I hate nursing too…..RN, BSN (Registered Bull Sh t Nurse)

It took me years to discover that nursing was not for me. I thought it was the type of nursing jobs that I was getting. I graduated with my BSN (BULL SHIT NURSE) from a very prestigious nursing school.

I have been nursing for 9 years now, and I hated every minute of it. I have worked in clinics, in neuro medicine, in OB, in home health, in nursing homes, in hospitals, in school nursing, and in management. I have hated all of my jobs.

I came to the conclusion that it is not the jobs, it’s the career choice. People tell me all the time how lucky I am to be a nurse. They are just looking at the money aspect and not all the crap that goes along with the job. I have not found a job yet that pays me extra because I have a BSN.

They are just happy to know that I have an RN license and I am hired just because I am a nurse not because I have a baccheleors. I have suffered many years of depression because I picked nursing as a career. I discourage students when they ask me about being a nurse. I tell them the truth. No, I do not like being a nurse and I do not recommend anyone to go into this stressful field. I am 30 years old and I am BURNED OUT. I cried when I read some of these articles in this section.

I typed “I hate nursing”, and this web site popped up. I can’t believe that there are others out there who feel the way I feel. It makes me feel relieved. I thought that I was crazy to hate a job that pays me $38/hr. I bring home $1100 every friday and I hate every minute of working as a nurse. Sometimes it is not about the money.

I am overworked and stressed out and most of all unappreciated. I am seriously thinking about getting my real estate license. These articles have given me some inspiration. I really can walk out of this dreadful career.

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Old Comments:

  1. Only the American sick bizness could turn what should be helping others, into such a nighmare. Before I worked nursing I worked in some machine shops that turned out about 50% defective products (scrap). But this is nothing compared to what we in hospitals are forced to do to the individuals on their assembly lines.

    We're on board the medical Titanic and listing downward and to the side fast.

    The Drug Pusher
  2. How many years of experience do you have that you
    earn $38./ hr?
    Are you agency? or non-benefitted?
  3. I'm going to graduate from nursing school this may, and i'm really bummed, because i don't think this is the career for me. Throughout school, the majority of nurses i've met have been some of the most miserable people i've ever seen in my life, and that includes the patients. I started this because I do like to help and take care of people, and there is good money and lots of opportunity in nursing....after spending time in hospitals on my clinical rotations, I don't think there's much chance to help too many people at all. I think I will become burnt out fairly quick once I get my license, which is the reason i'm already thinking of what kind of career change i can make after a few years of nursing. Maybe it's just me and i'm not cut out for it, and i have met some wonderful nurses, but the majority seem pretty miserable, and i'd like to avoid that. It's sad, really, because nursing is suppose to be a noble career, and from what i've seen it's really just full of stress.

    Also, to any nursing instructors out there.......I'm 30 years old, already have a B.A., have travelled to various parts of the world, lived in various parts of this country........based on my own program and from what i've read, the average age of graduating nurses is 31, so most of your students are a lot like me.......why the hell do you insist on treating grown adults like children?? I fully admit that any nursing instructor (any nurse, period), has tons more knowledge and skill than I, but many of you are downright ignorant the way you treat students. This isn't highschool, and that attitude is a part of the reason I don't think I want to be a nurse anymore. If nothing else it's common courtesy to treat people with respect, which many instructors don't do.
    Well, i've said my peace.
  4. So if we all hate nursing... what else can we do with our education?
  5. I want to thank you for your honesty. For years, I thought I wanted to be a nurse, so that I could truly feel like I was helping people. I always thought it would be a really fulfilling career, not thinking about the stress, the arrogant doctors and the sometimes lousy hours.

    Someone PLEASE tell me that I'm not missing anything by not being a nurse! I work in mortgages, and that's not very fulfilling either.
  6. Then you would be going from a not so fullfilling career, to a rather killing career, long term.

    Do yourself a favor, and take a job as a CNA in a run of the mill nursing home part time, if you can arrange it. Tell them you are thinking about going into nursing. This is actually an easy way (relatively) to get a taste of nursing without investing too much beforehand. Do not pick the best nursing home, but an average one.

    That should give you something to think about, as far as to how unfullfilling a job can truly come to be. A shame really, since helping the elderly should not be like a CNA job is made into.

    The Drug Pusher
  7. To gojack 10,

    Thank you for the excellent suggestion. I live in Michigan, and there is actually a school that you can become a CNA in only 8 weeks. I used to be a dental assistant for a company that went to different nursing homes to provide dentistry to the residents, but I'm sure that is different than being a CNA. I am already 48 years old, and I am afraid that I will get to retirement age and feel like I didn't accomplish a thing in my life!
  8. If you are 48, I would strongly recommend that you not get into investing into a nursing career. Nursing is a non-friendly environment in general, but especially to those getting up there in years.
  9. I am in the nursing program, it feels so good to know there are people who actually feels like i do. I am not having a problem in the clinicals, my problem is the freakin instructors, in the freakin shool, i mean "ARE THEY WITH US OR AGAINST US" not to mention the passing grade is 79 which is a "C" at my school. I made a mistake majoring in nursing, also going to this particular school...i am in the border line of felling/passing, i feel so discouraged that i don't know what to do. Why are the instructors asholes, i mean they've been through what we are going through, why make it difficult more than it is. I also typed i hate nursing and this website came out....wish me luck ppl, i just can't fell, as you know i have to wait a whole year to get back in the program.
    Naomi
  10. Naomi--Sometimes not getting what we think we want is an incredible stroke of good luck.
  11. I have been in the field of nursing for years and I love it. It takes a certian person to be a nurse and if you don't have the ability to deal with stress then get out of nursing.
  12. I love working with people and have enjoyed much about nursing school. I do however agree that the nursing instructors for the most part are not very good at their jobs. I too have a BS and I am in the process of writing my Master's thesis and attending nursing school. I have never felt as if someone was so against me. Not to mention my instructors and everyone in the class is another ethnicity than me and I have heard more racial slurs against my "kind". Unfortunatly, this is what I must do to become a nurse and because I have wanted this for so long I will do whatever I have to do to get there. I have to study now. Good luck all you nursing students!
  13. For those burned out, whiny nurses out there I just want to remind you that you have many choices. First of all, you do not have to continue to work as a nurse if you in fact hate the job.
    Second, unlike other professions in the medical field, as a nurse you have a multitude of other options to further your career such as management or pursuing a graduate degree as nurse practitioner. It is very easy to stand back and lay the blame on the profession, however it is healthier to be proactive and make a change BEFORE you ever get to the point of hating your profession. To me, being a nurse is the essential element in the total healthcare equation. Furthermore, the core of a true nursing practice is compassion for others and willingness to care. Florence Nightingale was right: the work of a nurse is truly a Holy experience. Have mercy on the nursing profession and do yourself and your patients a big favor if you hate nursing....get out!
  14. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    I'm going to graduate from nursing school this may, and i'm really bummed, because i don't think this is the career for me. Throughout school, the majority of nurses i've met have been some of the most miserable people i've ever seen in my life, and that includes the patients. I started this because I do like to help and take care of people, and there is good money and lots of opportunity in nursing....after spending time in hospitals on my clinical rotations, I don't think there's much chance to help too many people at all. I think I will become burnt out fairly quick once I get my license, which is the reason i'm already thinking of what kind of career change i can make after a few years of nursing. Maybe it's just me and i'm not cut out for it, and i have met some wonderful nurses, but the majority seem pretty miserable, and i'd like to avoid that. It's sad, really, because nursing is suppose to be a noble career, and from what i've seen it's really just full of stress.

    Also, to any nursing instructors out there.......I'm 30 years old, already have a B.A., have travelled to various parts of the world, lived in various parts of this country........based on my own program and from what i've read, the average age of graduating nurses is 31, so most of your students are a lot like me.......why the hell do you insist on treating grown adults like children?? I fully admit that any nursing instructor (any nurse, period), has tons more knowledge and skill than I, but many of you are downright ignorant the way you treat students. This isn't highschool, and that attitude is a part of the reason I don't think I want to be a nurse anymore. If nothing else it's common courtesy to treat people with respect, which many instructors don't do.
    Well, i've said my peace.
    when the nursing instructors are treating you like crap it is probably to break you in gently to what you will see when you are out in the workforce. they might want to toughen up your skin a little before throwing you to the wolves. you wont see much courtesy or any respect once you are out there. and if you do -- watch out. cause somebody probably already stuck a knife in your back and you just dont feel it yet. it's true-- if people start acting friendly and smiling at you suddenly-- you are probably in trouble. and yes. you will be the last one in the building to know about it.
  15. Quote:
    Originally posted by gojack10
    If you are 48, I would strongly recommend that you not get into investing into a nursing career. Nursing is a non-friendly environment in general, but especially to those getting up there in years.

  16. Quote:
    Originally posted by naomi
    I am in the nursing program, it feels so good to know there are people who actually feels like i do. I am not having a problem in the clinicals, my problem is the freakin instructors, in the freakin shool, i mean "ARE THEY WITH US OR AGAINST US" not to mention the passing grade is 79 which is a "C" at my school. I made a mistake majoring in nursing, also going to this particular school...i am in the border line of felling/passing, i feel so discouraged that i don't know what to do. Why are the instructors asholes, i mean they've been through what we are going through, why make it difficult more than it is. I also typed i hate nursing and this website came out....wish me luck ppl, i just can't fell, as you know i have to wait a whole year to get back in the program.
    Naomi

  17. Your Nursing instructors are assholes so you can get used to your future managers. If you are young, do something else. I am 48 yrs old, have been a Nurse for 12 yrs...I am tired. I have worked in various jobs, and thought I could not find the right job. I am the "main provider" in my family...after all Nurses make good money and have good benefits! Between the managers (who are Nurses too...just trying to "ride it out" and get to retirement), the patients, the families of patients (who are nasty to Nurses because health care costs so much, and they need a whipping dog), the "Yes I am God" administration (who work their poor Nurses to death to save a buck any way they can...it's all about money honey!), and the poor patients (the ones who aren't nasty or "frequent flyers"...like the poor folks in nursing homes) who suffer because they pay 30,000$ (or more) a year...lose their homes and identities...to stay in understaffed (by the "it's all about money honey" administrations/corporations) Nursing warehouse's (commonly refered to as Nursing Homes/Assisted Living)...I am just plain sick of it all, I've seen too much. I will say that I have been lucky with my piers, my fellow Nurses trying to survive, for the most part we stick together. We are all tired, and I bet if I took a survey it would be the majority that says "If I had it to do again, I wouldn't be a Nurse". It's a shame, really, that business has taking an admirable profession and squeezed the life out it...by understaffing, understaffing, understaffing....cutting corners, and more cutting corners...and then they "ride you" because you are not "dotting all your I's and crossing all your T's"...after all we have to pass the Federal and State surveys. I wish, sometimes, I could give minimal care...but I am a person that has to "do my best"...and it's killing me. I have GI problems, fibromyalgia, asthma, aches and pains everywhere, I over eat, can't sleep, and have headaches all the time! I feel very old at 48 yrs. and I have only been a Nurse 12 years! I know Nurses that get Lupus, MS, Cancer..and other odd assortments of autoimmune diseases. In the beginning I would fear I would forget to document something..."THEY" might take my license! Well I don't cut corners on patient care, but if I fail at "documentation" I say take the damn thing (my license) it just might get me out of this nightmare. I say if you are smart take those college credits, transfer them, and do something else. Just don't pick Social Worker, I know quite a few of them that are in the same "burn out" boats as Nurses.
  18. Thanx for the reply.....unfortunately i am not that young i am 27 and i have been in college 5yrs already.
  19. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    Thanx for the reply.....unfortunately i am not that young i am 27 and i have been in college 5yrs already.
    you are at an age where many people think all youth and time is gone and there isnt any time left to change your life. please take me at my word. you are still young enough to do most anything you want with your life. better to do it now than wait until you are 45 or 50 when it truly is too late to do many things. with all that education under your belt you may be able to change course now without doing too much different.
  20. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    For those burned out, whiny nurses out there I just want to remind you that you have many choices. First of all, you do not have to continue to work as a nurse if you in fact hate the job.
    Second, unlike other professions in the medical field, as a nurse you have a multitude of other options to further your career such as management or pursuing a graduate degree as nurse practitioner. It is very easy to stand back and lay the blame on the profession, however it is healthier to be proactive and make a change BEFORE you ever get to the point of hating your profession. To me, being a nurse is the essential element in the total healthcare equation. Furthermore, the core of a true nursing practice is compassion for others and willingness to care. Florence Nightingale was right: the work of a nurse is truly a Holy experience. Have mercy on the nursing profession and do yourself and your patients a big favor if you hate nursing....get out!
    why dont you go put your incompassionate essential element and your holier than thou attitude where your head is. up your holy butt.
  21. You tell 'em, Tranquil!
  22. thanks gojack. i do find some twisted form of great pleasure in telling off those people that think they are sooo much above everyone else.
  23. <<thanks gojack. i do find some twisted form of great pleasure in telling off those people that think they are sooo much above everyone else.>>

    .......of which there are way too many with RN written somewhere on their name tags, amongst all the others of like ilk. You are welcome, Tranquil.

    The Drug Pusher
  24. After 20 years of being an RN,BSN, I'm done. The covertness of the sick people with whom I dealt, and I'm not talking about the patients, was enough. I'm very happy selling health insurance for a 50 year old international company. There is more respect, better working conditions, more autonomy, and better income. You do have to be a self starter, but I've always been one. It's never too late to leave a miserable situation, I'm 58. If you dislike nursing as much as I did, then get out. Life is too short to spend one more miserable day!

    Cheers,

    Paul
  25. I recently got a job as a nurse and this guy raped me so bad. It was just punishing. He pulled me into this room and just let into me. I live in San Worth Texas.
  26. Quote:
    Originally posted by Mohammed Jones
    I recently got a job as a nurse and this guy raped me so bad. It was just punishing. He pulled me into this room and just let into me. I live in San Worth Texas.
    WTF! Are you serious! I'm a female btw. You're a male nurse and a male patient raped u?

    How did this happen?

    Did u report this?

    Are u still nursing?
  27. I was an RN for 5 years and left the profession 3 years ago. I am so glad I did! I now work in IT project management and never regret my decision to leave. I hope nurses reading this realize that just because you've been educated as a nurse does not mean that you have to do it for a living. A nursing degree (especially an undergrad degree) is attractive to a potential employer.

    Now, when I enter hospitals, I wonder how I ever worked in such a place.
  28. i can't speak for everyone, only for myself. first of all i do believe it is your job to get people to go to you for career counseling. not mine. it is not my job to lie to people and pretend that i can find much good at all to say about the nursing profession as it is now. you probably count on nursing as being one of the most secure jobs that you can steer people into. one of the few jobs probably that you can just about guarantee them a job after graduation. you can probably give them an idea of job description,etc.. unfortunately, they will be out in the REAL world dealing with REALITY once they are out of school. school work and school clinical assignments are NOTHING compared to REALITY. if those were what nursing is really like most anybody could waltz through loving nursing. from my own experience i have to say that truthfully, the nurses i know that love nursing are NOT the ones working on the floors actually doing patient care. they are not doing anything for the pts.. or they are the ones that dont do their work-- they leave it for someone else to do. management works everybody short staffed all the time so they can cut costs. being overworked all the time with the added emotional burden of knowing that you can not properly take care of the pts. greatly contributes to job stress and rapid burn out. also, in nursing anybody with half a brain knows that any time someone wants to get rid of you-- even just to feed their appetite for control-- they can. you can never feel like your license is not on the line every minute. not even when you are at home. not even when you go to bed at night. you dont seem to understand that the nurses that are trying theur damndest and burning out are the good nurses. we're not the ones that dno't take the best care of your loved ones. we are the ones that are tired of trying to do what is no longer possible for us to do-- made that way by greedy people and people with emotional problems. besides, when is the last time you worked as a nurse so you can say you know what you are talking about.
  29. when my nurse managers' husband gets home late--- that means somebody is going to get written up. if her husband stays out all night---- that means somebody is going to get fired and get the state called on them to try to get their license yanked.
  30. nurse manager on another unit is bipolar and just had to start taking her medication again cause that person was creating scenes so bad that employees were refusing to work the floor.
  31. no matter how fast you go the 8am med run doesnt get done til 11 or 1130 am now.
  32. throw those couple of things into your job counseling scenario. while you're at it tell them they could even have a schiczophrenic family member following them around all shift going on and on in a loud monotone voice making impossible and illegal demands of your care for their loved one. it doesnt matter that the N.M. M.D., D.O.N.'s and everyone else knows--it's not them thats being followed around. they can leave the unit, close their office doors, whatever, it's not their problem.
  33. nurses are not allowed to make mistakes. if you do it can cost someone their life. how's that for job stress. if an M.D. writes a bad order and the nuse doesnt thoroughly investigate every possible thing that could go wrong before giving a med, and the nurse gives it. guess who gets all the blame, and guess who gets none of the blame. if the M.D. writes an order in the wrong chart and the wrong pt. gets the med and something bad happens guess who gets the blame. if a nurse forgets to sign for , or doesnt give on med. that nurse can be written up and it goes on the nurses' permanent record----- forever. there are nurses with drug and alcohol abuse problems that are working in the field. you have to be VERY careful or you can be held liable for narcotics that come up missing. you can get your license suspended-- or even revoked for something you did not do. you must count every single pill as though your whole financial future and your reputation depend on it because they do. if you drop a narc you WILL find it or go through an unbelievable rigamarole-- you will anyway-- but not as bad if you can find the pill. if you accidentally step on the pill you will put it back together until there is no question of it's identity. plus people will get pissed off at you for making them have to come and sign for it, etc..
  34. you will learn that tons of people will try to get you to give them a diagnosis of their medical probems-- so you will learn to say i'm sorry. i'm not qualified to do that. then they will say yeah i know you can't, but i just want you to tell me.... and you will tell them to go see their doctor. and they dont quit. then they are mad at you. then you will learn how to say i'm sorry you'll have to get your own coffee, etc. because what time i have here must be spent on the pts.. then you will hear later about how the family badmouthed you because you wont wait on them. then, if the M.D. doesnt do what the family thinks they should will that fmily challenge the dr.. hell no. they will go right for the nurses throat as soon as the dr. leaves. nothing better happen to my loved one or i'm going to sue. just give my loved one the medication anyway. noone will know. you tell them you cant. it's illegal. they say i know i know, but noone will know. you tell them you wont do it. then--- somethings going to be done about this. you'll pay for this. you are supposed to get the dr. to .....
  35. Calm down, Tranquil. It is clear that this 'career counselor' totally missed the boat on all her comments. She doesn't understand that medicine has been turned, in the US, into an assembly line. I wonder how often this 'career counselor' recommends factory work to her clients? And especially factory work that involves human meat as product moving down the line?

