I want to do something else

  1. 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 into other careers that may pay less but that I may be happier with. I envy people who enjoy their jobs and have careers they love.........I can't quit because I need the money. But I am trying to save so I can work towards another career that I would love. I know people say that you should try to stay for a year in one place because it looks good and I am going to try to stick it out that long but I just want to be honest with myself, this is not something I see myself doing for much longer. Anyone who is considering a career in nursing, RUN and fast!
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  2. 72 Comments

  3. by   CarVsTree
    What is it you hate? Please explain. Perhaps you don't need a new career. Perhaps, you just need to find your niche in nursing.
  4. by   smileysenior
    1. The long work hours, you never get off on time, 12 hour shifts turn into 16s
    2. Being harassedto come in on your days off and being made to feel guilty if u dont
    3. working on holidays
    4. No compassion, u walk around vomiting with a 103 temp and they wont let you go home, yet u are expected to be compassionate and come in extra, stay late, work under backbreaking conditions with too many critical patients
    5. Constant threats of being sued from patients and familiy
    6. Drama from coworkers
    7. People trying to write u up for stupi BS
    8. Anal retentive nurses
    9. Night shift vs day shift drama
    10. vultures
    11. No respect or appreciation from anyone
    12. anxiety, stress, depression
    13. being edgy and moody all the time
    14. ruining your health due to lack of sleep, stress, mental issues, eating crap
    15. being criticized for little things
    16. back problems
    17. catching illnesses like crazy
    18. the 4 years of school i went through only to be a high tech babysitter because everyone thinks u are stupid and ur job is so easy
    19. sucking up to rude people
    20. people who think the hospital is a hotel and demand stupid BS
    21. calling MDs for everything- they get irritated
    22. feeling burnout
    23. shall I go on?

    I wish I had known this when I was in school.
  5. by   AnnieOaklyRN
    Maybe you just need to work in a different area of nursing. Different specialty (sp). Just like NICU, MICU, ED... and the list goes on isn't for all nurses neither is a busy tele unit.

    Swtooth
  6. by   NaomieRN
    Find something else to do before you hurt someone.
  7. by   CarVsTree
    Quote from smileysenior
    1. The long work hours, you never get off on time, 12 hour shifts turn into 16s
    2. Being harassedto come in on your days off and being made to feel guilty if u dont
    3. working on holidays
    4. No compassion, u walk around vomiting with a 103 temp and they wont let you go home, yet u are expected to be compassionate and come in extra, stay late, work under backbreaking conditions with too many critical patients
    5. Constant threats of being sued from patients and familiy
    6. Drama from coworkers
    7. People trying to write u up for stupi BS
    8. Anal retentive nurses
    9. Night shift vs day shift drama
    10. vultures
    11. No respect or appreciation from anyone
    12. anxiety, stress, depression
    13. being edgy and moody all the time
    14. ruining your health due to lack of sleep, stress, mental issues, eating crap
    15. being criticized for little things
    16. back problems
    17. catching illnesses like crazy
    18. the 4 years of school i went through only to be a high tech babysitter because everyone thinks u are stupid and ur job is so easy
    19. sucking up to rude people
    20. people who think the hospital is a hotel and demand stupid BS
    21. calling MDs for everything- they get irritated
    22. feeling burnout
    23. shall I go on?

    I wish I had known this when I was in school.
    Wow! That sounds like a SCARY place to work. Please know, it is not like that everywhere.

    I hope you find a better situation. Have you looked into other hospitals? Sounds like the place you are in is severely understaffed.

    Again, I'm sorry for what you're going through and I hope you find something better.
  8. by   CarVsTree
    Quote from FutureNurse35
    Find something else to do before you hurt someone.

    Why would you say something so negative?

    You're a student, correct? Perhaps you need to wait to see what your experience as a new nurse will be like.
  9. by   CarVsTree
    One more thing smiley, I perused one of your other posts and see that you work 5 12's/week. That is way too much! I did 4 12's a week in the summer as part of our summer incentive program and I was burnt to a crisp by end of summer.

    You need to get some boundaries and not allow people to trample all over them. I wish you the best.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    You definitely need to leave that toxic place with those crazy hours.

    You might want to look into free-standing surgery centers or GI centers.

    No holidays or weekends. You start an IV, do an assessment and send them off for their surgery or procedure. You recover them. You send them on their way.

