Quote from LaurenRNn08
I'm new to the board. So let me just take a second to introduce myself. I am a BSN student, getting ready to graduate in May. I also work as a nurse tech. Until recently, I had this nice little career path. A couple of years in the ICU, then off to anesthesia school! I have recently found myself dreading going to work, and dreading graduation. I have recently began 12 hour clinicals, and hate being away from my husband that long. Between going to bed early and coming home exhausted, I feel like I have no time for the two of us. I cannot imagine doing that all week! I read the horror stories of new grads being overwhelmed with all of the responsibility and hating their jobs. Can someone remind me why I chose this profession? I love caring for others but is this really worth it? I already feel burned out, and I have not even begun!
I am also due to graduate in May and can not wait to take the NCLEX to earn my hard-earned license.
It seems to me that you had this nice little career mapped out for yourself. I also had one. I would get my RN, go back and get a Masters and become a Nurse Practitioner within a short period of time.
Many of my classmates are focused on getting into a particular unit (surprise--most want to go to the ICU), but I am taking the advice of every RN that I have worked with since starting my med/surg clinicals. Going directly to ICU actually limits you if you later decide to move elsewhere.
I still have my general career mapped out and it has not changed, but I am taking the advice of seasoned professionals. I plan to work med/surg for a couple of years to develop a practice that I feel secure in. This will give me time to get that physical assessment down, see things that I may never see otherwise, and learn how to deal with MDs.m The result will be that I will have more confidence in myself and be ready to transfer to any other setting that I choose to go to.
I have never felt that I do not want to go to clinical or that I have chosen the wrong career. If you feel that going to clinical is too much of a hardship and that the hours are disagreeable, then nursing may not be for you. Caring for clients is a privilege and you do not mention them at all in your post--your concerns are only about you.
If you came to nursing to make money, then there is money to make. But if you don't care about the people you are taking care of, then do the rest of us new nurses a favor...don't clog up the job market.
I'm sorry to sound harsh, but that's the truth.