Do you love your job as a Nurse? Trying to get away from all the negative people..

  1. If you could please share with me the positive things that you like about Nursing... I am constantly told that its not a great career and people don't like their jobs.. I am currently accepted for July start for BSN program but all the negativity sometimes make me think otherwise about my career choice. I am currently an aide and I have been for 11 years now. I work in geriatrics and I really need a change.. I have done my years with the elderly and that sometimes discourages me too.. I know there are so many options out there I would just love to hear from some positive people for once.. If you could share with me the following:

    What do you love about being a Nurse?

    Where do you work(hospital, LTC, etc..)?

    Is your job rewarding to you?

    Anything else you would like to share would be greatly appreciated!!

    I am just looking for some reassurance because being a Nurse is what I would love to be!!!
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  3. by   FutureRN_NP
    Hi, I am currently work at Rehap/LTC. What I love about nursing is independent and able to give care to the patients and ensure their family. What I do not like about nursing? co-workers. I am a new nurse so I am to them a sore thumb. They look down on me because I do not sometimes know what I am doing. When I ask they treat me like I am the dumbest person on the face of earth. What they do not realize or forget is we all start out from the bottom. No one knows everything. No new grad walk into a job know what she is doing. We all learn from other older more experience nurses.
  4. by   rose-n-arrows
    I love my job! I work in a SNF with mostly geriatric residents/patients. Your attitude will likely dictate your work experience. I am very busy all day, every day. I value everybody's contribution. Every employee is providing a needed service and their absence would make for a bad day. I love that I am able to provide comfort, compassion and encouragement to the residents and their families. I laugh every single day. My job is, indeed, rewarding. Know that every shift will have its ups and downs, but focus on the task(s) at hand and you will get through it.
  5. by   TakeTwoAspirin
    You can run from negative people, but you can't hide! Some people are just not happy, and there is nothing you or anyone else can do. You decide your attitude, and leave theirs to them. Contrary to what you might think if you read this board too much, there are actually unhappy people in all walks of life and as much as you try to avoid them they will feed on your happy if you let them.
  6. by   NenjaRN
    I love my job! I work in peds at a community hospital. It is extremely rewarding to me. The kids always keep me laughing and the coworkers are a great support. There are maybe two nurses I work with that are non-stop complainers and I just do my best to ignore them. There will always be good days and less good days...finish your shift, clock out, get over it and start the next shift from scratch. It drives me crazy when people are complaining about petty things especially when they happened weeks ago. Like the person above me said, no matter where you go there will be some people that just have bad attitudes...decide your own.
  7. by   anotherone
    Hospital adult med surg. I love the money and I love that in nursing you can work night shift.
  8. by   nuangel1
    i work in ed.i love where i work we work as a team .the nurses have alot of autonomy .we work with dr np and pa-s.i like that anything can come in at any time and you have to be ready.i like most of the pts and families .but if i don't pt isn't there too long .the money is decent with good benefits.i work with a good bunch of people.
  9. by   ChicagoRN-BSN
    Honestly, if you've got 11yrs in the game as an aide, even as an nurse there is no difference with attitudes in jobs. There is more autonomy and pay and in some cases, respect. But I think after such a time, if you still yearn to become a nurse, then become one regardless of the negative reviews. Those negative people that many of them quit their job? Probably none. Why because there is SOMETHING that keeps them coming back for more, regardless of the reason. You have your great patients and not-so great, but the latter usually does not outweigh the two. You can have fabulous staff and horrible staff but you gotta focus on what you do, and not them anyway. Almost a majority dislikes their administration, but what field generally does?

    I like caring for people of all ages (except the little people, peds/nicu). I work Med-Surg and ICU and nothing changes for me with patients or dealing with family members. I like when I have an opportunity to teach a patient (and families) something. Its even better when they are willing to LEARN. It makes me feel that all the headaches (and tuition) of nursing school actually is paying off (LBVVS).

    Everyone's perceptions are different. Best thing is not to listen to anyone. Observe for yourself and see! Good Luck!
  10. by   kmichalak
    Thanks to all of you that have posted so far!! It is a breath of fresh air to hear that some people do like their jobs!!
  11. by   Morainey
    I love my job, I work in hospital adult ortho with some occaisonal med surg. I originally got into nursing for the job security, but it is incredibly fulfilling at times, and I'm proud to tell people that I'm a nurse!
  12. by   Meriwhen
    I'm in psych. I love that I can work with some very fascinating psychiatric patients and their disorders. Even more, I love the fact that no two days at work are ever the same--it's never boring.
  13. by   SandraCVRN
    I don't know if love if the right word, it's a job, that I really enjoy most days. I make decent money, only work 3 days a week. Even in this economy I can still change jobs if I get tired of this one. I work in a hospital. You already know the hours nurses work, have seen the good bad and ugly. If it's what you want go for it!!!

    Good luck..
  14. by   MN-Nurse
    I love my job. After graduation I was lucky to get a job on a med surg floor on a local hospital. It is the most challenging, difficult job I ever had, but I feel it is very satisfying and rewarding. I learn every day I work.

    We are lucky to have fantastic preceptors, charge nurses and other experienced RNs to help bring us newbies around. The others nurses I started with and I have coalesced into a very supportive group and we help each other out as much as we can as we expand our skills and experience.

    The pay isn't bad either. I probably make about an extra 25% on top of my base pay due to bonuses, differentials and overtime.

    Good luck!