Thinking about leaving hospital nursing, need advice - page 3

Hello all! I have been a nurse since May 2009. I don't want to give too much info here, but I basically am fed up with hospital nursing. I currently work ER and due to an incident that recently... Read More

  1. Visit  shoegalRN} profile page
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    Quote from wsurfer49
    No one can tell you what to do but there is a lot of good advice in the comments I read. I have spent thirty some years in nursing and have had my share of confrontations with "cliques" at work. Have worked ICU, flight and am a nurse practitioner. For the last 6 years I have been doing respite care in the clients home. I have done travel nursing around the country as well.

    It takes all kinds of people to be good nurses and they aren't all the most accepting of their peers. There are also many very insecure people in nursing and sometimes the stress of the job or other stressor makes them attack others.

    That said, it would be a shame if you ended your hospital career without being sure that you are doing what you are best at and what you enjoy most. So, look at all the facets of this situation and try to make the best decision for you. Good Luck!
    You know, you are right. However, I came from a corporate office setting where professionalism was EXPECTED and the norm. I'm most comfortable in that type of setting. Everybody pretty much stuck together because it was the union against management. Things were direct and there were clear boundaries.

    I'm just tired of the hospital setting. I want to get back to a corporate setting and not go the adminisatration route. I never been treated the way I have in nursing while I was in corporate. I just want to be happy again.
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  3. Visit  OldNurseEducator} profile page
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    I'm a very friendly person with everyone...just like you. One thing I really liked that kept me from being too involved in office politics was doing home care. You work pretty much independently...at least where I worked I did. I still got fired from a per diem hospice job because I didn't fit in with the cliche when I did have to go into the office. It's everywhere. Unfortunately, people act like teenagers in all settings at work. Everyone wants to be accepted and liked, just like young kids. The older I get, and I'm getting pretty old, the easier it is to not play office politics. Just be you and keep up the good work. Your family is all that is important anyway. Just my !
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  4. Visit  beewink} profile page
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    My husband is a blue collar worker who works in a large facility with hundreds of coworkers. He said the type of behavior I have described to him that exists in nursing would never be tolerated at his corporation. I've been a nurse for 14 years and have decided that while nursing may be considered a "profession", there are many who are unprofessional within its ranks. For me, being a nurse has proved to be a big disappointment.
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  5. Visit  netglow} profile page
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    Ditto bee, never saw this childishness in my other career, 20 + years of the other career.
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    Quote from beewink
    My husband is a blue collar worker who works in a large facility with hundreds of coworkers. He said the type of behavior I have described to him that exists in nursing would never be tolerated at his corporation. I've been a nurse for 14 years and have decided that while nursing may be considered a "profession", there are many who are unprofessional within its ranks. For me, being a nurse has proved to be a big disappointment.
    Agree
    There are many who are not professionals ... and there are many who are unprofessional.
    This is probably one of my biggest disappointments with nursing (it's a great role generally IMHO) .... I get to work with people who possess the professional aptitude of a newt. I also get to be at high school all over again ....and again
  7. Visit  OCNRN63} profile page
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    Quote from shoegalRN
    Hello all!

    I have been a nurse since May 2009. I don't want to give too much info here, but I basically am fed up with hospital nursing. I currently work ER and due to an incident that recently happened, I am seriously thinking about leaving hospital nursing all together. No, it was not a med error or anything like that. It was simply I was personally attacked by another RN who was going on a "reputation" that she said I have of being snotty, stuck up and anti social.

    I have already filed a written complaint with my director and I am seriously thinking of going to HR. I feel this is creating a hostile work environment since this girl is part of the "clique". I simply choose to stay to myself, I speak about work related things only, I pinch in and help out when needed, but I simply do not engage in gossip or telling my personal business. I spend most of my downtime reading up on protocols and work email. I am professional with my co-workers but they don't know much about me and I prefer to keep it that way.

    I feel my work reputation is under attack here. I did approach this person and let her know how offended I was and I was going to file a complaint with the director and HR. She did apologize, but attempted to make "small talk" with me and I just didnt feel comfortable speaking with her at all on a personal level.

    Now, I don't look forward to going to work at all. I'm sick of the politics in the hospital and I'm ready to go back to a more professional environment that I came from. I have been applying for non-hospital jobs so I can have a peace of mind.

    I have an interview for a phone triage position at a very well establish company and I'm some what excited about it and I'm some what sad about it. I do love being in the ER, but I really don't want to work for another hospital if it's like this at majority of them. I'm quiet, I'm a hard worker, I'm a team player, and I'm good to my patients. I really don't understand why I can't be left alone to do my job and simply go home without all the drama.

    Any advice? I'm sorry so long. And yes, I would rather nip this mess in the bud because I take "deframation of character" issues very seriously.
    You sound like me. I go to work to work. I don't think I'm anti-social, but I don't talk about my personal life at work (it's really not that exciting). I'd rather just get along with everyone without having to know all of the intimate details. I'm not interested in the "Girls' Night Out" that are organized after work. I'd rather go home, put on my pj's and relax.

    I'm sorry you're going through this. It seems a quiet, diligent worker would be valued.
  8. Visit  Fribblet} profile page
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    So someone was mean to you and you left the ICU.

    Now someone was mean to you and you're leaving the ER.

    I think you're on the right track.

    I'm not saying any of this is you fault, but it can't always be everyone else's.
  9. Visit  shoegalRN} profile page
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    Quote from Fribblet
    So someone was mean to you and you left the ICU.

    Now someone was mean to you and you're leaving the ER.

    I think you're on the right track.

    I'm not saying any of this is you fault, but it can't always be everyone else's.

    No, I'm not blaming anyone. If I don't want to be "social", I don't have to be. Just looking for a place where professionalism is valued.
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