Regret becoming a nurse


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Specializes in LTC, Oncology/Women's Health; Med/Surg.

i felt the same way when I only had 4 months left too! I bawled my head off driving home from my med/surg clinicals one day because my teacher gave me a new assignment when she told me the day before that I would have the same one all week. so all the work I had done the night plan, looking up a million meds, dx, etc etc, which totaled like 7 hours of work, going to be at 2am, to get up at 5:30am.....I had to do it AGAIN on a whole new pt, with even more meds, dx, etc! I wanted to just quit. But I got through it...I really enjoy the nursing role. I am starting my new job as a LPN at the hospital I did those same clinicals at, and it is definitely NOT the same. Completely different. Good luck to you in whatever you choose to do!! :)


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Specializes in LTC, Oncology/Women's Health; Med/Surg.

ha! just realized that it was posted last year too. oh well haha


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to the op, you're not alone, way too many lpn and rn newbs don't really like nursing (real nursing, reality), they just liked the thought of it (what they saw on tv or heard about it, not reality). nursing is just a job.

this is one of the reasons i really like that most, if not all, cc's in my state are requiring adn students to be a cna before they can get in and some of the lpn programs are requiring the same. it's a dose of reality that weeds some out.


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Specializes in LTC, Oncology/Women's Health; Med/Surg.

i agree. I think all programs should require applicants to be cna's before nursing school. It for sure is a huge dose of reality and you will know if its for you or not!!


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i hope you finnished school and i hope you found a nurse i go to the worst school in texas didnt know til i was the but this to shall pass est of luck


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Hi, I'm posting late too. I love photonurse's reply. When I read the original question, bigtime deja vu.. exactly the same as I felt in nursing school. I loved the theoretical, the anatomy/phys, the pathology. I loathed the clinicals, the care plans, the meds. I loathed working in the hospitals. Going in the night before clinicals to pick patients and spend hours looking up info on care, etc....what a nightmare it all was. Lol I remember asking a friend at the time, who had just graduated med school... if I hate nursing school, do you think it means I will hate being a nurse? He said nope- he'd hated med school and loved being a doctor. Thing was, I didn't hate ALL of nursing school, just the clinical part. Lol the being a nurse part.

Reading some of the replies, some say that well, it isn't as if the questioner hated working in the hospitals or the patient care part of it, because if she felt that way it probably would mean she hated nursing and it might not be worth finishing. I felt a click of recognition, because I DID hate the patient care and the hospitals. I stuck it out though, and got the LPN, thinking I'd stick it out, get a job, see if I hated it as much.

For me, having a spiritual component to my work is important. I'm also licensed in alternative healthcare (first, before nursing) and the contact with patients feels like crap compared to the previous work, at times. It is difficult to be real and present for people.

I wonder if the questioner finished school...? I suspect maybe she did, as close to finishing as she was. The real world of nursing is definitely better in some ways, sure. In other ways it's worse, it feels (to me) like the dead end job of all dead end jobs. Current job is probably as good as it gets- nice co workers, interesting job for the most part. Just too many hours, physically demanding. On days off I do little or nothing, so fatigued from the week. (have some health issues myself and job is affecting them).

Again, I love photonurse's reply. Refreshing. Sometimes I get super tired of how we are all supposed to love nursing or we're traitors to the profession. My mom was a nurse years ago and her comment is it's not the profession it used to be- way more dead end these days, working conditions have gone downhill (staffing, patient ratios, hours etc).

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