I am finally able to leave nursing by January 2018 - page 3

I haven't posted on this forum in a while. I am one of the people that feels nursing is way tooo stressful and my job has ruined my life. Every time I go to work I get nervous, anxious, I feel... Read More

  1. by   SobreRN
    How old are you and nursing 'turned' you into an alcoholic? I've heard some interesting excuses to drink but this is a unique one. Nursing does not 'turn' anyone into an alcoholic; we all use the coping mechanisms we have and if said coping mechanism is drinking that makes one an alcoholic IMHO. I had to develop different coping mechanisms upon getting sober in 1989 as drinking was my coping mechanism, I had a lot of baggage but even at height of my drinking I didn't much like the blame game, I hit the ground running young and appeared to be hard-wired without an alcohol 'off' switch in my neurons. As a young waitress I studied social drinkers to figure out their secret, I was sure they had one and if I observed them I could unlock it, alas I had to do the work and grow up being unsuccessful at reinventing myself into a normie. Don't get me wrong, I have felt as you in some way and had nursing jobs I have hated with the white-hot passion of a thousand suns but no job, degree or shift ever made me drunk, I did that. I would add that nursing also does not render people unable to have a healthy relationship with food but I am not acquainted with that so much on a 1st hand basis; I know it is more difficult to eat healthy, just never found any comfort in the comfort-eating thingy. I'm glad you found something you are looking forward to I just don't necessarily think that, in and of itself, causes immediate return to 'normal' drinking but stranger things have happened...
  2. by   yourshoesareuntied
    Sup Bro,

    I believe there are some ways to connect your experience in nursing with your passion for technology. There are nurse specialties that are geared directly for people with your vast skill set, from IT, to managing the ever evolving electronic charting software. There's even a specialty that works with and programs the robotic simulators now used across the nation in various nursing schools. Also, "telehealth" is getting big, I can imagine before long if it's not already happening control rooms filled with screens and nurses monitoring hundreds of at home patients, think of all the electronic sensors integrated with various secure wireless protocols the security and stability needed to keep those systems stable yet end user friendly. So many possibilities, best of luck to you...your future looks bright.
  3. by   Tomascz
    Your opportunities are only limited by your imagination. Ethanol is an anesthetic of sorts; not your best bet for building an imaginative future.
    Crazy as I am, I think the beautiful accepting tone of the responses you've gotten from a bunch of nurses, disgruntled or not, to your dilemma and ideas, are what I love about this profession, and maybe, subliminally attracted you to it in the first place. Best of luck in your adventure. You've got a lot of guts.
  4. by   3ringnursing
    Go follow your dream! I hope it gives all the happiness you deserve.
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    I was a graphic designer/desktop publisher for a decade before I chucked it all to work as an ER tech when I was already a paramedic; that was 12+ years ago. I still enjoy "tinkering" with websites and whatnot, and I think my love of computers ultimately made me a great candidate for my nursing informatics program. Sometimes it is possible to have the best of both worlds! Just sayin'. OP, best of luck; I am sorry this path has caused you so much anxiety.
  6. by   martymoose
    all can say is that you are lucky that you have another skill to fall back on.

    I'm jealous!

    Good luck to you! and get help for the ETOH if you need it. Ive seen too many people with bad hearts and livers from it
  7. by   joselyne
    Finally someone who feels like me. I would benefit from chatting if you don't mind. I haven't in nursing for that long, your post tremendously validated my feels. My email is joselynejohn@gmail.com if you are ok reaching out. Thanks for sharing.