I HATE My Job - Why did I ever go into Nursing? - page 3
by EmilyLucille523 18,600 Views | 26 Comments
As I write that title I have tears building up. I remember not so long ago when I prayed and so longed to get my first nursing job when it was so hard to get one last year. I begged and begged and begged...Huh! Be careful what... Read More
- 0Sep 13, '10 by ToughLoverI hear you. I don't know how many times recently I've said I hate my job!! I just started my first job in the ICU where the ratio is 2:1 but let me tell you...it's SO hard! I'm always asking people "how do you handle both patients??" It doesn't seem like a lot but when both your patients are on 8 drips and have to go to CT and the doctors come in all day long and write new orders but you're too busy to grab the chart and look at it...you catch my drift. I am constantly regretting my decision to become a nurse and am always thinking of what else I could do. I see the xray techs and physical therapists and think "why didn't I do that? That looks so much easier!" I just feel like i need to stick it out to get the experience and then I plan on leaving ASAP.
- 0Sep 13, '10 by saniLPNI'm so sorry to hear that you're struggling with work like that!! I'm an LPN in a dementia/psych unit, and I have 24 residents so I can relate for sure! How I overcame the issues your dealing with is by following advice from my nursing instructors. I've been licensed for 10 months & most of my employees think I've been licensed for years! What they dont know wont hurt them!! LOL!! They explained that everything they were teaching me is the absolute "right & perfectly correct", "by the book" way to proceed as a nurse. They also explained that in real life, if you function that way all of the time, you wont be able to complete all of your work. They told us to use nursing judgement & prioritize. For example, I multi-task all shift, along with a few other short cuts I use while still maintaining paitient safety. I hope this helps a little, Oh, and self help nursing books!!
- 0Sep 13, '10 by jess477I am a new grad as well and new to this website, so I apologize if I hijack your help for a minute.. the instructions told me to try to use a thread already started instead of a new one..
I am also feeling pretty hopeless with my new job. I could not even get a hospital job to begin with and took a job in sub-acute rehab/LTC. I am struggling very much with a 2 week orientation and 20 patients I am responsible for. They are fairly acute, too much so for a 20:1 ratio. I am terrified everyday that something will happen to a patient or I will lose my license for something.. I feel like a fish out of water. On top of it, I work 3-11 most nights of the week and miss my husband terribly. I almost feel like I am losing myself..
I'm not sure what to do... I have only been at my job for a little over 2 months.. I am thinking that maybe a clinic job, school nurse or something similar might be a better fit for me, but feel like I will not be able to get one because I have no experience. I am in MA and the jobs are tight.. just like everywhere else I guess.. A question I have is whether or not I should even try to apply to another job now.. and if I do, should I even list my current job on my resume?
I have been trying to get used to the job but I cry everyday before I go to work, the nurses gossip, the DNS obsesses over paperwork instead of patient care.. it just doesn't seem like the environment I want to work in. I don't even mind being paid a little less.. it is worth my sanity..
- 1Sep 13, '10 by Purple_ScrubsQuote from what was I thinkingI have to disagree with much of thisJust get out. Apply for a teaching job. You can teach clinicals or even classroom with a bsn. If not, do insurance nursing, nursing informatics, quality assurance, case management. DO NOT listen to these people telling you to stay in the field because it will get better. If you feel this way now, you will always feel this way. And it's ok. Just think of all of the hard work you had to go though in nursing school to get here. You need to be happy. And everyone has a different opinion on what happy is. Nursing sucks!!! Just get out and change your career if you have to. BTW I hate my nursing job too. But I'm back in school for something else and happy about it.
1) If you hate nursing, please do not teach it. It shows.
2) DO listen to the people telling you to stay in the field...it CAN get better! You may not always feel the same way. You may just need to change specialties and find your niche. I could have written the OP myself as a new grad, until a School Nurse position fell into my lap and I took it, despite my reservations that I needed more time in the hospital. I could not be happier now. I actually get to give nursing care, the kind that the OP longs for! I am the NURSE, not a task-master or pill pusher. 7 hour days, weekends and holidays off and a 2 1/2 month summer break doesn't hurt either! Just don't give up until you have exhausted the possibilities in nursing. If you have tried several different settings and still hate nursing, by all means bow out, but give it a fighting chance!
3) Nursing does not suck. Some shifts suck, some facilities suck, and by all means some nurses suck, but NURSING itself is what you make of it
Not trying to pick on you, "What I was Thinking", and I am glad you are moving on to greener pastures (which hopefully will, indeed, be greener), but I would hate to think the OP might take your advice to heart and get out before truly giving it a chance. If I had taken your advice, I would have missed out on my calling in life, a wonderful job and balanced home life, and "my" kids would have missed out on a terrific school nurse!
- 0Sep 13, '10 by EmilyLucille523Quote from jess477I myself was in long-term care at one point as an LPN with a 1:25 patient-ratio. It was hard but it helped me for my job I am at now in a way and it really helped me to get the Hospice job that I'm going to start in a few weeks. I say stick it out for 6 months (like I did in both the cardiac unit and now the Med/Surg unit) and then apply to the jobs you really feel are for you. The experience you are getting now may open another nursing door down the line.I'm not sure what to do... I have only been at my job for a little over 2 months.. I am thinking that maybe a clinic job, school nurse or something similar might be a better fit for me, but feel like I will not be able to get one because I have no experience. I am in MA and the jobs are tight.. just like everywhere else I guess.. A question I have is whether or not I should even try to apply to another job now.. and if I do, should I even list my current job on my resume? ..
I know how you feel. Just keep telling yourself to take it 1 day at a time, 1 task at a time, 1 patient at a time. You are not the first to feel this way and by all means will not be the last. BIG HUGS!!!