Virgo_RN, BSN, RN 3,543 Posts Specializes in Cardiac Telemetry, ED. Nov 29, 2008 So, if you aren't the drama-inclined compassionate brainiac that gets a rush from helping 300-pound gorillas to the crapper, then I would advise you to run far far away and choose a different career!Most people will probably read this and see a lot of bitterness, and yeah, there is some, but I really felt like I was misled and lied to in nursing school. The idea of "it gets better" is a falsehood.This part of your post really stood out for me. I won't argue that there isn't a lot of grunt work involved in nursing. There absolutely is. But to say that's all there is to nursing is grossly inaccurate. Where I work, the cardiologists have an incredible amount of trust in our ability to analyze patient situations and make the right decisions. We are expected to *think*, and to understand cardiac physiology to a very high level. So sure, I do some butt wiping, but I also need to know a lot, and be capable of knowing when to continue to monitor, when to call the cardiologist, and when I need to act first and THEN call. I'm expected to know my rhythms, know my cardiac pathophysiology and my cardiac meds, and know these things well.As far as things getting better being a falsehood, I can't agree with you there. For me, in my experience, it does get better. I'll admit that I've had my fair share of "I WANT OUT" moments, moments where every cell in my body screamed at me to get in the elevator and not look back, moments where I felt like the most incompetent, stupid nurse that ever existed. I have shed tears at work, directly related to feelings of inadequacy and frustration. But yes, it does get better. Right now, I feel very good about what I do. I feel like I've just been through trial by fire, and I'm really proud of myself for having the fortitude to see it through and get here. Was it easy? Absolutely, positively, resoundingly, NO!!! Nursing school was *nothing* compared to getting through my first year as a nurse. You won't get any sugarcoating from me. I'm the last person to attempt to blow butterflies and unicorns up your butt. Now, if nursing is not for you, and you don't like the nature of the work in the first place, then no, it will not get better. If you're not drawn to the work to begin with, then of course it won't get better. I'll agree to that.