Finally Leaving Nursing...For Good! - page 6

Well, I did it. I turned in my two weeks notice. I'm finally leaving the nursing profession, for good. I had planned to do this months ago, but I decided to persevere a few more months to see if... Read More

  1. by   Spiker
    Quote from cocoa_puff
    I'm glad that I'm leaving too I don't think you sound cold or uncaring, brutally honest maybe. I have read several of your other posts (in the OR specialty section), and your experience and knowledge base is quite impressive. While I respect your opinion and assessment of me, I have to disagree. I was never careless, rude, or disrespectful to my patients, and I never did a "haphazard job." Quite the opposite actually, as I was given a "Patient Safety" award a few months ago when I caught a problem that ended up saving the patient's life. I don't think I wasted my education, I have learned a lot from nursing and a lot about myself as well. Plus I'll have a bachelor's degree that I can use towards getting my masters in biomedical engineering.

    In response to your second post, I do work in acute care (cardiac step down). I was thinking about getting into OR nursing a few months ago, but realized that I just wanted to get out of nursing entirely. OR nursing would probably be the best specialty for me though, aside from the cold. I don't do well in the cold

    And I apologize if I offended anyone by saying nursing lacks "hard science." It's true, nursing isn't a hard science (like engineering, biochemistry, or physics), but it is still science (plus a whole lot more). I can do the science part of nursing and I have the organizational/time management/critical thinking skills, but I seem to lack the "people/patient skills" that so many nurses excel at. I can fake it for 12+ hours, but I feel drained and almost sad at the end of the shift, because I know that's not who I am.

    Thank you everyone for your comments
    I'm sorry, I didn't mean to say you would give haphazard care; my point being that coming out if orientation too soon leaves you unable to have had time to perfect your routine organizational skills. You should be proud of saving a patient's life! As for OR Nursing, at least you'd have 1 patient at a time, but lots of technical supplies, procedures, specialties, etc to learn - always something to do & learn; nevery a dull moment! Plus, extra financial benefits with taking as much call as you can. As or the cold: many of us wear long silk underwear or Under Armor under our scrubs, lol. OT is pretty chilly in the OR!

    Another aspect I thought of for you, is EMS! I was a Senior Medic for 10 years, in addition to my OR career. 48 hour weekends at the RN degree was a great basis for going back to school for EMT & Paramedic certification from many colleges offering degrees in it. It's a huge responsibilty, & you're assessing/treating patients per protocols. There's a wide range of conditions, & you're caring for patients when they're most vulnerable. Some are simple calls, some full blown trauma's &/or arrest. Keeps you on your toes. And most of the time you don't have family right there the whole time either, especially if it's a bad call, & they're better off staying out of the ambulance. Again, just a quick thought for alternative care. I think you'll find a way to turn yourself around & come up with a wonderful career, one way or another! Best of luck!
  2. by   Simonesays
    <3 This was obviously a well thought-out decision that you made. Good for you for knowing yourself well-enough to do this. It takes courage to step back from this kind of situation and make the choice that you did so be proud and kind to yourself. Good luck with your future endeavours! Keep us posted.
  3. by   Curious1alwys
    Congrats to you! You are doing what many of us dream of.

    Like the others, I struggle with nearly constant depression and anxiety when I am providing hands on care. So.....a career change is likely imminent for me, too.

    Curious.....for those of you that left......and found a new "career" (or job), how did you explain your exodus? Nearly everyone thinks nursing is such a gravy train that I am thinking it will be hard to explain. I'd love to move into the fitness environment but these jobs do NOT pay well and I think I will get some curious looks, lol
  4. by   Jay bee
    Well stated. Especially the part about feeling like a human punching bag. Reward/benefit ratio is unrealistic but then nursing has been defined by women from the beginning. At least we are no longer required to wear dresses and heels! And yes, there were heels. And those f**king caps to keep on our heads to further define rank.
  5. by   BSNbeDONE
    Yesterday was the day!!! Both offers came through yesterday!! I received my Florida license (so I can try the Daytona Beach or Key West travel assignment), (ooooh how I lovvvvve Florida!!!), and I received the official nursing-related-but-no-hands-on-lots-of-traveling, full-time manager's position (full benefits, paid time off!!) on the road alone in my car (no patients), just me, my nursing knowledge, a $9K raise and an additional $7K increase after 6 months, riding around locally in my current state, and home or heading home at 4:30pm every single day!!! Decisions! Decisions! Though I do believe the sunshine state is going to lose out on this one.

