First off, you need to know that a lot of people come here to vent. My husband is more than willing to listen to me gripe about a bad night at work, but he doesn't get it the way another nurse does. I come here to vent because there are sympathetic ears who can understand my frustrations or help me with my issues or questions.
I can honestly say that I have more good shifts at work than bad. When I have a string of bad shifts, it usually has something to do with what is going on in my life outside of work, not really what is happening at work. I try to stay positive. Not to say that things never go wrong. Sometimes co-workers suck, sometimes we are understaffed and sometimes the pts are just super needy and annoying! No work place in perfect, but you can make the best of any situation.
As far as pay goes, nurses will never make enough money. How do you put a price on the services of someone who may just save your life??? I do feel that I make a nice salary, especially considering I only work three days a week.
Don't give up on your dream of nursing. I feel like I have a job where I make a difference and change people's lives. My job matters and that makes it worth it to me.