I got out of nursing and I've never been better! - page 4

I know there are many people here who want to leave nursing and I want to share my experiences. If you're seriously considering leaving, do it. Nothing is worth giving away your mental or... Read More

  1. by   tulip928
    Zookeeper and all,

    Would you give a basic list of types of jobs available to RN's who don't want to do floor nursing?

    Is there a difference for ADN vs. BSN?

    What about experience necessary?

    My case: I'm no longer working in a hospital and seeking ideas. I graduated at 49with ADN. Worked in NICU for over 1.5 years. Because of high stress of work atmosphere (bad staffing, etc.) and being diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse (stress from work caused me chest pain, which in turn got me to dr. and diagnosed). I've been out of floor nursing, and working contract very part time doing medical screenings with a company that works with insurance companies.

    Would it be beneficial for me to get my BSN to open up more opportunities, and what are the opportunities?

    Michelle*RN*:
    I know what you mean about feeling relieved! I have never looked back at my decision to leave my hospital job. It was dangerous to my health, and I'm sure I have something to offer in another way! Thank you for your posting this subject!!!
    Last edit by tulip928 on Oct 19, '07 : Reason: don't mean to hijack this thread!
  2. by   Tangerine Lipgloss
    Michelle

    Good luck to you in your new career. I'm glad you are so happy.

    I'm finished with bedside nursing too. I got a M-F day shift position (no weekends or holidays) in a risk management type job. I hope that my contributions will make hospitals a bit safer.

    I am so burnt that I don't even recongnize myself anymore. I've gained weight, become short tempered, anxious and always feel stressed out. I was overcome with dread the day before every shift. I switched to part time thinking it would help me. Initially, I felt better, then was back to feeling bad again. My unit is just very chaotic and dysfunctional.

    I'm a good nurse, and function very well at work. But the toll it is taking on me is not worth it.
    Last edit by Tangerine Lipgloss on Oct 19, '07 : Reason: added info
  3. by   Sabby_NC
    Quote from michelle*rn*
    I know there are many people here who want to leave nursing and I want to share my experiences.

    If you're seriously considering leaving, do it. Nothing is worth giving away your mental or physical health.

    While working as a nurse, I was miserable for all the reasons people complain about here too. I was sick ALL THE TIME -- colds, flus, gastroenteritis, you name it, I'd get it. I was sick at least 2 weeks out of every month.

    Since leaving nursing last year, I haven't been sick ONCE. Nothing. I've never felt physically or mentally better.

    It was not easy to leave. I spent many fruitless months searching for the right profession to go into. I had to apply a lot of creativity and do a lot of networking and legwork to break into my new profession. Considering the alternative though, I felt I had no choice. I'm so happy that I put the time and effort into it, and its paid off well for me.

    I'm working as a Consultant, applying my medical background to cases of medical and insurance fraud. Everything is great about this job and I love it.

    YOU ARE WORTH THE EFFORT. DON'T STAY IN SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU UNHAPPY. LIFE IS TOO SHORT!

    Peace and good luck!

    Great post ... I had a girlfriend who just was not happy even though she was a wonderful nurse. She felt it was just not for her. I said the same thing to her. She did change her direction from nursing but used her nursing knowledge to land a job that she truly enjoys.
    We all must do what our heart tells us to do. I could not be in a job if I was not truly happy.

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