I am a sophomore going into my junior year of high school this year, and I have been wanting to be a RN for a few years. I have read this blog for months, and I've read the good and bad in nursing. My mom has been an RN for over 25 years and advises against me becoming one. She tells me to 'run the other way from nursing and never look back' and laughs. She got her BSN in her early 20s and her first job was in cardiac step down unit, which she worked in for about 5 years, which she actually liked. She moved and happened to get a job in a med-surg Unit and worked there for almost 2 years, which she hated. She would hate going to work and having so many patients and a million things to do all the time and got burnout. I can name a million more reasons why she didn't like it, but I'm sure those of you who work in med-surg understand. She did this all before I was born. Now, she is currently a nurse auditor. She is ok with me being a nurse since it is my life, but she advises me against it. I would like to work in critical or intensive care, preferably in the PICU, but I'd probably also like working in the NICU, an adult ICU, or a cardiac unit. My concern is that it would be hard to get a job in either of the units I desire to work in and I would get stuck working in a med-surg unit and be miserable like my mom was. She is the kind of person that you'd expect to be a nurse because of her personality and compassion, and even she wishes she didn't become a nurse. She has told me that when she used to work in a hospital, she wanted to do labor and delivery, but the positions wanted experience. Sometimes I think that maybe if she was able to do labor and delivery and did it, she would feel different about nursing today. Anyways, what do you guys think about landing a job in ICU or Critical Care as a new grad? Also, what do you guys think about how my mom feels about nursing? Would you do it all over again? I'd also appreciate any of your stories about what unit you work in or have worked in and what was or is like. This is my first post and I have been pondering on these questions for months, so I thought I should reach out to other nurses besides my mom, especially others RNs. I appreciate any of you reading this and I have so much respect for what you guys do
I'm an RN, a Dad, & prayed my girl would not become a nurse. I sent her to a Maritime Academy, she got a degree in Facilities Engineering. She also became an Ensign in the Coast Guard Reserve ...Now a Lt.JG, runs an engine room on a CG reserve cutter.
She has a full time building engineer's job at $90,000 a year. A job for life because she holds an Operating Engineer's union card. A fabulous pension, great career advancement and tons of respect.
Oh, and here is the most important reason why daughter is, & will remain happy ...get ready for it ...There are no H1B workers imported from foreign countries to run buildings. There I said it.
H1B workers are imported to cut your wages, overwork you, & make you submissive. If US Hospitals could not import nurses, every grad would have a job tomorrow, terrorist/RNs working in hospitals would be fired, and nursing unions would disappear. Then, I would say, be a Nurse. But, H1B immigration has killed American nurses.
So, stay far away from Nursing. And any employer that recruits & trains H1B workers. BTW: nurses should vote against every politician that promotes the H1B visa program.
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Gordon Freeman, I've never thought of that perspective, so thanks for sharing and thanks for your time responding. It's nice to hear that your daughter is doing something she loves.
Avill, your post was so inspirational! Thank you so much for responding, and it's so nice to hear nursing was a positive experience for you! It's awesome that you also knew you wanted to be a nurse at my age and became one. Thanks for the encouragement
Necrosus, your post was very inspirational as well! I am the type who is very driven to succeed and be the best I can be. I am very sure I want to be a nurse, but I posted on this blog because I wanted some reassurance since I've heard a lot of mixed things. Hearing you and everyone else's comments, especially positive ones, have been so helpful! Thanks so much for your encouragement!
I will let you all know in 2 years (2020 is when I graduate high school) if I do decide I want to do nursing, but so far, I am very sure I won't change my mind. Thanks everyone for the comments so far! Your time responding means a lot to me
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