So I am almost done with prereq's for the nursing program, and last week at work something that has been brewing for a while really slapped me in the face. I don't like nursing! Well, actually I take that back. I like "nursing", however I don't like how hospitals work, I don't like the patients, and I don't like how the whole system basically sets you up for failure by putting you in situations where it is impossible to succeed. I don't like that as a nure you spend more time in charts and doing paperwork than having any actual contact with the patients.
And now that I feel bad about saying I don't like my patients, let me explain. I work in a mental health facility, as many of you already know. I completely understand that SOME of the patients are not capable of controlling their actions, they don't understand that they are behaving inappropriately. SOME of them come from horrific backgrounds that no person should ever have to go through. HOWEVER, many of them are completely capable and knowing of how they control their behaviors. Probably about 90% of my patients are ones that I know by name because of how frequently they visit. Which tells me that we aren't really helping anyone. It's just a big carousel. They treat you like garbage and there are no real repercussions when they behave in a completely inexcusable manner. Doctors are as bad as insurance companies when it comes to flat out fraud. And the hospital talks up a big game but really couldn't care less about it's employees. It is a giant money machine. And I know it's not just my section of the hospital, or even just the hospital I work in. I hear the same complaints from people that work all over the place.
I had a teacher in high school that said the key to finding the right career is to find something you love to do and get someone to pay you to do it. That's damned right. So I am on the verge of completely abandoning the nursing track and switching to horticulture, and probably specializing in plant production.
I know that jobs with a horticulture degree are somewhat limited. Mostly landscaping, county extension work, teachers and nursery owners or managerial jobs at a nursery. I think the pay is relatively low....which kind of stinks. There is something to be said for being able to do what you love for a living for sure. But you have to be able to pay the bills too.
I guess I'm hoping someone may have a little advice or insight. Most of what I am seeing as far as income with a hrt. degree is between 26k and 60k. Of course, 60k being on the very upper end, that means that most people aren't making very much. It seems like pretty low pay for a bachelor's degree. IDK. Any thoughts?
On the up side, a handful of my nursing prerequisites would apply toward the hort. deg. So it's not like the classes I have completed would be a total wash.