Don’t Become a Nurse

I cannot believe that I have just come across this site by accident. Here I am trying to find a different career for myself knowing full well that all I am qualified for is nursing. Don’t get me wrong. I love people. I love helping them especially the elderly but its the crap from the managers that makes life unbearable for not only me but the majority of my colleagues. Everyday we are out there on the wards trying our best with limited resources. The wards are always understaffed so you have to work a thirteen hour shift and do the work of at least two people. All the time you are getting questions from doctors, physios, dieticians, OT’s, Home care nurses, consultants , junior and student nurses and of course relatives. The poor old patient is lucky to get a look in at all. All the while the nurse managers are tucked up in their offices writing e mails to their friends and screwing the books. My own manager is forever giving herself overtime even though she is barely there half the time! The senior managers seem to turn a blind eye to this which makes me think that they are at it themselves! And if they are not doing that then they are making up new policies that we the already over worked and very much underpaid nurses must adhere to. Every night I come home from work exhausted and feel like screaming. Every month comes the pay check that barely covers the bills. The pay is a big issue with me. Its ok to say that one should do it for the love of the people but nurses have bills to pay too. if I were never to work another day as a nurse, I swear that there is no job harder than that of a nurses. After 14 years loving the people but hating the job and all the paper work and rubbish that goes with it to justify the managers wages I can honestly say to those thinking of becoming a nurse, please think again, or you may well end up like me doing a degree just to get the opportunity to get out of nursing. By the sounds of the other stories nursing seems to be the pits all over the world. It certainly is in Ireland. If however you like the idea of having no social life, very little money, getting the blame for everything that goes wrong then nursing really is for you. I am only 31 years of age and I feel 61. I really would not recommend it!

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  1. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    A job that has "no social life, little pay, and people blaming you for everything?"

    Yeah...try a job in retail! Most retail places make you work mostly night/evening shifts. At Target, they would keep employees for hours past the 10pm closing time to finger-space clothing merchandise on the racks...yuck! I'd rather be out with my friends. They pay $6-8/hr in retail, that's not even enough to maintain a car, food, and phone, let alone pay rent. Read more about my shitty retail experience in the story "Dead-end retail job made me look stupid...esp to creditors when I couldn't pay the bills." I had this older lady employee constantly blaming me for stuff, falsely accusing me of not knowing how to do the menial, remedial monkey-work cashier tasks, & basically making me feel as if I was mentally "slow." Horrible.
    Are you for real?? Try being a nurse for one day, cleaning up puke and shit, having patientS and family memberS disrespect you, working without eating or peeing for 12 hours, trying desperately to get out all your medications and treatmentS while knowing it is impossible because you have too many patients, worrying you will make a mistake and someone will die because you are doing the work of 3 nurses, working weekends, nights(not evenings), all vacations, Christmas, when you are sick and overtime all the time,.....you will be running back to your cushy little job in retail...GIVE ME A BREAK!!!
  2. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    A job that has "no social life, little pay, and people blaming you for everything?"

    Yeah...try a job in retail! Most retail places make you work mostly night/evening shifts. At Target, they would keep employees for hours past the 10pm closing time to finger-space clothing merchandise on the racks...yuck! I'd rather be out with my friends. They pay $6-8/hr in retail, that's not even enough to maintain a car, food, and phone, let alone pay rent. Read more about my shitty retail experience in the story "Dead-end retail job made me look stupid...esp to creditors when I couldn't pay the bills." I had this older lady employee constantly blaming me for stuff, falsely accusing me of not knowing how to do the menial, remedial monkey-work cashier tasks, & basically making me feel as if I was mentally "slow." Horrible.
    We are talking about dealing with peoples lives and the responsiblity of it all!! Not having to miss time partying with your friends b/c you are finger spacing clothing...not to mention night shift in the hospital is 7pm-7am...PLEASSSSEE!! Plus having to get a $40,000 student loan to become a nurse!!!
  3. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    A job that has "no social life, little pay, and people blaming you for everything?"

