What Is The Hardest Part Of Being A Nurse?

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What do you think is the hardest part of being a nurse? Is it the politics? Bullying? Understaffing? Not being able to do your job the way it needs to be done due to lack of resources and time? We want to hear from you.

Share what you think is the hardest part of being a nurse in the comments sections below. Check back to see what your fellow nurses have shared.

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Nursey Nurse
1 month ago

The fact that they keep adding more and more rules and documentation. Most of these are not at all helpful to the patients or their safety. We all know that low nurse to patient ratios are the best indicator of safety and good outcomes, but the administrators think that if we staff with just enough and add a box to check then it will be fine. Plus the push to go back and get a zillion letters behind your name, I find it does nothing to create a better bedside nurse but only lines the coffers of the universities

1 month ago

After 14 years I have seen time and time again that administration does not care about staff or patients. They care about money. This is clearly evident based on the increased workload with fewer staff members. The lack of appreciation is very apparent as well. We had a patient code in the parking lot and after all the emotional trauma, the only concern the managers had was some missing documentation, like a pulse, on a dead patient. I for one, am done. I’m walking away from nursing because my health and well-being are just as important, at least to me… Read more »

1 month ago

I have never understood why policies, best practices and even schedules are designed (and enforced) by our “superiors”; every RN learns so much more from the environment and fellowship of those whom precept/teach/support through their vast experiences…I learned more by observing day to day practice than I ever learned from a book. I even learned what NOT to do, especially working off shifts when decision making was so very critical.

Ann Smith
1 month ago

Scheduling = Majority of Nurses are mothers or sisters that is also care givers among families that have aging parents.
If Nurses are flexible where they are assigned any services where they are needed they also have to have flexibility in their schedule. As a manager I found it very helpful when I introduced self scheduling. Outcome moral was higher,Nurses were happy and I had a very low rate of calling sick.

Judy Tedder
1 month ago

Getting all Team members to work together to get the job done. If you have a nurse that won’t help CNA turn or clean a patient then everyone suffers. It is a trickle down affect. The CNA can’t get to your accucheck because the other nurse wouldn’t take 2 minutes to help turn her patient. Then it snowballs from there!
We need to work as a team to give ALL patients great care.

Patricia O’Neill
22 days ago

The hardest part for me was dealing with ‘hyper-educated’ nurses that acted that the letters after their name made them better than everyone else. The nurse who told a new employee that I was orienting to be careful around me because I don’t know how to ‘cover up’ Med errors and actually report myself if I make one. Or a head nurse that wrote me up because l ‘ordered a co-worker to page the MD & lab stat’ when she admitted in shift report that she gave 3 doses of insulin to a patient who was too sleepy to eat.… Read more »

Katie Did
25 days ago

The number one problem is staffing, If the work load is balanced and not a burden then the agency, doctors, patients and nurses all come out ahead. Everyone wins! 1. The agency wins because the product they are selling (healthcare) is delivered at a higher standard with less likelihood of mistakes occurring, less turnover,and repeats in costly new orientations. If the agency maintains a large enough work pool then when illnesses, etc. occurs there will be someone available to fill in without exhausting staff and pushing them into overtime. 2. Doctors get better assistance and more through information regarding their… Read more »

26 days ago

Toxic administration . Lots of good talk but Very hypocritical.
Little care for staff or protection from bullies.
HR works for organization not the staff . Would never ever trust again

28 days ago

During my 15 years, the thing that’s hardest is bullying and toxic environments. It’s like many individuals never bothered to read the Values & Mission statements of their facility, let alone recall any part of why they went into nursing. The other thing that is hard, is watching the countless changes being implemented (pick a subject, task or dept) by higher ups that don’t do the work – have failed to involve those that do the work in any of the change process. Only to make the new change 2-3 times longer to complete or problematic…..then after so many months… Read more »

Cynthia A Garrett
1 month ago

Exactly right! I often feel anxiety because I cant spend the time I would like to with patients. Feel like I am running around like a dog chasing the tail. Corporate USA now wNt more for less. If I could retire I would do it in a heartbeat., but I absolutely love being a nurse.

Libby Seal
1 month ago

No one measures the amount of work you are doing that day and makes assignments to reflect the load. After you send your patient to the unit who you prevented from coding you know that you will get a new patient since now the room is clean.

6 hours ago

Management Never manages. They are always in meetings planning without input of Line worker’s. They don’t appreciate anyone. They fail to do exit interviews.

Victoria Pugliese
26 days ago

I think sometimes the hardest thing about being a nurse is all the criticism that happens either by your co-workers, family or patient. I know that I have a very strong personality and sometimes when I say something the way I mean what I said depending on who is there can be completely taken out of context. An example would be. I have a new grad nurse that has been a care partner and actually has been a nurse now a year. When I do charge this individual has a very flat affect and is very hard to read. When… Read more »

Cynthia A Garrett
26 days ago

Hello fellow nurses, nurse to patients ratios vary related to specialty, in hospital those ratios are remarkably lower than skilled and longterm care. As a nurse in longterm and skilled nursing our ratios can be and are 15 to 25. Our patients are medically complex , we do med surgery, wound care , many chronic conditions cardiac, iv’s, picc lines, diabetes , post op conditions etc. The acuity can be surmountable.. long term now and has been more complex with each passing year. Quite frankly the odds of error increase significantly, somedays I am truly frightened.. the acuity in the… Read more »

Kimberly L Porsch
29 days ago

I so appreciate your comment, Hi I’m Kim I too have been discriminated against my entire decades of Nursing, even by family (of course I no longer still talk to those LOSERS!) I am a Divorced Caucasian Female with 3 boys (one that I wanted and had outside of marriage) that I am very!!!! proud of, I dont toot my own horn but they are all successful kind men. The most recent discrimination happened at Bel Air Health and Rehab in Bel Air, Maryland. I was a Nurse Manager there and the DON and ADON clearly did not like me… Read more »

Kimberly L Porsch
29 days ago

Please I love being a Nurse, I would love to be able to post I do not do Instagram is this possible without? Thanks to everyone for being a Medical proffessional in these very hard times. God Bless

29 days ago

The hardest part for me is Being On Call! I have been a nurse for 12 years, the staffing in long term care is always an issue and it seems we are always overworked and underpaid. I dread the on call Friday, Saturday, Sunday, till Monday morning. I am so burnt out covering all positions that I question even wanting to be an RN anymore.

Last edited 29 days ago by Jill
Mwende Museo
1 month ago

The hardest part of being a nurse for me, as a Black woman, is the jealousy. Other Black women are jealous because I am an RN, and they are not. White women in my town see me in my scrubs and sneer at me, viewing me as the “uppity Negro”. African nurses in the nursing home setting will help each other, but not me, because I am African American, not a continental African. It is treacherous waters, and daggers coming for you at every turn.

Pat DaShiell
1 month ago

Nursing has been a rewarding career, but there have been several difficult issues encountered over past 35 years. Pediatric deaths, people not being able to afford their medicine, chronic pain.. not properly addressed is heartbreaking. Unexpected, sudden deaths. Homeless/ mentally ill being discharged back to the street. There are so many positive outcomes, but the above issues stick in my mind and heart