And I can't help to notice how many here are saying that they are "hating their floors"
I love my unit. I didn't get into nursing for comfort, it is not an easy job. I got into it because I loved the profession itself, as well as I loved the steady middle class income.
Nothing is free. Bedside nursing is back breaking hard work, as we all came to realize. But every day it's a different challenge!! Even if you have the same patients! How can you not enjoy doing everything you can to stabilize them/achieve a good outcome?? When I go into work I think of the positive things I will be doing for my patients , not how it would affect me. I kind of "lose myself" into caring for them, literally, and if it wasn't for my preceptor to remind me that we need to take a lunch break, I wouldn't even go to the restroom most likely!
I just don't get it: what did the new GNs think nursing is like?? My school had us hands on, since day one. Toughen up and deal with it. It will get easier as we learn the skills and how to manage our time. But please stop saying that you "want to quit"! Really???