View Full Version : Is Nursing as bad as they say


murse281
10-31-2007, 03:21 AM
Hi everyone, I am about to register into nursing school for RN and heard it was rewarding with how you feel when you leave..and plus pay is great. I have researched more about the Job and hear so much negative things about how they hate their job, its the worst job ever, Doctors treat you really bad, patients treat you like crap, their unhappy family treat you like crap, that most nurses hate their job..What is everyones opinion on this..is it true?

MyOwnWoman
10-31-2007, 07:14 PM
Hi everyone, I am about to register into nursing school for RN and heard it was rewarding with how you feel when you leave..and plus pay is great. I have researched more about the Job and hear so much negative things about how they hate their job, its the worst job ever, Doctors treat you really bad, patients treat you like crap, their unhappy family treat you like crap, that most nurses hate their job..What is everyones opinion on this..is it true?


It's all true........and none of it's true. If you enter into nursing expecting to earn a great wage and have everyone pat you on the back for being so wonderful..........Leave and don't look back.

Nursing is the most rewarding job I have ever done; and I've had bedpans thrown at me, I've been called vulgar names, and told that I'm the most insensitive biotch that anyone could ever meet. I've held dying infants in my arms and wept for their brief life. I've had marriage proposals from 80 year old men whose wives watched with joyful tears in their eyes. I've been told "thank you" from patient's who couldn't speak and I've had the eyes of angels look into mine and tell me that "everything will be ok."

Nursing isn't something you do........Nursing is WHO you ARE.

Jess
10-31-2007, 08:41 PM
That's awesome how you've researched about RN/Nursing. I am currently a second year nursing student and I did not even research about being a nurse! I was just applying to university and was like "Nursing looks interesting!" (Of course, I had lots of reasons why I wanted to go into nursing, but I hadn't really "researched" a lot about what nurses do, etc.) I was quite surprised nurses do so much...but right now I absolutely am loving nursing. You meet a lot of amazing people/classmates and right now I'm doing my psychiatry rotation at the hospital and the doctors and nurses are super. Of course, I know a few people do drop out of nursing during the first year because some don't like feeding elderly people, don't know what they're getting themselves into, etc.

Just keep doing some research, gain some knowledge of what nurses really do and if it's something that you're interested in. I've met some really nasty nurses who dislike students, but some nurses and doctors are very friendly and kind. And of course, you get some instructors that aren't that great too, haha. Good luck and I don't think nursing is all too bad. ;)

smith1969
11-02-2007, 11:08 AM
Well, u do not have to work on a floor, u can find office job. May be then we get at least one administrative worker who won't treat as LVNs as ... (what u said :) ).
I may case, I used to work at the nursing home, beautiful new place. I loved my job for the first year. I knew that on my shift WILL get good care and smile.Residents loved me, families too. But about a half of a year ago, administration started firing LVNs, CNAs, mainly nurses who wanted to make things better. We lost many good workers and got new who practically, does not give a .... about work. Looks like if u do not care- u do not complain, that what administration wants.
I had a big disappointment in nursing, how unfair it is. I am even thinking of changing my career.

smith1969
11-02-2007, 11:13 AM
That is just beautiful :) This is the way I feel. You described being a nurse just right.

irisheyes
11-07-2007, 08:29 PM
Yes, it is! If you want thanks and/ or a pat on the back, they do come from pt.'s. However, many pt.'s feel, because of the outraegous amounts they pay for healthcare, you should wait on them, like they are at a spa. Management only cares about the financial line. If you become ill, have a family member ill or die, or have other life events happen, management only wants to know when you'll be back to work! If you don't have great self-esteem, don't become a nurse! Being a nurse is great, but, everything around it sucks!

geenaRN
11-08-2007, 10:22 AM
The best thing about nursing is that if you don't like where you're working or what you're doing, there are still a HUGE number of options (different hospitals, different floors, different branches of nursing) for you to switch to.

No, it isn't some big love-fest, and I'm sure there are units that aren't run well, just like with any other profession. But when you luck into a great unit with great coworkers, it's... great :)


Good luck!!

Julie
11-08-2007, 04:08 PM
The most important thing is to do things for patients because you want to, because it is the most appropriate and best care you can give. Also it is not what you do that is important but the way you do it; ie a smile, demonstrating compassion etc. Don't expect thanks for what you do, but be rest assured if you do your job well plenty will come your way, both from patients and from colleagues.

BrianRN
11-08-2007, 05:24 PM
Doctors will sometimes treat you like crap and sometimes they'll say "thanks" (rarely), patients will throw things at you and call you names and some will thank you for everything you do, as for family being unhappy I don't know I'm a 3rd generation nurse and I'd say my family is content. Hours aren't always the best and families don't always understand the need to talk about your day at work at the dinner table (even when it involves stories about bowel movements and vomit) Nursing is a 2 sided profession. If you go into it thinking you're going to be rewarded with praise it can be a harsh reality check, but if you go into nursing knowing that you will be mistreated but you're touching peoples lives then it's worth it.

PACNWNURSING
11-16-2007, 12:22 AM
please dont go into nursing so I can get into an RN program more easily..... haha..... If your not a people person forget about it...

KimRN
11-22-2007, 04:03 AM
It's the hardest job you'll ever love, hate, embrace or detest, but in the end, it's all worth it to say "I'm a nurse."

And I write that after 30 years. It hasn't all been roses, but I've touched a lot of lives and been touched by just as many.

Bottom line: it's worth the effort and it's a profession you can be proud of. Just realize that nursing school is not nursing and you will need about a year on the job to really feel comfortable. You need to commit to seeing it through.

ewahl
02-29-2008, 03:42 PM
Yes, it is! If you want thanks and/ or a pat on the back, they do come from pt.'s. However, many pt.'s feel, because of the outraegous amounts they pay for healthcare, you should wait on them, like they are at a spa. Management only cares about the financial line. If you become ill, have a family member ill or die, or have other life events happen, management only wants to know when you'll be back to work! If you don't have great self-esteem, don't become a nurse! Being a nurse is great, but, everything around it sucks!

Haha!! that's so true I feel more like a waitress most the time at work then a nurse. As far as management I agree with you completely also. They don't care about their staff, or the fact that they're so unhappy and burnt out that they just go home a cry and sleep...all they care about is the "standings" or "magnet status" and how much money they get...

P/J
03-01-2008, 07:28 AM
Ask someone to tell you about what they dislike about their job and they will say management. But like someone said before, nursing is not just a job, it is what you are. You do it for the love not the money.

If you are not a people person work in ICU or Theater, people are generally sedated there!!:aetsch:

gracenotes1
03-02-2008, 10:02 AM
Nursing is like a playing a piano
What you get out of it is what you put into it.

MelJayne
03-20-2008, 10:28 PM
The thing with nursing is the compassion level coupled with the backbone. You've got to be giving and conpassionate, much less sincerely empathetic/sympathetic to be a good nurse, yet you've got to have the backbone and spunk to not be run over because you are all of those things.

It's an incredible profession and I tell you not everyone is cut out for it. Doctors will be rude to you, patients will treat you horribly, administrators will make your life hell, and on top of it all you will spill blood all over your scrubs, but that is hardly all.

You will also have incredible doctors and other nurses that you will admire for a lifetime, have those patients that touch your heart and even if they don't realize it you will know that you saved their life, administrators and supervisors that actually care and try to help you succeed to help them succeed.

Basically, it's got a dark side and a bright side like any job, I imagine. Personally though, I can't imagine doing anything else. It's what I love. On the bad days I just chant "This too shall pass..." and on the good days I know I'm doing what I was meant to do.