    It is really irritating to have people like the 'career counselor',
    who seems to know little about our 'career', making comments about 'being upset' in the context that she does. Wait till she is a patient and finds out what 'upset' really means.

    Once again, I want to stress that 'upset' nurses are basically upset because they themselves are getting treated as badly as the patients in our preposterous 'health care business' are. Both patients and workers are being treated as just so much cannon fodder in a profit making war between competing enterprises. It's that simple.

    Career counselor needs to experience some assembly line time herself, and less abstract theory, book education, and 'counselling'. Then she might have some insight form about
    what the work world is often about for most people. I suggest that she work six months as a CNA in a run-of-the-mill nursing home. LOL.

    The Drug Pusher
  36. okay so i made a few consecutive posts and mentioned a very few of the things nurses deal with every day year after year. me and probably a lot of other nurses are glad to have this site available to communicate with people that know what its all about. then there are always other people that start putting us down for doing it. why do some people assume that just because we get treated like crap that we are mistreating or neglecting the patients? to everyone out there that thinks that way----- nurses get at least suspended and investigated for even suspicion of abuse or neglect of patients. if you are thinking that just because we dont spend loads of quality time with the pts. means we dont care you are very wrong. it is the people that are running the whole money making scheme that are the ones setting the rules. by the way, that would not be the nurses that are doing patient care. do you people that think like that really believe that we want to be running our asses off every second or that we want to constantly not be able to develop proper nurse patient relationships so we can better care for each person. do you really believe that we miss our breaks and lunches to try to get more work done because we are the ones that dont give a damn about your loved ones. i've got news for you if you havent learned anything yet by reading the truths posted by other people about it already. the corporations, pharmacies, MD's, etc. are the ones that are running the whole show. your loved ones mean absolutely nothing to them. they make big money off your loved ones. nurse managers do profit from keeping costs down on their unit. those costs do involve staffing and medical supplies. they wring every drop of work out of each nurse. they make it so the workload is impossible or nearly impossible for the nurses to manage. then the nurses' license is on the line if they cant get everything done or if they make a mistake while they are trying to get it all done. the unit i work on needs 2 nurses on day and evening shift. i mean REALLY needs 2. the nurse manager said she was going to meet with the administrator about it because we only had one nurse for each shift. she came back and said we could start having 1.5 nurses for day shift--mon. through fri.. then she was openly bragging about how much the administrator likes her because she saves him a lot of money. and to top it all off , years ago she delegated all of her duties to the lpn's that work on that unit. since i've been there she has never even as much as read a ppd or done a skin assessment. she has it arranged so we do all of the ordering of supplies which she doesnt allow enough to be ordered. we do the rounds with the MD, we take off all orders, we do all assessments, incident reports, charting, pri's,I&o's, all the necessary paperwork to send anyone out to the hospital, notify families, all the lab paperwork, all the ordering of pysicians' update sheets and all the checks. fill out cna assignment sheets, cath. changes. she sits at her computer and emails her family and friends all day, goes to lunch with the social workers, and goes to meetings. she does nothing with admissions or discharges, or any paperwork if someone dies either. on weekends and evenings there is only one nurse on duty. there are over 30 physically and mentally ill patients. the am med. run is over 300 pills. the physicians assistant comes in every day and writes orders which the nurse has to take off and chart on. we give out so many narcotics routinely and as needed to these people that we have over 50 cards of narcotics. we cant prepour them, and we cant take them in the carts because they wont fit , and we cant keep them divided into teams because the orders change so frequently it's impossible. all of the meds wont fit intoone cart so we have 2 carts and 2 med books. we have people on oxygen, people with cancer, physically and mentally ill, retarded , drug addicts, alcoholics, people that can become violent quite easily, renal patients, lots of diabetics, dying people. then there are family members that expect you to act like them and their loved one are the only ones you have to take care of. there are mentally ill family members too. some of them can be quite threatening and dangerous. oh, and there is also only one nurse on night shift too. often the night nurse will be working with one cna. then the nurse will find out that she has to also work another floor. that'sone nurse for almost 70 people. that means the loved ones are then in the care of one cna while the nurse is on the other floor she has to work. i must say that sounds like it must be fun when something goes wrong on both floors at the same time. there are always people that seem to think that nurses just sit around on one big coffee break complaining all day though. we run around all day smiling and trying to ACT as cheerful as possible for the sake of your loved ones. you think we dont do it well enough to please you-- so then why dont you take your loved one home and take the perfect care of them yourself since its so easy. if its too much for you to take care of one sick person at home just try to stop and think how much you are demanding of each nurse. nurses that work in hspitals dont have as many patients but they have other things to do that makes up for it. i know cause i,ve done it and that sucks too. home care is not much better because the families think you are there as their babysitter, housemaid , cook, clotheswasher, most of the husbands will make some type of sexual advance towards you, they try to get you involved in their personal affairs and arguments, some of them will steal from you, they expect you to let their dogs climb on you, let the cats and dogs in and out to the bathroom, use you as an alarm clock. expect you to not mind if they get back from their shopping trips a few hours late. if you have to go somewhere with them they will buy tons of stuff and hook it all to the wheelchair you are already pushing a person around in and make you push it all up hills through grass and gravel and mud. let's see now how could anyone possibly bitch about the wonderful, prestigious, caring job of being a nurse. and you can count on not being home for holidays ,weekends and special occasions. i dont know of very many nurses who've had a marriage survive it all. you can get mandated quite frequently , and on any day. if you refuse to stay you can get written up. if you refuse to stay you can be charged with patient abandonment which is very serious and you lose yourlicense for it. truthfully, i think people should be more concerned about a nurse that says how much they "love" being a nurse.-- i think any nurse that can derive any sense of pleasure from the treatment they get and from seeing what goes on behind the scenes is seriously mentally disturbed. i know they are NOT the ones i would want taking care of my family. sorry this was a very long post, but i'm just sick to death of people thinking nurses are to be kept in their place ,treated miserably, and act like they love every minute of it. nursing and the care the patients get could be made so much better if the workload was just brought down to a tolerable level.
  37. i agree with you, but i have been a rn 7yrs and you are wrong on some pts. #1 the nursing instructors purposely pick students to fail and harrass -that is a given-yes the education should be hard to challenging; but you have no idea of the bs educational process of nursing and the sorority like conditions of nursing education. it is plain stupid. #2 Your know nothing of the ranting women who are bipolar troublemongering backstabbers. #3 it would surprise you just how little hospital ad. and nursing management care about their coworkers giving them unreal job tasks and pay- bottom line career counselor, they do not care only if it affects them; this is what is wrong with Healthcare in America-#4 Helping people is noble and valuable but it should not be at the expense of the those rendering the service and it is in Nursing. YOU HAVE NOT A CLUE until you do it.
  38. Tranquil- realm

    whoever you are. you are right on the money and the career counselor needs some real world education. it is obvious he or she had none, and nor real working knowledge of nursing, nurses, and real life
    working conditions. Chill and try and get out or change jobs. It helped me. I wish you the best. BUT nursing on the whole sucks, but if you look hard enough maybe you can find a ninche that works for you. I hope so. If not get out. God, knows you will happier. and all the more spiritually, mentally, and physically healthier. I promise. It will be hard at first- changing but you will adjust. I did. Party on. Nursing ON the WHOLE Really Does SUCK. And a vast majority of nurses not all are ill - the psychobitches from hell who live to cause problems. I think it is the nature of the beast and will not change. You either have to except it or move on.

    PR
  39. thanks paul. i almost scribbled out a two week notice today-- then decided to finish out the day, come home, and print out a proper one to give them. for my sake- not for the employer. staffing had started pestering me to work a double shortly after i got there this morning. i refused mandation twice today. the reg. eve. nurse for my floor showed up thank God so they cant' cry abandonment. out of all the nurses in two large buildings i find it hard to believe i was next for mandation anyway since i did a double last tuesday. anyway, i didnt stay because i didnt want to be so wrecked that i couldnt go job hunting tomorrow. i'll work as a walmart greeter or gather up shopping carts for a living before i'll spend the rest of my life miserable. i was happy before nursing and will be happy again shortly. i'm glad you found a job that lets you have a life. you seem too good to be stuck in it. all the best to you too. oh. i have been brushing up on some non-medical job skills.
  40. you are welcome

    Try hospice or home health, the care is one on one, no insane co-workers haunt you. I have a weekend, oncall position and for the most part, I love it. the pay is less than in a hospital but hell the working conditions are 100X superior, and I have a
    great non-psychotic yes-female boss. She's is great. And yes I am searching for a second career that will allow me to say bye-bye the bullshit in BSN.

    GOOD LUCK
  41. I have been an LVN for 8yrs. Recently I was excepted into RN transitional program. After all these years having worked in all kinds of environments including hospital and nursing homes I have decided not cont in the nursing profession. I am 30yrs old. Currently I am a private duty pediatric nurse taking care of a trach baby and the family I work for is fantastic. This job is the exception though. For those of you who think that us burned out nurses are whiney complainers who need to just get out, it's that kind of lack of understanding or delusion that contributes to the problems with the nursing profession. After all, were would be without nurses? Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to care for people and had grandiose ideas about being a nurse. The years have disenchanted me and made me feel hopeless. I happen to know that I am an excellent nurse. That much I am confident about. Right now, I am considering another profession all together. And just in case you were wandering, I can manage my stress just fine!
  42. Just woke up from 6 hours of sleep - came home from my job as nursing home sup, x 24 hours without sleep and experiencing "mental status changes" because of it. Basically, nursing is about SHIT not to mention PEE - interminttently interspersed with mucus and blood, fluid filled lungs and crazy old people climbing out of bed all hours of the night and slipping and falling in their own pee. (These old people cannot be restrained in any way, due to "residents' rights". Hence, broken hips, etc.) We use little "tabs" alarms. The residents just pull them off their gowns or stick them in their pockets and get up anyway. Then, of course we staff must pick them up off the floor, even if they do weigh 380 lbs. The lift just doesn't go to the floor - too expensive for this facility to buy one that does - they really don't care how many nurses hurt their backs, etc. Anyone thinking about going into nursing should try picking up a naked fat lady soaked in urine off the floor - she can't help, just laying their like a blob - hope you don't mind getting a little urine on your clothes - just put a bath blanket under her and use six people to lift - by the way, one of you is going to get smashed under her as you ease her onto the bed. The administration wants to know WHY this person fell - mainly they hope they can pin it on you - like, was the alarm attached? Had she been toileted? Just WHO is responsible for this ? (Of course, not the resident herself, who can't remember that she can't bear her weight of 380 lbs - her ankles are permanently deformed secondary to years of trying to hold her in upright position.) Hey nurse, did you ever have the contents of a colostomy bag drip down your leg? If you do get hurt as a nurse, your employer will try to screw you out of any compensation - you are guilty until proven innocent - get your lawyer ready. For Nurses Week, we received lunch bags with our employer's name on them - and day shift got a plate of cookies - of course, the other shifts missed out on that because the day folks demolished them first. It is all so rewarding!
  43. hey! we got lunch bags for nuses week too. with the employers name on them. they had plates full of cookies downstairs. cheap crap junkfood. same cheap generic bisquik, somewith chocolate thrown in, some with coconut or whatever thrown in, and some with leftover lemon pudding on it.i'll be so glad when 6/20 comes(my last day there). there's plenty of fatass residents there too. no lift that goes down to the floor. in fact, we arent allowed to have a lift on the floor i've been working on cause it's called alert and "oriented". HAH! in other words if they can open their eyes they are alert. and if you stand there and yell out their name over and over they eventually look they are oriented. there are no levels of orientation like 1,2,3. my NM doesnt even know what that is. if PT, social worker , NM can get one to grab a hold of a washcloth they are min assist of one. if they dont know what stand up means they are mod assist of one. and they too pull their alarms of or sit there moving over and over just enough to set them off all day screaming nurse nurse whats that noise. turn off that noise. theres one that wheels herself over to the elevator(wearing an alarm anklet no less) and sits there pushing the elevator button for half the shift. nursing has been one big barrel of monkeys. hey maybe you work for the same corporation i've been working for.
  44. Give me a break!!!!!You've NEVER had a bad day and felt the need to vent? I think most of the frustration from nursing comes because people really DO CARE about the work that they are doing. I didn't become a nurse because I hate people and I don't hate my job because I hate helping people. I HATE the situations that administation puts us in that prevents me from doing what I know is right! I don't see how you could be a nurse and LOVE being overloaded and too busy to take proper care of your patients! Those of you who seem to think that nursing is all good are obviously blind to what is really going on around you! By shouting out that you love nursing the way that it is, you're really only saying that you are ok with insurance companies, hospitals, etc, profiting at the patients expense and you don't mind giving sub-standard care!
  45. i didn't realize there was a different forum that I posted on, I just googled "I hate nursing" and ended up on this site, anyway I just read some of the other posts and Tranquil, i think I love you (not literally) I wish you could come work with me!
  46. thanks. we'll probably never work together though cause i jumped ship. i finally just up and quit. got hired by a home care agency, said to heck with that and never took a case. i just started hunting for a regular job today. and sure hope i find one pretty quick or i'll be living in a cardboard box or under a bridge or something cause i WON'T make myself go back to that hell of nursing. i will find something fast. nothing to do with the medical field though. i've done many different jobs in my life an the only one i really hated was nursing. well, truthfully, mcdonalds wasnt so great-- at the time you had to work 6 hours to earn a 5 min. pee break. now it's like -- holy cow! --5 mins. to pee after only a few hrs would be like----- being on vacation! i'll have to stop there this week along with the other places. one things for sure. i'm laughin my tail off cause i know my rotten ex NM is having to do part of her job now cause i was very necessary on that unit. the jokes on that fat load NM now.
  47. Why dont you experienced nurses work in the insurance field? They need nurses to read medical records and charts and the job security is good since everyone needs insurance. You can also work as an underwriter and with just a couple years of experience you can earn a pretty high salary. And with more experience, you can have management position or become a senior underwriter, etc. Lots of money and I believe that your nursing education will come in handy and look favorable to employers.
  48. In nursing school I was blessed to have some really great clinial instructors and a wonderful classroom instructor as well.

    One thing was constantly said, "If you go into nursing for the
    money you will get burned out quickly."

    I became a nurse because I know it is my calling. God has given
    me what I need physically, mentally, and emotionally in order to to be a good nurse.

    Not everyone can be a teacher, preacher, doctor, or nurse. I
    strongly beleive that these professions are given to people in
    accordance with special qualities that only God can give in order
    for them to achieve success. If you are not feeling it in your heart then by all means leave it alone there are many other professions one can do for a living...ask God to show you what's best for you. God bless you!
  49. how many electro-convulsive shock treatments have you had? ...well if you haven't had any I just can't figure how else you could be so blissfully ignorant.
  50. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    In nursing school I was blessed to have some really great clinial instructors and a wonderful classroom instructor as well.

