I want to add a couple more reasons to my earlier post as to why I hate nursing and got out:
* CEOs of hospitals lobby (bribe) Congress to keep patient/nursing ratios absurdly high. Congress members accept the bribes and staffing levels are kept so low that it is impossible to provide good - let alone barely adequate - care. Yet, most nurses don't realize this is the case so they bicker amongst themselves, complain that the shift before them did not do their work, etc. It is ALWAYS the owners of a hospital/nursing home that are responsible for this.
* Nurses are expected to make extremely important decisions (sometimes life and death decisions), after being on their feet for 12 hours, often barely having time to eat during the shift, or having enough sleep the night before.
* Nursing has a long history of being considered a subordinate position. In fact, even as recent as the 1960s, in some hospitals, nurses were made to stand up when a doctor entered the room.
* It has only been recent that nurses don't have to wear those silly hats and starched, white uniforms. Scrubs are better, but why are nurses the only ones who must wear a uniform? If nurses are supposed to be professionals, why do they have to wear a uniform? What other professionals wear uniforms?
* The nursing State Boards are a bunch of Nazis. Their objective is supposed to protect the public, yes. But, their tactics in dealing with nurses who make mistakes or are accused of doing something wrong, are horrid. You are guilty until proven innocent and you better darn well be able to afford an attorney, otherwise, they will do everything they can to ruin your career. Did you know that nursing is the ONLY licensed profession whereby someone can complain to the State board about something you did OUTSIDE OF WORK? And, the board WILL investigate it. You can have your license taken away for something like simply being seen in a bar drinking. No other licensed profession has to deal with this.
* The hierchical system in nursing is often absurd and arbitrary. In one state you are allowed to perform a procedure; in another state you are not. An LPN, for instance, can be trained to do almost everything an RN does. It is NOT rocket science. But try to get that across to people and they just don't get it. I know by law these sorts of things are not allowed. But it is ridiculous! Everyone is kept in their little box.