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I Hate Nursing

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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 46-50, F 2 Responses May 2

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    Entering nursing school was a mistake.

    A deadly mistake. I thought that nursing was for me. Before doing nursing, I was doing life sciences... I deeply regret joining nursing school. I have to deal with annoying family members, wipe their ****, get scream and yelled at, get embarrassed in public.
    nursingwasamistake nursingwasamistake 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 9

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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 3 Responses Sep 22, 2012

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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 10 Responses May 9, 2009

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    Help! Nursing is sucking the life out of me.

    After a brief time working at a hospital I am in LTC. I am still a new nurse and I am expected to pass meds for 50 rts most days I work. I can't believe it. This is not at all what I thought nursing was. I feel that I am not learning anything & risking my license. Any feedback...
    helpnurse24 helpnurse24 31-35 4 Responses Dec 14, 2013

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    I continue to look for a job,

    any job. I have been a clinical nurse with many years experience, in Peds. Sadly, unless you have ICU experience, you are so much less likely to find or even be considered for a position. Add to that in my city/area, the employers want a masters degree, want you to work both day...
    pbpedsnurse pbpedsnurse 56-60, F 2 Responses Mar 14

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    A Big Thank You!! To All The Nurses Who Have Posted The Reality Of Nursing!!! You Saved My Life!!! :d

    I'm really thankful to all the nurses who have posted the reality of nursing that health care facilities and nursing school would have never told me. I decided to pursue this career a couple years ago because I loved science and everything that had to do with health care. I took...
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    I went into nursing because I truly wanted to

    make a difference. I've wanted to be a nurse since I was a young girl and went back to school when I was in my 30's. After working in a hospital for the past six years, I've realized it's all about money and politics. My "micro manager" is a joke and shows favoritism to the...
    riskywords riskywords 46-50, F 1 Response Dec 17, 2013

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    R.n.

    I have been a nurse since 1978 and have seen it progressively downhill. It is not about pt. care but rather how much money can be made by the CEO's etc. I have woked in hospital, long term care and home care and have had enough. There's no decent jobs out there in nursing that...
    shari56 shari56 56-60, F 7 Responses May 12, 2012

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    I'm a new graduate working 6 months in bedside

    nursing (because I have no choice if I ever want to move to another nursing field that isn't tantamount to slavery) and I dread work/look at stories of people who hate nursing and left every day (even my off days). Some stories I've read more than once. I came into this field...
    fugitiverunning fugitiverunning 22-25, M 5 Responses Jan 13

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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 Aug 18

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    I found this site one day

    after ending my first travel assignment, I moved to a new area after a 25 plus year work history in another state. The travel assignment was my plan to acclimate myself to the area and see if the fit was good. I understood the needs of the unit and spoke at length with the...
    pbpedsnurse pbpedsnurse 56-60, F 4 Responses Jan 17

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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 2 Responses Sep 23, 2013

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    23 years now. After another 14.

    5 hr shift, I come home and google search "I hate nursing". If you have any compassion, empathy, or give a crap to do a good job, nursing will kill you slowly. I have done my penance in hell. What did I do in a previous life to deserve this? I would never recommend it for...
    tiredofthanklessslavery tiredofthanklessslavery 41-45, F 3 Responses Mar 21

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    I have been a mental health nurse

    for 22 years. I chose nursing because I knew I would always find work at a decent salary. At first nursing was fun, exciting, and especially in mental health could be kick back, because we were well staffed for safety. But for the past 7 years I have been doing alot of job...
    helenptloma helenptloma 56-60, F 3 Responses Feb 12

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    I have been in and out of nursing

    since the early 80's. I have two other careers (and I am starting my own business) that I do and only do nursing now if I absolutely have to. I've always hated it. I have witnessed and experienced - only in nursing - not my other fields, and incredible amount of bullying...
    BarrettMann BarrettMann 51-55, F 1 Response May 24

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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 8 Responses Mar 19, 2012

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    I Hate Nursing

    When I was 18 I was in collage for nursing because I didnt get a A in english my cousler told me I had no purpose being in the school at age 18 now I was so sadden that one grade could ruin my chances of becoming a nurse If I HAD KNOW it was a terrible profession I would have did...
    1234567ggg 1234567ggg 31-35 Nov 1, 2013

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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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    I am a single parent of 2 kids

    and have been in the nursing field for 5 years and I have reach that decision that i hate nursing. I've been in the hospital setting and long term care. The hospital setting made me feel worthless like I've never felt before. I am now once again in long term care and that...
    becka17 becka17 31-35, F 4 Responses May 10

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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 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 26-30, F 4 Responses Jun 8

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    If, I Knew Then What I Know Now About Nursing...

