I always knew I wasn't an ED nurse, however I had no other job options at the time. I actually hate going to work sometimes. I've only been on the unit 2 weeks( nights) and sometimes it is a drag. I have 3 years LPN and one year of RN experience. My first RN job was subacute then I did ICU. I quit ICU after 8 months due to reasons beyond my control. After that, I was blessed with an ED job.
I really don't want to job hop and burn bridges. My question is: how do you cope with working in a specialty you are not cut out for.
I enjoy the pace of the ED, but I feel like I cannot control the patients that are acting up due to alcohol and drug use. Other nurses and staff are tough as nails. I'm however, soft spoken and bubbly.
I'm constantly paranoid of getting attacked. I'm constantly having to call security, and it takes time away from my really sick patients.
So overall, this isn't my thing. I'm just trying to find ways to cope. My dream job is PP, but I'm willing to go back to ICU, which I was good at.
Anyone else been through this? How did you cope?