    Sounds like heaven . . ..


    steph
  11. by   smileysenior
    Quote from FutureNurse35
    Find something else to do before you hurt someone.
    Seriously, if you are a student, you have no idea what you are talking about. Get some experience first and I think you may revise your comment. To everyone else, thank you for your suggestions! I will keep my eyes open for some other oppurtunities, anyone do or consider legal nurse consulting? I know the training is expensive.......but anyone doing this?
  12. by   Tweety
    certainly i'm not going to try to change your mind. good luck with whatever you do.

    just some thoughts for people reading this thread.


    Quote from smileysenior
    1. the long work hours, you never get off on time, 12 hour shifts turn into 16s never happens to me. i've had a few 13-14 shifts however. it happens.
    2. being harassedto come in on your days off and being made to feel guilty if u dont i get the occasional call, but my answering machine picks it up and i ignore it. i don't own any guilt.
    3. working on holidays yep. i knew it was a 24-hour operation when i signed up for nursing.
    4. no compassion, u walk around vomiting with a 103 temp and they wont let you go home, yet u are expected to be compassionate and come in extra, stay late, work under backbreaking conditions with too many critical patients
    not my experience. the one and only time i got sick at work i was able to leave.
    5. constant threats of being sued from patients and familiy believe it or not, i can't remember the last time i was threatened with a lawsuit. i've heard patients say they were suing their docs or the hospital, on occasion. but i certainly wouldn't say "constantly".
    6. drama from coworkers doesn't happen to me. i live a drama free life at work.
    7. people trying to write u up for stupi bsthe only person that can write me up is my charge nurse and my manager and this has never happened....ever.
    8. anal retentive nurses you say this likes it's a bad thing.
    9. night shift vs day shift drama again, not drama, but there's always been misunderstanding of what the other shift goes through.
    10. vultures nope
    11. no respect or appreciation from anyone i don't need it to validate my existance. i get a paycheck that pays my middle class life, that's enough.
    12. anxiety, stress, depression many new grads experience this, but it should be acknowledged and dealt with.
    13. being edgy and moody all the time
    14. ruining your health due to lack of sleep, stress, mental issues, eating crap
    15. being criticized for little things
    16. back problems i have a strong healthy back after 15 years in med-surg. yes, i know i'm fortunate
    17. catching illnesses like crazymost likely stress related. i was only sick once last year.
    18. the 4 years of school i went through only to be a high tech babysitter because everyone thinks u are stupid and ur job is so easy surely not everyone feels this way. again, however, i don't need validation for my existance from anyone.
    19. sucking up to rude people yep, gotta do this. i hate it.
    20. people who think the hospital is a hotel and demand stupid bs i don't let it get to me and do the best i can to make them happy and comfortable.
    21. calling mds for everything- they get irritatednot my problem if they get irritated.
    22. feeling burnout a big problem in nursing. we gotta take care of ourselves.
    23. shall i go on?

    i wish i had known this when i was in school.
    there's a tremendous reality shock when we realize it's not all we learned in nursing school.

    good luck to you in whatever you do. you definately sound burned out and i hope while you're saving your money you can do some positive things to turn your health around and find some peace of mind.
  13. by   Lizzy6
    Hi Smileysenior. As others suggested, maybe try a different specialty. Have you thought about psych? I have worked various units and was getting to the point that I wanted to leave nursing; due to the short staffing, lack of ancillary staff, the not so pleasant co-workers, the crappy environment. I really enjoyed direct pt care, however I just could not take those conditions any longer. I was physically & mentally exhausted, also seemed to get run down so easily, when previously I had great health & enjoyed working out. I left bed-side nursing and worked psych. Worked with adult and adolescents. Did that for about 5 years, then got into doing case management and I really love it. Still like psych and do that prn.
  14. by   DolphinRN84
    Hey smileysenior. I remember your past posts about being a med/surg nurse. I totally understand how you feel. I've been on my unit (vascular surgical unit) for about a month and a half (still in orientation) and it is very overwhelming. We get a lot of heavy patients..they are so complex! I'm a new grad myself and I thought about giving up since I cried almost every day. But the people on my floor are really supportive and willing to help out. So I'm thankful for that. Yeah maybe you can look into other fields of nursing...like ICU, Psych..maybe office nursing? All the best to you! I know how hard it is believe me!

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