Why do some nurses hate their jobs?

Story---Medical-Chat-4-2016-484x252-PNGMost nurses are loathe to say that they hate their jobs. They feel a calling to nursing, and there are many aspects about the job that they really enjoy.

Some do hate their jobs, though, and are so disgusted by their job that it may as well be called hate. Why do these nurses feel this way after education and experience?

Like most things in life, the answer is multifactorial. Many things go into a nursing career, and it may come down the specialty they are in.

However, the grass is often not greener on the other side, and changing jobs can sometimes lead to even more dissatisfaction. Here are three reasons why this happens to nurses who genuinely care.


Nurse to patient ratios in most hospital and long term care environments are deplorable, and this can cause a nurse to hate their job. When one nurse has eight patients on a med-surg floor, the stress can be overwhelming.

Unfortunately, unless you live in California, there isn’t much that can be done about staffing ratios. Although there is legislation in Congress, it hasn’t nearly reached the point where it can provide much needed help.

This is an aspect of nursing that can cause a nurse to hate their job. When they have so many patients that they can’t even keep track of who is who, the level of danger rises, and this can cause a nurse to resent the stress put upon them.


The weight of life and death situations can be very difficult to accept. It is the nurse’s choice when to call a doctor.

A nurse takes responsibility for the patient, and that means they have the power to ignore something minor or call on something major. This is a huge source of stress.

Safety is paramount, but when you are dealing with a situation that can go either way, the realization of the immense responsibility can be crippling. Yet nurses do it all the time.

Your license means you’re responsible for your patient’s health, and this can make some nurses so stressed that they hate their jobs. Everything is stacked against you when it comes to taking responsibility, and that can make a nurse more stressed than they need to be.


Some nurses may grow to hate their jobs because they are bullied. Whether by other staff members or by management, bullying is a real problem in nursing.

When a nurse dreads going in because they know they will not get any help and will be shunned from the rest of the group, it can make them hate even taking care of patients. Of course, feelings should not get in the way of patient care, but we are only human.

Bullying can cause an incredible emotional toll on nurses that are already exacerbated by ratios and responsibility. It is like drowning in an ocean, and you can see how this could breed hate.

Problems with nursing tends to stem from the silent nature of the profession, and those who hate it are often regarded as not caring. In fact, nurses who hate their jobs are far from not caring. In most cases, the hate is fomented by caring too much.

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