(Closed) Would you recommend a career in nursing?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
413 posts
Helper bee

My mom went back to school after raising her kids.  She has been a nurse for a couple of years now, and no I do not reccomend it.

Post # 3
2848 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Nope.  I was a nurse for 6 years.  It is grueling and does not pay well.  I absolutely would not recommend it unless you planned to be a nurse practitioner or a nurse anesthetist.  A plain, old run of the mill hospital nurse, not a chance in hell I’d ever do that again.+

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 5 months ago by  NavyBee.
Post # 4
1643 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

TiffLee:  I’m a sexual health nurse and I love it. No it’s not well paid, but the job satisfaction is high. Especially sending all those premi babies home knowing you helped them survive. It’s hard, it’s exhausting but nursing is a privilege. And if you think you’ve got what it takes then go for it!  

Post # 5
9548 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

TiffLee:  I’m not a nurse but I work with several nurses pretty regularly. There are so many different jobs that can be encompassed under the title “nurse” that I think it’s hard to generalize. The nurses that I work with are all outpatient nurses, so they work regular business hours, but NICU nurses work round the clock, so that’s a big things to consider. What, specifically, is drawing you towards nursing?

Post # 6
597 posts
Busy bee

I am a pediatrics nurse and I absolutely love what I do. But as happy and rewarding as it is, you also remember the whole reason why they are in nursing care. The are usually sick and/or critically ill and that’s something not many people have the ability to cope with. There can be a lot of traumatic events that can happen and if you’re a person who has a little bit of anxiety, then I don’t recommend it.

Post # 7
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014


TiffLee:  I am a Registered Nurse. I would recommend it because there are so many avenues you can take in this career path. Some jobs pay more than others. It’s challenging and exhausting but it is so worth it when you know you REALLY helped someone. I say go for it if you think it’s really what you want to do! Good luck!

Post # 13
46662 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am a Registered Nurse. I think the answer may depend on where you live. Here we are well compensated for our work; there are an infinite number of career changes you can make until you find your niche; you really make a difference in people’s lives, and you are constantly doing and learning soemthing new. You will never have a single boring day in your entire career.

Post # 14
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

TiffLee:  I wouldn’t recommend it if you are trying to only do neonatal.  You may not make the cut or you may not like it when babies in your care die (which is often enough to be upsetting.)  If you aren’t sure what you want to do then you need to take a variety of classes to see what you are interested in and what you’re good at.

If you are really interested in healthcare then I would recommend entering into administration over caregiving unless you know you’re okay with cleaning up after disgusting people.  My stepsister who’s a nurse told me enough horror stories about unclean people with body “cheese” and bursting blood vessels and being squirted with bodily fluids  for me to know that I would never cut it.  Even if you don’t plan to practice in an area like emergency or geriatric care, you still have to get trained in it.

Post # 15
4925 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My mom was a nurse her whole career. She is now permanently disabled. I work in healthcare and it is miserable. I would never touch healthcare if I had known how miserable it is. 

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