A cautionary tale: advice/help needed - page 2

Sorry this is so long I went into nursing not because I wanted to but because my family decided that it was the best major to choose for money and job stability that did not require a master's... Read More

  1. by   cleback
    I think you may be overthinking, or dwelling on your immediate circumstances, op... you can find a nursing job that's close to your psychology and/or health and wellness interests. Your nursing background may even help you break into those fields. It's really not as bleak of a picture as you're painting it to be.
  2. by   Renegade girl
    These are just interests I don't have to do those things for a living. Right now I would just like a job that I don't fantasize about not showing up to when I wake up every morning. Nursing has so many opportunities, no argument here. That does not help the person who never liked nursing at any point in time. I think maybe if I could get a job that has little to no hands on care I could stick it out. However it takes years of experience to get those jobs and I can't last that long. I guess I just have to do some research and find out about some other careers that are more of a match for me and go back to school. I have learned my lesson to never ignore your gut no matter what anyone says, if something is not right for you don't do it. Now i have made my life more complicated than it has to be.
  3. by   cleback
    Quote from Renegade girl
    These are just interests I don't have to do those things for a living. Right now I would just like a job that I don't fantasize about not showing up to when I wake up every morning. Nursing has so many opportunities, no argument here. That does not help the person who never liked nursing at any point in time. I think maybe if I could get a job that has little to no hands on care I could stick it out. However it takes years of experience to get those jobs and I can't last that long. I guess I just have to do some research and find out about some other careers that are more of a match for me and go back to school. I have learned my lesson to never ignore your gut no matter what anyone says, if something is not right for you don't do it. Now i have made my life more complicated than it has to be.
    I can appreciate that you feel like you were pushed into nursing... and no on would like that. And I'm happy you have a renewed sense of self-determination. That is healthy. But before you make any drastic changes, I'd really encourage you to shadow any prospective career position. There are things that you are saying that don't seen to jive, at least, the way I am understanding them. For instance, you say your interests are psychology and health and wellness. When posters point out that these fields have some overlap with nursing, you quickly say you don't have to do those as a career. Then you say you don't want patient care. Psychology and health/wellness are "caring" fields. Your interests and career preferences don't match. I hope you find something that works well for you, but I wonder if something else is behind your unhappiness. Best of luck.
  4. by   Renegade girl
    Perhaps I did not explain myself clearly. I do like caring professions. In my original post I mentioned that the only things I enjoyed about nursing were talking to the patients and being helpful. I love helping people a lot. What I don't like is the hands on technical aspect of nursing. Others above have mentioned areas of nursing that don't require that but one would need years of bedside experience for that. I would like to have a career that has my interests in them but for starters any job that does not make me miserable on a daily basis would suffice. Nursing is not for everyone but it may be hard for some here to get because this is a board for nurses. Majority of the people on here love nursing and are in it for the right reasons. I admire that and that is what the profession needs.
  5. by   Jory
    I am one of those politically unpopular nurses that didn't particularly like bedside nursing. You have to start somewhere.

    I started working in the NICU because I loved babies. People used to ask me all the time "How can you do that for a living" it's because most of the babies get better and it's a huge sense of accomplishment to send them home. The highs are far more common than the lows. I also floated to L&D because I liked to mix it up.

    I now work in case management and do no bedside nursing. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE case management. I also have an MSN in nursing education and teach part time at the local university. I would teach full time if it paid more. I am actually back in school to further my education to a DNP.

    The great thing about nursing is that there are SO many directions to go. Let's face it...not all of us like bedside. It is something you need to learn. My advice is to do this for at least a year (even if you hate it) and try to move to another area of nursing that you do love or work on your MSN part-time which opens up a whole new world of opportunity.

    Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. Go through Allnurses and look at other aspects of nursing that you may be interested in.
  6. by   oceanblue52
    I second trying Psychiatric nursing, you say you don't like the technical stuff but enjoy talking to people. Psych nursing can be very challenging, but might be worth looking into. Some job markets are desperate for new grad Psych nurses and others are really difficult. It might be worth looking into before giving up nursing entirely though. I too am into health and wellness and just could not enjoy CNA work in Acute Care. Med Surg is an awesome specialty that produces well rounded nurses, BUT is not an absolute requirement as a new grad. Please feel free to PM me if you would like to talk more.
    Last edit by oceanblue52 on Jul 29 : Reason: typos
  7. by   jkesler
    Have you consider Naturopathic Medicine? Naturopathy - Wikipedia

    I know people have already mentioned psych nursing. There is also ARNP in psych. Then you get to diagnose, treat, counsel, and prescribe.

    If you think nursing is just totally out there are other caring professions out there. Advice columnist, dietician, yoga teacher, and so many others.

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