If you had it to do over again would you choose nursing?
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July 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm #72638
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!
July 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm #72639
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.
July 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm #72640
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.
July 7, 2017 at 4:35 pm #72641
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!
July 7, 2017 at 4:55 pm #72643
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.
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July 7, 2017 at 5:42 pm #72657
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.
July 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm #72664
Linda Kay Walczak
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July 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm #72665
Sometimes I would rather be teaching English!
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Sharyn Van Der Zwaag
100% agree with you
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July 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm #72669
If nurses weren’t injured so badly!!
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Cody Cheyenne Scott
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July 7, 2017 at 9:27 pm #72680
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.
July 7, 2017 at 10:26 pm #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
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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…
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Hleziphe Lucia Mabasa
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July 8, 2017 at 3:26 am #72742
Phumla Maguga Junior
Flatly & surely nope
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July 8, 2017 at 6:26 am #72751
In a word….No.
July 8, 2017 at 6:26 am #72750
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.
July 8, 2017 at 6:26 am #72752
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!!
July 8, 2017 at 12:26 pm #72756
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?
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Ivanka Ivanovic Cajic
On the job,doing Heimlich maneuver on the patient who was chocking . How about you?
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July 9, 2017 at 2:26 am #72773
🤔 sometimes whn I’ve had bad day. Patients can be demanding and suck yhe life out of u
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Gerda le Roux
Without any doubt !!!!
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