wildtime88 i am normally quite impressed with your insight and wisdom, however, this time i was not. as i mentioned before, the job is what you make it. if 'floor nursing' is not this nurses' thing anymore and its making her feel this way, there are plenty of other areas of nursing to be in. i went directly into the or due to my dislike of the floor - patient ratios and such. i know i'm green - i also know that the or is not a piece of cake either. if i didn't let a lot of things roll off my back like a duck, i'd easily get that way too.
you stated not to tell other nurses to quit or retire because it will cause a larger patient load, etc, etc. well, do you think that if they discourage potentials out of nursing, the outcome won't be worse in the long run???? also, what is this attitude doing to her present department's morale? it couldn't possibly have a good effect.
i believe the whole point of this thread is - that nurse absolutely should not be discouraging or attempting to scare new and potentially new nurses out of nursing. i stick with my original post in saying if she needs to retire, then retire.
by the way- i may be new to nursing and its downfalls and disappointments, but i'm not new to life and its downfalls and disappointments. in other words: i'm not ignorant of what's out there. life isn't pretty, or predictable, whatsoever and people don't always do the right thing for a patient even when they are capable of doing so - unfortunately.
we may just have to agree to disagree on this one.
buffett, you have the right idea!! keep going - all the way through crna training. from what i've seen, every one of them loves their jobs.