    Yeah...try a job in retail! Most retail places make you work mostly night/evening shifts. At Target, they would keep employees for hours past the 10pm closing time to finger-space clothing merchandise on the racks...yuck! I'd rather be out with my friends. They pay $6-8/hr in retail, that's not even enough to maintain a car, food, and phone, let alone pay rent. Read more about my shitty retail experience in the story "Dead-end retail job made me look stupid...esp to creditors when I couldn't pay the bills." I had this older lady employee constantly blaming me for stuff, falsely accusing me of not knowing how to do the menial, remedial monkey-work cashier tasks, & basically making me feel as if I was mentally "slow." Horrible.
    You have no idea how many nurses are at their jobs right now wishing they were instead working at Target, WalMart, McDonalds....sad but true. I'm one of them.
  4. I am a new nurse. I cannot believe this crap that I have chosen. People tell me that I feel this way because I am new. Then there are others who say it's not just because I'm new, this is our lot. My unit is always understaffed. Well, there are enough nurses that show up for work, but they get floated to other units. Our unit always gets screwed out of nurses. We have one Nurse's Aide for 20 pts, so in essence, we have no aide. At least that's how it feels most days. Nightshift is comprised of a gang of mostly bitches and a bastard who complain and practically whine about things that days didn't get done. Yet when you come back to reeive the pt from them, the pt looks like shit, and smells like it, the room is filled with crap that didn't get thrown in the garbage, it's just a mess. A lot of them are supposed to be leaving. Good. Get the hell out of my life! They complain, but I have on more than one occassion witnessed them just sitting around at the nurses station snacking on various items and reading magazines. And ragging on the manager and some dayshift nurses.
    The majority of the doctors here are assholes. My friend from another state told me that she learned so much just by being able to chat with the doctors about pt care, but when she moved here, she found that was not the case. Better not ask one of those assholes a question. They dart in and out of the patient's room and if they don't write orders, then they scribble some shit in the progress notes, that is illegible 99% of the time. So, the nurse who is spending 12 hours with the patient has no idea what the plan of care is, because the MD did not speak with the nurse and his writing is crap. My friend also told me that where she is from, the doctors had to speak with the nurse before leaving the unit. Not here. I can't tell you how many times I have been in another pt's room and a doctor whizzed in to see another pt of mine and left within what seemed like 5 minutes. Then I took that 5 minutes (which I barely have) to try to decipher the Progress Notes.
    My charge nurse is the pits also. More than half the nurses on the unit have complained, but she's still there. Her priority is looking up new recipes, fixating on ordering out for lunch, discussing new restaurants, and talking about the trials and tribulations with her kid.
    I try to talk to my husband but I really don't think he understands. He has a rough job also, but I tend to think it's quite different when you have someone's life in your hands. He chalks it up to being like any other job.
  5. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    Are you for real?? Try being a nurse for one day, cleaning up puke and shit, having patientS and family memberS disrespect you, working without eating or peeing for 12 hours, trying desperately to get out all your medications and treatmentS while knowing it is impossible because you have too many patients, worrying you will make a mistake and someone will die because you are doing the work of 3 nurses, working weekends, nights(not evenings), all vacations, Christmas, when you are sick and overtime all the time,.....you will be running back to your cushy little job in retail...GIVE ME A BREAK!!!
    Second that. This is the shits. My unit has a pretty high turnover of nurses. No one wants to work in that shit. Try being so busy that you don't know if you're coming or going, no matter how organized you are. Management keeps harping on pt satisfaction, yeah right. How about nurse satisfaction.
  6. Back in my early 20s. I had jobs from a young enlisted US Marine, to working as a janitor, and yes, yes, even working retail work. I even worked in a warehouse for a year. It seems to me that a lot of the complaining RNs out there have not had many jobs doing menial labor. I remember staying up three days at a time to complete a mission when I was doing patrols as a Marine. Pulling out Lord knows what kind of fecal matter out of a clogged toilet when I was a janitor, because the management was too cheap to hire a plumber. And I remember moronic customers who blamed me personally for my store not carrying a product they just had to have. Forget about bathroom breaks if your stuck at a register. Not to mention being expected to work overtime and management trying not to pay for it at paycheck time. I even wrecked my back working at that warehouse. All of these jobs paid little, had zero recognition, and were draining on my soul. Each boss was never satisfied with my work. Hey It sounds like floor nursing!!.
    I have been a nurse for just over a year. Got my BSN. The people I work with are great! I have had great preceptors, am being given plenty of opportunities for education. In fact I have just been promoted. Don't get me wrong, there are times when this career is hard. But I just think back to when I was making only a third of what I am now making and realize things could be worse. Currently I am thinking of moving to something else other than floor nursing. Not because I hate it, I love floor nursing, but to further my career. Not everybody is cut out to be a nurse. I think a lot of people who get into nursing romanticize it before knowing what this field is all about. I also think another part of the problems of nursing is that nurses should realize not every institution is as bad as theirs. Im lucky. The place I work at is great. I normally carry a 4-5 patient load. If I need some help, my colleges are willing to help. Just as I am willing to pitch in and help when a fellow college is overwhelmed. There are other things out there that pay what I am making now. But for now Ill stick with nursing. Its working for me!
  7. I have been an lpn for 4 and a half years.I work in a nursing home i am a charge nurse with 3-4 aides and have typically 28-40 pts.It is a constant struggle every night to get meds, txs,charting and to make sure the aides do there work and don't disapear. why do grown adults have to constantly be reminded of what needs to be done when most of them have worked there longer than me?I work lots of overtime to just to pay the bills.I love being a nurse but need to further my career, but not to doing all paperwork,that i hate the most.
  8. Nursing in the hospital is bad i agree with everyone here and reading this forum is the reason i quit nursing school midway through several years ago.

