I HATE nursing! (long) - page 5
I really really really need some nurses' advice. So I've realized something about myself lately...I hate nursing. I think I always knew this in college, but I guess I thought things would get better... Read More
Feb 3, '07 by MelodyRNurseoooopsLast edit by MelodyRNurse on Feb 4, '07 : Reason: wrong spot
Feb 3, '07 by AfloydRNI just think you haven't found your " home" yet. Talk w/ a nurse recruiter and see what options you have. Maybe you would do better say in CVL where it's one patient at a time. Or maybe peds? Clinic work? Nurse educator? You have alot of options.
Feb 4, '07 by Moose33I usually dont post but figured I'd chime in.
I have been an R.N. for 11 years...no disrespect to the patients but I have hated it since the first moment I stepped on the floor for clinical.
I should have ran then but it is hard when you go from being a waiter to making 50 grand.
The reason I am posting is cause of the anxiety you mention, I also have anxiety. I saw a Dr. and he agrees that work is my primary source of anxiety and I should switch.
The best way to explain it is as soon as I finish report my stomach drops and I feel trapped.
I wish I had some good advice but I am stuck in the same boat. Everyone I know is sick of me talking about how much I hate nursing.
I have finally decided that if I have to take a pay cut I will...I am not going to work in a job I cant stand for another 25-30 years.
You are not alone. Good luck.
Feb 4, '07 by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN ModeratorThread note: OP started thread in 2005, has not posted since 7/05.
Feb 4, '07 by Ann RNQuote from LadyMadonnaCan I have your job?! LOLHey Tirednurse, you need to realize there is more to nursing than the hospital. I don't particularly like patient care myself, and am working on finding something better, but right now I enjoy a lush job taking care of an elderly couple at night from 7pm to 7am. I can hardly call it taking care of them. They go to bed about 6pm and sleep all night. I watch tv a few hours, go to bed about 10:30 and get up about 5:30 or so, make their coffee and basically just keep them company until the day nurse gets there. This job is a dream come true for me right now and I am making $52,000/yr.
Why can't you look into something like that?
Feb 4, '07 by blueskyQuote from LadyMadonnaHey Tirednurse, you need to realize there is more to nursing than the hospital. I don't particularly like patient care myself, and am working on finding something better, but right now I enjoy a lush job taking care of an elderly couple at night from 7pm to 7am. I can hardly call it taking care of them. They go to bed about 6pm and sleep all night. I watch tv a few hours, go to bed about 10:30 and get up about 5:30 or so, make their coffee and basically just keep them company until the day nurse gets there. This job is a dream come true for me right now and I am making $52,000/yr.
Why can't you look into something like that?
Wow. Talk about a dream come true. How'd you find that job? Do you like the people you take care of? What if one of them goes down at 03:30 A.M, are you responsible?
Feb 4, '07 by Ann RNQuote from Care&JoyThis is a GREAT idea!Hi! Have you ever thought about becoming a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant (CLNC) ? I've been looking into it myself lately! The pay is awesome too. Check out a website... www.LegalNurse.com w/ the Vickie Melazzo institute. They'll send you a neat packate telling you about it! Just a suggestion .
Feb 4, '07 by RNOTODAYI could have written your post myself, honest, and it is comforting to know I am not alone!!!! although, I am sorry for anybody who feels this way, because it is torture. I look around at all the nurses, just doing their job, going about their day, like nothing, and me, I am a nervous wreck half the time with the other half of the time spent hating that I was there. I get sick all the tiime, leave jobs etc.... I recently went to the OR, thinking it would be very different..... NOT.I am on loa from that position , (stress) and looking fiercely for a non nursing - nursing position.they are scarce, but do exist.... and I too am willing to take a pay cut..I curse the day I went to nursing school.I kept wishing it would get better....and by the way... 2 years ? that (at least around here) is plenty of experience......
pm me anytime.I know what your going through.........
