I have been perusing this board for the last few weeks and I feel so much sadness and frustration coming from us new nurses. Was it only a few months ago that so many of us were so happy posting on the NCLEX board that we passed and had finally obtained that elusive title of R.N. behind our name? What kind of profession takes that optimism and excitement and completely squashes it in a matter of a few short months???
Few of us chose this profession because we wanted to become rich, we did it to make a difference. Then, we start our first job and have so many patients and so little time that we question our decision as to why we work ed our ***** off to get through nursing school
. For what? No respect, stress, hunger pains, bad bladders, and fear that our brand new license is on the line every time we clock in for a shift.
I just quit my job after only 3 months and when I walked (ran) out of that hospital, I felt better than I have in months. I am a dependable, reliable person who has always stayed at a job at least one year, many times 5-6 years. My sanity and my new pregnancy could not tolerate this job. At this point, I cannot see myself ever doing floor nursing again. I got a job as a school nurse and will see how things go. I am excited and optimistic about it, though. In the meantime, I am researching all of my options, maybe a return to school (not for nursing). I am reading Nursing Against the Odds by Suzanne Gordon. That book should be required reading for anyone even considering nursing school! What an eye opener.
I guess I just wanted to reach out to all new nurses who are having similar problems and let them know they are in my thoughts and my prayers. I hope we all find a path that works for us whether it be in nursing or elsewhere.