Desperate!!!

  1. I need some advice....I've officially made it through (almost) my first year of working on a neurosurgery/neurology floor where we have up to 5 patients during the day, 7 at night. I promised myself I would at least stay a year before I decided to try anything else...I figured by now I'd realize if I'm cut out to be a floor nurse or not. Well, I've realized I still hate it...maybe not as much as when I first started working, but I definitely don't enjoy any aspect of my job, I'm just tolerating it at this point. I hate the degrading way the patients and familys treat me, I hate running all over the place with a thousand and one things to do, I hate basically having the be the QUEEN problem solver...for the docs, the therapists...everything! Does anyone have ANY idea what sort of job I could apply for with only one year of floor nursing experience...without having to take too much of a pay cut??? Even if I still have to work in the hospital setting, is there a nursing job that is less intense than bedside nursing? Is it even possible? I really need some advice...I would appreciate anything some experience nurses would have to tell me!!!!
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   bellehill
    My experience is that bedside nursing is just that...bedside nursing. You either love it or hate it. I was going to suggest ICU until I read that you want something less intense. Of course you could go to a doctors office, home health, health clinic which would get you outside the hospital setting. What if you became a part of the IV team, maybe work in risk management, quality control, something off the floor. I'm sorry I don't have a more definite answer. Good luck!
  4. by   EastCoast
    The floor you're on might not be a good fit for you. Talk to others you know from different units. They you can determine if it's the culture of the facility or you not being cut out for nursing. Curious...what was your job before you became a nurse?
    I just heard that plumbers make 34 bucks an hour and that females are being well recieved in those non traditional roles and tend to bring more integrity.
    Good luck/
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Since you are young, get some more experience, but in a different area - maybe a different floor or an office setting. Don't give up!

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