    I hate nursing, its not worth it. I could be planting flowers or counting fish or money or statistics, but I thought I would like to help people. Then I went to nursing school and spent thousands only to emerge now trapped into a job to pay off my loans, that I come home form...
    thoughtiwasagoodnurse thoughtiwasagoodnurse 31-35 2 Responses Oct 4, 2013

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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 7 Responses Mar 11, 2013

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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 1 Response Mar 22

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    New Grad, Old Feelings

    I recently graduated with my BSN earlier this spring and I really don't know what to do with my life now. Throughout nursing school, I knew that as each semester passed, I continued to stray away and dislike nursing. I hated doing skills, passing meds, and being treated like crap...
    Positivitea Positivitea 22-25, F 6 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    My hatred for sour seasoned nurses

    and crab apple nursing instructors has inspired a desire in me to become a teacher - anyone else get that? Screw bedside care right? I'm 28 with back problems already. Does anyone get the desire to educate new nurses - somehow better prepare them? Escape bedside care kind of...
    jellyfishing jellyfishing 70+, F 1 Response Dec 17, 2013

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    I have been an RN in New York

    for about a year and a half now, and I HATE it. I went to nursing school because I "had" to. My family was poor, and I desperately wanted to break free from that, and be able to support myself and have money on the side. I chose nursing because I wanted a good job quick...
    colormeblind colormeblind 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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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 114 Responses Oct 30, 2009

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    It was the last resort.

    It was the final decision when all else failed. I never like it but I was indirectly pulled into this profession. Being a nurse made me feel that I was stupid and useless. In my country, only those who failed mathematics and did super badly in school, only choose nursing. As...
    applelee applelee 31-35, F 2 Responses Jan 2

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    Where Is The Eject Button ?

    Ive been nursing for 19 years. Most of this on night duty due to my family needs. I am amazed by how rude people can be to nurses. In my wildest dreams would I be rude to most anyone let alone a nurse.I am also amazed at nurse managers and CNS who critisize staff after a...
    Lizzy16 Lizzy16 41-45, F 7 Responses Jun 26, 2012

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    Biggest Mistake Of My Life

    Does anybody have any stories/advice of how they got out? I despise this profession more than anything on the planet. Help!!
    pattiemac pattiemac 51-55, F 9 Responses Nov 2, 2013

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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

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    I sit here alternating between thinking I'll be

    ok and then hysterical bouts of sobbing. I was a CNA but it was awful, I was miserable and I hurt my back and needed PT. So I became a nurse 8 years later. Now I'm just as miserable and unemployed. They fired me for several reasons. The first being "A family and resident...
    Recentlyfired Recentlyfired 26-30, F 5 Responses May 20

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    I'm 28. Type B personality,

    hard worker, meticulous. I just found a quarter sized bald spot on the back of my head and a dime sized spot near my hairline in the front. Both easy fixes as long as I rat and mat and never walk near a fan or start head banging or do too many double takes or scratch that...
    jellyfishing jellyfishing 70+, F 2 Responses Dec 17, 2013

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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 Jun 13

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    I Hate Nursing

    I have been a nurse for 30 years and have seen the "profession" change so much in that time that what is known as nursing now, does not even resemble the same job that it was when I first started.  The focus was on patients, not paperwork, and the families were grateful and...
    iconview iconview 51-55 4 Responses Oct 9, 2010

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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 1 Response Jun 24

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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 7 Responses May 9, 2013

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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 7 Responses Mar 2, 2013

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    Don't Really Hate Nursing, But Am Very Disappointed With It.

    I have been a nurse for 25 years now.  I remember enjoying nursing school and it is a warm memory in my heart.  I am sad with how my career has turned out.  It no longer has the prestige it once did.  After all the years I put into nursing, I feel I deserve a...
    Grigsbyrn Grigsbyrn 51-55 5 Responses Aug 16, 2010

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    Me Too!!

    First I want to say thank you, thank you thank you to all those who posted.  What an immense relief to read these and know I am not the only one. I have been a nurse for 18 long miserable years.  I hate it so much there are no words that adequately describe it. ...
    cls9712 cls9712 41-45, F 6 Responses Feb 11, 2010

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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 9 Responses Sep 29, 2012

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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 51-55, F 1 Response May 30

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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 3 Responses Oct 13, 2012

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    Are there any nurses out there

    who are sick and tired of being used and abused by patients, their families, doctors, management and administration? After 32 years of nursing, I am DONE! My husband and I are working on a home-based business idea developed and taught at a local accredited college. This...
    tirednurse tirednurse 51-55, F 3 Responses Jan 14

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    why do i hate nursing ?

    let me count the ways. greedy doctors, abusive doctors, drunk fat patients. obnoxious family members that think they know nursing better than i do. oh yeah by the way i have been a nursing asisstant, an adn rn then a bsn. total career time as an rn 34 yrs. finally could afford...
    paultm1 paultm1 61-65, M 4 Responses Feb 8

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    Look For New Work Every Day I'm Not In Hell

    I am an RPN. I work in continuing care, rehab, palliative unit. I am not even full time and I HATE my job. I am sick of the whining patients who expect you to be there for them first, even though you have 9 other patients who want the exact same thing at the exact same time...
    lizzlelicious lizzlelicious 26-30, F 5 Responses Sep 10, 2012

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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 35 Responses Feb 5, 2011

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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 19 Responses Jul 18, 2010

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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 41-45 6 Responses Jun 3, 2013

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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

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    I've Had Enough!!!

    I'm so glad I have found a page i can come here and ***** about how miserable i feel about nursing...i hate it, i hate it with an absolute passion!!!! honestly, upper management who probably has never been on the floor in a century comes up with stupid rules and initiatives that...
    enough13 enough13 22-25, F 26 Responses Feb 4, 2010

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