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Nursing is Not for Everyone--Can a Registered Nurse Get Respect from Anyone?

Updated on May 30, 2012

Florence Nightingale


Nursing is Trying and Stressful

Whenever I look at ads for employment, I see plenty of nursing jobs available. However, I've been told by nurses that people pay dearly, in terms of their inner peace, for the extra pay that they receive into their bank accounts from their nursing jobs.

Doctors who are under pressure do not treat their underlings well. Nurses take a lot of guff and get treated often with disrespect by people who act as if they were superior human beings.

What about Florence Nightingale and Mother Theresa, weren't they happy? They were saints, unlike the average person who goes into nursing, who wants to live a normal life.

But the average job in nursing is not the only job in the field. Probably to become a private duty nurse for someone well off enough to pay adequately would be the best choice within the profession.

Like so many dreams we have as we pursue our higher education, the nursing education fills students with aspirations of doing wonderful things for patients. Although those opportunities exist, they are often ruined by administrators and superiors who harass and anger the nurses to the point where many quit.

The registered nursing (RN) license is required to get a good paying job in the profession. Some students who make a commitment in undergraduate school also will have the bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN), but it's the RN that counts the most toward finding a good paying job in the field.

The true duties of the nurse are not very glamorous. Although it's not for everyone, a tough person with a working class attitude will survive well in the profession, especially if that person is part human and part saint.

If it were only a matter of the giving and helping relationship to the patients in need, nursing would be a wonderful profession at any pay rate. However, the factor that's the spoiler is the tactless administrators and superiors the nurses must deal with at work.

Because nurses generally work in very unhappy environments, many quit and many who consider the profession decide to go elsewhere. This has caused a shortage of nurses, leading inevitably to overloaded work schedules for those few who can tolerate the work.

Nurses are given too many jobs to do each day, and even while they try to get the work done, they are interrupted constantly, making their work next to impossible.

Nurses often have to read handwriting that's impossible to figure out. They have to tend to too many patients, and work too many hours.

Although they are capable of doing many of the tasks done by doctors, the nurses can not add to their work schedules.

Overall, it's a sad commentary on the medical profession that this is the state of affairs in the profession having the most patient contact of all.

With the burgeoning baby boom generation about to enter nursing homes, or at least increased needs for nursing care, there will be even more pressure on the medical profession to make the career of nursing tolerable enough to attract adequately skilled people into it as a vocation.

The incentives will not have to be financial, because those exist already. However, the work that has to be done is more along the lines of organizing the environment, both the physical environment and the relationships that exist on the job, so that efficiency can be improved.


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      Aunice Yvonne Reed 4 years ago from Southern California

      As a former nurse myself, I can attest to what you say emphatically. I worked in one of the most stressful areas: oncology. I moved out of the hospital into private duty which was the most rewarding. I now work in the field of social work and do enjoy that much better.

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      janet 6 years ago

      I couldn't have said it better. Thanks and AMEN!!!!!