Sep 23, '07 by BIG MISTAKE!BIG MISTAKE, HUGE MISTAKE! I wish I would have known how crappy the nursing field was before I sunk all my time into it. I'm a male nurse and I have only been on the job for a 11 months and I can not stand it. The bullsh$%t that you have to deal with is never ending. The type of bullsh$%t I'm talking about is as follows, I worked on the Med/Surg floor for the last 11 months and hated it for the last 10 1/2 months. I felt like a waiter everytime I went to work, I live in Las Vegas and mentioned to one of my coworkers that I should have not wasted my time going to school, I should have became a waiter. I finally quite the Med/Surg floor and decided to go to IMC. Since the IMC floor requires a critical care class, Ive been studying my butt off in this class. The hospital I am at requires us to do clinical times with a preceptor in the ICU. It has not gone well because my instructor does not except opinions well. I stated an opinion that was not excepted by this preceptor and ever since I have said what I had said, I have received bad evaluations from her. I did tell her that my feeling was that the eval was negative simply because she did not like what I had said, the preceptor just shrugged her shoulders basically saying " OH WELL". Other students in my class have stated to me that they have watched me do my work and that the teacher must have it out for me. Another student stated that these women are just a bunch of "power tripping *******". I ended having to eat what I believed was the truth and apoligize and degrade myself just to please the instructor and possibly pass the class. I hate cleaning ass, I find the job unexciting, I recently have spoke to a union rep of the Nevada union for nurses. He stated to me that of all the nurses who enter this career, 50% of them leave in their first year. He stated to me that the reason the nurses leave is due lack of respect and being overworked. Im usually a pretty positive guy but this job is sucking the compassion right out of me. I,m getting out of nursing and plan to due nuclear medicine.
Sep 23, '07 by RPNinTOI am so sorry for your experiences!
I am an RPN(LPN) in Canada and have been practicing for 2 years.
Even though I am not an RN I have been responsible for floors many times in long term care, making a fraction of the money with too much responsibility and not enough support.
I am stressed out all the time, and generally work nights when management is not there, and some of the duties are lighter.
Of course, working nights is making me sick. I am never fully awake and feel crappy half the time. I was going to bridge to RN to do Public health in the hopes of a job with regular hours with normal responsibilities. I wish I knew if this is the right thing to do.
If I will be happy, or wasting more of my time. They make nursing very hard for people. I have heard in Canada that new grads leave within 2 years of entering the field, about the same percentage as you have heard in the states.
I wish you luck in nuclear medicine. I hope that things look up for you!
Jan 7, '08 by VolunteerI feel so bad for you, but I know the feeling! I just happened upon this thread, and wanted to comment. I am a master's level counselor & case manager and I am going to pull my hair out because I can't get away from a desk job! I WANT to be up and doing things exciting and love to be right in the middle of everything. I am back in school right now to get my RN so I can move into medical case management eventually. Do you want to trade places???? J/K I really do wish you the best trying to find something that you enjoy. There is NOTHING worse than getting up everyday and hating what you do. Best Wishes!!:redpinkhe
Jan 16, '08 by lynnanj77I agree with you whole heartedly. I am a bit frustrated and need to vent so bear w/ me. I graduated in 2007, passed my boards in June 2007, and got my RN license in 2 states. I thought I had it made and was so excited to get into the profession. I put out my resume and waited, and waited..... There was one day where I actually responded to 42 job openings as a new graduate!!!! My resume was created using a project in nursing school where we submit a resume to the DON, she reviews it and makes changes to make it more appealing, so that wasn't the problem. The positions I applied to were in Med surg, ICU, CCU, Dialysis... so being a new graduate wasn't the problem either. I had a great GPA, and left with multiple references from instructors, the DON, and nurses I worked with in clinical. I'm confused. I thought we had a shortage of nurses. After 4 mos and the fear of losing my house (no job at that time) I literally picked up the phone book and started calling. I got a job in a nursing home that doesn't use computers to check for applicants. I make $30/hr, work five 8 1/2-hour days on 3-11 shift, and hate my job. My husband and I are expecting our first child, so I can't leave just yet, but I am left confused and a little disgusted. This is not what I went to school for. It would appear that the shortage is not in nurses, it's in experienced nurses, and administrators that fill nursing positions. The profession does not take care of it's own (especially the babies). I am bored, tired of pill-pushing, and feel I am losing my skills I learned in nursing school. I have been working in nursing for less than 6 mos in a position that does not render me skilled, and already want out. My only hope is that nursing is filled with so many specialties. I will probably work in a hospital and get my bachelors, then masters in something like informatics. I don't want to work the floor and certainly don't want to pill-push the rest of my life. I'll leave that to all those who post that nurses who are not happy with their career choice should try harder to make a difference or get out. Wanna make a difference??!!! Get your butt into the position of DON or administration, listen to your nurses, and make a change so us newbies have something to come in to. Then, read a few resumes and make a few phone calls. How's that for an idea??!!! I am sad at the way I feel, and am disappointed in my self for letting the school feed me with unrealistic BS about the profession (who was apparently just interested in meeting state requirements re: graduation and GPA rates). I am going to have this beautiful baby in July and, while on leave, will send out my resume. Tuition reimbursement and ultimately furthering my education will be important so I can get out of this slump. Maybe go into computer programming as an RN and take care of all these new systems in local hospitals. Now that's an Idea! See what happens when you don't take care of your own, you will be the one covering my shifts!!!!!!