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I Hate Nursing

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    Shortly after coming on shift Christmas eve

    (7p-7a) one of my elderly male patients resumed being combative. I, plus another nurse, 1 pca, and the patient's wife struggled to get him settled; he was in a chair and wouldn't allow us to get him back to bed nor into a gerichair. He shoved and punched me, smacked his wife...
    ReallyTiredRN ReallyTiredRN 31-35, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2014

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    I've been a nurse for 3 years.

    .3 excruciating, painful years..I've done ICU, I've done home health...I've worked almost every holiday since I graduated nursing school..I have sacrificed time with family and friends I will never be able to get back..and I WANT OUT! My title as RN-BSN gives me no pleasure or...
    HolybuRNoutbatmN HolybuRNoutbatmN 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 21, 2014

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    Haven't Even Started And Hate It Already

    I'm so glad I found this website to rant about how much I hate Nursing already and I haven't even started working as one yet. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I chose Nursing over Science. I thought having a job guaranteed was nice. I was told that RNs do mostly...
    rantingnursetobe rantingnursetobe 22-25 11 Responses Sep 29, 2012

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    The Sad State Of Nursing

    I have been a nurse 28 years, and I have hated nursing since my first lesson in hand washing. The instructors were never positive, it was always about what you did wrong, and they were the ones who taught the attitude of eating your young. The attitude of bullying, berating...
    gracie234 gracie234 46-50 9 Responses Mar 19, 2012

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    I hate being told managers will be supportive

    and they will be available when they are not. I hate managers who could care less about you as a person. Despite all the things that happen in a normal persons life (births, illness, and death), nursing managers don't care about your life and even when they know, don't even...
    lindyCoho lindyCoho 56-60, F 2 Responses Oct 27, 2014

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    Awful!!

    I have been in nursing for about 3 years and I hate it more everyday. I have worked as a Medical/Surgical nurse, travel nurse and agency nurse and dread every minute of it. I don't mind the occasional challenge. I hate the patients that all 6 expect you to be there immedicately...
    alwayswantmore alwayswantmore 22-25 11 Responses May 9, 2009

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    Trapped In Nursing

    I have been a nurse 8 yrs. Every minute of the day I wish I would have gone into a different field. I hate hate hate it. I hate the responsibility that comes with being an RN. I have tried many different fields of nursing also. I have never felt confident in clinical skills so...
    misssassypantz misssassypantz 36-40, F 7 Responses Dec 6, 2012

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    Nursing The Reality.

    I just joined this site, perhaps to rant about the field of nursing or to vent about how bad it's been. I am 25 I have been a nurse for almost 2 years now. To begin with my college experience was horrible. The type of instructors I had , the work , stress the insane politics...
    MachineGunguy1911 MachineGunguy1911 26-30, M 10 Responses May 9, 2013

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    Today...I realized more

    than ever I hate being a nurse. I thought it would make sense due to money, job opportunity, and the ability to travel. I really thought that there was much more than just being the scumbag of the hopsital. I am so sick of the day in and day out overwhelming feeling I get bc I...
    Furfamily90 Furfamily90 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 9, 2015

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    I Hate Nursing Too

    I need to get out of nursing. I discourage everyone from entering the field. I know of no nurses who like their job. The patients families are impossible, and require more attention than the patients. I constantly have to clean up poop, deal with demented patients who fall on the...
    peachy8144 peachy8144 31-35, F 132 Responses Oct 30, 2009

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    I remember when I failed my initial attempt at

    my nurse entrance exam I cried. However, I tried again and passed. I remember when I failed my initial attempt at the NCLEX I cried, but I tried again and passed. I should have taken it as a sign that I should have not become a nurse. I was desperate for a career that would...
    SadRN77 SadRN77 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 4, 2015

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    Nursing is like an albatross around my neck.

    I suppose it's always been that way although I felt it a "purpose" at some point' I suppose, but now it's turned into a burden. The job I have now is abusive--no lunches, worked till you feel you'll pass out, whiny private pay patients, families from hel*, non-supportive co...
    Nannygoat333 Nannygoat333 56-60, F 1 Response May 30, 2014

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    I have only been practising

    for less than a year and already I am desperate to get out. Nursing schools really don't tell you the truth about nursing - that you're fodder for a giant blame machine called the health service. You get hung out to dry by a system that uses professional registration as an...
    Whatthehellisleft Whatthehellisleft 31-35, F 7 Responses Jun 8, 2014

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    So, You Want To Be A Nurse? Just DON'T Do It...

    I am sitting at home today, on call, for $4 an hour. That certainly is not enough money to make my mortgage payment this month, or pay for my groceries. But that's the life of a nurse ...if the unit has a low census, you stay home. By the phone. For 12 hours. To come in at a...
    scanety24 scanety24 46-50 5 Responses Jun 3, 2013

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    Burned Out Emergency Nurse Rn Cen

    I am so desperate to get out of nursing.I HATE IT.Although I have never been a CNA I was an Advanced EMT before my long 20+ years as an emergency nurse.I would like to find a bridge for RN to Paramedic but I can't.I guess everyone thinks I am going backwards I know they make...
    blu223 blu223 51-55 6 Responses Jan 13, 2012

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    I am 36 went to school at 32

    for the first time in my life in the I never thought bout being a nurse but at the time the community college was promoting and I thought it was the only thing I could get into in the medical field that would give me satisfaction, as the years went on I got into an expensive...
    kc3777 kc3777 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 3, 2014

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    I hate being a nurse a lot of the time.

