Here is my background during NS.....I started out in a nice little NICU being a US and why I left, I will never understand but I wanted more patient care and involvement....so I went to an ER. LOVED the ER but that is what I've done for 10+ years is emergency services in some capacity or another so it was my niche. Long story short, this place wouldn't hire a new grad in the ER so I went on my final semester of NS to a Medical Cardiac floor so that I could have a job when I graduated (much bigger facility, many GN positions, etc....).
Let me tell you - not a day went by that I didn't curse my job as a tech on that floor. I loved the patients and the people I worked with - but the work was exhausting. I cried every single night all the way home. On my way to work, I would have to stop at a min. of 1 restroom, sometimes 2 because I would get IBS from the stress of that job. It sucked and I hated it but I kept on trucking because I knew that I was learning valuable lessons that would only help me in the end....boy was I right.
Now...I am an GN on this floor (same place I hated as a tech) and I love it. Yes, the work is long, tiring and exhausting, but it's different now. I appreciate the techs more. Yes, I do my far share of butt wipping a shift, that hasn't changed, but it's 1 or 2 butts a shift rather than 12, which makes a whole lotta difference. The work I do now is more mentally exhausting than physically exhausting, which I think makes a huge difference.
So, in a round about way, what I'm trying to say is stick with it. It may seem like the worse job ever but you'll learn a lot about people, your co-workers, how to treat patients, you'll learn docs handwritting, you'll learn about doctors. You'll learn so much doing this job and when you are done and ready to move on to being a nurse, you'll have a much better understanding of it all....I promise.