I think I committed career suicide - page 2

Hello fellow nurses I'm in need of some advice. I started in the ER in May after leaving a tele floor for 8 months. I needed a change and wanted to advance and challenge myself. I'm having a tough time transitioning. I have even... Read More

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    ER has always been one of my favorite places to work.It is where the action is. Life death people.Just relax and go with the flo.






    Quote from Ernurse2012
    Hello fellow nurses I'm in need of some advice. I started in the ER in May after leaving a tele floor for 8 months. I needed a change and wanted to advance and challenge myself. I'm having a tough time transitioning. I have even thought about asking for my old job back. I was really good and comfortable at my old job but it wasn't much growth where I was. Now I'm ready to jump ship. I feel like I don't fit it in where I work, I'm slow, having a tough to time moving with the pace and prioritizing. Does it look bad on my resume to look for another job??

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    Quote from billyboblewis
    ER has always been one of my favorite places to work.It is where the action is. Life death people.Just relax and go with the flo.
    That is true for you. Different strokes for different folks.
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    Have you talked to your current ED supervisor about your feelings? Is the rest of the staff supportive/helpful? There must have been a reason you were hired besides having a pretty face (:P) - i'll bet the hiring staff thought your skills and personality would work well in their unit. i suppose the real key here is whether this suicide feeling is either that horrible pushed-in-the-cold-river feeling that comes when thrown into a brand new experience/job, OR you really know you hate it.
    I hear you talking about your career, and advancement, but is that the only reason you moved to the ED? Or are there other reasons that can keep you there, and to help you stick through the beginning phase? i agree with the earlier posters about leaving if you're miserable- to know oneself is a good trait. Life is too short to be stuck somewhere you don't like.
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    Quote from angiebelle
    Have you talked to your current ED supervisor about your feelings? Is the rest of the staff supportive/helpful? There must have been a reason you were hired besides having a pretty face (:P) - i'll bet the hiring staff thought your skills and personality would work well in their unit. i suppose the real key here is whether this suicide feeling is either that horrible pushed-in-the-cold-river feeling that comes when thrown into a brand new experience/job, OR you really know you hate it.
    I hear you talking about your career, and advancement, but is that the only reason you moved to the ED? Or are there other reasons that can keep you there, and to help you stick through the beginning phase? i agree with the earlier posters about leaving if you're miserable- to know oneself is a good trait. Life is too short to be stuck somewhere you don't like.
    I plan on calling a meeting soon but they know I'm struggling. There is no reason for me to stay other than trying to stick it out for exp and resume purposes.
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    Quote from Cold Stethoscope

    That is true for you. Different strokes for different folks.
    I agree different strokes for different folks
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    Going back to your old job would not be a bad idea. It won't look bad on your resume long term. It will look as if you were simply wrong about your fit with the ED. And if your old job takes you back, it will look good that they were willing to do so.

    I recommend giving the manager a call and asking about the possibility. What can it hurt?
    hiddencatRN and Altra like this.
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    I did something similar. After 10 years as an ER nurse I switched to outpatient interventional radiology. Biggest mistake of my career. I hated it and missed the ER about a month in. So I am going back to ER. Problem solved. Don't beat yourself up. You tried it and it isn't for you. Live and learn. You can always go back to tele
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    Hang in there! I went from almost homeless to an MLS-degreed librarian in 2 1/2 years...was trained in Records Mgmt and Archival work but found Records MGMT was what I HATED! Spent 2 1/2 years in Public Librarianship and on my 4th year in Academic...truly LOVE IT!!!!

    You'll find your niche...just keep plugging at what you are doing!
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    Quote from WSteven1
    Hang in there! I went from almost homeless to an MLS-degreed librarian in 2 1/2 years...was trained in Records Mgmt and Archival work but found Records MGMT was what I HATED! Spent 2 1/2 years in Public Librarianship and on my 4th year in Academic...truly LOVE IT!!!!

    You'll find your niche...just keep plugging at what you are doing!
    Nice Steven! How does your librarianship work into nursing?
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    I agree with nurse mommy! You know in your heart, right away, that somethings not for you. In my first 10 years as an RN I worked at 10 different places and had an RN license in 4 different states until I found where I wanted to be. I actually recently relocated (again) and just started working at an LTC. The administration calls me the "seasoned nurse" that was just hired. Yesterday I was on my med cart for 8 hours without a break, lunch, water and had to sneak away to the toilet x 1...But I'm willing to give it my best because the staff is really supportive. Good Luck!


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