    I have been an RN for five years and before that I worked in a nursing home. Part of my reason for being a nurse is that I felt I could do more to help my clients and being on the inside seemed like a great way to change things for the better. I don't think I made the right...
    Doomflower Doomflower 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 12

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    I hate the direction

    that nursing has taken. I have been a RN for 40 years, worked in ICU & CCU, L&D, Maternity;,now working in an OB-GYN office for the past 14 years. Currently being assaulted with having to deal with the EMR; another way to move us further away from patient care. I went into this...
    marsamide marsamide 61-65, F 1 Response Jul 8, 2014

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    Too Old To Leave Nursing Now

    I have been a RN for 25 years, I have held every type of nursing job there is, from bedside med/surg to insurance case mngr, to DON, to ICU, to home care and hospice.  I hate, hate, hate being a nurse. The profession has given me the opportunity to have flexible hours...
    nananurse nananurse 51-55, F 20 Responses Jul 18, 2010

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    I graduated from nursing school in 2007.

    I didn't really want to be a nurse. I enjoyed some parts of the program for example mother/baby. Some of my professors talked down to me and made me feel stupid. While working as nurse, I was bullied very badly. My coworkers would lie on me all the time. Nothing I did was good...
    Wendydemas Wendydemas 31-35, F Dec 20, 2015

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    Hello. Haven't been on in awhile

    but continue to experience a feeling of sadness in my work. Rarely do I get lifted up at work. It's never carefree as you can imagine but can't people lighten up sometimes? Everyone is an independent nurse now so very little helping each other.Doesnt stop them from talking...
    Trulysickandtired Trulysickandtired 51-55, F 1 Response Nov 9, 2015

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    I try so hard every shift to please the

    patients, keep them clean and happy, not ask the CNA for help (because they get major attitude if you do. Why do they run **** on the floor??), decide whether or not to call the MD (because they yell at you if it's not worth their time), keep up with all the paperwork and...
    RNY83 RNY83 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 28, 2014

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    can't help it.I have to post this.

    Infact the reason I joined was to write out my feelings and I really really hope it helps someone.The reason I joined nursing was coz of my poor grades in high school since my studies took a backseat ever since I lost my mother to cancer.I completed high school and dint exactly...
    AETJJV AETJJV 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 17, 2015

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    I sit here, having been a RN

    for 20 years and now working in a library. I feel like I have gone from hell to heaven. I too, completely and utterly burned out. I mean CRASH and BURNed out. For the past three years I have been to rehab due to sleeping pill and alcohol addiction that I feel was a direct result...
    Debprimm1214 Debprimm1214 51-55, F 2 Responses May 2, 2014

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    I'm not a qualified nurse

    but seeing what I've seen has completely put me off advancing in my pathetic excuse for a career. I have to go in to work later and I feel sick thinking about it :( urgh
    Nenmir Nenmir 22-25, F 4 Responses Oct 9, 2014

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    This former nurse has earned in excess of one

    million dollars in commissions and enjoys a life with time and financial freedom. Message me after you watch this short video if you are ready to take advantage of this opportunity. This is something you can do on a very a part time basis.
    daybefore daybefore 56-60, F 1 Response Jun 13, 2014

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    17 And Out

    I'm done. 17 miserable years is more than enough sacrifice. I have worked in every area from L&D (twice - hated it both times), ICU, Oncology, Med/Surg, travel nursing, OR, outpatient, recovery, home care, case management....it's all the same. I was one of those people that just...
    canamjld canamjld 46-50, F 4 Responses Sep 22, 2012

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    I went into college choosing Nursing mostly

    because I didn't know what else to do and that at least was something that lived up to my parents' expectations of me. Come 2 years later and I had a mental breakdown. The cutthroat competitiveness, the horrible environment, classes I had no interest in and how I just didn't...
    Eruu Eruu 22-25 2 Responses Aug 18, 2014

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    No Way To Live....nursing

    ...can relate 100% with all comments here. I decided to go to RN school after I was laidoff from an airline due to 9/11. I was an LPN way back when. WHAT A MAJOR ERROR! I spent the first two years out of school on a med/tele dumping ground unit and it was hellish, but got all...
    califlower califlower 56-60, F 5 Responses Oct 13, 2012

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    I hate the lack of breaks,

    working 12.5 hrs without one blows, not able to drink water because OSHA says no but with no breaks I have gone 8hrs without going to bathroom - UTI anyone. I hate that when you actively try to deliver quality care it's not rewarding because you're too busy caring for patients...
    Free247 Free247 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 4, 2015

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    Enjoy being controlled,

    micromanaged, nagged at & harassed 24/7 by needy patients and their holier than thou families? Dig the uncanny similarities in personality between your clients & your shrill demanding mother-in-law? Love the melody of 8 call bells going off at once only to find the patient wants...
    Missineichen Missineichen 26-30 5 Responses Jun 7, 2015

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    Hello everyone:I have been an RN

    for over ten years. It has been an impossible and hard job every single step of the way. I have given everything to nursing and gotten mistreated for all of my sacrifices. Every few months the nursing field deteriorates even more and I'm just beyond hopeless about being a...
    NurseNickiRN NurseNickiRN 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 11, 2014

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    Nursing is so corporate now.

