How many new nurses are seriously thinking about quiting? - page 3

And why do you want to quit? I really would like a study done on how many nurses quit nursing within the first 5 years. It seems like 80% of the student population at community colleges are... Read More

  1. by   MimismomRN
    I am a new LVN and have worked med/surg for one year (yesterday!) and have thought about quiting almost every day. I am a nervous wreck every night before I go in. We have at least 12 patients and it is overwhelming. I am finishing my prereqs for LVN to RN bridge and some days I question why am I putting myself through this at 49 years old. But I feel this is where I need to be to care for others. I love my patients and it is not their fault our hospital has such a bad ratio. It is scary though. I have gone to one day a week with school and wondered how I did three days straight. I still don't feel comfortable doing IVs and felt my training lacked (11 shifts is all we got). Please tell me there are other jobs where they treat you better than this. I live in a small town unfortunately we have two hospitals. That's it. I do not think I want to work in a hospital once I get my RN (if I get my RN). Just so stressed right now. God bless us all~~
  2. by   WDWpixieRN
    Quote from ClinicalCutie06
    but then when I do ask questions I come out to the nurses station later on in the shift to hear the nurses laughing about what I needed help with. Sometimes I feel so alone on the floor and feel too scared to ask a question because I will get gossiped about and laughed about.
    I am still in school, but this is infuriating to read....I never cease to be amazed at how a profession that can affect the life or death of other human beings can be so cruel and callous to its own.

    Did these nurses all graduate from school knowing everything?!? Apparently they must like working short-staffed and being assigned an overload of pts because I know that I will never work in a situation like this. I don't care if I have to go serve burgers at McDonald's to pay the utilities.

    Apparently the antics of some nursing schools/students carry over in to the work place.
  3. by   kerbery
    I'm truly enjoying nursing so far (3 months). I can see how it wouldn't be for everybody, especially people who have an office type job background. My background is food service- waitressing and catering, so I am used to long hours without breaks and putting up with people's demands. I actually get to sit down on the job doing charting now than I ever did in my other jobs. I have great support on my floor and an amazing preceptor so I think that has been very helpful.
  4. by   blueiwahine
    I made 8 months as a new nurse...strained my back and decided I had, had enough...working shortstaffed and the high acuity of the patients was just too much for me. I've been off for the last 2 months and have just decided to go back to work...I'm going to try a different hospital and specialty...before I worked Oncology/Med-Surg. I figure if that doesn't work...will just try something else...Figure I will find my niche one day. lol
  5. by   oldiebutgoodie
    Quote from blueiwahine
    I made 8 months as a new nurse...strained my back and decided I had, had enough...working shortstaffed and the high acuity of the patients was just too much for me. I've been off for the last 2 months and have just decided to go back to work...I'm going to try a different hospital and specialty...before I worked Oncology/Med-Surg. I figure if that doesn't work...will just try something else...Figure I will find my niche one day. lol
    I have done hospital nursing now almost 2 years, and every time I think it is working out, the hospital changes schedule, hours, or staffing. Gave my notice today, and I am going to work PRN for a teaching hospital in the area. 8 hour shifts, the docs put in their own orders, more money. And if this doesn't work out, I'll try something else, too!

    Oldiebutgoodie
  6. by   Scoobiedoo
    I guess I was lucky in that I worked in our ICCU as a Cardiac Monitor Tech and Nurses Aide for a year before I started RN school. However, I am no an LPN and will graduate our RN program this May 2007.

    Having said THAT - I am finding the nurse to patient ratio of having 5 or 6 patients just insane! I can't figure out HOW the other nurses who have been there 1 yr + can find time to hang out an BS all the time. I'm always behind in my charting, call bells, meds, etc. It is SOO stressful. I can't for the life of me figure out HOW they can get their things done and find time to hang out and chat.

    Our nurses union here in NY State is trying to get a Bill passes limiting the ratio to more-manageable levels. Don't know if that will ever get passed - but I'll tell you, it NEEDS to be passed.

    Also, at my college - we did have 4 and 5 Pt's in our clinical so we could see what it was REALLY going to be like our there in the REAL world. And boy it IS!