    One thing was constantly said, "If you go into nursing for the
    money you will get burned out quickly."

    I became a nurse because I know it is my calling. God has given
    me what I need physically, mentally, and emotionally in order to to be a good nurse.

    Not everyone can be a teacher, preacher, doctor, or nurse. I
    strongly beleive that these professions are given to people in
    accordance with special qualities that only Go nb d can give in order
    for them to achieve success. If you are not feeling it in your heart then by all means leave it alone there are many other professions one can do for a living...ask God to show you what's best for you. God bless you!
    First and foremost let me start by telling you that I'm also chrisitian. I have worked in the field of nursing for 10 years. And if I was out for the money, I would have definitely chosen another path because the money isn't that great for all the work and stress. You can not negate the fact that the health care system is taking its toll on many good nurses.
  51. Did I just hear the whambulance coming! Waaaaaa- waaaaaa. Quit your job idiot. I hate people who say how bad they have it when they can quit and do something else. If you hated something every minute for nine years then shame on you for not doing something about it. You deserve to be unhappy. No one put a gun to your head and said, "Nurse dammit." My guess is that you arent very good at what you do.

    P.S. you havent looked hard enough for a position that pays you for you BSN because those jobs do exist.
  52. my guess is you aren't a nurse.
  53. I work as an agency RN. Which allows me to self schedual, no holidays, weekend, whatever I want. Along with this comes paying your own benifits and etc. You'll work for 38/44 per hour.
    If you work directly for the hospital you'll average about 25/hour and work every other weekend, holidays, you will get shit retirement (called a 403-b) the hospitals will tell you they match a certian % however, if you leave usually before 5 years they get to keep there percentage of the contributions. In addition to this you get to help those poor sick people who call you mother fucker, get me some food, a blanket, or are telling you how you how to do your job. An example of this is a patient that has a fever and you need to get blood labs to determine if their white blood count is high. they will respond by saying "I don't need no blood draw I just need some pills. Now get my doctor and get me my food!" If you think this is just an occasional problem think again! The next big game that is being played by hospitals is they willl see you in their ER within 30 minutes! HORSE SHIT!! What happens is the hospital gets you out of the waiting room and into the ER, the doctor sees the pt and the patient sits around for about 4-10 hours+. meanwhile the patient are coming unglued
    and guess who takes the heat ? Yes the RN! combine that with a nursing shortage and what do you have, pissed off nurses!!!
    Then you have management kissing the patients ass trying to put out fires. Most of these stupid patients don't pay anyway! Anyway I could go on forever. This is a fucked up job you'll never be out of work you'll work forever but there is a huge mental and physical cost. Remember your seeing people at their absolute worst level and they will run you right into the fucking ground.
    P.S. there is a major nursing shortage in this country and it will continue to get much worse and if you want to know why become an RN.
  54. I am a woman, was an RN; not any more, thank God! But I think the problem with nursing is that there are too many women in it. Instead of supporting each other and working together to improve the situation, you argue with each other about what constitutes a good nurse and how much you can physicaly & mentaly deal with. No wonder NURSES get EXPLOITED, they don't stick together and work as a team to improve the situation. MEN are better at this, they call each other MATE, work together and get the job done. Women just argue and bitch about the whole thing. You make me ashamed of being a woman.

    If it's broken fix it. Do whatever you have to: strike, quit so that there is a huge age of nurses, expose what's going on in the industry (but not in a bitchy way), and stick together so that you can fix the bloody problem. Otherwise just get out and save your self. You have the power to change it, if you work together. Force the government to listen, by joining forces and working as a team for changes that are much needed.
  55. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    I have been in the field of nursing for years and I love it. It takes a certian person to be a nurse and if you don't have the ability to deal with stress then get out of nursing.

    OK, and you can be the only nurse working on your shift.
  56. I'm 38 yrs old and I've been a nurse since I was 20. I have recently changed careers and I'm now in real estate as a full-time REALTOR ...and loving it. I'm much like the nurse who wrote in about having "seen too much". I had reached a point that I had too much experience and no one wanted to pay me what I was worth...why not get someone fresh out of school and pay them far less???? My fibromyalgia has gotten too bad to do nursing much longer, and this is something I physically can't do another 20 years. I'll bet i changed jobs @ least 22-25 times, never quite finding satisfaction in any of them. I thought it was just somethin
    wrong with me, but I'm seeing this echoed throughout this message board, so it's not just you. I will forever treasure the thousands of kind souls that I was privledged enough to serve before they left this Earth. Things I learned in nursing has and will continue to serve me better in my present career, and for that , I can say that some of it was worth it. If you are young and in your 20's, go for it...but if you're 40 and you're not in a pencil-pushing position, get out while you can while your body can still carry you to the next venture. Unfortunately, everything that you
    guys are saying on this site is true...I feel ya and been there, too. But ,we must all learn to recognize when a door is closing so that we can go into the window that's opening. I know it's been hard, but to each of you I wish for you the courage to step out and make those dreams youve had on the back burner all these years to come true. Take care, guys... Holly in Louisiana
  57. All of you guys complaining about nursing should not have got into it in the first place. It is not an easy job, but it is rewarding. Sure the workload is overwhelming at times, but when you can help someone cope with an illness, or save their life it makes it all worth while. I injured my back due to short staffing and lack of equipment and can no longer work in the hospital. Do not blame nursing for your dissatisfaction, maybe it is where you are employed, or you never embraced the spirit of nursing. If you are in nursing for money you are in it for the wrong reason. You should work in Arkansas and you would whine more about salaries. I am going back to school for my BSN and MSN. I hope to be the instructor students will not dread. All instructors are not bad. Nursing is rewarding if entered for the right reasons.
  58. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    All of you guys complaining about nursing should not have got into it in the first place. It is not an easy job, but it is rewarding. Sure the workload is overwhelming at times, but when you can help someone cope with an illness, or save their life it makes it all worth while. I injured my back due to short staffing and lack of equipment and can no longer work in the hospital. Do not blame nursing for your dissatisfaction, maybe it is where you are employed, or you never embraced the spirit of nursing. If you are in nursing for money you are in it for the wrong reason. You should work in Arkansas and you would whine more about salaries. I am going back to school for my BSN and MSN. I hope to be the instructor students will not dread. All instructors are not bad. Nursing is rewarding if entered for the right reasons.

    Short staffing and lack of equipmesnt, yup, I can see why you love nursing.
  59. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    Short staffing and lack of equipmesnt, yup, I can see why you love nursing.


    good one!
  60. I will have to totally agree "I HATE MY NURSING CAREER." I just recentlly changed my major in college from BSN to BSM, as I realized when I came back from helping with hurricane Katrina just how much I hated being an RN. It wasn't Katrina that made me hate nursing, it made me look at my life period. I've been a nurse for many of years and thought I could better myself by getting my BSN. Boy was I wrong! A BSN is a no-where kind of position in my state period! It is nice to read other posts here that feel the way I do. I'm tired of working short staffed all the time. I'm a shortage agency nurse, and everywhere I go is still short staffed. I had an assignment this past month were I was on a skilled unit and I was the only nurse for 49 patients. There was for the most part only 1 1/2 CNA's to help, as we had to share one with another floor. DANGEROUS! I just wish I had a little coffee shop somewhere )
  61. You know the reason you can't stand school is because it is most decidedly run by WOMEN. The reason people can't stand Nursing is because it is most decidedly run by WOMEN. I have been in nursing for 28 years and from my observations of working with primarily WOMEN I have made a conscious decision never to VOTE for a woman unless I know them personally, because MOST of the women in power I have delt with have dysfunctional husbands, families and lives then bring their frustration to the workplace. Currently I work in a hospital where 90 % of the women get at least 10 calls a day from their dysfunctional homes, HAMPERING patient care. I was NEVER allowed to call my parents at work EVER. If you people are soo burned out GET rid of your dysfunctional husbands and sell perfume in a drugstore, they are just another mouth to feed OR as I see it another child to support. AND for Cripes sake would EVERYONE quit crying at work when it gets tough it's unprofessional ... COWBOY UP!! Nursing is a tough business, GET USED TO WORKING FOR YOUR MONEY.
  62. I am sure the reason that I don't care for nursing any more is not because it is ran by woman, when in fact in my area there are a number of great male nurses. I try not to focus on gender issues, when there are ligitimate issues that are negatively affecting nursing today. SHORTAGES! Just as I wrote in my original post, that "I am tired of working short staffed all the time." This is dangerous, not only for the nurse but especially for the patient. We are in such a severe nursing shortage in the U.S., that I am honestly seeing and feeling the repurcussions everyday! I don't have a dysfunctional husband and no one is crying on this side of the fence. The point I was trying to make is "I hate my nursing career r/t short staffing." I love being a nurse, but look around; the affects of short staffing is everywhere! If more nurses would speak up, pay attention and quite blaming others; then maybe, just maybe there will be enough nurses to care for us nurses of today! What is unprofessional to me, is the nurse that has lost their ablity to critically think and stands back and does nothing to help with these problems of today. Great topic!
  63. You really must be honest about why we are short staffed, it's just a darn tough job, otherwise everyone would be running to do it. We tend to eat our young just by being catty and mean, starting with nursing school and the teachers, although I have to say they are showing the students what most of the nursing world is, gotta give them that much credit. I have worked with many male RNs, I have nothing against ANY men who work and talk about critical thinking, men have the corner on that, hands down, it's just the way thier brains are organized You brought up some great points for sure.
  64. I agree I have been nursing 11 years. I started late in life and decided to get my BSN so I could get into management and off the floor---It is hard-You have to be in the circle and be there at the right time and right place and LIKED. Most of the managers I have spoken to became mangers with their Associates Degree in Nursing. I am so depressed and have been because I have been though so much with the work load and type of nursing we have to put up with-It is B-- S--- N------!!!! I now owe a lot of money for going on for my BSN and I have just left my job because of the mental stress of work over load and potential mistakes.
    I am looking for another job and I am not sure what direction to go in at this point. I love working with patients and caring for them. I could not take one more day of stressful nursing and constant worry if I did something wrong or not-Did I miss something?
    I don't believe were short staffed, its a way not to hire more nurses and to hire foreign nurses for less pay.
  65. Quote:
    Originally posted by Mohammed Jones
    I recently got a job as a nurse and this guy raped me so bad. It was just punishing. He pulled me into this room and just let into me. I live in San Worth Texas.
    This person is lying!! Who posts this kind of shit on the web 'this guy raped me so bad", raping is always so bad!! Please!
  66. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    Did I just hear the whambulance coming! Waaaaaa- waaaaaa. Quit your job idiot. I hate people who say how bad they have it when they can quit and do something else. If you hated something every minute for nine years then shame on you for not doing something about it. You deserve to be unhappy. No one put a gun to your head and said, "Nurse dammit." My guess is that you arent very good at what you do.

    P.S. you havent looked hard enough for a position that pays you for you BSN because those jobs do exist.
    So I guess you are going to pay my bills and loans...SCREW YOU...you have no idea...obvious not a nurse!! If all the nurses that hate their jobs quit there would be very few left, maybe you would change your tune when your local hospital shuts down!!
  67. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    You know the reason you can't stand school is because it is most decidedly run by WOMEN. The reason people can't stand Nursing is because it is most decidedly run by WOMEN. I have been in nursing for 28 years and from my observations of working with primarily WOMEN I have made a conscious decision never to VOTE for a woman unless I know them personally, because MOST of the women in power I have delt with have dysfunctional husbands, families and lives then bring their frustration to the workplace. Currently I work in a hospital where 90 % of the women get at least 10 calls a day from their dysfunctional homes, HAMPERING patient care. I was NEVER allowed to call my parents at work EVER. If you people are soo burned out GET rid of your dysfunctional husbands and sell perfume in a drugstore, they are just another mouth to feed OR as I see it another child to support. AND for Cripes sake would EVERYONE quit crying at work when it gets tough it's unprofessional ... COWBOY UP!! Nursing is a tough business, GET USED TO WORKING FOR YOUR MONEY.
    You are obvious dysfunctional and unprofessional!! Nurses work like slaves for their $$$...pig!!
  68. I love being a Nurse, I love my job and the people I work with.
    I went into the field with realist expectations. I like helping people, but accept the limitations.

    You want to talk about politics, go into the corporate world. I know, because I left it.

    Corporate politics are worse, there you are competing with everyone, and everyone will turn on you in an instant.

    Hospital politics are nothing compared to Corporate Business politics. So if your thinking the grass is greener, it isn't.

    For the people complaining about cleaning poop and vomiting, most R.N.'s don't do that. I respect the LPN's and the CNA's that do.

    If you think that R.N's give LPN's and CNA's crap, again it's the same in the corporate world. It's not the profession, is that there are crappy people out there period. You can't escape it, so you have to learn to deal with it. Even if you go into your own business, you will have to deal with it. Someone always thinks that they are better.

    I'm working on my Masters now, and this has been a great carrear choice for me.

    As for the degree, get your BSN. Why, because it leaves the door open, wither or not you decide to get your MSN, or leave the profession entirely, having a Bachelor's opens more doors than not having one.

    I highly suggest that anyone interested in Nursing, volunteer for a hospital and work with the Nurses. Get an idea of what they actually do and what they deal with. There is a lot of heartache as you deal with trauma daily. Can you deal with the elderly, death of someone you know, death of someone that knows you who you don't really know? It does take a certain person to be a Nurse, so volunteer first and find out.
  69. Who doesn't get burnt out of professon after 20 years?
  70. I've never been a nurse. I've never studied nursing in school. From time to time, I was curious what nursing is like. I had no clue. I just knew they had $50k while I had $30k as a biomedical equipment technician. I never knew how lucky I really was. My job has no real problems. I guess the grass is greener on my side. I had no idea what you people really go through. I apologize for my ignorance. Now when people say I only make 30k and only have an Associate's degree, I'll just look at them like they're the biggest idiots in the world. All I can say is, get the hell out of nursing, and get an easier job. It's amazing how how much money you can do without if it's necessary for your peace of mind.
  71. original
    rollin, rollin, rollin
    keep those doggies rollin

    hospital version
    rollin, rollin, rollin
    keep those pts rollin

    original
    working at the car wash boy
    those cars never seem to stop comin

    hospital version
    workin at the hospital girl
    those pts never seem to stop comin

    work and work my fingers to the bone
    at the hospital girl

    I can't wait till its time to go home

    haven't be in the hospital in a year don't miss the sickos at all
    the hospital is loaded with them
    and I am not talkin about the pts

    yes if I hung around much longer I would kill some one
    and yes I am not talkin about the pts

    one can only take so much crap from the gods
    so get out there girls
    service the slave driver
    take your whipin
    you need the money don't you
    sell your soul and look the other way
    I don't give a shit if i starve on a street corner
    I am never going back
    I was thinking of pan-handeling in the city
    I would probally get more respect
    I think I am going to change my name from saint mary to loose cannon

    really I am no saint- not by a long shot
    but in comparison to the crap that that preys on those poor patients
    well I am an angel
    they are so bad they make me look perfect
  72. I'm sorry jou don't like your job






















    GIVE IT UP TO A KOREAN OR MEXICAN WHO WOULD DO THE JOB 10,000 TIMES BETTER THEN YOU AND FOR ONLY A COUPLE OF BBQED RIBS OR TEQUILELLAS AND THE ODD FAJITA OR TWO ...OH YES, YOU COULD THROW IN A COUPLE OF BUCKS FOR GOOD. SO THERE'S THE ANSWER IDIOT!! THEN THE HOSPITAL COUL DSAVE MONEY AND YOU COULD JUST GO AND SEE IF YOU COULD FIND SOMETHING OU LIKE..AND IF NOT..GO ON WELFARE AND GET MEDICAID YOU SUCKER! WOW! ARE ALL THE PEOPLE ON HERE SO CRETINOUS OR IT IS JUST YOU! i BET YOU SUPPORT OL' 'W' BUSH AS WELL...GEEZ WHAT A MORON!!
  73. I have been an RN for two years now and have been months burned out from dealing with the BS that people that REALLY care about their patients have to deal with. I like my patients and that is only what keeps me going, in addition to studying for my nurse practitioner boards in November, and changing jobs!; otherwise, it seems as though the harder I work to get everything done, the longer I am staying overtime at work to finish up. Nurses are ALWAYS those responsible when something is not done-by patients, families, and other co-workers including MDs. In addition, if something needs to be changed by administration, who is it that ends up with more work to pick up the slack?
    Administration and my supervisor are constantly finding petty b*&%shit things to remind me that I HAVEN'T done, while I work to push pills down patient's throats and keep up with MD orders and pushy medical students that serve as duplicate "verbal" orders to already written MD orders. If they have so much time to remind me to do things, why don't they help out? I also have problems with some of the nursing assistants not doing things, stating they were "not told", and by the time I find certain things like vital signs and blood sugars not done, I am of course the one to blame. Why do the nursing assistants not give each other report? Am I responsible for keeping my patients alive, giving meds, communicating care plans with MDs, AND performing nursing assistant responsibilities? Dont' get me wrong-I am one of the nurses on the floor that is more likely to help nursing assistants out, but I am sick and tired of reminding them to do something that they should already know to do;so I don't waste my mental energy, and as a result things don't get done as they should, which is no new thing in our medical system. The problem is the whole American medical system, as people on this discussion board have mentioned before-it is a factory in which patients are pushed in and out of as quickly as possible, in order to obtain the most money.
    I am glad that there are other people on this that feel the same way about nursing, as I feel that I am one of the few that feels this way on my floor. Everyone else seems to leave on time, and I seem to be doing more for my patients but feel as though I have done less at the end of the day. I am glad to be leaving the position of the hospital RN soon, to take on a less stressful and more rewarding position. If you want a career in which working harder results in more personal satisfaction as opposed to a paradoxical less satisfaction, do not choose nursing as a career, unless you intend to obtain your master's degree or perhaps do a more specific type of nursing such as outpatient or psych.
  74. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    Did I just hear the whambulance coming! Waaaaaa- waaaaaa. Quit your job idiot. I hate people who say how bad they have it when they can quit and do something else. If you hated something every minute for nine years then shame on you for not doing something about it. You deserve to be unhappy. No one put a gun to your head and said, "Nurse dammit." My guess is that you arent very good at what you do.

