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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 9 of Nursing Is No Longer Worth It. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

kbrn2002 has 25 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Geriatrics, Dialysis.

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Yet another reason why I am glad I don't work in acute care. The largest of the hospital systems in my region just announced yesterday they were permanently laying off 900 more people.  This is on top of the 1000 plus that were already laid off either permanently or supposedly  temporarily. They are citing loss of revenue related to COVID 19 as the reason. This despite the fact that they posted huge profit margins every quarter for years and are continuing full steam ahead with their ambitious construction and expansion plans. 

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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Well written. You are preaching to the choir .

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Hoosier_RN has 27 years experience as a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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2 hours ago, kbrn2002 said:

Yet another reason why I am glad I don't work in acute care. The largest of the hospital systems in my region just announced yesterday they were permanently laying off 900 more people.  This is on top of the 1000 plus that were already laid off either permanently or supposedly  temporarily. They are citing loss of revenue related to COVID 19 as the reason. This despite the fact that they posted huge profit margins every quarter for years and are continuing full steam ahead with their ambitious construction and expansion plans. 

And new grads now wondering "where are the jobs? Why can't I get hired at the hospital?" Welcome to the bad side of nursing. Before anyone flames ne on that, I believe its going to be the new normal

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6 minutes ago, Hoosier_RN said:

And new grads now wondering "where are the jobs? Why can't I get hired at the hospital?" Welcome to the bad side of nursing. Before anyone flames ne on that, I believe its going to be the new normal

Realistic. Have to keep up that profit margin and vanity grade projects to woo the public.

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Neanderdoll is a ASN, BSN, CNA, LPN, RN and specializes in BSN, RN.

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I would never suggest this career path for anyone I cared about. Nursing has been incredibly demoralizing for me, especially over that last ten years. It became worse with obtaining my LPN credentials, then absolutely intolerable with my BSN, RN. I got out of bedside and went to private practice. That made all the difference. My body doesn’t feel so abused and my heart and mind are flourishing. I feel I’m more appreciated in my 9 months of private practice than my entire 25 years as a licensed nurse. I was valued less as a licensed nurse than when I was a CNA. That says something. For me, the massive pay decrease was definitely worth saving my sanity.

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I have been a nurse for 20 years. My body is tired, my back is tired, and I 💯 percent agree! This article is everything I’ve been trying to say and then some. I wish I had answers! I love my patients, I however no longer can be treated like a piece of equipment. 

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herring_RN specializes in Critical care, tele, Medical-Surgical.

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I earned my LVN at age 30 after working many other jobs. I was fortunate to work where the staff, nurses, respiratory, housekeepers, all who worked there had a culture of cooperation. Having parties for each birthday, attending CE classes together, breakfast after working nights, and such continued our friendships. We welcomed new hires and helped them join our caring group. 

When our religious hospital was purchased by a corporation we gave them a chance until they cut RN staff by 40%, cut pharmacists by 50% and replaced LVNs with the dietary staff they laid off hiving them two days training, one of which was BLS. We unionized and eventually were sold to an excellent system. We worked for the California ratio law. https://govt.westlaw.com/calregs/Document/I8612C410941F11E29091E6B951DDF6CE?viewType=FullText&originationContext=documenttoc&transitionType=CategoryPageItem&contextData=(sc.Default)

I worked full time until age 65 when I had Medicare and didn't need employer insurance anymore. (At age 41 I finished my RN.)

My last two years I was "rare Per Diem"  required to be available for one weekend shift a month. I mostly did break relief from 11:00 to 3:00 am or pm. Often after everyone had their breaks I would stay to admit patients so worked 11 to 7 day or night. My last months before retirement I only worked days.

WE current and former employees remain friends and until this virus continued to have parties, attend weddings, funerals and events with each other. I was fortunate to join such a great group and do my part to bring new people into it.  We have been frightened, short staffed, insulted by so called 'superiors' and almost all of us worked together to improve conditions rather than just complaining. Without all of us burnout could have ruined an excellent group of hospital workers. 

Even on my worst shifts I believe we helped people cope with their illness or injury. Nurses and caregiver do useful valuable work.

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I once had a nursing instructor tell me that nursing is not a job, it is a life calling.

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Tenebrae has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Mental Health, Gerontology, Palliative.

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On 4/16/2020 at 1:11 PM, AnonymousSuper said:

I presume you're a nursing student or plan to be? Either way, you'll know soon enough of what I speak. You obviously lack experience and wisdom about the profession based upon this response. This isn't your fault of course.

Do nursing school. Become a nurse. Do bed side care for 5 years and come back to this post. Your view of the world and the profession will be different.

I've been a nurse for eight years now. Sure, there are things that drive me up the wall overall its been a good career decision. I do wonder if being a nurse in a captialist profit driven health service is different to working in a single payer system

 

Sure, I go to work and do the best job I can do, at the end of the day my wellbeing comes before my employer and if I need to I'll phone in sick. I dont understand this whole matyr thing

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lregister has 13 years experience and specializes in LD, MOBA, TRAUMa.

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Completely agree with the post. Nursing is not what it used to be and certainly not what it should be.

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