Nursel56,anyone can step one day in a hospital as a student and see how it is. I'm intuitive and its extremely easy to pick up on the dynamics. Nursing school is conditioning of how it will be. Search these threads. I don't know how many times I've seen and read of attacks,backstabbing,weight gain,health issues and so much more directly related to the nursing environment. I was once told to go without a lunch or bathroom break during a 10 hr clinical because "thats the way it is". There is a thread on that at this moment! Nursing sounds good if nurses were given rights, a nice workload and respect(as well as give it to each other) but its not like that.
Caffeine, is stating how she feels and I am too. I do tell people who have questions about this profession to leave this and rightfully so. It wouldn't sit well on my conscious to tell a good person to get into something that is so damaging. Its the same reason why MANY nurses would never want their children or anyone they truly care about to get into nursing.
Anyone who is honest knows how this "profession" operates. It operates on negativity and conditioning. I've never met so many student nurses and nurses so ready to backstab each other. If you are around negativity and abuse all the time, you will eventually sink with the rest or you leave. Its extremely hard to flourish.
Some folks start out with high hopes and a good attitude(like myself). Others are drawn to the passive-agressive subservient behavior. Others get into it because of the supposed "stability". There is no stability and shortage in nursing. Hospitals aren't looking to retain nurses. Its about money. It's about hiring the least and burning them out and then its on to the next batch. Just be honest with the females before they take out $40,000 in student loans.
I'm not going to tell someone that "it will be worth it" when it won't be. I can't even begin to tell you how many nurses have injuries and are told to "deal with it" .I won't tell a person that if they are violently punched that they will still have to care for that patient and won't have any rights as a HUMAN being. How degrading?!
nursel56, if you feel you've grown to tolerate this type environment, thats saying it all. Nursing students' negative reactions are typically the NORMAL reaction. I didn't "throw" in the towel. I threw the towel back at the abuser. Nursing is very much like an abusive relationship. For example, I applaude the women who walk away from an abusive man. Thats STRENGTH and pride. I don't respect the women who know its wrong, complain and choose to "live" with it anyway. The situations that nurses have to go through no one should "grow" to tolerate. Thats making the abnormal, normal.
SO many nurses leave this "profession" within the first few years. I mean its at a HIGH rate. Look it up. There is a thread on that here as well. And why do you think that is? We ALL know why. Please stop denying the obvious.
Like caffeine said, if you don't like it, don't read it. I choose to stay here and help support females like caffeine and I will continue to do so.