    Its a great income and challenging career - but its sure VERY stressful.
  7. by   sabrn2006
    I started last June. I won't be leaving nursing altogether, but I am unhappy on my current med-surg unit. It is extremely stressful. I get behind frequently. My immediate supervisor is notoriously hard to deal with and very critical. I am trying to get on the cardiac floor. If that fails I will apply to other facilities. I think that mentoring and support would be a great asset, which I don't have currently.
  8. by   sleika
    Quote from kerbery
    I'm truly enjoying nursing so far (3 months). I can see how it wouldn't be for everybody, especially people who have an office type job background. My background is food service- waitressing and catering, so I am used to long hours without breaks and putting up with people's demands. I actually get to sit down on the job doing charting now than I ever did in my other jobs. I have great support on my floor and an amazing preceptor so I think that has been very helpful.

    Thank you sooo much for posting this. This gives me hope. I am new to this website and am hoping to apply into the nursing program for fall 2008, this year. I am a waitress right now, have been for a long time. I work harder than any other FOH person (besides bussers) and feel confident this will be applicable to nursing. I am very used to being spoken down and disrespected over food and drinks! At least in nursing the pressure will be about something with more meaning.
  9. by   purple_ylem
    i'm having second thoughts too...most of my classmates are now working in hospitals (and by the way, they're not getting paid, they have to render volunteer work first for a certain period; that's how it is in my part of the world). and me...well, i decided not to work as a nurse for a whole year. i applied for another job--a more manageable one so i can study my nclex and CG first and ah--have some time off i'm sure after a year i'm gonna miss nursing
  10. by   blueberrybon
    Well this makes me feel better! I'm not as much of a minority as I thought!

    I've been on the job for 3 months now, and I've wondered about my abilities constantly. I've cried more than I care to admit, and I've felt defeated many times by days end.

    The sad thing is that I work in a pediatric doctors office! It's supposed to be one of the easiest LPN jobs there are. Well it hasn't been for me. There are so many little things to remember that I am still overwhelmed. Plus, some people make me feel inferior because of my lack of protocol knowledge. It's soooo exhausting to be keyed up all the time. My hours are 8 - 5 M - F, and 99% of the time we don't get breaks at all. I'm serious, from the time I get into work, to the time I get off 9 hours later, I am so busy I hardly have time to go potty!

    But I have not thought of quitting. I couldn't do that. I will cry, I will feel sorry for myself, I will pray for things to get better, I might drink more than I used to, but I will not quit.

    Blue
  11. by   fmwf
    Quote from sleika
    Thank you sooo much for posting this. This gives me hope. I am new to this website and am hoping to apply into the nursing program for fall 2008, this year. I am a waitress right now, have been for a long time. I work harder than any other FOH person (besides bussers) and feel confident this will be applicable to nursing. I am very used to being spoken down and disrespected over food and drinks! At least in nursing the pressure will be about something with more meaning.
    Hi sleika,

    It would be really nice if we learned this in nursing school, that is the waitressing/nursing connection! On my next interview I will be putting on my waitress hat...BTW....what's the key to being a good waitress? I can hardly put up with it all sometimes.

    FMWF
  12. by   HealthyRN
    Quote from blueberrybon

    But I have not thought of quitting. I couldn't do that. I will cry, I will feel sorry for myself, I will pray for things to get better, I might drink more than I used to, but I will not quit.

    Blue
    I'm sorry to hear that you are having a difficult time, but this statement really concerns me. Especially that you "might drink more than you used to". Why would you stay at a job that makes you feel this way? No job is worth your health and no job is worth driving you to drink.

    Why would quitting be so horrible? Either there has to be a better job out there for you in nursing or you need to cut your losses and get out of the profession for awhile until you find something that you enjoy.

    I hope that you find what you are looking for.
  13. by   NO1_2NV
    I too have just about had enough. I am beyond exhausted. I am changing jobs after just 15 weeks at a major teaching hospital. I had a grand vision of how wonderful it would be to be in a learning environment just starting out. So far I have not had one day off that I did not have to drive to the hospital for mandatory this or mandatory that in addition to work. It was also not disclosed during the interview that I would be required to work 84 hours every 2 weeks and that I would be required to frequently take call which is used to fill in for a habitual lack of nurses. This is more like mandatory overtime with a different name. The nurses on the unit are terribly unhappy and because of it they are back stabbing and not so helpful. We are often required to take on a large patient load without help. I am tired and I am stressed and not enjoying this at all. I have had my hours changed from days to nights, to splits, and any combination in between. Enough already!!!! I am giving notice tomorrow. I will also be looking at another field of study or perhaps something outside of bedside nursing.

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