Hi. I have a dilemma. I've been out of college for almost a year and a half, and since then, I've worked on a telemetry floor in a hospital. I work night shift and make around 18 and hour + shift differential, I make around 19 or 20 dollars an hour. I have as many as 9 patients at night, most on a nitroglycerin drip, dopamine, dobutamine, heparin, argantroban, ect. Anyway, the stress is taking a toll on my health.
The dilemma I have is should I switch over to a doctor's office job or stay at the hospital.
I do love teaching the patients about MI's, CHF, and things like that. I'd like to think that I'm at least decent at what I do. I do enjoy working at night, I can't handle the stress of the day, taking patients everywhere, tracking down charts .. otherwise I'd just switch over to day shift. Plus, I'm more of a night owl.
The thing that appeals to me in a doctor's office job, is well, while I realize that there will be stress, I might actually get a lunch break. I can still teach patients stuff while going over the "to do stuff" after an appointment. I like the idea of knowing which days I'll be working most of the time. It will make scheduling a doctor's appointment easier, well, normally anyway. I'm still not sure how my doctor's appointments will be scheduled, but I suppose that can be figured out later.
I don't know what to do. During nursing school, I used to say all the time, that if I ever dreaded going to work, it was time for a change. Well, for the past 5 or 6 months, I dread it while I get ready for work. I dread it driving into work. I normally dread it when I find out which assignment I have. I do try to keep a positive attitude, especially around patients. I've had a lot of patients tell me that I'm the most friendly face they've seen all day (which of course makes me feel good), but doesn't change the gnawing feeling I have a lot.
Bleh, I just want to beat my head against the wall. I'm not sure what to do. Any advice would be great. I've read a lot of the posts on this same topic, but I'm still confused. lol.
*continues to beat head against the wall*