    P.S. you havent looked hard enough for a position that pays you for you BSN because those jobs do exist.
    Get off of your high horse; the reality is that people need money and not everyone is happy with their job, and this may be a safe place for them to vent, in order to try to get away from people like YOU with your opinions at work or at home. I agree that if you are not happy with your job then leave, but I am fortunate in that I could afford to go to graduate school to leave being a floor RN, being single and without any to support or major debt to pay off. Let this be a safe haven for those wishing to have a positive listening ear.
  75. After 26 years as an RN and working as a CNA while going to school to become a nurse, I have seen alot of changes. Too sadly not for the better. I am taking proactive steps to relieve my stress. I am building my own business with a team of nurses who want to share the way to health, wealth and time freedom to do what you want when you want without sacrificing your desire to help others. Though I am still working part-time in nursing and do the best job with what I have to work with, I focus my efforts toward building a brighter future with great benefits by working at home for myself.
  76. Hi,
    Thank you for your positive reply! I think it is great that there are still nurses out there that want to join together to make a difference.
    Wellspickard: What kind of business have you started? That sounds great!
  77. Hello Everyone,

    I am 39 years old. I became an RN almost six years ago. I started out in Well Baby, then moved on to the NICU, then to Stroke & Ortho Rehab, to Telemetry/Med-Surg, Agency Med-Surg, Oncology certification level one and now Float Pool various departments. After the first year I was already burned out emotionally and physically. I did try to go into something else two years after being an RN. I sold Time Share at a Resort which was GREAT FUN, but I made NO MONEY. I then went to Real Estate school and became a Licensed Affiliate Broker and joined a very successful Real Estate Broker. However, seems you have to put a lot of money into starting your real estate business........ money I simply didn't have. Not to mention my pager and cell phone went off 24/7 ! There is NO TIME OFF in Real Estate.......not if you want the sale. I worked 3rd shifts for almost five years and then decided I could at least transfer to day shift for less money with normal hours, hoping that would help me. I has helped some, but only because I can now be at home nights with my husband. So now I'm working in the Float Pool 7a-3p and getting cancelled far more than I get to work. I owe tremendous student loan debt and have other bills and responsibilites as we all do. I don't know what to do to get out of this profession. I love my dear patients! I absolutely love them. But we are so overloaded and understaffed every where I've worked that it's almost impossible to give our patients quality care. I feel like I have failed them when I don't, when I can't. I don't see the situation improving in the future. The 2012 projections of over 800,000 empty nursing positions is frightening. We can't do the job now! How will we then? I made a terrible mistake becoming an RN. I LOVE people, but I hate being a nurse. This can't be my life........ I have to find a way out. I've read some hateful posts on here. Those who want out simply made a mistake becoming a nurse. I have applied for COUNTLESS positions over the years.......all of which I am OVERqualified for so they don't hire me. I am WILLING to take a pay cut but jobs for RN's who no longer want to be RN's just don't seem to be out there. I went from 40.00/hour PRN full-time to 28.00/hour day shift float pool which was a tremendous cut but now I'm cancelled more than I work. I'm willing to take a further pay cut if I can just find the job which will enable me to keep my sanity and my spirit alive. I don't think it's the nurse's fault, it's the state of healthcare and we are all in the boat together. Healthcare needs to change and many of us would love to stick it out and wait until that happens, but at what cost to ourselves when there is no change in site. Those with angry posts......... saying things like idiot. Oh my goodness, i've already said that to myself a million times for choosing this profession. I wish it were as simple as selling perfume at the local drugstore, wish i could afford to work for 8.00/hour but I simply can't afford to do that. Many of us can't. I wish I could afford to do just that.
  78. Hey guys and girls,

    I have heard of your complaints in the past. I am a paramedic with one of the most notable and respected private ambulance services in the country. While the pay is WAY LESS, I feel that the job of a paramedic is very rewarding. While we deal with patients for very short periods of time, we have the opportunity to make a HUGE impact on their lives. You may be asking why I am posting this on a nurse's griping board: many ambulance services accept and incourgage nurses to come onboard as RNs for their services. Maybe some of you should consider taking less money for a job that is very rewarding. I had my third compliment letter come in the other day and I have never been prouder of me and my partner than I was that day. I may never be making in the $70,000 range, but I love my job, my company and my patients. That, to me, is more important than money. I am able to go to work everyday and be happy doing what I love. So consider emergency medical services -- it may be just what you are lookin for!!

    CajunMedic
  79. Quote:
    Originally posted by cajunmedic
    Hey guys and girls,

    I have heard of your complaints in the past. I am a paramedic with one of the most notable and respected private ambulance services in the country. While the pay is WAY LESS, I feel that the job of a paramedic is very rewarding. While we deal with patients for very short periods of time, we have the opportunity to make a HUGE impact on their lives. You may be asking why I am posting this on a nurse's griping board: many ambulance services accept and incourgage nurses to come onboard as RNs for their services. Maybe some of you should consider taking less money for a job that is very rewarding. I had my third compliment letter come in the other day and I have never been prouder of me and my partner than I was that day. I may never be making in the $70,000 range, but I love my job, my company and my patients. That, to me, is more important than money. I am able to go to work everyday and be happy doing what I love. So consider emergency medical services -- it may be just what you are lookin for!!

    CajunMedic
    Thanks CajunMedic for the info. Not many nurses would be familiar with that career option. As an ER nurse myself, I've yet to meet a miserable paramedic and have always admired the work you do. There are also Critical Transport positions with ambulance companies for RN's with ICU/ER experience. It's a great job for anyone interested in working with a great group of people and picking up some valuable skills.
  80. One thing that you have to understand is that no matter where u work, there will always be red tape. The average time for burnout for paramedics is about 7 years. However, if you come tow work with a positive attitude and leave the stress behind, you can easily have a 20 yr career. FYI - I work for Acadian Ambulance of LA, TX and MS. I am very proud to be with that company (espically in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita) and am looking into possibly have a career in nursing with them. Our company is fixing to place paramedics and RNs on one of our first Critical Transport Units (CTUs). Our RNs also fly our fixed wing transports along with other things. You can consider working as an RN offshore (with a little additional training, such as suturing). You can work as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher. Don't sit here and grip about the things you can't do with your RN degree. Sure, most career paths take you to the hospitals, nursing homes or the home health agencies. But emergency medical services could be the way to go for some of you that TOTALLY CAN'T STAND YOUR JOBS. I respect each and every one of you for the work that you do. Sometimes you just have to think "outside the box" and consider other alternatives you can do with your amazing patient care skills. If anyone needs any other information, ask for my email address and maybe we can talk things over. Thanks for listening. Hope this message gets to the right ears. Jeremy

    PS - for career opportunities, check out www.acadian.com
  81. I've been a nurse for 5 years and have hated everyday of it. I've kept a steady parttime job and tried many others on the side. I've worked ICU/CCU, telemetry, ER, PICU and PACU. I am currently giving outpatient dialysis a try. It does not require any real genius to see that I will never be satisfied because the real truth is I can't stand being a nurse. At the end of most days I mainly feel used up and demeaned. I graduated nursing school magna cum laude and consider my self a fairly intelligent person and cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would voluntarily choose to be demeaned for a living. Pts don't believe you have a brain in your head (they still think be only do bedpans), doctors (not all) have more respect for the furniture and other nurses...well that's another story. I think nurses are so cruel to each other because they realize the lowliness of their status and do what they can to raise their esteem by picking on others. I always feel like I'm in a pissing contest. Everyone wants to prove how much they know when in reality what you know is of minimal consequence. Depending on where you work, nurses have very little autonomy. I have given up on being assertive (in a nice-nonthreatening way of course) because too often docs resent your input/observations only to do what you suggested in the end anyway. I'm going insane!!! I just want to go open a bakery or coffee shop or something...
  82. hi im new here...
    i also dont like NURSING... first i liked the fact that nurses wear neat white uniforms and all my batchmates were on nursing... they all gone crazy with nursing!

    when i reached my 2nd year in college i really wanted to shift to another course....but my mom insisted that there are lots of opportunity for nurses abroad... she told me that either i finish nursing or get out of school... she even told me that i can transfer to another school but not transfer to another course...

    i have to cry before i go on duties i feel stupid! i wish i had just left out of school than continuing this course....

    they tell me like why im not like my batchmates who have already jobs in hospitals...what the hell do i care about them...

    i like to study graphics design...i am an artist not a nurse...! or maybe some course that doesnt deal with human lives!

    i also think i have a phobia in hospitals...i hate the sight of it!
    especially the syringes... my terror Clinical Instructors.... it feels like hell! and i hate every second of it!

    one time i suffered diarrhea because my CI was yelling at me... it was like 1 rotation, that i felt like she hated me!

    and i was also disappointed about my grades in clinical area... no matter how i tried hard on making nursing diagnosis... it was such a disappointment!

    i cant become a nurse and i dont really like the word NURSE!
    even if i become one i cant imagine myself working in the hospital...


  83. I'm a non-traditional male student in a BSN program who also hates nursing. I've been an LPN for nine years (in Med/Surg, Cardiopulmonary, Long Term Care, and Corrections), have worked as an EMT, CNA, phlebotomist, Army medic, and have a Bachelor's degree in Bilogolgy with a chemistry minor (not that it matters). The point is, I honestly feel nursing instructors abuse students and treat them like they are inherently stupid (especially if they're threatened by you). I get hovered over, heckled, and micromanaged for ridiculous things. I never had any problems with professor treatment in my last degree or in the Army. The attitudes and actions of my "superiors" perpetuates an abuse cycle and nothing more (I'm sure my classmates who eventually go into instruction will model this behavior). I don't think that nurses are inherently disfunctional, but I do believe that the evil ways in which some nurses work helps them climb to the top of the shit heap where they can be in charge. Nursing is what happens when mean little girls grow up. I wish it didn't fall on the gender line so heavily either but a lot of the old school nurses are card carrying members of "the good-ol girl club"... I feel for what many women have experienced over the last hundred years. My plan is to duke it out in this shitty profession for another ten years (just long enough to raise my son) and look for something else or go back to graduate school in Bio or Chem. I too googled "I hate nursing" and was led here for a moment's reprieve. Thanks letting me vent my two coins.
  84. I'm 52 and can't take another day, its good to hear there possibilites out there. Any suggestions? Like computer skills I might need? you give me hope!
  85. thank you everyone for posting on this site. i felt that i was
    weird..whenever i said i hated nursing to anyone i work with or went to school with they would give me these crazy looks. and its not cause they love it...they love the money. and also, to actually say you hate nursing is like saying you hate puppies. we're all in it cause we are these amazing sympathetic humanitarians.
    well, i don't feel sympathetic towards people that cause they're own ailments so they can get pumped full of dilauded!!! or people that sniffed so much cocaine they gave themselves a stroke. i hate that my taxes are usually paying for these people..to get better health care than my own paid for benefits would give me.
    and i also agree with that nursing managers and instructors treat us like high schoolers in a bad-kid camp. i have two bachelors and i am working on a masters. i have travelled, i have a good amount in savings and in a couple of years i will be thirty. DO NOT treat me like a child. i never could have imagined that a job that i went to school for four years and obtained a degree, a job that i had to pass a standardized test to get a license, would be so degrading and demeaning. i am looking for better positions..i am transferring to the ICU but after reading here I fear that nursing may not be for me either. So, I will get my experience and time in and try to find different avenues in nursing. but thank you for posting...
  86. Well, was in critical care nursing for several years, and I was pretty good at it too. But I also have seen that nursing has been going down the toilet for quite some time and things got to the point that I just couldn't deal with it anymore. Sure, there's politics and backstabbing and crap everywhere, but I believe that it is much worse in nursing than it is anywhere else.

    The main reason is that the 'suits' who run the HMOs and the hospitals don't care about good quality patient care or safety. All they care about is profit, and it gets worse every year. They keep cutting back on everything (except their salaries, perks, and bonuses) and they keep trying to force nurses to work under increasingly dangerous and stressful conditions.

    As a nurse, most of the time you will be working short-staffed with high patient ratios and many times you will find yourself not even having the time to take a break to eat or use the restroom. There is a reason for the nursing shortage. Its because more and more people are getting fed up with it and quitting. An increasing number of the people who are now working as RNs in the US are immigrants from the Phillipines, India, and the Caribbean---because for most of them, its better to be in America working like slaves than to be back in their native countries. But even the most ambitious ones eventually begin to burn out, and the ones who stay in it do so because they don't think they can do any better.

    I got the point where I HATED the doctors, the administrators, the families, and even some of the patients. You could be working your butt off the entire shift and all they do is criticize everything you do. You never hear about any of the good things you do, only about the things you forgot to do and the things you should have done. A lot of the times the criticism comes from the 'Pumps and Pearls' who click their heels up and down the floor yelling at the nurses to answer the call lights immediately. Never mind that both your hands are covered in body fluids and you are in the middle of something with another patient---yes, you better drop whatever it is that you are doing and answer those lights.

    I had one well-to-do family member of a patient's roommate repeatedly push her head through drawn curtains while I was in the middle of dealing with a transfusion reaction. She kept saying that her father needed to go to the bathroom and that I had to come help him get there. As if the bitch couldn't see that I was dealing with an emergency. There was no reason she couldn't help him to get to the bathroom herself, but no, bathroom stuff is beneath her and it is the nurse's job.

    She went and complained to the nurse manager that if her father had to go urgently then he would have had to poop on himself because that was not a priority for me. And the nurse manager had the nerve to tell me, in front of this woman, that I need to use better communication skills when talking to patients and their families, and that I should have called someone else to help the patient get to the bathroom since I was busy with the transfusion reaction. Call who? When there are no PCAs and all the other nurses are running around with 9 patients a piece, just like me.

    Well, screw me! I guess I should have let the blood transfusion continue until the patient went into shock and died so I could help her dad walk the whopping 5 steps to the toilet to take a dump.

    A nurse is nothing but a glorified waiter, maid, ass kisser, and butt wiper. And, for any nurse who really believes that he/she is a "professional" just wait until a patient or family member calls administration to complain about you. That's when you will be reminded, in no uncertain terms, that your only "professional" purpose is to fetch that pitcher and wipe that butt.
  87. I have been in Healthcare since I was 19. I was a CNA. I was nervous about seeing an old person naked and bedpans. Yet it was the first job to stick. I went back to get my LPN shortly after. That was suppossed to be a temporary job. Something to help me pay for school. I was 5 months pregnant when I graduated. And so the job stuck, and stuck, and stuck. Now @ 31, I'm stuck. I have taken this LPN thing as far as I can. Management, awards and all that crap. I am tired. Very tired. And it's not the patients (residents in a nursing home) that I am tired of . It's the unethical way that the administration in these places treats it's staff and residents. On any given day, I supervise a building of 120 residents, and work a unit passing medications to 20 to 40 residents. All for $18/hr. And I do it. I do it because, I can. I do bccause I need to feed my family. I know I've made choices. We all have. Yet the choices that we make when we are 19 yrs can be a very sad reality when we are 31, uneducated,( except for this LPN license), mother of 3, wife, and unable to take steps to becoming something else. I simply don't have the time or the resources. So please, don't call us whiney, don't be self rightous, just let us vent. Go find a message board called " I JUST LOVE NURSING " and leave us alone. We're tired and probably have to go to work soon.
  88. This is a complicated world, and telling someone to stop whining and just get out is completely unrealistic.

