I’m getting tired of floor nursing. And I’m getting burnt out on night shift.
I’ve only been nursing for a year and a half. We’re always told that med-surg is where you should start to get your experience. I just don’t know where to go from here
. What do you do when you don’t WANT
to advance to another area (within the hospital)? I don’t want ICU/ED/L&D/Mother/baby/PACU/OR/Charge nursing/Case management.
I love everything about the job of night shift, but it’s killing my body. I miss sleeping normal human hours, and being awake for the day. I miss the sun. However, it’s not as simple as “switch to days”. No way in HELL I would work dayshift on the floor. Less pay, more stress, more families and doctors and discharges. No thanks.
The only non-hospital options I can come up with are all ones that include a paycut, but I’m seriously at the point to where the money isn’t worth the physical and mental exhaustion anymore. I’m considering home care, clinics, doctors offices, or one of those work from home insurance approval positions.
I don’t need the excitement or challenge that drive some people. I like stable, steady, routine. I want to do my job, know that I helped someone in some way, and go home. I don’t want to feel like I’m spread so thin that I barely get the tasks done, not able to give a patient quality care because I have to rush off to another, walking on eggshells, and sit here on my days off dreading the next day.
I feel stuck.
I would appreciate advice from those like me who have made the change from floor nursing to other positions, and how it turned out for you.