    No professional protection if the big corporation people get their pants in a wad or overspend celebrating their huge egos. It is not about health and knowledge anymore. Doctors and Nurses have no say. The business people run us now. And they can't save lives.
    jefitzpatrick jefitzpatrick 56-60, F Jun 6, 2014

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    How I Successfully Left Nursing!

    Guys, I hear you! You're sick of nursing. It's destroying your life. I bet it sounds a little something like this: You go to work feeling heavy inside, the site of your supervisors makes you writhe with displeasure. They treat you like scum and never hear what you have to say...
    arkadialove arkadialove 26-30, F 62 Responses Feb 5, 2011

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    The Truth About Being An RN

    The truth is that it mostly sucks. I realize that nursing is now monstrously popular as a career choice and I understand the reason for that, i.e. there is a strong possibility that a nurse will be able to obtain a job that pays something approaching a living wage. Yes, there...
    hourblue hourblue 46-50 8 Responses Mar 2, 2013

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    I really am drained. My soul is gone.

    28 years of nursing and I think I am headed for Social Security Disability for my mental health. I have read quite a few of these testaments written by fellow peers in the world of nursing. I don't think this is a career that one should spend their entire lives in. I believe it...
    royalreenie royalreenie 46-50, F 2 Responses Jun 24, 2014

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    Wow, this is a great site.

    I have been a nurse for 18 years and I absolutely dread each and every day I have to go into that god forsaken hospital. It's not so much that I hate nursing; I work in ICU and I actually enjoy the technical aspects of the job. However, I can't stand dealing with all of the...
    melster1973 melster1973 36-40 2 Responses Mar 22, 2014

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    I knew from the emotional abuse

    that our nursing instructors dished out daily that I was making a mistake. 22yrs ago I enrolled in our vocational tech college for LPN. I've worked hospital, private offices, school nursing, psych hospitals, community psych and now a long term care facility/ rehab. Always...
    aka1962 aka1962 51-55, F 4 Responses Dec 11, 2014

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    Just something people say to me that's been

    annoying me recently "Ooh nursing! That's such a sexy job" No, no it isn't. If the people that said things like that could see what nurses and care assistants actually do, they wouldn't say something so stupid. We also don't wander around in pvc sex shop naughty nurse outfits...
    Nenmir Nenmir 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 7, 2015

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    Not sure if I hate nursing in general,

    hate the type of nursing I have been doing, or hate my co-workers more. I've been a nurse for almost three years now. I started off working in long term care/rehab because it's nearly impossible to get a job at a hospital as a new grad. I did LTC for 2 years, which was...
    bballgrl74 bballgrl74 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2015

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    I am 46. I have been in

    and out of nursing Jobs. About 15. I have been in poverty. Never got UI or disability. Manager threatened me and slander against my name. I am jobless now. I spent thousands to get a degree. I have no friends no husband no boyfriend . I feel hopeless
    Daria5 Daria5 46-50, F Sep 2, 2015

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    i have been blackballed from nursing.

    Terminated over ten years ago for charting errors...did a short 2 hr online documentation course. no licensure restrictions, no pt complaints, get along well with co workers. i have had a few jobs but after a few months, something comes up and "they dont have hours for me". Im...
    bensgirlie bensgirlie 41-45 Nov 11, 2015

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    Where Do I Go From Here?

    I have been a nurse WAYYYY tooo long. After 25 years in the field I have reached the fork in the road. Nursing, in my view is one big conspiracy. The healthcare industry needs people to do the work and know that if they told candidates what being an RN is REALLY all about, no one...
    Karalea Karalea 46-50, F 9 Responses Mar 11, 2013

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    Nursing Mistake

    The only big mistake I've ever made in nursing is becoming a nurse!! I hate it!! I thought it was going to be so glorious...not really. I went into it knowing that there would be vomit, urine, poop and anything else gross lol. I don't mind all that!! I don't mind blood or...
    NurseOops NurseOops 41-45, F 3 Responses Sep 23, 2013

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    Long rant ahead.... I was just let go from my

    very first travel nursing job yesterday. No, I don't feel sad I'm actually relieved! The only thing I'm going to miss is the money. No more getting up at 5:45, five days a week and sitting in traffic when I get home. Yes, my schedule was 5 days a week, I didn't have time for...
    Freedom717 Freedom717 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 9, 2015

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