    Most people in nursing go into it because they are very caring. They may not think this way about themselves, yet they couldn't even entertain the notion of caring for the sick unless this was at least partly true.

    To get out of a career is a heavy move indeed, and many simply cannot. They cannot see options, or they have a mortgage, kids, etc.. or they really don't want to leave nursing.. they want it to be better. I would say that's the majority of us. Good for you if you love it.
    To call others who are unhappy with their careers and are feeling lost and frustrated is, in itself, uncaring and narrow-minded. Although I understand the concept of whining, and telling someone to just get over it (it's hard to listen to).. these people are in a forum to discuss this. It is a free world relatively and we are all free to give our opinions here. If done with compassion and a sense that someone is hearing us, then a real discussion with problem-solving, suggestions, support can begin.

    Many nurses "hate" nursing. It is a love-hate relationship. Most really hate the bureaucracy and being marginalized, not so much the care itself. If we are tired of the patients, it could be the lack of appreciation, the trivializing what we do, the unwarranted criticism, or maybe, the actual care!

    The Tower of Babel. We listen to learn, and we help by listening. Sharp criticism and name calling result in defensive come-backs.. and not things like, tell us how to be happy in our jobs.. or..w hy do you love your job? What suggestions can you give me?

    For the most part, people are getting it off their chests here in this forum because there are no others.

    Thanks everyone! It's great to see your stories and find some empathy out there.. really appreciate it.. cathy
  89. Thank you Kathy. You said it a lot better than me. And it's true, no one wants to listen to us complain about our jobs. Thank god there is place to get it out. It's nice to know that we are not alone in our views and frustrations.
  90. After 10 years of being away, I thought I would return and give it another try....Oh my GOD!!!!, what was I think???...it hasn't changed one bit, if anything it has gotten worse....I've always loved the older generation and thought I'd return to GeriCare...only to find out that the young, snot nose aides at the place were running it....respect?...I don't think they knew what that meant...anyway....
    I'm an LPN with only three more classes to go for my RN....and I'm really thinking that I don't want it....what for...the money is good, but is it really worth it??? It's not the residents/patients, it's not even their families...it's the same old political B.S....
    Nurses can be some of the most wonderful, caring people on earth...while others are the meanst SOB's I've ever met....
    As my children graduate from college in fields that they love, I'm wondering more and more what ever made me want to be a nurse....and what on earth makes me want to further my education in nursing?
    When it comes right down to it my dear nursing "friends" is the money really worth it?
  91. ....I've always loved the older generation and thought I'd return to GeriCare...only to find out that the young, snot nose aides at the place were running it....respect?...I don't think they knew what that meant...anyway....


    I can so relate to that statement, I have had it with the aides stating "treat me with respect" when they have no idea what the word means. I found that even the admin people wanted you to cowtow to these very nasty people and would rather keep them on the job than a 27 year experienced nurse. Well I am looking to get out, and it doesn't matter if I only get a job stuffing envelopes anything has got to be better and the money really doesn't matter.
  92. Love this article.... so glad I googled "I hate nursing". Nice to se that others HATE it just like me.
  93. Like everyone here - I THOUGHT nursing was a noble career! I had worked in support (medical records, front desk, back desk, billing etc...) for about 15 years... and couldn't wait to become an RN.
    From my perspective now - I wish I was still filing papers in charts!!!! I had it made. Sure the money sucked, but no one talked back, no one criticized my every move, no one looked over my shoulder waiting for me to screw up.
    I think I am a good nurse.... I try very hard.. go the extra mile if you will. However, I work with some "super nurses" and I use that term loosley! I sooooo now understand the "eat their young" statement!!!
    I think EVERY Hospital should give a class to anyone that considers themself a "super-nurse"... It should be titled "How to treat new nurses and not eat your young."

    I have only been a nurse for 2 years... and HATE IT ALREADY! I know the doctors are obnoxious - the 'suits' are arrogant - the patients and their families are sometimes whiney... I can get passed that.
    The ONE thing that I can not get passed however is the attitude of the older nurses and their "I'm so much better than you" attitude! I hate that! Don't degrade me in front of patients and families because I didn't do it exaclty how YOU would have done it! Maybe I didn't learn to do it the same as you! Don't just stand by and wait for me to screw up either... how about a helping hand!??? And how about not going to the director and reporting my every move because I am a new nurse!
    Anyone else feel this way?????

    I so agree with the statement I read on this board "Nursing is what happens when mean little girls grow up.".... AMEN!

    I plan on attending computer classes very soon... anything I can do to never have to be in this profession is fine by ME!!!!
    (BTW - I am 38 years old... hardly a child, and don't deserve to be treated like one!)

    Thank you to everyone for letting me know that I am not in this alone! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  94. Staying late charting...your fault
    Missing breaks...your fault
    Running like beheaded chicken...your fault
    Yelled at...your fault
    Feeling like shit...your fault

    Listen-

    When nurses;
    learn to say, "no"
    realize it's a 24/7 operation
    start taking their breaks
    start prioritizing their work
    stop trying to meet foolish expectations
    learn to confront abusers


    And EVERY other nurse does the same...you'll suddenly find yourself actually liking what you do on a more regular basis.

    Unfortunately, nursing has almost never said no to whatever new mandate or task came down the pike.

    You see, if it isn't physician specific, it's simply grandfathered in to nursing.

    Nursing is out of control, getting worse, and too many thousands of nurses have allowed it to get this way by just "being the good nurse."

    So, I don't blame you for leaving.

    But you're either enabling this bad behavior by killing yourself in placing band aids on a broken system--thus perpetuating it and guaranteeing the status quo for all who follow--or you're stopping it.

    Courage anyone?
  95. Interluk - Your points are spot on. I believe that the field of nursing has long ago become a field of business and when I entered nursing it was about taking care of people. I find these days that it is less about that and more about just getting bodies to fill vacancies, never mind that those who fill the vacancies may be less than desirable for the field. The business end is something I never cared to get into but it is there 24/7 and I am so unhappy with what has transpired in the field that I am getting out.
  96. Ezra,

    Can't blame you.

    Until they take profits out of health care we're basically doomed unless you have lots of cash.

    In other developed countries you get what you pay for.

    Here, everyone wants everything but they want others to pay for it.

    And the leadership is pathetically cynical and absent and uninvolved because they are beholden to insurance giants.

    I feel sorry for those just getting into it.

    My advice...Get your butt into PA school and save yourself a boatload of woe.
  97. I have been an RN for almost 5 years and I love being a nurse in the sense of caring for patients and taking the time to help nurture them...but the reality is....when do we really get to do that? The craziness of nursing is so overwhelming and frustrating. I have had 8 different nursing jobs in 5 years! I initially thought it was where I worked but quickly realized it was nursing itself! Currently I am trying to do legal nursing and see if that is something I will enjoy. Staff nursing is just so filled with anxiety! I hate being nervous about the unknown when going to work. My first job as a new nurse and one month off orientation I had 13 patients to care for on a med-surg unit in a hospital! Is that something that is considered to be acceptable and safe? I have to say though that I am a very hard worker and a great nurse...and I do any job to the fullest...but the unsatisfaction and anxiety is just not worth it. I hope I can find success in legal nursing. We work like dogs and get paid nothing compared to it. To all the nurses out there.....I am proud of you all and I wish you success and happiness. Get out before you burn out! To those who attack the nurses who are complaining...if you're not a nurse, you would never understand and if you are and you are judging others...you must not be a good one.
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  99. I'm a new blogger, first time ever. What's really scary is that after five years on the floor and i've just about had it. I get to my kids computer, I don't use it because I usually don't have time. But I Google "I hate being a nurse" and all of these sites pop up! But why am I shocked anyway, its all we talk about at work is how much we hate our jobs. But to realize how wide spread the problem is and I think 1) no wonder we're short staffed, nurses are leaving in droves 2) how can such a noble and historic profession have sunk so far down. When you think about nursing you envision Florence with her lamp, caring for the sick and injured, making a difference. well that lamp I got from graduation might have well been a samuri sword, cause now i feel like commiting hari kari. Why does it have to be so hard to get that job. why are so many of us unhappy with this profession. its a big giant mess. and the bad thing is, is that many of my current patient are former nurses, and they say it was never like this when they were on the job. sure they worked the hours, but it was a profession to be proud of and something of an accomplishment. instead of feeling like an accomplished professional i feel abused and used. I want to cry everyday I go in and someone says that my best is not good enough.
  100. Have been an RN for 4 years, and my stars, I have come to look at my life, and say, "what the hell was I thinking". You go out on the streets, and everyone is all like, "OH WOW! You are a nurse! I could never do that! You must make tons of money! You are so brave!"
    Its all a facade. All you are, is a customer service agent, that has enormous responsibility. You are societies emotional punching bag. You get degraded every night, or day. You suffer health problems, which, often go unnoticed.
    Its a horrible curse of a profession, and I have 13 unlucky days left as an RN.
    After this, fuck it, I dont care if I am a bicycle messenger the rest of my days. Rather to love free and penniless, than depressed, anxiety ridden life I have today.
    Sure, the money is good, but, what does that mean?
    What does it mean when you are a worker in an assembly line? When the futility of your work becomes apparent every day?
    What does the job mean when you are physically attacked? When you are emotionally attacked daily? Not even a damn apology from patients or administrators.
    The hell that is nursing cannot be put into words.
    Its a profession of suffering. Of wading in the shores of the dead, desperate, and ungrateful.
    I typed in, " I hate being a nurse" on google.
    This is what I found. Is there a website dedicated to RN's?
    So, far all of you RN's out there, keep your head above water, stay healthy, and live your life!
    Get out, and live your life! The American health care system is crumbling,
    its is decaying.
    Dont let it bring you down.
    13 more shifts, and I will be a nurse no more!
  101. 101st post
    hallo to all nurses this is my first post here and i am really glad that i typed i hate nursing in google and came here.
    i am nursing student and working as assistant nurse and i am already hating it so much that it cant be explained easily in words! to start with these extremely arrogant nurse educators.. on one of my clinical prac she just asked me do you really like nursing and i said i am not really sure coz i had come from science background i was pissed off washing people's bum on initial stage(i still hate it) and can u imagine she failed me on that prac. and because i am overseas student it costs me 2200$ for one subject.and she passed the other student with me who doesnt even know all basic medical terms! i mean what the hell!! and this nurse educators are so much biased for female students just because they can make stpid noises like " ok love"" oh aah" and i am still continuing nursing becoz of all financial debts that i need to get rid off. all i can say is doing nursing job is height of stupidity it is so pathetic specially for male i guess. whenever i go to nursing homes i feel so pissed off that its hard to explain.(i dont hate old people but becoz the way it runs). i believe whoever works in nursing homes for living is bloody retarded. i have heard so many nursing saying that they hate this job. one of our nurse educator has already quit it and she is now real estate agent and the one who failed me is not working in clinical settings any more. and i am spending thousands of dollars every semester to study shit subjects like community nursing, ethics in law. i am just so much depressed. and now working for months in aged cares i have noticed that i cant even think sharply now. my brain and intellectual level is degrading day by day. i hate every day of my life now. As soon as i can get rid off my financial debts i am going to quit this f**ng nursing even if they offer me 100$ per hr. i have been to aged cares where they treat resident like animals. and staff working over there dont even wear gloves when thy wipe bottoms and they feel proud about it!!
    and when i tell them wear gloves they give me that look! oh i hate that moment whn i had dicided to took up nursign.i must be bitten by made dog.
    every day there is just one word keep poping up in my mind f**k. i will never tell anyone to study nursing. better to do labour work.
    if you have an enemy and if u want him to experiece hell inspire him to join nursing. there are only two kind of people who love nursing one who really love hepling people which are less than 10 % and all others are stupid bloody morons who are good for nothing and mentally retarded.
  102. Wow, what an eye popper. I googled this because I actually thought I hated nurses, but after reading your comments I feel sad for nurses.

    I've been a paramedic for about 12 years, only spent about a year as an EMT-B before doing the paramedic thing, and I thought I hated nurses all this time. Seriously, I couldn't understand why the nurses were always so nasty, so tired, so short-tempered and so "lazy." I don't know what I thought- I guess I just assumed that you guys were bad people or something, as bizarre as that sounds now.

    People don't realize that you have too many patients. Paramedics don't understand that you are short-tempered and hard to find because you are so horribly overworked and over-stressed. Who knew that you all feared for your licenses like that? I didn't have any way to know how bad you had it.

    Look. This is really hard for me to say, but I feel I owe it to you: You should all go back to school and become paramedics, or work as flight nurses. You won't be in the hospital environment with toxic administration. You can work 24 hour shifts if you get on with an ambulance or fire district, meaning you have LOTS of days off. You will work under strict protocols, with only your partner and other responders there on scene. You won't make as much money, but you may be happier. I work 8 days a month (24 hour shifts), I earn around $18/hour, my medical and dental is all paid for, and my retirement is a pension and nothing comes out of pocket for it. I ride a bicycle to work and go home feeling pretty good about things. It may be worth it for you to consider it!

    Most of the time where I work, I'm the only paramedic on a scene. My partner is usually an EMT-B, which means that although he is a wonderful help at moving patients and providing basic care, he can't really help me intubate, start an IV, interpret a 12 lead or push a med. Sometimes it can get a little hectic, when I have like, 3 things that need to be done immediately and I'm the only one who can do those particular tasks! However, my job is so rewarding, I can't imagine doing anything else. My partner is a great help, a wonderful EMT, doing set-ups with my equipment so quickly it's there when I reach for it. I don't know what I'd do without him. Yeah, we have moments of stress that sometimes last for 15 minutes or so, but truly we don't seem to have the sustained levels of stress that nurses suffer. Our stress is acute- yours is chronic, people!!!

    You know what, I've seen a patient's family member actually strike a nurse across her face in anger. I was standing right there when it happened! The family didn't strike me, she struck the RN! Now why is that? I provided care: IV, NS drip at KVO rate, Albuterol, O2, and then CPAP en-route. The RN- all she did was take my report and ask the family member to step aside so she could reach a clipboard. SMACK. For some reasons people seem to find a suitable punching bag in an RN. So bizarre.

    There have been some times at work I'd like to forget- don't get me wrong, no job is perfect and sometimes as a paramedic I have to do terrible things and make choices that haunt me for a while, or make me cry in the shower the next day, but truly my job is not nearly as stressful as yours. I want you all to know that. Plus, I feel appreciated by my manager and by the community and that counts for something. From these posts, I get the impression that people don't value nurses in the community. I mean, they SAY they do, like the Johnson and Johnson commercials that advertise Nursing (which make me feel sick and nauseous for some reason), but I don't think nurses truly feel valued like paramedics do.

    I'm sorry your guys have such a sucky job. I truly am. In the future, as soon as I get off this deployment (Army) I will make an effort to say a kind word when I give report to an RN at the ED. Seriously, I'm really sorry for all the times I thought you guys were just being witches.

    Hang in there. It's got to get better, right? And if it doesn't, maybe think about earning a paramedic license. Everyone I work with seems pretty happy. OH MAN, here's PROOF: Try googling the search words "I hate nurses" and count the hits that gets! I mean, there are a LOT of web sites dedicated to the expression of hatred of nursing and nurses. After you do that, google the search words "I hate paramedics" and see what you get. NOTHING. You get NOTHING, and a whole lot of it!