    Either way, I get to tap dance into my job's staffing office today, lay my notice on the desk, and moonwalk out of there!! No more ER for this med-surg nurse!! Come to think of it, no more med-surg either!!

    How to Quit a Job || STEVE HARVEY - YouTube
  6. by   cwentworth
    There is wonderful opportunity for growth - mentally/spiritually - through discomfort. You can learn about who you are and, more importantly, who you are not. It sounds like you are in the process of developing and refining your professional identity. There is no "failure" in that. It shows that as you experienced life as a nurse, you found your true self. I wish you all the best in the future. Thank you for your honesty!
  7. by   cocoa_puff
    BSNbeDONE, congratulations!!! Best of luck with your decision!
  8. by   BSNbeDONE
    Quote from cocoa_puff
    BSNbeDONE, congratulations!!! Best of luck with your decision!
    Thank you!!! Very happy today!!
  9. by   beckster
    I totally understand your feelings. Kudos to you for not become bogged down in the perception of yourself as a "failure" and finding a new profession which will be more rewarding, especially more $$$! I retired from nursing last year and haven't missed it one iota. The responsibility, liability,long hours and risk of exposure to increasingly more resistant (or outright untreatable) diseases are definitely not worth the paycheck. And hospitals are not hotels or restaurants. For me, it was a job. No grand calling or self-sacrificing mission. We're not "angels of mercy" or "saints." Those ideas imply lower pay and unacceptable work conditions. And I don't see the job improving anytime soon.
  10. by   RNOTODAY
    I give you all the credit in the world, truly . It's a tough gig, it's absolutely not for everyone. Yet, not everyone has the integrity to admit this and leave the profession... they stay, be miserable and/ or dangerous. Good luck to you!! What will you be on to next , if anything?
  11. by   cocoa_puff
    Quote from RNOTODAY
    I give you all the credit in the world, truly . It's a tough gig, it's absolutely not for everyone. Yet, not everyone has the integrity to admit this and leave the profession... they stay, be miserable and/ or dangerous. Good luck to you!! What will you be on to next , if anything?
    I'll be getting my masters in biomedical engineering. I need quite a few prerequisites (calculus, organic chem, biochemistry, physics) before I can apply to a program. I'm specifically interested in cellular and tissue engineering
  12. by   harumi22
    Hey, I enjoyed reading your post. It made me feel like I wasn't alone. I graduated from nursing last year and have been working as an RN for 7 months on a medsurg floor. The problem is, nursing is making me stressed and depressed. I just hate the stress, dealing with people/doctors, being pulled in so many different directions, demanding and ungrateful patients, not being able to take breaks 'cause I'm so busy, staying one or more hours to finish charting, working more than 40 hours a week, neglecting to take care of myself, and the anxiety and dread due to not knowing how my day/night is going to be. I also don't think my personality fits with nursing. I'm shy, introverted, quiet, and not confident at all. I always feel dead when going to work, and I never want to be there. And I've realized that I don't like people and don't want to care for them at all. Sorry if that sounds messed up, but that's how I feel. I don't mind helping people but not like this. I can't even enjoy my days off 'cause I'm always thinking about work.

    I want to leave nursing entirely like what you're doing right now, but I'm not sure what else I should do. I feel trapped. I want to go back to school but I don't know what career to pursue. Like you, I'm worried I might be letting my family down by leaving nursing cause I spent all that time and money getting my nursing degree. I admit that it may make me feel like a failure for giving up on something I worked hard to get. But nursing is draining me. I've hated it since nursing school but decided to give it a chance and graduate. But now I know it really isn't for me.

    Sorry for venting, but if you have any advice for me, I'd very much appreciate it. And I'm so happy for you that you're leaving and moving on to something that will make you happy. I wish I could do the same.
  13. by   stefy01
    true but life is too short to not follow your gut. Your story is just like mine Im always looking at the clock like why am I here.