Stop these little voices in my head!!!

  1. Hey folks,
    Well...I guess since a lot of other peeps are talking about nursing burnout....I'll talk about mine for awhile . For some reason.....I feel very compelled (hence the little voices) to try something new. I found an ultrasound program(fully accredited) that can be done completely online (except clinicals of course)!! As some of you know..I've been thinking about this for awhile. I'm so confused...some days I love my job and some days, I hate it. I'm starting to feel like I'm experiencing more "hate' days than love days...and that scares me. I just really like the idea of doing someones exam and then politely shoving them out the door versus: ok....frequent flyer "A" is coming back in for CHF for the fourth time this month...you will be forced to care for this person for an entire 8 hour shift, respond and act accordingly to every whim of this person....because..hey..it's your job. Don't get me wrong...I really do love people and really do love the healthcare field....I just think that ultrasound may be a better fit for me?? There is a job posted at work for a sonographer.....every fourth weekend (on call) and every 6th or 7th holiday is a part of the listing....hmmm...sounds pretty good to me??
    The only things that are preventing me from pursuing this are.....the tuition and.....I'm worried about doing school and trying to work full time..I'm scared I won't be able to do it all. Also..when you get into the later semesters...you basically do "full time" clinicals...without pay of course...how do my husband and I live...if I'm not working..u know? The other thing is that we are starting to think about having children soon....how does that all work???
    In conclusion...I wish these thoughts and voices in my head telling me to do this u/s thing...would just go away..LOL. I really want to do it...but I feel stuck..and I'm afraid to do something new for fear that I will end up not liking it or something.....then where will I be.
    Ok..sorry guys and gals....just had to vent a little..I'm so good at that...ok..luv ya all..
    Snoop'
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Renee' Y-Y
    How long have you been in nursing? What kind of nursing do you do? How long is the ultrasound course?
  4. by   deniseS
    Hi, Have you thought about trying another area of nursing? An area which has some similiarities that the ultrasound job may have? There are so many areas of nursing out there that just may fit your plans
  5. by   Tweety
    I had the same concerns going into nursing school "how am I going to work and do all this, pay bills, etc." It all worked out in the end. When there's a will, there's a way. Strenghth, determination and a commitment by you and husband. Sometimes though you have to sit back and realize it's not going to happen.

    I'm not much help am I? Thanks for venting and good luck.
  6. by   sjoe
    "I found an ultrasound program(fully accredited) that can be done completely online (except clinicals of course)!! As some of you know..I've been thinking about this for awhile."

    Whether it be ultrasound or something else, it is ALWAYS better to retrain and move into a new area of interest BEFORE becoming totally burned out, than afterwards--and perhaps under employer pressure.
  7. by   CherryRN
    You can do it! School won't last forever. Plus, work might become more bearable because you are working on something that will get you out of there!

    Best of luck.

    Cherry

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