    There's hope you guys. A career switch is what you need. You are all highly trained, intelligent people and we would welcome you in EMS! We have an awesome job. You might feel a lot happier.
  103. So what do any of us DO about this? I'm new here, but in reading your posts, I realize I'm not alone. I've been racking my brain for months trying to find an answer to my problem. There are no jobs that pay as well or provide the benefits that nursing does. I've applied to get my Masters in Informatics so I would no longer have to work the floor or deal with coworkers who like stabbing others in the back. I love caring for people, but I can no longer handle the harsh criticism and disrespect dealt by my coworkers. I can only hope that I get into school, otherwise I'm out of options. I've often said I was going to quit and sell Avon, but obviously that would not pay the bills. Does anyone else have any suggestions as to what to do besides nursing???
  104. Oh my God----I have been an RN for 22 years now. I am 48 years old. I still do nursing care at the bedside. There are things you guys need to realize.
    Nursing instructors are there to teach you the principles of nursing. Most have not spent alot of time actually working the field
    with a load of patients. They are purely intellectual.
    Hospitals are in to make money. Physicians are in it to make
    money.
    Nursing managers are there to ensure the patients are cared
    for in a SAFE manner and they deal with a whole lot of bullshit
    that they can never talk about to their staff.
    You can't be an effective nurse unless you are truly a PEOPLE
    person. You have to develop people skills, have a high emotional
    intelligence to be effective with your patients.
    I highly recommend looking for nurse jobs at NOT-FOR-PROFIT
    facilities, yes they want to make money, but the profits they make go right back into the facility. The atmosphere is very
    different and the spirit of caring is maximized.
    If you are starting out as a new nurse, you have to do your time on MED-SURG. This is where your true colors will come out.
    How to manage time, how to provide safe care, critical thinking skills, correct and efficient PRIORITIZING. Do your time on med
    surg, build a great reputation and you can move to other departments that are not so stressful.
    There are a huge amount of not for profit hospitals in Houston, Texas--this group of facilties are such names like
    MD Anderson--cancer center,etc. These hospitals are a medical
    MECCA. Famous people go there for treatment. In the state of
    Colorado a lot of hospitals are not for profit and I have worked
    in one of them in Boulder. They are great.
    You all need to listen to me, I know what I am talking about!
    Do not let all the rude co-workers, managers get you down and by all means do not let the excessive anxiety of family members make your day bad, pay attention to them and give them respect even if they don't deserve it.
    Have a professional attitude, like say a well dressed real
    estate agent who really wants to make money off of you--
    think about how they are--well dressed, well groomed and
    they introduce themselves and act like you are the most important person in the world to them. After all patients are the
    paying customer and it is a business. Introduce yourself at the
    beginning of the day, tell them what the plan for the day is and
    be friendly, treat them like you have your loved ones be treated
    and address them with respect. Follow up, follow up, follow up
    point out every little bit of progress they are making--be positive--and GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO DO!! if they are alert
    and oriented--have them keep tract of what they eat and drink--give them a pencil and a piece of paper, teach them how to do incentive spirometer and keep fresh water at the bedside.
    Encourage them to do things, and if it is not them that can do it,
    then you encourage the anxious family members to do stuff--
    give them something to do, to feel a part of their care or their
    family members care. You WILL see things happen for the best.
  105. Look for another job where people are nicer to you.
    When co-workers get a nasty attitude it is usually the trickle
    down theory from an ineffective, non-caring team of managers.
    OR, have a face to face with the manager and explain to her
    what you are feeling. Admit to your weaknesses or failures and
    develop a plan for progress and stick with it until you get into
    school for your masters.
    Back stabbing,disrespect etc is a VERY BAD coping mechanism that they learned in middle school and high school.
  106. I could not disagree more... Not-for-profit does NOT mean better!!! Over the course of eleven years, I have found academic institutions to have the least money-driven toxic environments. The only thing I've found to be worse than not-for-profit..."Planetree" not-for-profit! What a nightmare!!!
  107. My not-for-profit hospital does not mean better either. In the last 10 years so many things have been slashed to cut costs, such as employee benefits, to not wanting the patients linen to be changed unless 'absolutely necessary.' It seems to all be about the bottom line, and a beefy profit. Not about the patient, not about the employees.
    I do appreciate the words of encouragement from bethisonline about rude co-workers and anxious family members not getting a person down. We can't really change these unpleasant occurrences from happening and it is a good idea to meet these things head on with a positive energy rather than my thought of maybe having them gagged and hogtied, followed by then stuffing them in the dumpster
  108. I want to know what people thing about attendance issues at work. Our hospital's policy is 98% attendance is required over a quarter. It does not matter if you have a doctor's excuse, a family emergency, sick child or whatever. This policy has been in effect for years, but over the past year it is now starting to be enforced. People are coming into work sick as dogs because they are afraid of being fired, or getting no raise. This policy enforcement is just one of many things that have occurred over the past year to decrease employee morale.

    I think that this shows complete lack of concern for patient safety, and certainly reveals how much management values the staff.
    Oh, your family member is dying and you have to take a day off to take care of her at home with hospice. Oh no, now you have caught an especially virulent upper respiratory bug that has been going around work and lasting for 2-3 weeks, you feel like crap and can't even talk. But you've already taken a day off to care for a dying family member. Now you're really in trouble, do you come into work sick or risk being disciplined?

    I'm sorry, but work IS NOT my life. We take care of others, but not ourselves, or each other. If the RN happens to be sick, there is blood in the water, and the sharks are circling! I would rather the sick person stay home, and NOT share. If their child is sick, or family member is dying are they really going to be able to concentrate on their patients? If there is a bug going around work and people are dropping like flies, staff gets penalized for calling in.

    Come on, look at what's going on, instead of this blanket policy. To me, this completely takes the human element out, no compassion, no concern. I think it sucks!

    Unhappy, uncared for employees, can breed a hostile work environment.
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  110. Wow John, the restocked page is great and I love what youve done with the front page Youre really taking what Stretched suggested to heart. :
  111. I am a new RN just finished 4 weeks of training in medsurg/rehab. On my own for 8 days so far and already realize that this profession is not what I thought it would be. For 2 days I have had the module from hell, with 2 pts more than anyone else on the unit, and feel very alone. I really do think I made a huge mistake and hope that I can get through this tough time. It helps to know that many nurses feel unsatisfied with this profession. Crazy as it may seem these stories give me some comfort.
  112. I am glad that I found this post because I want to hear the good and bad about nursing. I have been thinking about changing careers and going into nursing.

    I have read a lot of posts here and they pretty much are saying that they are burnt out & hate the politics.

    Unfortunately that comes with all jobs. I am pretty much burnt out working in an architecture firm. We too work long long hours but we are not paid overtime. It gets so pathetic that we take naps under our cubicles sometimes because we stay there all night; or there are some of us that will leave 2am and come back by 8am to do it all over again (I have worked 80+hours/weeks). There are times we love our job because of the creativity, but I am always bringing work home with me and constantly thinking about it and my deadlines are always hovering with me. I went into architecture because I thought that I would be impacting people's lives by helping build a healthy and safe environment for individuals. But I realized that I desired the interaction of helping individuals and knowing that I really am making a difference in someone's life.

    I am still trying to figure out if nursing is the right path. And have really found a lot of blogs here insightful and understand your frustrations. But in all would you say that it is a career where the bad outweighs the good?

    Thank you.
  113. you can see all the pages a visitor looks at when browsing the visitors and clicking the look for the last page and thats the last page they browsed, is that what you mean?
  114. The tone of most of the comments have been slanted toward the "nursing" as a profession rather than toward the facilities that we work for. In an attempt to retain more of the capital they accumulate as profit for upper managment most hospitals are increasingly requiring their nursing staff to be responsible for more while providing them with less. Over the years the growing concern of nurses being I have been a nurse for almost 16 years. I literally graduated nursing school to orient in a unique 6 month progam to groom me for the position as a charge nurse on a medical surgical unit. I have also worked in case management, hospice, outpatient surgery, and presently transitional care unit.
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  116. ok im sorry...this website is stupid. if you hate your job so much quit....we dont need people like you...nurses who hate there jobs ...to take care of us...you should have never became a nurse if this is what you think about it...go back to college and be a freakin teacher or something ...go work at a bk i dont give a shit but if you hate your job....get over it and quit already
  117. I work in a pretty laid back setting (hospice) and probably that is why i love my job. I tried nursing homes and i almost started suffering from depression, this was my first job and i recall parking my car outside before the beginning of a shift and being close to tears for hating to go in and clock in. I quit my full time position and picked a prn position just working so as to have enough money to pay my bills. When i got a job with hospice things changed and i kinda started appreciating nursing. Well, i can't end without saying that us nurses are our own worst enemies, we make each other miserable by finding fault, placing blame on occasion we can find. Sometimes i think nurses have more personal issues than other people and hence try to make their colleagues miserable as we all know misery loves company. Why can't people come and just do their jobs and quit trying to look competent by finding fault in others i must say nurses are the biggest butt kisses of all people that i know. Anyway, i recently went back to school to get my BSN and frankly i can't think of anything i hate more than being a student nurse. I hate my instructors, they make me sick in the stomach, i think they get a kick at frustrating us. Like someone said they treat us like we are 2, sometimes they are just too unrealistic its ridiculous. Anyway i will quit complaining because i have to do what i have do, i just need to deal with these @#$%% for a year
  118. Wow! Just read thru some of the posts here. I've been an LPN for ten years and not happy with my career. Planning to start school soon and was considering getting my BSN to try to branch out instead of being stuck as a nursing home nurse. A lot of you are BSN's and still not happy, so what do you do when everyone tells you that you have to be a nurse because its a good field to be in, they are always hiring nurses, there is a nursing shortage? I get pressure from all sides and even when I do look for a different job, I don't get hired because I don't have any experience or i am told "But you're a nurse, why do you want to work here?" Don't get me wrong, I love most of my residents and can even laugh and joke about the aggressive ones most of the time, but sometimes it gets to be too much and sometimes you just don't want to be hit anymore. Yes I am burned out, but no I don't want to give up nursing completely. But I also don't want to be one of those nurses who just don't care anymore. A lot of nurses I know either smoke, drink, take anti-depressants, or even drugs and some do a combo of the above. Sorry my post is so long, but I finally found somewhere I can voice my opinions and concerns without being told by all of my family how wrong it is to think about getting out of nursing.
  119. I've been a nurse for 35 years and have hated almost every minute of it. I know teaching or S.W. were my callings. I was tested in college right before nursing school and the test results said I would have been good at teaching or S.W., but not nursing. I even agreed with the results. I'm 60 and do school nursing and homecare. If I worked in a hospital now I would surely kill someone.

    It would have been wonderful for the look in a child's eyes when he/she understood something he was having a problem learning.

    Oh well. No one should work in a field they hate...Examples of some things I hate:
    being puked on, having mucous coughed directly in my mouth from someone with pneumonia, having my shoes peed on, and having a pt' try to hit me with a cane.

    P.S. I don't blame patients. I just don't like puke,, poop, blood mucous or pee.
  120. Hope that you chose something else
  121. Please quit your job ASAP. Please do not become a bitter nurse whom sick patients must depend on to help them get better. To do so would be inhumane. Please do not put the money ahead of your, and your patients' humanity. Stop now. As someone who has been in and out of the hospital over the years, I speak for chronically sick people everywhere when I say these things. A good nurse is a blessing. You can ALWAYS tell the nurses who are only in it for the money. The ones who really care shine through like lighthouses in the midst of a dark sea. I think the money has ruined the profession. It's not that I'm jealous of or begrudge anyone a good living. However, Many people look at the dollar signs of the nursing profession and that's all they care about. These people have no business in nursing. Many nurses I've encountered dislike people and hate their jobs. People like me get the brunt of their angst. I truly hope that you do go int Real Estate. If you hate selling houses no one will suffer. Please think about what sort of nurse you are going to be 10, 20, 30 years from now and how your potential patients are going to be treated by you.
  122. I have been an RN for 5 years and a Nurse Practitioner for 3 years. I really wanted to help people which is why I went into nursing. What I have learned is that patients do not want your help. I thought by going back to school and becoming a Nurse Practitioner I would gain more respect. How wrong was that? Patients treat you bad, doctors still talk down to you. Patients come in wanting antibiotics for their runny noses and then yell at you when you tell them they have the commom cold and antibiotics are not required. Now I am looking for an alternative career and how to use my degree. Any ideas on how to use my degree for something else?
  123. Part of the problem with us nurses is - we don't think we can do anything else. After reading many of these posts, it is clear that most of us who hate nursing still like the idea of being nurses. We are the "most trusted" profession, so there must be something wrong with us if we want out, right? WRONG. It's not so much the job, it's the way we are told to do our jobs that is in direct conflict with what we are taught = that nursing is an art and a science. They've taken the art out of it since it's not a moneymaker - no time to listen or console or hold a hand or teach. We're taught to think critically, just not about "how" we do our jobs - no thinking outside the box. Use your brain but only in the way you are told. Nursing is non-creative, so if nurses don't have creative outlets outside their jobs, they get burnt to a crisp. But who has the energy to do anything after 3 12's? It takes a whole day to recover from that.

    Nurses are the most accomplished people I know = we have so many transferrable skills. We are project managers, leaders, mentors, educators, coordinators, investigators, legal assistants, accountants...etc. We are good at details. I hated nursing for 10 of the last 14 years and with the help of family and friends, I got out. Saved up some money, gave myself a target date, and said buh-bye Nursing! Kinda like escaping from prison. I'm back in school getting my BS in Environmental Science so I can help heal this planet. Nurses make great scientists, we are good at identifying problems and solving them. It's just like the nursing process. I chose nursing as a career because I like to help people AND it didn't require taking much Math. It's such a shame that women in particular avoid science, engineering, math and technology fields. Nurses are really smart people - without us the doctors would be lost. I found out that I AM really good at Math, Chemistry, Geology, Biology, writing, etc I am seeing myself in a whole new way. It's been about a year since I left nursing - and each day I am more and more like my old self.

    I became a nurse at 35 and after 14 years of being on my feet and moving patients, pushing gurneys, and standing for hours - I saw myself as cynical, angry, sad, anxious and depressed - all because of my job. I realized there will be no employer who will be there for me when I can no longer walk...If my back goes, no one will be there for me when I am disabled or in chronic pain. After 12 hour shifts that were always 14 hours, I no longer had time to work out. I never got a lunch break without being interrupted. I got an ulcer and bad GERD from never having time to digest without being called to a code. We had to wear tracking devices at the hospital where I used to work in the ICU - Couldn't even use the bathroom without someone paging me.

    Most nurses have PTSD from all the pain and suffering and dysfunction we see. Zipping your fellow man into a body bag or having an inmate try to bite or spit on you every day gets a little old. Believe me, if I could do all that - I could do anything. And now I am.
  124. Wow, am I glad to have found this site. It lets me know that I am not alone. I can relate and sympathize with all of your stories.

    I have been an RN for 14 years and and am really unhappy right now. I have really tried hard to be a good nurse and person. I was one of those people who wanted to be a nurse and did well in school. I made the Dean's list and was really dedicated to my profession. I have worked acute med/surg and cardiology/telemetry. I was proud to be a nurse. I have been compassionate and really cared about the people around me (patient's, family and friends). I loved learning about health and obtaining education and skills. I have tried to look at the bright side of life and maintain my own health. I was a good coworker and my patient's generally did like me.

    What went wrong? Like many of you, it was not just one thing. It is maybe like some say, too much idealism and not understanding realities of what the job entails. Not understanding human nature and clique formation. I did volunteer prior to school but it was very positive with the patients and friends. Nursing is very different.

    For me, it has been mostly been the bullying and emotional cruelty I have faced. Total mind games, man! Never left high school! I have read a great deal about horizontal and lateral violence and I do think it applies to our profession. I was caring and good at my job and I have been subjected to backstabbing and cruel gossip. It is like my coworkers need to tear me down to make themselves feel better. While I am racing around, missing my breaks and staying late to chart, other nasty spirited people sit at the desk and just trash other people. I don't understand what fuels that. I have been kind to people, stayed out of gossip and just tried to do my job. It's on so many of the units. It started with some of the more vindictive instructors at school who got their jollies making little students cry. Total power trips. I do agree that it does somewhat prepare students for the real politics and culture of nursing. It can be awful!

    I tried to educate myself (and will continue) to obtain better jobs but the politics and gossip keep me from obtaining those jobs. You have to be in with management or know someone to advance. Managers will also sabotage you sometimes if you try to leave. I had taken so many courses to just find that out. So political and very disappointing.

    Year after year of this has eroded my idealism and self esteem. People tell me not to let it get to me and other jobs have these issues too. I get that and am working on that. It's just that I get it in all directions, mean managers and coworkers. It just really deflates me. I watch and have been subjected to sabotage and undermining. Unrealistic assignments being set up to fail. Then getting "Why did this not get done". It comes down to a system failure. Our health care system is failing so badly.

    Sometimes I get difficult families and patients but for the most part I understand their frustration of being subjected to a system that is not working. I understand the frustration of seeing families not being properly cared for, no supplies, no food. Not having the information someone needs just like that. I also get that they get sick of watching gossip at the desk and burnt out and frustrated nurses. We are supposed to be there to care for them and their loved ones. They are the people I do it for but it is so challenging to meet their needs these days with understaffing. Being subjected to the "mean girls" isn't helping either.

    I had been on a good unit until recently. Cutbacks and change in management/portfolio has reared it's ugly head. It's getting ugly and political where I work again.

    I was chased by a psychotic patient recently. He had included me in a delusion and wanted to physically harm me. He had hit me and was stalking me and when I hid from him in a locked med room, a supervisor scolded me about it!

