I started my nursing career with new grad initiative program in ER. I having such a hard time coping up with work. Previously I had heavy medicine floor placement as a student which i enjoyed. So i thought ER would be great to get good experience from me. But Its been 6 months, and I hate it - i drag myself to go to work. I don't enjoy it any more. Its more demanding physically and mentally. I know that many people say to give 1 year to get comfortable with ER, but I don't know if i have handle it for that long. I am competent in all my skills, but the back-to-back pt and the workload is just overwhelming for me. Usually we are short of nurse at my unit and one day I was on my feet for 12 hrs continuously - I did not even get a 5 minutes break, it was a busy night. After my shift, i felt so weak and tired, i don't even know i drove home after that shift. I am just thinking about quiting but at the same time if i do quit then i will feel like a quitter. i love nursing but i am afraid that i am going to hate my profession. I don't know what to do. WHAT SHOULD I DDDOOOOO :-(
May 7, '09
I think that if you feel like you hate the ER why don't you just find something else that you would maybe enjoy. Something slower paced, maybe not in a hospital and instead in the home care field or maybe corrections nursing. There are a lot of different options out there and just because you don't like the ER doesn't mean you don't like nursing in general. I would try and get into a different department or area all together. Good luck and keep your chin up! It can only get better!
May 8, '09
I'd try to get out of ER too. Try a floor where you have a set patient load for the shift and see how you like that! We just had a girl transfer up to our floor from the ER because she wasn't liking it down there either. She likes our floor much better!
May 8, '09
What you describe sounds like a typical shift in our ED. It is not for everyone-you need to find what makes you happy and where you "fit." That's one of the reasons that I love nursing-so many different opportunities. Hang in there!
May 8, '09
Yup .... the ER is often go-go-go without a break! But that's part of what I like about it ... most of the time!
Good luck, whatever you decide to do.
May 11, '09
Thank you all for your replies and support... i am going to talk to my manager on wednesday... keeping my fingers crossed for a smooth sailing
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