I think I really screwed up choosing nursing - page 4

Well, thinking about leaving my second job as a new grad since May. I can't believe I am right back where I was in July, but here I am. Is there shame in admitting a career choice just is not for... Read More

  1. by   RainDreamer
    Quote from thrashej
    I have very good things going on in my personal life right now to concentrate on and a Happy Christmas to celebrate! Life is too short to dread every day.
    I'm so glad to hear that!! THAT is definitely what you need to be focusing on right now. It sounds like you went through hell and back during school, with everything you had going on in your life. I'm so glad to hear you've got good things going on now ...... wonderful!!

    All those people that are being judgemental and not supportive probably have no idea what it's like to work as a nurse. Stuff like that ticks me off too. I don't know if a lot of people think that the bulk of a nurse's day is just taking a few orders from doctors and giving a few shots or what, but they act like you've got it made when you work as a nurse because the pay isn't bad.

    I'm glad you're able to come here and get some support you need. You're definitely not the first person to ever feel like this!

    Hope you and your family have a great holiday season!
  2. by   Faeriewand
    thrashej, I know you mentioned research nursing and I was thinking the same thing when you said how much you like learning. There are so many different avenues to take in nursing, why choose floor nursing when you hate it? Have you thought about clinic work? What about dialysis nurse? You have so many choices.

    I know after reading posts on all nurses for a long time that many have said how they hated their first year in nursing and just wanted to quit so you are not alone.

    And since you love learning so much it sounds like a good idea to go on and get your BSN so you can go into whatever field suits you. Good luck!
  3. by   Toquay
    Go with what your heart tells you, the demands on nurses will get much worse before they ever get better. I agree with a previous poster about getting more nurses with real nurse experience in management, the draw back to this I have seen is when anyone butts head with upper management views they do not last long in their management position. I think the frustration of being in management would be much worse than being the peon. Most conform to whipping the sled dogs or hiding in their offices, they have very little support in dealing with the stress as upper management cares more about the "bottom line" and the staff feel forgotten. At least with staff nursing we have support from our fellow nurses in the trenches with us. So follow your heart do what you know is right for you and pray that in the future healthcare will once again be about taking care of the sick people who need care and the people who provide the service.

    Toq
  4. by   Curious1alwys
    Quote from RainDreamer
    I'm so glad to hear that!! THAT is definitely what you need to be focusing on right now. It sounds like you went through hell and back during school, with everything you had going on in your life. I'm so glad to hear you've got good things going on now ...... wonderful!!

    All those people that are being judgemental and not supportive probably have no idea what it's like to work as a nurse. Stuff like that ticks me off too. I don't know if a lot of people think that the bulk of a nurse's day is just taking a few orders from doctors and giving a few shots or what, but they act like you've got it made when you work as a nurse because the pay isn't bad.

    I'm glad you're able to come here and get some support you need. You're definitely not the first person to ever feel like this!

    Hope you and your family have a great holiday season!
    Awwww....thank you so much Raindreamer! You've been a great support to me througout!:icon_hug::1luvu:
  5. by   Multicollinearity
    Have you thought about public health nursing? You would need to get your BSN, but once you earned it, you could say goodbye to the hospital forever and work in public health.
  6. by   Valerie Salva
    thrashej,

    I think you are doing the right thing. I've known a number of nurses who are in their late forties and fifties, who hate being nurses. They hated it from day one, but didn't get out. They ruined their lives by staying. You are going to improve your life by getting out.

    These nurses are sad, bitter, miserable people. Not one of them is a good nurse.
    Maybe they were at one time, but they just couldn't fake it anymore.

    I think that realizing that nursing is not for you, and taking actions to get out and into something you'll enjoy is about the healthiest thing you can do for yourself.

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