I want to do something else - page 5

I have been working on an extremely busy med/tele unit for about 7 months..........and I hate it. Nursing is not what I thought it was. I dont have to explain y, you guys already know. I am looking... Read More

  1. by   WingsEarned21
    Smiley sounds like you were working my tele unit.Those are everyday things all day where I work .Those are some of the reasons I am going back to the different BS that goes along with LTC.On top of it is so close to home.I feel I can deal better with LTC at this point in my career.
  2. by   nurseannika
    hi there,
    sounds like you're on a really really busy floor with perhaps some staffing issues? how long have you been a nurse? anyways, I was in a similiar situation, except I worked 12-hour days. I never had to work a night shift, I totally lucked out!! that's because my floor had such high a turnover rate so I entered when about 5 day people left. If possible, I'd definitely recommend first switching to days, or at least evenings. Then at least you can get "normal" sleep and have a somewhat normal life. If you can't do that, then maybe not work more than 3 nights in a row. That's horrible that they scheduled you to work 4 and 5 nights in a row. Its ok every once in a while, but not regularly. And last, I'd recommend either switching to another floor in your hospital, to another hospital, or just get yourself out of the hospital in general. I was working on a really crappy, stressful, totally understaffed floor and I was totally depressed and had lots of similiar complaints. So I started working in a clinic and all of that crap just disappeared. I get paid less, but I'm 1000x more happier and healthier. One of my coworkers at my horrible hospital job said that if you aren't happy in your workplace, you just can't be happy in general. Good luck!!
  3. by   smileysenior
    Update........I didnt transfer, still on med/tele unit. Turned out they wanted me to do nights over there........not my thing because I am not a night owl. I will have a year of experience in June........trying to stick it out til then. I dont like bedside nursing and am looking for a nonhospital nursing job.
  4. by   HouTXRN
    Thanks for the affirmation! I just felt like I was reading my own personal account of my experience on a med/surg unit straight out of nursing school this past May. I just traded in the N/V, ulcers, & zero family time to be a school nurse. I'm excited yet nervous to see what I am responsible for in such a big district.
  5. by   Nurseismade RN
    Quote from smileysenior
    Update........I didnt transfer, still on med/tele unit. Turned out they wanted me to do nights over there........not my thing because I am not a night owl. I will have a year of experience in June........trying to stick it out til then. I dont like bedside nursing and am looking for a nonhospital nursing job.
    I am a new grad and work in a community health center in Boston....I think you would like it.....it's busy but a very different kind of busy...and everyone really respects the nurses. I work mon-frid 9-5p with one evening to 8pm. It's a salaried position with pay at $26per hour. We have 13 paid holidays off.

    I may do an acute care type per diem on some weekends just to keep my inpatient skills up.

    wish you all the best.....the nursing world is your oyster....after a year's experience you can go anywhere with a good starting pay.
  6. by   RN BSN 2009
    Maybe another type of nursing may suit you!
  7. by   TheLinester
    Hi smileysenior,

    I am new to the site and just read through this thread. Your year mark has passed at this point and I'm hoping that you were able to move to a different floor or different area of nursing that you're much happier with.

