The following reasons I hate nursing (I quit because of them) - and it was always and only while hired to do direct patient care.
* Absurdly long shifts while constantly on your feet.Barely time to go to the bathroom or eat.
* Because of the long shifts, you are sleep-deprived and it is extremely difficult to find the time to take care of yourself (exercise, eat healthy, etc. Plus, you don't have a normal family/social life.
* The shocking amount of cruelty, hostility, bullying, etc., between nurses and management.
* Being treated like a child - must get a "note" from a doctor if you are sick; cannot participate in making any decisions to improve the workplace; nurses "take orders", punishing attitude for making mistakes, etc.
* You are placed in a box in your job and to veer outside of that box with new ideas, creativity, etc is forbidden.
* Many families, managers, CEOs, patients, State Boards, physicians, treat nurses horribly - like they are expendable subordinates. They are not respected.
* You constantly hear that the nurse is a "professional". Yet, they are treated just the opposite. Nursing at the BSN level is a blue collar job no matter what anyone says. If you have to wipe a butt, clean up vomit or any of these kinds of disgusting things, you are NOT a professional.