Ive been a RN for over 3 years now and Ive been in and out of hospitals working ICU, Med/Surge, and ER. I left the hospital for the same reason that most nurses do, overworked, understaffed and bad hours. I worked as a Public Health Nurse for almost a year and currently have been working as a school nurse for the past 9 months. Why am I crazy, because I hate this job. I hate this job so much that Im thinking about entering the twilight zone again. Im scared because I know how bad it was when I left and from reading all these posts it doesnt sound like it has gotten any better. This school nursing is not all it is cracked up to be. The respect here is much worse than it ever was in the hospital, and they have no clue how much hard work it took to get here and beside that it is just plain old boring. I have no students who require skilled nursing care and I dont even have any on routine meds. I work for a very small country school and my position is funded through the tobacco money. Basically, this position is more of a teacher role and I really miss nursing. The hours are excellent and Im really trying to stay but its getting harder every day. I guess I just need to know if anyone else out there has been in this position and if so how did you decide what was the right thing to do. Im married with 3 children and family time is important to me, this is the only real reason that I stay but the nurse in me is crying out. Does anyone have any advice for me. Please be gentle.
Nov 1, '01
Last edit by JennieBSN on Dec 8, '01