Discouraged by Nurses who hate their job - page 7

So I am VERY excited about nursing, I will find out in two weeks if I am accepted into the RN Program. It really interests me and seems like something I will enjoy. The only thing that bothers me is... Read More

  1. by   twocats
    Hi there,

    I am a student nurse, and it always strikes me as strange, that amount of nurses I meet who are cranky and crabby on the job. I also have two friends who are nurses and who complain that they don't have a life, and advise me to choose another career. But I love nursing. It fills me up like nothing else I've tried, and I've worked in many other sectors, including teaching, nannying and working in a bookshop. I think that it's all up to you to not depend on other people's attitudes or experiences, because there will always be people who are negative by nature and who enjoy complaining. When I have a tough day, I make myself remember what I love about what I do, and I make it my "go to" thought, and that gets me through.

    Keep going! We'll make it there!

    PS* the hours are long, though, but hey - that's life! And I think that many jobs nowadays have long hours where you have to do lots of work at home as well as in the work place. I'm glad I'm going to be a nurse! And there are never shortages of nursing jobs, too, I believe.
  2. by   fsuandrea
    I recently volunteered in a large orthopedic hospital and shadowed OR nurses and a CRNA. Thats when I knew I could do this. Their stress level is relatively low, and most of them said they really like their jobs, the doctors were great and everyone had a good attitude, even in the OR the staff would make jokes or talk about what they were going to do for the weekend.. This must be a rarity because after looking at this forum everyone hates the staff and docs.. I did ask the CRNA if he were to do it again would he? and he said if he had to go back to floor nursing he would choose a different profession.. he said the best thing he did was work nights on ICU long enough to get accepted to CRNA school, he now loves his profession and it made me want to become a CRNA. I certainly hope to get a job working for this hospital when I'm done with NS!
  3. by   CinDRnyc
    Awesome thanks for the encouragement!
  4. by   CinDRnyc
    "I HATE being told how, when, where, and with what tools or devices to do it with"
    This is the part of Nursing that I don't think I will like as well. That is part of the reason that I want to eventually be a Nurse Practitioner. I want to have more control over care and not be TOLD how to do everything.

    Does this aspect of nursing bother anyone else? It would be nice to not feel like I'm the only one......
  5. by   cookie91
    I did not read much of this forum, but i am very glad I found it. This has been on my mind for soooo long. I think it depends on what kind of nurse you are. I wonder which are the "happy" nurses.

    We have one life to live. One precious life. I always wonder when I turn 50 or 60 how I would feel about my accomplishments. Would I feel happy that I pursued nursing. Did I make a difference in the world? Not only on the patients that I would help but also on my family.

    I am having a hard time figuring out if nursing is for me. The negative comments that i read, see and hear about nursing is not helping. Just recently I spoke with a girl in my physiology class and I asked her why she chose nursing. She looked at me waved her head and said she will NEVER do nursing. She said she is taking her pre reqs to become a physician assistant. I asked her why not nursing , and she said that she has seen first hand how nurses get treated. She said she does not want to put up with the way they are treated by doctors and patients. Plus they get paid less and they do all the "dirty" work. She also said that through being a PA she can go to medical school much easier than a nurse. I simply looked at her and said that it is great she is doing what is best for her.

    Hopefully my mind and my heart makes a choice soon. I don't want to make any more mistakes.

    Thanks for reading ladies.
  6. by   babygirl3374
  7. by   babygirl3374
    Oh...my cousin, ADN/ICU Nurse for 25 years is raining on parade since I received a full scholarship. I left Biotechnology with B.S. Biology and she says I won't be able to handle the courses (all A's in pre-clinicals, took A & P I & II both six weeks each over summer--both A's). I've also been doing home care as a CNA for 5 years, mostly with late stage AD patients. Is there something I'm missing?
  8. by   babygirl3374
    Funny--people with "below average I.Q.'s" tend to forget proper forms of capitalization/punctuation. Much like...YOU.
  9. by   IrishErin
    Can I just say that I will always remember when i was working at my first fast food job as a teen, I remember serving a woman in scrubs and asking if she was a nurse. She replied that she worked as a nurse at the local hospital. I had told her I was accepted to the nursing program for the upcoming fall, and was excited to start that journey. She looked me dead in the face and said "yeah, you'll love being a nurse. You work over time, never get a holiday, won't ever see your family and you get treated like crap. Enjoy!' And then she left!
    I was so annoyed off that she would answer that way to someone who was aspiring to go into nursing.
    As a nurse now, do I work holidays, overtime and occasionally catch crap from patients/visitors/colleagues? Absolutely. But I love my job and the great days always outweigh the bad.
    I'd be honest if a nursing student asked me about the downsides, but I'd be quick to share all the great experiences.
  10. by   traumaRUs
    Can I justo isn't put this thread is more than two yrs old?
  11. by   IrishErin
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Can I justo isn't put this thread is more than two yrs old?
    Well someone dug it up since it was in the current section. So I replied!
  12. by   dyingnurse
    Nursing gives you lots of options, but most options are not easy. The worst part of hospital nursing is the liability. Highest satisfaction rates are probably nicu nurses, but you'll only find night positions in those jobs. The worst part of insurance nursing is the management. The worst part about home health is driving. When you calculate the drive time along with the mileage you end up making minimum wage. Its just a hard profession that will end up killing you at an early age. But I think most professions out there are the same. So do what you like to do.