I think I committed career suicide - page 3

by Ernurse2012 10,484 Views | 34 Comments

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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    How does my Librarianship work into Nursing...good question! Working with the ASN, BSN, and MSN Nursing programs throughout the six different campuses at our university provides insight into what Nursing Students and Faculty face, whether it is classroom-related or field-related. Almost all of our Nursing Faculty are working part-time at an area hospital or clinic as well as teaching full-time at the university. Listening to their discussions does NOT make me a 'de facto RN' but DOES allow me to better comprehend the goings-on within the Nursing profession from their points of view.

    While some within these forums might be asking the same question as you, n.a.norcal, the experiences and dilemmas faced by your Nursing students and professional are no different than those faced by mine. Also, based on my previous experience, the issues faced in your profession are no different than those faced by myself and others in my previous profession. Hopefully, the suggestions and observations I make in these forums come from my current/previous experience as well as those of the Nursing Students and Faculty I am responsible for throughout my six different campuses...WSteven1
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    I've never worked ER, but I really don't think you can know for sure that it's not for you after only a few months. Stay a year, and if after that time you still don't feel it's for you, then at least you can always put on your resume that you have a year of ER experience. That can take you a lot of places! I think with most nursing jobs is six months minimum, more often a year, to really get comfortable.
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    Listen to your gut. When in the ER if you don't feel almost delight at the thought of : I can't wait to see what walks in the ER doors. Or you don't absolutely LOVE the prioritization of various acuities of patient cares................listen to your gut. Don't beat yourself up.
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    The ER is a unique work experience. If you do not feel comfortable there do not try to force yourself to stay as you will never be happy. Not everyone can work in the ER and not everyone can work in telemetry. If you changed to the ER for any reason other than you wanted the challenge of never knowing what you would be doing from patient to patient then you went for the wrong reason. I worked in the ER but I could have never worked telemetry - I would have never trusted myself that much. Choosing your field is very much a gut-reaction and you must trust yours. It is telling you "this is not for us" and you should listen. If you can and want your old job back then check into it or perhaps you can move to telemetry in the current hospital? Great telemetry nurses are not easy to find. We had a hard time at the hospital where I worked finding a good nurse for nights on the cardiac step-down unit, the person in that slot missed some important rhythm changes (my hubby's was one of them).

    It is not suicide for your career, you made a change but it was not a good fit, it happens to a lot of people. It is how you handle it that makes a difference. But you might check to see if the facility you are currently in has openings before you check back with your previous job. Do not force yourself to stay where you are uncomfortable it will not do YOU no good to dread going to work and it will make your life miserable. And that is the most important consideration for you.
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    How is this career suicide?


    It takes closer to 2 years full-time to even feel close to moving past novice in a particular role. Everyone thinks they are the outlier exception rather than rule. In my experience in the past two decades, only about 1-2% of newer grads are the outlier exception. You have to work full-time for a good two years post graduation--at least--and this also can depend (may longer) for certain specialized areas. Cut yourself a break already.

    Do you like to hone in on a couple to three patients--getting into what is going on with them? If so, maybe a certain ICU would work for you.

    You have certainly NOT committed career suicide. . . not even close.

    Good luck whatever you decide.
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    Also, Plenty of people tire of ED, even if they are good at it. They can sick of running around, abusive drunks, the whole nine yards.
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    Also, Plenty of people tire of ED, even if they are good at it. They can sick of running around, abusive drunks, the whole nine yards.
    Thanks everyone I'm resigning was told I'm too slow can't keep up the pace and not meeting orientation standards so I'm gone, better luck next time.
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    Ernurse2012,

    Please do not let this shake you up too much. The ER is a unique unit to work in and in own humble opinion a very hard place to work, oscillating between being insanely busy and extremely slow. In my time in the ER we had several new grads and a handful of floor nurses try to join the ER staff and only 2 stayed however they only stayed 2 to 3 months. You can always try again after you get more time under your belt. By the time I left I was the oldest nurse on nights and the night shift was 3 nurses short and management was looking for nurses with ER experience You will find the right spot - just keep looking.

    Good luck to you!!!!!
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    Lol. I felt that way after 2 wks in the ER after leaving ortho/ neuro. Remember you want a challenge. And that it is! 7 yrs later I became a CEN! Such an awesome feeling! I am a kick Ass ER nurse! You can do it. It is def NEVER a dull moment! Smile and do your best. Never be afraid to ask questions. It will take a few yrs before you become confident! You czn do it! Have faithin yourself! It will become second Nature!
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    I would try to stick it out at least 6 months. Every job takes a minimum of 6 months to get the hang of. If you are still miserable at the 6 month mark, then I'd try transferring to another unit. Maybe Critical Care? It's a high learning curve, but definitely is complex. Good luck in whatever you decide!


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