    Wishing you all the best!
  8. by   november17
    Eating healthy and working out a bit is beneficial. I do a few sets with weights on my days off. It helps relieve stress, builds strength which helps prevent work injuries, and releases those happy endorphins. heheh. Invest in a lunch box and start bringing in food. I buy those bags of salad and eat the lettuce like potato chips on my lunch break. I eat a yogurt and wheat germ smoothie in the morning with fresh fruit. Go easy on the meat. Cut out carbonated beverages and go for juices or water. Also, coffee has a lot of good things in it, so have a cup once in a while (not the processed decaf stuff). You'd be surprised what a balanced diet can do for you. I'm not saying my methods are foolproof, but it's something you can try. Also, if you're sick, just call in. If they don't like it, screw em. If you get sick at work, be assertive...don't ask if you can leave, tell them you are leaving and you need a replacement. Failing that, there's plenty of nursing jobs in the world and I don't think all of them suck (mine doesnt).
    Last edit by november17 on Oct 2, '07
  9. by   Nursebarebari
    Yes, nursing is stressfull, but not the way you describe it. Maybe you should try peds or clinics like methaone clinic. Remember thare are tons of avenues in nursing. My girlfriend works with sleep disorder diagnostic clinic and she says it is nothing like hospital nursing.
    Sorry you feel this way and good luck whatever you choose to do.
  10. by   heartlover07
    I just finished reading this entire thread, and I must say that the original post could have been from me. I hope you are doing better smileysenior.
    I just got off orientation 2 weeks ago, and I HATE my floor. I really got to see the difference in patient load that the new nurses get compared to the senior nurses. When I was on orienatation with the senior nurses, we would have one "complete" care or isolation patient, now that i am by myself, I have had 2-3 complete care patients and 2 isolation patients to care for, and some of the NA's don't lift a finger to help! So as a result I am running around changing patients, getting water and ice, grabbing blankets, heating up food, and all of this before I can even get my meds done!! It sucks!! I am so depressed, I hate this work....I am only one person, but I feel like I need to do everything. I don't like to make waves, so I just do everybodys job.
    I want to quit right now...maybe go the OR, which is where I wanted to go originally anyway, but decided I needed to get some tele/med surg experience first.
    Anyway, good luck and I hope you have found some peace!!
  11. by   heartlover07
    I just finished reading this entire thread, and I must say that the original post could have been from me. I hope you are doing better smileysenior.
    I just got off orientation 2 weeks ago, and I HATE my floor. I really got to see the difference in patient load that the new nurses get compared to the senior nurses. When I was on orienatation with the senior nurses, we would have one "complete" care or isolation patient, now that i am by myself, I have had 2-3 complete care patients and 2 isolation patients to care for, and some of the NA's don't lift a finger to help! So as a result I am running around changing patients, getting water and ice, grabbing blankets, heating up food, and all of this before I can even get my meds done!! It sucks!! I am so depressed, I hate this work....I am only one person, but I feel like I need to do everything. I don't like to make waves, so I just do everybodys job.
    I want to quit right now...maybe go the OR, which is where I wanted to go originally anyway, but decided I needed to get some tele/med surg experience first.
    Anyway, good luck and I hope you have found some peace!!
  12. by   godhelpme
    I was in the same position as you. I started on a busy, med/surg, tele, and oncology floor. I was in charge every night as a new grad. I was MISERABLE. After 7 months I transfered to a new hospital with a pediatric population. Before I took the position I sought out from many others if nurses really liked working on that floor and if it was a positive environment. Now I really do enjoy my job. Granted, I don't love it. But I don't mind going to work and I enjoy the patient population. It can be hectic at times but is much different than a busy adult med-surg floor.
  13. by   cherokeesummer
    Quote from SillyLilly
    I understand you in many ways. I work on a tele/medsurg/ortho unit. Its crazy most days. Every 4th shift is 'alright'. The rest are hell.

    Look into other fields of nursing though before you quit. For instance, I talked to a nurse I know, who I see every few months. She works in a NICU. After I went on and on about how I hate my job for several reasons you named above, she went on to tell me how her job was a struggle because she had nothing to do half her 12 hour shift at times. I know having a job with nothing to do makes the shift longer but puhlease, I would take that over running around like a chicken with its head cut off, 'playing nurse' without a lunch break for 12+ hours. But the grass is always greener..... I guess. Im almost considering NICU.

    My *dream* job now is camp nursing. Working as a camp counsler with kids and also at times utilizing my nursing skills. Too bad it may only be seasonal and the pay cannot be as good as I would need it to be. I also *should* get more bedside nursing experience before I leave off to camp because I know it would be harder to get back into if I need to (and probably would need to) in the future. For money and stability reasons.

    Dont give up. There are nurse grads who are out there that were lucky enough to find a position they like. I like some of my co-workers and we just got a new manager. So I want to stick it out to see how it goes over the next few months.

    And about getting called in? DONT PICK UP. SAY NO. Its not your problem. At everyother job I worked at, even at busy retail places, I would come in to work extra all the time. Thought I would do that as a nurse, and make big money. I wont go in extra at all. AT ALL. You cannot guilt me to come in. I have the power in my finger to say no, thats it, and hang up the phone. JUST SAY NO. It works. I stink at saying no, but I have NO PROBLEM saying no to coming into work for antying but my days.

    LOL - trust me not all NICU's are like that LOL, I haven't had much time to sit, even on orientation LOL. But I do see some that do more, so I'm guessing they are faster

    Camp nursing sounds like fun!

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