Hello, first, I show my regret ahead since this is not a positive happy post. Little background of me, I am 6 months young RN, working at medsurg tele unit. Throughout nursing school, I thought that nurse were the best, that we were so awesome and elites of society; not to the degree of docs or lawyers, but you get my point. Once I became an RN and started working... Oh boy was I in for a surprise...
We get overworked, underpaid, under appreciated, often ignored, treated like sack of trash by admin and management, horrible compensation for highly liable work, bad backs, stress, etc name it. Then I am forced work all holidays without diffs, pay for own insurance. My brother who works at computer related cloud company makes almost 80k a year with 3 yrs, free insurance, free laptops, promised raises, free stuff like iPad, spends free company money for clients, and I am here paying for my own insurance, salary freeze due to bad management, crappy pto, no holidays, etc.
Honestly I hate how under appreciated we are and how we can't do squat without doctors orders, the way we are treated, it depresses me and I can't stand nursing. Let me be more honest with yal and say that I can't stand bedside care anymore either. I lost all my passion and it just does not bring any joy at all to see or care for my patients. I will do add that I work at most notorious unit that is known to burn nurses quickly and where no one ever wants to float to and where lots of floated nurses and pcas cry. Right now I hate this career so i need your advice.
I want to ultimately become a physician through the military (HSPS) and I do not mind caring for our soldiers and their family because I love and respect them and their services. In order to do so, I need a change in my nursing career. I am looking into 8 hour shift nursing jobs
or some different kinds of nursing that is not bedside nursing. I also love the business side of the world. Making business trips, talking and interacting with clients, moving large funds, or maybe just even management side of nursing. These kinds of jobs will shift me away or at least limit me from bedside and also earn me some time for online classes for premed recs. I even looked into legal nurse consultant but they require extensive experience. The thing is, I expect a lot from myself and this does not cut it at all. We all deserve much.better than this and if the only way to increase my QOL is by leaving it, I am ready to bust my bottom even harder to achieve what I want.
I really appreciate your time for heeding to my sincerity and need of some serious advice. I am not just a hater; it's just not for me, I'm not happy, and I want to be happy. That's what all we want, happiness, and I am sure you will help me find my path. Thank you.