RN's out of school for at least 1 year

  1. I just wanted to know how the RN's who have been out of school at least a year or less like nursing so far.

    I unfortunately have had more bad experiences than good in the PICU and have decided to get out of bedside nursing. I am currently dealing with trying to find a nonclinical position and still feel like a "nurse", if you know what I mean.

    I would love some feedback. :angryfire
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  3. by   Ashes
    I just wanted to know how the RN's who have been out of school at least a year or less like nursing so far. I am a BSN working in Pediatrics.

    I unfortunately have had more bad experiences than good in the PICU and have decided to get out of bedside nursing. I am currently dealing with trying to find a nonclinical position and still feel like a "nurse", if you know what I mean.

    I would love some feedback. :angryfire
  4. by   bluesky
    I have had mixed experiences... highs and lows, a lot of learning. I have met some truely wonderful people and some real shmucks. I guess overall despite the warts and all, I'm still glad I did it. Graduated May '04, BTW.
  5. by   lesrn2005
    I graduated May, 2005, some days I hate it (med-surg) and some days I think that I can do it! It won't be long-term, I'll be moving on to something else (haven't decided what yet), but proud that I'm doing it.
  6. by   christvs
    I graduated in May '05 with my BSN. I've been working for five months on a med/surg/tele unit & I really do like my position. I think it helps that I was a float pool CNA in the same hospital for 2.5 years, and then did my senior student internship on the same unit I work on now-so I knew everyone and where everything was, etc. before my first RN job began. I feel that my fellow nurses are very supportive whenever I have a question or need help. Of course there are nutty days but I think I'm getting more comfortable overall. So what was your experience like as a nurse in the PICU? I hope you find a place to work that you enjoy and that treats you well.
    -Christine
  7. by   llg
    How many different jobs have you had? If it has been only 1 job in that 1 PICU, maybe you should try another unit before you decide that direct patient care is not for you. Not all units are the same.

    llg
  8. by   erinmichelle
    i have been out of school for a year and a half, most of the time i love being a nurse. of course some days are stressful when you just cant seem to keep up. i still get excited when i think that "I am a NURSE". going to school and becoming an rn is the best thing i have every done and i cant imagine doing anything else.
    erin
  9. by   pie123
    Quote from Ashes
    I just wanted to know how the RN's who have been out of school at least a year or less like nursing so far.

    I unfortunately have had more bad experiences than good in the PICU and have decided to get out of bedside nursing. I am currently dealing with trying to find a nonclinical position and still feel like a "nurse", if you know what I mean.

    I would love some feedback. :angryfire

    I have a former classmate who did the same thing. She had 2 or 3 jobs in 8 months time. She is working as a nurse in a nonclinical position and she LOVES it. However, I am hearing that most places like you are interested in want at least 1 year of experience, maybe 2. I am not very fond of my current position either. But I am trying to tough it out for at least 1 year, and pray that the year goes by f-a-s-t, and that I come out unscathed/license intact. Good luck.
    Last edit by pie123 on Jan 6, '06

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