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Top 10 Reasons Nurses Hate Their Job

sad nurse hates her jobEven if you don’t feel this way all of the time, at some point in time you hate your job. Something happens, you don’t like it, and you just want to quit. Then again, there are a lot of people (including nurses) that just flat out hate their job all of the time.

After speaking to a lot of nurses, the following list represents the most common answers to “Why do you hate your job?”

  • The doctors are jerks! There are some great doctors that respect and appreciate the nurses, and there are also a lot of doctors that are rude, disrespectful, obnoxious and downright mean. They basically make the nurses’ (and everyone else’s) lives hell. They act like they know everything, and you know nothing.
  • The long hours! There are some lucky nurses that work short shifts, or only part of the year (like school nurses). There are also a lot of them that work 12 hours or longer per shift. I don’t care what you do for a living. If you are working 12 hours or longer at a time, that’s rough, and it’s enough to make anyone hate their job sometimes.
  • The patients get on my nerves! It’s true, some of the patients are pretty much horrible. They hit the call light over and over for no particularly good reason. Their family loves to stay in the room all night and constantly ask you why you’re not doing your job. They beg, bug, annoy and do everything possible to make your shift a little harder. Of course their are great patients too, but sometimes there just aren’t enough of them to make up for the bad ones.
  • I’m tired of the drug seekers! Sometimes it may feel like you are doing nothing more than supplying dope fiends. You know the type. They ask for their dilaudid pushes hours before they are scheduled. They ask you to push the meds to them faster. Yeah, junkies can get on anyone’s last nerve.
  • I don’t make enough money! Nurses can make pretty good money, but many are smart enough to be doing other things to make a lot more money. Compared to the majority of doctors, nurses make pennies. Then again, compared to your average worker, nurses are well compensated. If you feel like your underpaid, it’s always hard to like your work.
  • My boss/administration sucks! They make policies with no knowledge of what is really going on or needed. They hire new employees that are incompetent, which makes you do your work and theirs. They don’t order enough supplies to take care of the patients because they have to stay under a tight budget. A good boss can make your job so much fun, but a bad boss can make it unbearable.
  • My feet hurt! Yes, if you stand on your feet for 8-12 hours in a day, they are probably going to hurt you, even if you have the most comfortable nurse shoes in the world. Add on to that the fact that you are jogging 5 miles a day up and down the halls and you have got yourself some sore and aching feet.
  • I just don’t care about being a nurse anymore. Nurse burnout is actually very common, and it leads to a lot of nurses quitting the occupation all together. You can find a new specialty to change your direction, and to hopefully fall in love with nursing again, but there are no guarantees. Not everyone is cut out to be in the nursing field for life.
  • I don’t feel appreciated! Maybe your boss never says “thank you”. Maybe your patients never take the time to tell you that they appreciate you. Maybe you feel like you are doing nothing to help anyone. If we never feel a sense of appreciation for all of the hard work we do, it’s really easy to not like your job. A gift, or just a simple smile, is needed to remind us that we are needed and appreciated.
  • I just want to stay home! There’s nothing wrong with being a stay at home mom/dad, or just not working at all for any reason. If you have someone else that can help pay the bills, or you don’t need to work, it’s hard to justify nursing or any type of work.

What do you think about this list? Can you think of any other reason that a nurse may no longer want to work in the healthcare field? We would love to hear your comments/opinions.

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14 thoughts on “Top 10 Reasons Nurses Hate Their Job

  1. Mable Moralez

    I’ll tell you why I hate my job sometimes. The administration at our facility straight up doesn’t care about the staff. Foe nurses week, we don’t even get a than you. The A/C never works in the nurse’s station, but they don’t care. If we get 5 extra patients, they won’t staff another nurse. They just make us take more patients, and we already don’t have enough staff to handle the ones we have. If we want to eat, we have to pay more than the patients. In other words they treat us like *hit. SO why do I put up with it? I love my coworkers and the thought of getting another job scares me. / rant sorry :(


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