Hi there! First time poster here, although I've lurked tons!
I am a new grad RN-BSN, have been a LPN for 5 years-worked in long term care. I took an office job a few months ago as a float nurse at a large clinic. I took the job because the benefits, schedule and hours seemed perfect for what I was looking for. I am 26 and pregnant and really wanted family hours. When I interviewed at the clinic I was told I would get "SO much experience" in all the different areas they had as a float nurse. So far I have been to internal medicine and OB where I've done nothing but room patients, answer the phone and give the occasional shot. I have not been to the infusion center, urology, cancer center, or anywhere I was guaranteed I'd get to go and use my new skills. On top of that I am encouraged NOT to apply for a permament office position because of the fact that I am pregnant and they don't want to have to find the coverage for when I am on maternity leave.
The problem mostly seems that I am mentally not stimulated and find myself very bored and un-challenged. Most days I am "training" so I am shadowing another nurse all day long. It's so mentally draining and boring to me, I find myself looking at the clock. When I am actually covering for a nurse, I find I do enjoy the job a lot more.
I am a very quick learner, and I have been told that I am doing a phenomenal job, so I know they won't want to lose me there. However the hours are 8-5 and I have a half hour-35 minute commute there. I am not looking forward to being away from my new baby for 10 hours a day when the time comes. My husband keeps telling me most people do not like their jobs and to stick it out, but I feel like nurses should be different-and that they should really enjoy what they do.
I am just so torn. I don't want to work nights or holidays at a stressful hospital, but I don't want to be miserable either.
Any insight? Maybe clinic nursing just isn't for me?