    Since then I have worked at many nonprofit centers and the most recently at a crisis shelter where nurses are treated with respect. And the nurse whom i worked with was upfront and told me he was getting almost 40 an hour. The nonprofits were offering new grads $25/hour for basically social work jobs. Why can't anyone get one of these???

    I am currently thinking of going back to finish my nursing schooling now, going back part time (no way in hell could i stand going back full-time) until i finish. Anyone have any thoughts cause this is what i'm currently thinking of doing although going back is giving me nightmares since i've been there before...
  9. i have to admit i hate nursing right now. i loved it awhile back. i guess the team i worked with made it pleasant. now working in new york, i feel i can't trust anyone.
    i know i didn't romanticized nursing. i started as an emt, later er tech, nursind assistant and finally a nurse. i knew what i was walking into. the truth is the work can become heavy, you seem to be the only one working. 12 hours can become 13. management is quick to blame you instead of the system. i tell new individual look for another job while you still can and there is another part of life.
  10. I worked in a surgical ward in the General Hospital, K.L, Malaysia. It was then the largest hospital in Malaysia.

    I had some nice colleagues, but we were the few bullied by the ward sister, because she had favourites

    She would give her cronies morning duty and us the PM shift. Because they wanted to go home to be with family in the afternoons.

    I remember one occasion very clearly when she verbally abused me thinking I had made a mistake. The surgeon had order, "cauterise the wound with copper sulphate crystals' because the wound had serous discharge.

    She yelled at the top of her voice, that clean surgical wounds should not be cauterised without checking out the patient's wound or even reading the progress sheet.

    Finally when she realised her mistake, she did not even bother to apologise.

    Sister Fong must be 74 this year. Wonder if she is still around and will ever get to read this. It was surgical Ward 12 in Hospital Besar, Kuala Lumpur.
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