Really disappointed with the reality of nursing.

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by NurseFrustrated NurseFrustrated Member Nurse

Specializes in Med-surge, hospice, LTC, tele, rehab.

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mrsdinga

mrsdinga

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I absolutlely agree everything you said. I work my ass off all shift, have short or no breaks and finish late with no pay. Yet all I get is treated like **** by families and pts and no one appreciates what we do. I really regret chosing nursing and I am seriously considering to quit nursing. I do not recommend nursing to any human being with feelings it really affect you after doing for a long time ...

liberated847

liberated847

Specializes in CEN, CFRN, PHRN, RCIS, EMT-P. Has 10 years experience. 504 Posts

I absolutlely agree everything you said. I work my ass off all shift, have short or no breaks and finish late with no pay. Yet all I get is treated like **** by families and pts and no one appreciates what we do. I really regret chosing nursing and I am seriously considering to quit nursing. I do not recommend nursing to any human being with feelings it really affect you after doing for a long time ...

Don't quit nursing, what you are experiencing is just one "flavor" of nursing and for the sound of it probably Med Surg. Find another field like program coordinator, administration, community health etc. you'll be happier.

malamud69, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency. Has 12 years experience. 575 Posts

Sadly. ..reality is... a "nurse" (insert any job title) is nothing more than a commodity. ..if you think otherwise you will always be disappointed.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience. 8,427 Posts

Sadly. ..reality is... a "nurse" (insert any job title) is nothing more than a commodity. ..if you think otherwise you will always be disappointed.

This.

Once you see nursing as a business, then you can put your best interests to work.

We work with the most vulnerable, almost down in the gutter people, regardless of race, culture, class; people get stressed and lash out due to their loss of control-that's what keeps us in business.

As long as you have a good work ethic, advocate, and not take it personal, and treat it like a business-you can still hand-hold, provide therapeutic touch, laughter and all that good stuff, and provide the fuzzy stuff, just in a different way, while maintaing and providing knowledgable, correct, competent, and confident care, you will go far in this business. :yes:

blueiwahine

blueiwahine

Has 7 years experience. 203 Posts

AMEN! I feel the same way. I was so excited while in nursing school...boy was my bubble burst when I got into the real world. I had the compassion...just no time to fully use it. Then add to management never finding a good thing to say about anything you do, just looking for things to complain about. I tried all avenues of nursing and the cruel mentality is there too. I've been out of nursing for over a year and don't know if I'll ever go back. I miss my patients, but not all the BS.

Libby1987

Libby1987

3,726 Posts

This thread is 4 yrs old so I don't know if the OP is still reading. I have a very unpopular opinion as to why nurses are often taken for granted in so many ways but my advice for any nurse who is being treated in a subordinate way, outside of leaving, is to specialize and get off the floor.

And to dedicate developing an expertise where at least few know more about your job than you do. With that air of confidence it's easier to stand up and assert yourself and command respect. You may still have too large a patient load but no one speaks down to you as well as they trust your leadership. Other providers, patients, families, coworkers/supervisors..when they realize you know your $h!t, and can be strong while respectful, people will respond differently.

golson

golson

96 Posts

All the responses here are scaring the crap out of me; making me think I don't know what I'm getting myself into. On the other hand, there are things like this survey that I see that make me feel a bit better about it.

http://www.amnhealthcare.com/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Healthcare_Industry_Insights/Industry_Research/2013_RNSurvey.pdf

Does this look like its close to the norm, current nurses? Do you think job satisfaction (or the lack thereof) is primarily driven by work environment, personality, a mix of the two, or something else entirely?

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience. 8,427 Posts

All the responses here are scaring the crap out of me; making me think I don't know what I'm getting myself into. On the other hand, there are things like this survey that I see that make me feel a bit better about it.

http://www.amnhealthcare.com/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Healthcare_Industry_Insights/Industry_Research/2013_RNSurvey.pdf

Does this look like its close to the norm, current nurses? Do you think job satisfaction (or the lack thereof) is primarily driven by work environment, personality, a mix of the two, or something else entirely?

I have found it to be a mix; although I haven't really experienced a feeling of not being satisfied by my work performance or even my career; in all my years of being in healthcare-almost 15 years now (5 years CNA, 7 LPN RN 2 years and counting) I knew what to expect in this business and learned to navigate and be in control as much as possible, down to my schedule and gaining experience enough to be knowledgable and marketable.

I have and will continue to be in control of my career. :yes: