If you had it to do over again would you choose nursing?

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  • #72638
    Canadian King
    Canadian King
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    I like nursing, but sometimes it gets pretty crazy and I wonder if I made the right decision to become a nurse so many years ago.  If you had it to do over again would you choose nursing? I know there’s stress in all jobs, but I can’t help but think that the stress of an accountant, for example, can’t possibly be the same as that of a nurse, especially nurses who work in critical care areas and have all the weight of patient’s lives on their minds all the time.

    What must it be like to go home at the end of a busy day and not take your job with you. Wondering if all the decisions you made throughout the day resulted in the most positive outcome possible for your patients. Waking in the middle of the night and wondering if you did everything you could for the patient who just didn’t make it.

    Maybe some nurses manage the art of putting their work day to bed when they leave their work each day. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those nurses. I beat myself over the head for days when I lose a patient. I can’t help but thing that a physical therapist or a sonographer doesn’t leave work with the same type of stress as a nurse does.

    What do you think? If you had to do it all over again would you choose nursing? I would!

    If you had to do it over again would you choose nursing?

  • #72639

    Mommy Dearest
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    I don’t think we can really say if we have more stress than other people who are in different fields because we have never walked in their shoes so we don’t really know. Granted, they may not have the same type of worries as nurses do, but their worries are no less important than ours.  They may have serious deadlines that if they don’t meet could cost them their jobs and livelihoods.

    Nurses have a bad habit of complaining a lot about the work we do. Yes, we have a lot of stress, but our work is no more important than anyone else’s and we need to understand that.  So many young nurses think they are just wonderful people and should be praised constantly because we chose nursing.

    Nurses are not that special. To me it’s just a job and nurses need to stop patting themselves on the back for earning a living. It gets old.

  • #72640
    VA RN
    VA RN
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    No, I don’t think I would choose nursing if I had to do it again. Especially in today’s world. There’s no respect from doctors, patients, coworkers or administration. It didn’t used to be that way, but now there’s more and more red tape and paperwork and less time to actually take care of patients. I feel like I spend most of my day making sure that the facility doesn’t get sued and following their stupid protocols that have been thought up by people who have never spend one day in their lives at a patient’s bedside.

    It’s sad. I should have chosen psychology or gotten a social worker degree. Nursing certainly isn’t what it used to be.

  • #72641
    Rebekka889
    Rebekka889
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    If there weren’t sp many control freaks in nursing I don’t think it would be so bad. Every nurse thinks they’re better than the other nurses and most are a bunch of brown nosers who are never happy with anything. I wish nurses could work better together. I think if it wasn’t so female dominated it would be better. Female nurses don’t know how to get along with each other. They’re too busy stabbing each other in the back.  There’s no way in hell I would choose nursing if I had to do it over again…no thanks!

  • #72643
    Punchy
    Punchy
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    Yes, I would choose nursing again if I had to choose over. I love being a nurse and enjoy the work. There’s never a dull moment that’s for sure, but I do think it is very stressful at times.

    Sometimes, I think that the management could be better where I work, but if I don’t like it I can always leave and the great thing about nursing is that there are so many other options to choose from. I actually have a friend that is a Sonographer and she hates it. The problem is that there’s nothing else she can do. She can’t switch to a different specialty like we can as nurses. She has to go back to school, which she’s actually considering because she just doesn’t like what she’s currently doing.

  • #72644

    Sara Hillerup Lund

    No!

  • #72647

    Jamie Elise

    No

  • #72648

    El Brewster

    No

  • #72649

    Emily Ashworth-Preece

    No

  • #72646

    Eb Estipona

    Yes.

  • #72657

    Sonie Lea

    Yes and no. I truly love what I do but the politics of a hospital and the other bs required is draining my soul. But I feel struck in nursing because I can’t just leave and make the same money.

  • #72664

    Linda Kay Walczak

    Probably not

  • #72665

    Wanda Petito

    Sometimes I would rather be teaching English!

  • #72668

    Sharyn Van Der Zwaag

    100% agree with you

  • #72669

    Peggy Vellanoweth

    If nurses weren’t injured so badly!!

  • #72674

    Kathy Good

    Never.

  • #72675

    Sara Elaine

    No.

  • #72676

    Cody Cheyenne Scott

    No.

  • #72680

    Dotti Mynderse

    In a heartbeat! I am retired now, but miss nursing. I was fortunate to choose a speciality that I loved. My nights in the DR were hectic and long, but I know I made a difference.

  • #72682

    Peggy Yates Cline

    NO, unless I could actually do some nursing and less paperwork, but we all know that won’t happen, so , NO

  • #72683

    Angela McGraw

    Probably not.

  • #72684

    Rosalie Lane

    Symphony?

  • #72697

    Ivanka Ivanovic Cajic

    I have always been passionate about nursing, but this year I hurt my back and became ” temporarily disabled”( probably temporarily), lost my full-time job, my PRN job, my benefits, health insurance… Had surgery, still in a lot of pain, not driving, hardly walking.I saved patient’s life( he was choking), but I was terminated from my position at that hospital.So the answer is Noooooooo…

  • #72710

    Edith Turner

    not sure

  • #72711

    Rose Jolley Haslam

    No

  • #72724

    Michelle Wipperman

    Nope.

  • #72725

    Hleziphe Lucia Mabasa

    Hell no

  • #72742

    Phumla Maguga Junior

    Flatly & surely nope

  • #72744

    Sherese Galtrey

    No

  • #72745

    Sherese Galtrey

    No

  • #72751

    Judy Collins

    In a word….No.

  • #72750

    Kudzai Paradza

    no.. I’m passionate about helping people but no one respects a nurse.
    Always treated like trash by patients and employer.
    I always tell my friends and siblings it’s not worth it; no matter how much you love people.

  • #72752

    Le Conrick

    Probably no from me too…in my day..patients hit the floor..we picked them up…no lifting teams/machines..no lift policy..etc etc…now ..my back..legs..feet..all stuffed with bad arthritis…pain can be very bad…all due to nursing!!

  • #72756

    Jessica Widga

    I am going through the same situation, back injury/surgery/still dying from pain. Were you hurt on the job or during your private time?

  • #72758

    Kim Asbury

    No

  • #72763

    Ivanka Ivanovic Cajic

    On the job,doing Heimlich maneuver on the patient who was chocking . How about you?

  • #72773

    Amber Restrepo

    🤔 sometimes whn I’ve had bad day. Patients can be demanding and suck yhe life out of u

  • #72776

    Karen Jenkins

    Of course

  • #72778

    Karen Falconer

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • #72780

    Gerda le Roux

    Without any doubt !!!!

  • #73499

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    Probably not

  • #73504

    Debbie D Lindsey-Roarx

    That surprises me Jennifer James-Hawkins.

  • #73506

    Debbie D Lindsey-Roarx

    That surprises me Jennifer James-Hawkins.

  • #73507

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    It’s very hard. And under appreciated.

  • #73505

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    It’s very hard. And under appreciated.

  • #73515

    Stephen Vann

    I would have gotten in earlier

  • #73516

    Stephen Vann

    I would have gotten in earlier

  • #73525

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    Probably not

  • #73526

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    Probably not

  • #73529

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    Probably not

  • #73528

    Stephen Vann

    I would have gotten in earlier

  • #73527

    Stephen Vann

    I would have gotten in earlier

  • #73532

    Stephen Vann

    I would have gotten in earlier

  • #73534

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    It’s very hard. And under appreciated.

  • #73533

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    It’s very hard. And under appreciated.

  • #73531

    Debbie D Lindsey-Roarx

    That surprises me Jennifer James-Hawkins.

  • #73530

    Debbie D Lindsey-Roarx

    That surprises me Jennifer James-Hawkins.

  • #73536

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    It’s very hard. And under appreciated.

  • #73535

    Debbie D Lindsey-Roarx

    That surprises me Jennifer James-Hawkins.

  • #73555

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    Probably not

  • #73556

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    Probably not

  • #73558

    Stephen Vann

    I would have gotten in earlier

  • #73557

    Stephen Vann

    I would have gotten in earlier

  • #73559

    Debbie D Lindsey-Roarx

    That surprises me Jennifer James-Hawkins.

  • #73560

    Debbie D Lindsey-Roarx

    That surprises me Jennifer James-Hawkins.

  • #73561

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    It’s very hard. And under appreciated.

  • #73562

    Jennifer James-Hawkins

    It’s very hard. And under appreciated.

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