Hi everyone, I have been a nurse for around 2 years now. I am currently on my third job and am thinking about switching again. My first job was on a unit at a local hospital, I hated it and made myself stick it out for at least 6 months but ended up leaving soon after that. Second job, an education department at a different hospital. I absolutely loved it, but the department went way over budget and hours were reduced for me and several other new ones. Some weeks I only was given 10 or so hours of work so I had to find something else ASAP to support myself. So I went back to bedside nursing, in a very different type of unit than I was on at my first job. That is where I am now. I have given it some time, but I am still miserable and dreading each day I have to work. I just don't think bedside nursing is for me. The stress level and constant demands from patients/families/doctors really is taking a toll on me. I am a caring person and genuinely want the best for my patients but I am extremely unhappy. It is starting to take a toll on my relationships with my family and boyfriend. I'm pretty sure it is job-related since I was much happier while in my education job. With my first job I thought my unhappiness was partly due to being a new nurse and that's why it was so hard but now with 2 years of working I feel relatively comfortable but don't enjoy what I do at all. I'm sure there are other types of nursing jobs
out there that I would enjoy but in the area I'm from these are very hard to come by unless you have several years of hospital experience. I am considering going back to school for a different type of degree. I hate to leave another job, I am afraid it will be hard for me to get hired having had 3 jobs and only being out of school for a couple of years. I never would have left the education position if it wasn't for my hours getting reduced by so much. Has anyone else been in a similar position and were you able to find something you enjoyed or did you leave nursing altogether? Also, will having had so many jobs in a relatively short amount of time hurt my chances of getting a different job?