I am currently a CNA and I work in a geriatric hospital. I do love spending time taking care of someone. I just hate how every facility I worked in, theres a group of CNAs/LVNs/RNs that try to find the smallest thing wrong (i.e 5 min past the 2hr mark for turning a patient, late to feed a total care because you're still feeding someone who is alert and unable to feed themselves, checking diapers before you get a chance to and put you down as a nurse for them being wet) I feel like my work load at all my facilities was rather large. They all met the nursing hours, but during the night shift I'll have 19 residents and 10-15 of them are total care or just incontinent.
Is all level of nursing so tedious? What can I do besides being a bedside nurse? Are all your coworkers watching you waiting for you to make a small mistake?
All thats going on with work and my coworkers and superiors and everything had caused me in the past to go on medical leave for a week due to anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. I'm worried with the further I do go into the nursing field, it'll get worse.
You might be able to find a better job as a nurse - one that you like and coworkers get along with One another - or you might not.
RNs/LPNs deal with pretty toxic work environments as well - just read some of the other posts on AN. I'm sorry that you are having such extreme problems with anxiety - it could just be where you work is exceptionally bad or maybe nursing isn't a good fit for you. Changing jobs might be a good idea so you can find out.
Another issue you might want to consider is that it can be very difficult for "new grad" RNs to find work, especially in the hospitals. It depends alot on your location.
I don't hold it against any of the CNAs/DSPs I work with if they quit and find another career path, and those that are planning for nursing school I try to warn them.
Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
Last edit by hope3456 on Sep 11, '13