    I guess I was supposed to get the crap beaten out of me! I also became ill at work after not calling in sick on this unit EVER! One of my coworkers forgot to tell me she didn't want me to work her day shift and I had to be up all DAY and do the next shift. I had been on a stretch and was beyond fatigued. I became so ill I could not read print and was going to faint. Only one NA even CARED enough to help me. Nobody else would help me with my assignment. I just had a small data entry mistake I made the previous day pointed out to me. It was announced to the whole staff to humiliate me. It occurred after a crazy busy day with no lunch break and staying an hour late to help out the receiving staff. My thanks was the gossip of lazy cows at the desk with nothing better to do. I am glad my hard work was so appreciated. This same "nurse" with burnout issues at home who "refuses" leadership roles and is beyond nasty had the nerve to criticize me for being sick!

    I did learn one thing. Do not be a martyr. It is stupid. The previous writer who said this was stupid was right. Take care of yourselves! Take your breaks and go home on time. The extras are never appreciated by anyone. They think you are stupid and they will completely walk all over you and take advantage.
  125. Quote:
    Originally Posted by interluk View Post
    Staying late charting...your fault

    Missing breaks...your fault
    Running like beheaded chicken...your fault
    Yelled at...your fault
    Feeling like shit...your fault

    Listen-

    When nurses;
    learn to say, "no"
    realize it's a 24/7 operation
    start taking their breaks
    start prioritizing their work
    stop trying to meet foolish expectations
    learn to confront abusers


    And EVERY other nurse does the same...you'll suddenly find yourself actually liking what you do on a more regular basis.

    Unfortunately, nursing has almost never said no to whatever new mandate or task came down the pike.

    You see, if it isn't physician specific, it's simply grandfathered in to nursing.

    Nursing is out of control, getting worse, and too many thousands of nurses have allowed it to get this way by just "being the good nurse."

    So, I don't blame you for leaving.

    But you're either enabling this bad behavior by killing yourself in placing band aids on a broken system--thus perpetuating it and guaranteeing the status quo for all who follow--or you're stopping it.

    Courage anyone?

    After being a self inflicted victim for 14 years, I am slowly starting to get it! Thanks.
  126. Boy was I fooled!! Yes-I was the idiot who listened to what everyone wanted. Now I'm a few months postgrad in a situation that I hate. 30 residents at night. On a different hall every night so no, I have no idea what their histories, problems and so on. This is not what I want to do. The psycho pt and families, Drs. It is all a bit much. I love the residents, don't get me wrong (I'd even stay after work to listen to them vent if they needed an ear. I didn't get paid for it, but it was so much better). But I can't give proper care and surveillance if I don't know what their problems are. I told my husband I'm not doing this forever! And I won't. I've been wanting to become an OTA. They have good hours. The work is interesting. They get lunch and bathroom breaks. I want my life back! I don't know if I just need to swich jobs or what. I don't know if that will make things better. I've been looking and the hours offered are crazy. I don't sleep, I overeat and don't care.
    I am only 30 and I refuse to live this way. If my husband gets mad and leaves. So be it. I need my sanity!
    The only problem with going back to school is that I'm the primary bread winner. The OTA school is an hour away. I have 2 younger children.
  127. I've been an RN for almost 2 years now. Due to this tight job market, my first nursing job was at a low paying Public Health Clinic. Though it had its pros and cons, overall I did enjoy it. While I was working this job, I was actively looking for a hospital job since almost everywhere you go wants at least a year of acute care experience. 14 months later, I finally found one. Now I'm working night shift on a busy Ortho/Neuro unit. I've been here 3 months and I've never been so miserable in my life. The work itself is not so terrible (even though my passion is Pediatrics) but its the work environment that I'm working in. The first few weeks started out ok, but now all hell has broken loose. There's so much backbiting, back stabbing, cliques, tattletaling, and surveillance its ridiculous. In 3 months I've been physically attacked by a disoriented patient, lied on by a doctor, confronted by a TECH because I mispronounced a word in report, and had a day shift assistant manager try to accuse me of doing something I had no part of (thank God for documentation). I've overheard a few dayshift nurses make little petty comments about me, yet smile in my face when I come around even though I don't even really know anyone on dayshift. Our unit is now like Fort Knox. No personal items at the desk, cell phone can't be on you at anytime even if it's just in case of an emergency (though we still do it), you can't curse around each other and if you're lucky you're supposed to take a 30 minute lunch break and even then you're not allowed to leave the unit. They even have sercurity make rounds on our unit several times a night just to see what we're doing. There was one nurse written up and suspended for a night recently because she went out to her car for a few minutes WHILE on her break. And our manager, who night shift NEVER sees, is not supportive of us.

    Last night I had a night from hell. Had a new admit right in the middle of shift change which was time consuming, got her settled come out of the room and one the nurses sitting at the desk doing absolutely NOTHING says "oh by the way one of your patients called out for nausea medicine about 15 minutes ago" I'm thinking couldn't you have gone in and at least given her the nausea medicine while I was doing the admit. So I go in that patient's room and there she is with vomit everywhere, she peed on herself and all over the bed, then she wanted to get up to the bedside commode, yet because she had had shoulder surgery she really didn't want to move. So me and the CNA spent almost an hour in the room with her trying to clean her up and get her settled. It was 9:30 before I could even see my 3rd patient and I was trying to get her assessment and meds done. By that time it's almost 10:30! Doctor pops up unexpectedly and walk in her room and pitches a fit because she hadn't been on the CPM, which was actually supposed to be started on dayshift and nightshift put it back on at 6 AM. I mean what was I supposed to do, tell the nurse from ER "oh hold on can't take report from you yet because of this minor task I gotta do" or tell my vomiting patient "oh wait let me let you continue to sit in vomit and urine while I go do this minor task". Yes, I know putting that patient on CPM to bend her knee post op was important but damn I'm not superhuman. Things get pushed back when you've got admits and vomit and piss all over the place and mind you with no help from anyone else. I was honestly on the verge of going in the back and breaking down into tears. I'm so stressed out and my anxiety is almost at an all time high. I dread going to work now. I'm actually praying that I get called off tonight due to our low census so I can get my 4 day break started early. The frustrating part is that unless I quit the hospital all together, I'm stuck in this job for the next 6 months. The job market is already so tight and at this hospital you have to work 9 months before you can be eligible to request a transfer. I honestly don't think I can last that long and I've never been the type to just up and leave a job.

    When I got into nursing, I didn't do it for money. I wanted to take care of people, children in particular. In school, they paint this rosy pink picture of how "great" nursing is and in some aspects it is but all the micro-management, unsupportive staff, disrespect from doctors and patients etc. is what's giving nursing such a bad name. I've heard the horror stories about nursing, nurses eating their young. Didn't want to believe it but damn if I'm not experiencing it now. Adult beside nursing is just not for me. Hell, I'm beginning to wonder if bedside nursing is for me period. I pray every day that I will be blessed with a better opportunity and trust me when comes, I'll be the first one out.
  128. I have been an RN for over 2 years now and also getting paid $38.50.Hr. It depends where you work and your position. I hate nursing too sometimes, especially when I worked on the floor. Now I don't have to work on the floor and deal with annoying patients and arrogant doctors.
  129. I'm fed up with nursing as many of you are. At least on the med/surg floor. Been doing it for 19 months since graduating. I'm in the process of getting a job in the OR in another hospital if my references check out, so there is still hope. One of my biggest problems is disrespectful and beligerant A&O pts. Had one last week. I work too damn hard and don't make enough to deal with that kind of BS. I'm extremely compassionate, and I will bend over backwards for patients who are truly sick. But a pt with an I&D to his pinky finger who insists his dressing needs to be changed because there is a small spot of blood on it (it was changed 3 hours before this complaint) and who tells me I'm a bad nurse because I won't give him a sleeping pill "NOW!" and 0430, I cannot tolerate. I refuse to be manipilated and disrespected in such a manner. I'm now on anti-anxiety meds because I'm so busy trying to catch up my work and other's (interdisciplinary as well!) while dealing with such pt mistreatment. I haven't really recieved any insults to my intelligence by doctors or other nurses, not even when I first started this career. I am, however, tired of gossip central at the nurses station and the rumors borne by these nurses that I am sleeping with doctors simply because I am thin, intelligent, and respected by the doctors I work closely with. We're not in middle school folks. Try and keep it professional for the 12 hours we are stuck together. I'm also tired of management. Bottom line: too many changes, too little time. And no respect for nurses. What do they care about? Patient satisfaction and expansion. How about employee satisfaction? Make it a goal, at least? My favorite part: I've been a MS nurse for almost 2 years and have been begging my managers for the last 8 months to allow me to transfer to another specialty. I've been an outstanding employee. What do they do? They take 3 new grads that had scholarships through the hospital and placed them in specialty areas (OR, ER, and ICU) upon graduation. I was a scholarship student too, but I had to go through MS. And for those of you who want to tell me to "do something else," rest assured, I have been trying for almost a year. No one can afford to quit their job and just "look for something else." Let's be practical. I'm also tired of being sick with the flu and colds 5 TIMES over just the past year in addition to being hospitalized for 3 days for a kidney infection (worst pain) from not being able to empty my bladder often because of busy nights at work. I had 6 call outs because of being genuinely ill and my manager tells me I cannot call out anymore until April or I will get written up. It won't matter if I have an MD excuse. Really? Really?! The combination of stress and being exposed to all kinds of viruses from bedside nursing has shot my immune system.

    Thanks to all who read this. I really needed to let it out so I can face another night in the Unit from hell. Maybe venting will help prevent me from crying before I go into work, which has been happening fairly frequently lately. Wish me luck in the potential transition to OR.
  130. I am a nursing student and i am really hating every moment of my clinical attachment!

    The ward manager comments that having too little staff is a problem, having too many students is also a problem! Seriously, do they really think we want to be assigned there?!?! We have to learn how to serve medications, priming the IV drip, wound dressing! but the moment 1 staff nurse see us standing at the corridor of the ward, we will be pulled away to do bed bath, bed sponge, change diaper!

    well, students are meant to do such things!

    And sometimes, patients are just so ungrateful! I used to think that it happens only here! but after reading all the others post, I realise that this is a internationl problem!
  131. Quote:
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    I'm going to graduate from nursing school this may, and i'm really bummed, because i don't think this is the career for me. Throughout school, the majority of nurses i've met have been some of the most miserable people i've ever seen in my life, and that includes the patients. I started this because I do like to help and take care of people, and there is good money and lots of opportunity in nursing....after spending time in hospitals on my clinical rotations, I don't think there's much chance to help too many people at all. I think I will become burnt out fairly quick once I get my license, which is the reason i'm already thinking of what kind of career change i can make after a few years of nursing. Maybe it's just me and i'm not cut out for it, and i have met some wonderful nurses, but the majority seem pretty miserable, and i'd like to avoid that. It's sad, really, because nursing is suppose to be a noble career, and from what i've seen it's really just full of stress.

    Also, to any nursing instructors out there.......I'm 30 years old, already have a B.A., have travelled to various parts of the world, lived in various parts of this country........based on my own program and from what i've read, the average age of graduating nurses is 31, so most of your students are a lot like me.......why the hell do you insist on treating grown adults like children?? I fully admit that any nursing instructor (any nurse, period), has tons more knowledge and skill than I, but many of you are downright ignorant the way you treat students. This isn't highschool, and that attitude is a part of the reason I don't think I want to be a nurse anymore. If nothing else it's common courtesy to treat people with respect, which many instructors don't do.
    Well, i've said my peace.
    I totally get that! I am a year 2 nursing student! However i have a 3 year contract with the hospital! and if i were to break the contract now, i have pay them the money which i totally do not have!
  132. Hey, themiddleground. Even though my last post was ominous and depressing, don't give up on the nursing career just yet. I'm miserable on the floor I am on (med/surg), but yesterday I recieved good new that I got a new job in the OR in different hospital. I truly think I'm just miserable with Med/Surg which was my first job right out of nursing school. In nursing school, that is pretty much the majority of where clinicals are held unfortunately. I recommend trying your best to find another specialty (ICU, OR). I know about having a contract with a hospital as well. I am a scholarship student and have another 6 months left to pay back with employment, but I'm so burnt out and unhappy that it's not worth it. I put in my 4-week notice yesterday. Already, I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

    Don't give up! Something will work out for you if you keep trying! I've been applying for countless jobs that are not in the ED or med/surg and have went to 3 interviews. My 3rd was the winner, so keep trying! My colleagues are still completely surprised I landed the OR job with no experience, but attitude is everything!
  133. hey sironside, i am truly happy for you that you finally found a specialty you truly enjoy. There are days when i wake up in the morning before going for my clinical attachment telling myself that if anything bad happen, i will just walk out with my bag and say I QUIT! then i will worry about the bond money later!

    But everyday, when something bad really happen, i control my tears so hard and apologize to them! And the next morning, I tell myself once again I will quit if anything happen! I mean why can't they give us some respect at least by recognizing our presence as a nursing student. I know we nursing students are ignorant and we don't know a lot of things, but at least acknowledge us!

    And the ward sister actually say that having too many nursing students is the ward is a problem. Seriously, given a choice, I do not want to be there anyway!
  134. hey sironside, i am truly happy for you that you finally found a specialty you truly enjoy. There are days when i wake up in the morning before going for my clinical attachment telling myself that if anything bad happen, i will just walk out with my bag and say I QUIT! then i will worry about the bond money later!

    But everyday, when something bad really happen, i control my tears so hard and apologize to them! And the next morning, I tell myself once again I will quit if anything happen! I mean why can't they give us some respect at least by recognizing our presence as a nursing student. I know we nursing students are ignorant and we don't know a lot of things, but at least acknowledge us!

    And the ward sister actually say that having too many nursing students is the ward is a problem. Seriously, given a choice, I do not want to be there anyway!
  135. Take courage! I've had more than my share of nursing instructors and colleagues treating me and my entire nursing class badly and telling us that our clinical skills are "not at collegiate level" on our first week of nursing school. Many people cried, I did not. It's purely a power struggle. If I were you, I wouldn't quit nursing school simply because of instructors who are rude. I would graduate, find a decent organization and specialty in nursing that you can at least tolerate on a daily basis, and make your decision from there. As far as the ward sister, I'm assuming that would be considered a fellow nurse or charge nurse here in the US. I've had my share of working with nursing students, and, though I can get busy sometimes, I never consider the students as a bother. After all, I was in their shoes only a year and a half ago. I always try to take the time out to encourage them in their endeavors and offer them the opportunity to assess an abormality in a pt that they may have missed. I always thank them for their help before they leave. The point is, not every nurse treats nursing student like dog crap, so take courage. Even though I have no tolerance for a compromise in pt safety and will be firm with anyone if this happened, I don't sweat the small stuff.
  136. you just graduated from nursing school?

    You know, I am not really proud to be in nursing! When people asked what course i am in, i will say nursing! And the first thing they always ask if i can take all the body fluids and stuff! what can i say? If i say cannot, does it change anything? I am stuck in this course! And it is definitely not cheap to just change course like that, and not to mention paying the hospital their money!

    Sometimes i just wish i had chosen a different path!

    And you know, to be honest! even i am a year 2 nursing student and have go for a pretty fair amount of clinical attachment, I still cannot tolerate the smell of fecal matter. I still change diaper! And every time, i try so hard to control my breath! what should i do? Is there any product on the market that helps?
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  144. First of all you say "some nurses are in it for the money" what money??? (if I was thinking of the $$$ then I would have become a surgeon) Obviously you are not a nurse and have no clue what you are talking about. For your info....the money is nothing when you look at all the BS we go through. We get crap from everyone....from management, to charge nurses, to ungrateful pts and their families to docs, nurses in other units, secretaries, and everyone else. I'm sick of it!!! If the "cows" at the desk (who are about the laziest people I know) would get up and fix an IV or give a pt pain/nausea meds every now and then it might help a bit. They sit up there gossiping and stuffing their cheeks with food all day...and shopping on the internet. I know that I'm a hard worker and I do my job....but I can only be at one place at a time. It's bs when you are running around admitting a pt with acute Chest pain and these cows are calling you to discharge another pt because she (the pt) want to leave "NOW" and by the way "your getting another admission so hurry up" then 2 sec later they call again and say " the IV is beeping in your other room so hurry and fix it because the pt is getting annoyed...then 2 min later they call again "oh Mrs X needs pain meds and nausea meds NOW...then they call again and say "your confused pt is getting out of bed and the bed alarm is going off"... Before you know it...ER is calling report for the new pt coming and you're not even half way done with the one you're doing....your other pt has now vomitted all over the place, the confused pt managed to pull off her diaper and has poop from head to toe and pulled out her IV and foley and bleeding every where...The other IV that was beeping is now clotted off and you need a new IV and the pt is annoyed and complaining that it was beeping for an hour...The cows at the desk however, are not about to get their lazy butts up to help....how the heck can I do it all? Forget getting any bathroom breaks and much less a lunch break...they expect us to wait until we are done with our 12 hrs shift for that. I can't even get 5 min on the potty without the phone ringing....When I finally can't wait any longer and have no choice but to empty my bladder, my phone rings the whole time and if I don't answer they keep calling until I do answer and then have the nerve to complain because I didn't answer! Some days I have 4 pts all getting pain meds every 2 hrs...sugars every 4 hrs and IV antibiotics every 6 hrs not to mention each pt has multiple docs on the case and each one comes in and writes a page full of orders...then MRI calls and yells at me because I haven't screened the pt for MRI...then the secretary (who doesn't even have an education) calls and yells because the pt in rm 312 hasn't been discharged and management is calling for another bed. WTH???? Don't blame us for not giving you the care you expect....we are spread very thin and then expected to give extraordinary care. The hospitals want to save money by giving us more pts and not enough nurses...they are willing to sacrifice pt safety....and some people are just too stupid to see that...and blame nurses. The 12 hrs I work I hardly sit...I get home and my legs are so achy and sore. I do plan to get out of this rat race. I was a very caring person and went into nursing because I wanted to help others...I am now burnt out and frustrated! I'm sick of ungrateful pt's and their families, and sick of getting yelled at by every loser.
  145. "some nurses just do it for the money"... What money??? its obvious you're not a nurse...you have no clue! If I was thinking of "the money" I would have become a surgeon!
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  156. I have seen several ads for nursing schools lately and I don't know whether to laugh or vomit. They show these relaxed, smiling nurses, standing around chit-chatting with there patients, enjoying leisurely visits with patients and family members, and having serious talks with doctors, who of course, show the nurse the utmost respect. What a BS fantasy!

