursing took away your nursing license - who are you, then?

Create value in the marketplace and leverage yourself.

Kinda agree with this! Leverage yourself to work the crooked system for whatever you can milk it for... and find ways to help others along the way. At least at the end of the day, nurses are helping people while earning their living. You can always help people away from the bedside. I don't discount the OPs feelings, because we've all been there! But we also know the literal **** we all dug through to get the BScN and RN. Don't give it up for anyone. You can utilize it away from the bedside. Most industries are sadly profit over people driven, you have to find a way to swim in it and keep your head above the water. Don't make nursing who you are... it's what you do. And it's a good thing to do with a life, but you don't have to stick in the roles that people think nurses belong in. We belong everywhere 😉. I challenge every employer who has ever hired me on this one, and if they ever dared to question me... I'd be happy to make their statements public in a way they would certainly regret. So, wedge yourself in wherever you think you'd be comfortable and belong. Be pushy, don't ask where you can sit. Pull out a chair and tell them... this is where I sit and you're gonna pay me to sit here.

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On 4/16/2020 at 8:04 PM, Willcont2montr said:

They say " Nancy died...can you work an overnight? "

It is so refreshing to see all the honest answers from nurses, I once was floored on how other nurses can be bamboozled into the hospital political verbiage of “we are like a family, we value you” I now see they knew and kept silent and prehaps with covid less silent. But this statement ^ Is the so accurate. I think there should be less shelter of hospital culture in nursing school. I think thats where the first disconnect happens.

On 4/20/2020 at 6:27 AM, HiddenAngels said:

The other thing that boggles my brain about this whole situation is the lack of the presence of mgmt, the infectious disease nurse dogging us about wearing too much or too little PPE, JCAHO waltzing through the halls, ...where yall at now fighting for us when it matters?

Furloughed most likely 

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