    Too bad only hindsight is 20/20. If I only had known then what I do now. I have a BSN, and have been an RN for 6 years. I changed careers from social work to nursing, trying to "recession proof" my career. What a joke that is. Unlike some others, I have had a couple of jobs I really liked, but I have had positions eliminated due to contract losses and the crappy economy even as a nurse. I can only get part-time work, and have no benefits. I have been without health insurance for over half of my nursing career. How ironic that a nurse that cares for the health of others, has no health care insurance.

    The stress of nursing is unlike any other stress, because if we screw up, people can end up seriously injured or dead. And with the workloads we carry, that risk is only multiplied, and the level of stress is multiplied right along with it.

    I had a couple of nursing instructors in my ADN program that were real jerks, and one that tried her damnedest to fail me, because she was an ICU nurse, and she thought the only real nursing was high acuity nursing like ER, trauma or ICU. When she found out I only wanted to do psych nursing, she went after me. She was also in her late forties and unmarried/ un-attached and straight. I found out she had real "male issues" and thought that men should not be nurses. I had some tough but caring instructors as well. I think the good teachers are often still very tough because they know that if you get out in the real world and can't handle it, and don't know what you're doing, people are going to get hurt. I know there is a real commitment by good nurses to the first element of the nursing oath to "first, do no harm".

    I have my BSN now, and all anyone will hire me for is even higher stress charge nurse or mid-management positions, where I spend my time dealing with angry families, angry doctors, angry upper-level managers and angry patients all the while buried in paperwork and regulations. Nationally, the cut in psych nursing positions, especially in community mental health, is running 25% ahead of losses in other specialties, so I end up in skilled/ LTC.

    I ran into a nursing school chum about 2 years after we graduated at a chain coffee shop, and I passed right by her because I didn't recognize her. I only stopped because she called out my name. She had put on a lot of weight, she had deep, dark circles under eyes, her smile was gone (she was always bright and cheerful before). I mean, she looked terrible. I asked what she was doing and she said she had gone right into med/surg after graduation, and that she needed to get out because it was killing her.

    After all the effort it has taken me to complete my ADN and BSN (never mind the school loan debt I now have), I want out and I want out now. I don't know what I am going to do. I am looking into occupational or physical therapy or maybe radiology. Or, I may just take the 40% cut in pay and go back to social work. As many others have mentioned here, in isn't all about the money.
  157. I am a brand new RN, almost to the end of my orientation on a busy telemtry unit. We are without a unit manager, so there is no leadership. A clique of nurses who have worked there for several years gossip about how stupid us newer nurses are. There is a unit secretary who is in good with the clique and she purposefully sets some of us newer nurses up for difficulty...i.e. she won't take orders off of our charts for hours so we end up trying to muddle through it ourselves or she won't page us when a doctor calls, won't let us know when report has been faxed on a new admit...etc. She is verbally abusive to the people she doesn't like, even in front of patients. But she kisses ass with the doctors and they all like her because she's been working there for years. The doctors love her...so she gets to stay. She has embarrassed me several times in front of physicians...this is not helping my professional development at all. I know I am a new nurse and it will take the MDs time to trust my judgement, but other people on the unit are actively undermining that process. I almost feel like I am being hazed.

    I won't go into details about the ridiculous, unrealistic assignments on our unit. You all have been there I'm sure. All I can say is this is really taking a toll on me as a person. We get exposed to all kinds of nasty bugs, and I have never been so sick in my life. I just keep getting sick. I am careful to observe isolation requirements and wash my hands and disinfect surfaces when I can, but lots of my co-workers don't wash their hands half the time. There's not enough time to disinifect every phone or computer keyboard, etc, before using it!

    I am anxious, depressed, and exhausted. I am a nervous wreck at work and I spend my time off worrying about going back to work and/or just sleeping. As a single mom my kids are suffering because there is only one of me to go around and this toxic "profession" called nursing is sucking the life out of me! Yet I have kids to support and school loans to pay and no other skills to earn money with. I feel stuck. The best part of my life, my family, is sufferring. I have no energy to clean my house, fold laundry, or cook, let alone spend quality time with the kids. On top of it I have to manage the bills, doctor appointments, school activities..... my friends have stopped calling because I'm never home and when I am I don't really have time for them. I don't have time to work out... I eat horrible, just whatever I can grab, and I'm drained and exhausted from being so sick all the time.

    I have never been like this. I have always been a positive, take-charge and fix the problems type of person. Balance in life is very important to me. But when you are taking care of people, and it literally means life or death, you cannot afford to let your guard down. Especially when you are new and trying to learn how to be a competent nurse!

    There are serious problems with the system overall...here's what I see: Too many people are being handed health care for free already (medicaid, medicare) ... they have spent their lives ignoring medical advice, eating poorly, not exercising, smoking, etc. etc. The result is a whole population of very sick people! Then they get admitted to the hospital over and over again, but nothing changes. Many of them still don't want to take medical advice. They blame their problems on the nurses and doctors. Their family members come in and sit around and blame nurses and doctors. The system is overwhelmed with too many sick people and too few supplies. Prices for services and goods are so inflated and distorted by the fact that the people receiving them are not the ones paying full price for them. The government or insurance companies makes those payments. If people really had to pay out of their own pockets to manage their own health...they would take ownership of their health and take it more seriously. Prices would normalize. Of course, there are people who get sick through no fault of their own (catastrophic illness, accidents, etc) and some really lovely patients and family members. The system could take really wonderful care of these people. But it is inundated with all of the chronic illness from poor lifestyle... and everyone is getting lost in the chaos.

    On top of it..in my opinion...medicine is too paternalistic and nursing has become the same way. Over and over I hear about units who have cliques of "mean girls" ...nurses who think they are God's gift to nursing and who feel entitled to look down upon those they deem less awesome. These types of people are drawn to nursing because of the paternalism. One example...a nurse who refused to give a patient his pain med because she deemed that he didn't need it. Nevermind that he was grimacing, saying he was in pain, and his vitals were fine. She obviously felt she was too smart for that whole "pain is subjective, it is what the patient says it is" . Obviously she thinks she knows better than the patient what his pain level is or is not. And there's lots more out there like her. Nurses who disregard patient needs and requests, and even doctor's orders.

    I want out of nursing, already. But how? With a family to support, no one to count on...it's a vicious, vicious cycle.
  158. I also hate everything about traditional nursing. I have been an RN for a little over a year and have suffered most of that time. I started my career in the "float pool", so I was sent to all different types of nursing units: cardiac, mother/baby, med serge, ER, the list goes on and on. Every day going to work was a nightmare. I called in sick on a regular basis. I was desparate to try something new.

    I took a per diem job at our local acute psych mental health hospital. I LOVED IT! I have been working there for about 3 months full time hours. There is still plenty of BS to deal with, but my favorite part is that you don't have to kiss the patient's ass all day. You can tell them to wait if they want somthing NOW. The patients are entertaining, to say the least...I am full of compassion and respectful of the patients, but if I'm feeing a little grumpy, I don't always have to put on a huge fake smile.

    Also, a HUGE contributing factor is that I am per diem. I don't need benefits because my husband has them. I have great child care that is available most times on short notice. I rarely pre-schedule myself, I wait for work to call and ask me if I'm available. If I don't feel like working, I say "no". I work day shift or night shift so they are always calling. I work full time hours because thats how much I like this job. I rarely work weekends and NEVER holidays because I am the boss of my schedule. I stay out of most of the gossip and drama because I am "just per diem". I'm not sure how long this super-awesome set up will last, but I am going to ride it to the very end (then probably break down and apply for a full time job there).

    Just my two cents...
  159. I finally found a good nursing career for me, long story, and I've already posted it. However, I also do "real nursy" stuff too. I volunteer my skills at high schools for sport physicals, diabetes clinics, cancer benefits (3day.org) and my kids career day. I love it because I set my own hours and REALLY GET TO HELP PEOPLE!!! (not to mention my resume is getting a huge boost :-) I get to work along side others who want to make a difference and my work is always appreciated!

    I also make extra money doing home health for one person, changing a foley cath and giving him shots and bed baths twice a week...

    The work is out there people, you just have to dig deeper!! Good luck!
  160. To navy76:
    Please don't give up! I am a new nurse too and have the same feelings. I am now taking anti-depressant meds because going to my float pool job was soooo stressful! Please read my two previous posts to read about what I do now. You will need to either work a part time job with benefits or shop around for your own health care (I know, I know, it's expensive, but you must do somthing different, right??)
    You also need to start thinking positive. Yes, the world is full of dirt-bags that feel entitled and abuse the system. We can't change that, so stop worrying about it!
    (easier said than done, I know, but TRY)!
    Let me know what you think...
    Thanks
  161. To NutHouse:

    I'm so glad you found your passion! Everyday i dread going for my clinical attachment! These 3 weeks of attachment is killing me!

    I am a nursing student and all the clinical manager are just out to KILL us!!! They just hate it that students are there in their ward! seriously, do they think we actually want to be there! We don't handle cases yet as we are only year 2 nursing students, and so we do the junior work! Bed sponge, change diaper and we keep doing that!

    Can't the clinical manager be just a little appreciative that we at least do all these! I know we are there to learn, but don't we deserve a little respect!

    And patients do really think that we are there to serve them and only them! pressing the call bell just to ask us to help her shift the chairs side by side!

    F*** nursing!
  162. Quote:
    Originally Posted by Candi View Post
    Please quit your job ASAP. Please do not become a bitter nurse whom sick patients must depend on to help them get better. To do so would be inhumane. Please do not put the money ahead of your, and your patients' humanity. Stop now. As someone who has been in and out of the hospital over the years, I speak for chronically sick people everywhere when I say these things. A good nurse is a blessing. You can ALWAYS tell the nurses who are only in it for the money. The ones who really care shine through like lighthouses in the midst of a dark sea. I think the money has ruined the profession. It's not that I'm jealous of or begrudge anyone a good living. However, Many people look at the dollar signs of the nursing profession and that's all they care about. These people have no business in nursing. Many nurses I've encountered dislike people and hate their jobs. People like me get the brunt of their angst. I truly hope that you do go int Real Estate. If you hate selling houses no one will suffer. Please think about what sort of nurse you are going to be 10, 20, 30 years from now and how your potential patients are going to be treated by you.
    You are an ignorant F--- Head. It is selfish people like you who cause nurses to leave the profession and quite frankly I think patients like you should be left to rot in hell.
  163. I hate nursing! I hate it so much I cry everyday! I hate nurses, their catty bit8hes. they want to see you fail! I am definitely going into another field! Dont become a nurse if your nice and caring! I cry on my way to work and on my way home. its not the work load its the co-workers. I hate them!!!!
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  165. I'm 24, I have a BA in psychology from Uconn, I'm a straight A student, and I found out after the fact that I couldn't get a job unless I got my masters in psychology. I have waitressed, worked at starbucks, friendlys, Lowe's as a cashier....I come from a poor family and my parent's kicked me out so I had to get serious about supporting myself. When I was 18, I got very sick with ulcerative colitis and was severely anemic, I still go to the hospital every 8 weeks for treatments. Half way through college, I knew I wanted to try nursing because I was so appreciative to the nurses that literally saved my life, but I couldn't afford to change paths. So after graduation, I took a semester off and enrolled at a community college to take pre-requisites. I am in my 2nd semester of nursing school and I absolutely hate it. I used to love school and love learning, I'm getting A's on my nursing exams but I cannot stand it. The teachers are so degrading, the average age of students in my program is 33 but they treat us like we are in elementary school. If we are a minute late, they stop class, give students the dirtiest looks I have ever seen, and make an announcement on the importance of being on time and that tardiness will not be tolerated. One time I had scheduled a treatment during lecture and I had emailed the instructor about it, she said it was ok... the day after the class I missed I was hunted down in the hall and asked why I wasn't in class , I was rudely cut off before I could remind her about my email.... We are paying for this education we should be able to not show up or be late if we want.... I know I have needed several mental health days but If I do that I will be hunted down like an animal. They also play around with our schedule.... they have us show up hours earlier than our scheduled lectures sometimes or on days that we didn't sign up for and then say oh that's part of the program...well I didn't register online for that. One time I disagreed with some exam answers, so I made an appointment with the instructor that wrote those questions.... she would not listen to me and told me " you're not going to do well in nursing school I can tell..." I got upset and told her I was doing well! What if I was on the verge of failing? How would I have felt about myself after her horrible comment? I thought she was a terrible person for being so discouraging...especially when they all say "Oh we want all of you to graduate"....it sure seems like they just want to thin the herd. Clinical is absolutely horrible. I cannot say or do anything right. If I did something perfectly my instructor would still find something wrong and never praise or give encouragement. She humiliates me in front of patients by asking condescending questions. Clinical is a very stressful situation to be in because you are under their spotlight and their negative attitudes do not help at all, I just feel like walking out and quitting. All these hospitals are saving billions of dollars a year for the free labor students provide....I feel like their bitch, all I do is go in there, make their bed, wipe their ass, feed them, bathe them...for free. I get the point, I do not need to go in week after week doing this same thing! I'm over it, let's move on, stop milking us! The CNA's especially milk the students....they "forget" to do things they know are challenging then go sit and chit chat. If only I was a RN and I could delegate that crap to them! I feel like we could've learned so many more nursing skills by now they could've cut a whole 2 years off this education but it's all about the money. I hate how the other students are so positive and seem to be in love with it....be honest for once and say it sucks. I only know 2 students that agree with me, they hate clinical too because they feel like they just "screw" things up. The RNs that we help out are also so ungrateful...95% of them. If I had a student taking a patient off my back for the day I would at least thank them. Most RNs disappear when they know they have students...and when you tell them something is wrong with the patient they barely seem to give a shit. I found in a patient's chart that they had an allergy and were getting that med... I told my instructor...who didn't give a shit and the RN ...who didn't give a shit. I found a 3rd document stating the allergy..went to my instructor with it and all she can say...condescendingly with a sly smirk that I wanted to slap off her face was "great detective work". ??? All they keep saying to us is how RNs are the last line of defense for med mistakes...ok? So you're going to demean your students when they are trying to do their job? go fuck yourself. If I didn't need their recommendation I would make a speech at graduation dinner on all of the discouraging bitches we had for instructors. You can't practice on real people so you practice on dummies, good for you.
  166. I know how you feel. I haven't been a nurse long but everyday I just hate it! Nothing I ever do feels like enough for so many patients that I care for that it is flat out rediculous. And yes, I have been a patient myself and didn't want to bother the nurses because I know what they are going through. The current job I work for makes you work 53.5 hour long on call weekends by yourself and I have personally worked a shift where I didn't sleep eat or go to the bathroom in over 40 hours! This is so flat out rediculous that I have started to feel like a patient's personal slave! If nursing is truely for you fine, but please do not start preaching that "it takes a special person to be a nurse". I really hate that because I truely do care about people, but I also care about myself and have become sick every time I have worked without sleeping for over 24 hours which has happened 3 times now in the past 3 months! I would find being a door greeter to be more rewarding than this and am most likely going to do just that after saving up just a little more money. Walking away from a job that pays over $25 dollars an hour to making around $8 dollars an hour is going to be hard to justify after all the time and money I spent in college and I don't know exactly how I would do this, but life is short and I feel like I am living in hell everyday! I just don't feel like its worth everything I am loosing in the end including my sanity.
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