Those who want to get out of nursing..

  1. 0 what are you doing , or wanting, to do about it? Considering going back to school for another field? What field?
    I am considering getting out, but not sure what to pursue. IT kinda interests me. Not sure what else I am capable of.I didnt mind nursing per se- it was the BS that we have to deal with- the liabilities( insurance can only go so far), short staffing- things that will NEVER change at this point of time. Anyone else have any thoughts?Thanks
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  3. Visit  jrwest} profile page

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    jrwest has 'enough' year(s) of experience. From 'somewhere in the US'; Joined Jan '03; Posts: 1,220; Likes: 2,319.

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  4. Visit  november17} profile page
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    I honestly don't have any plans of getting out of nursing. I am however lifeguard certified. My plan is to get a job at a caribbean resort and sit in a little cabana all day on a sunny beach and save people from drowning. That's my safety net in case this whole RN thing doesn't work out.
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  5. Visit  NeoPediRN} profile page
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    I plan to pay off my debt in 3 years and apply for a post Bachelor's program for premed and then hopefully on to med school.
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  6. Visit  skittlebear} profile page
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    jrwest,
    Wouldn't it have been nice if nursing school prepared nurses for the REAL WORLD of nursing? I loved nursing school. I was so fascinated with the anatomy of the human body, pharmacology, nutrition, and helping others. You are correct though...nursing shortages and the other BS that goes along with it (that only other nurses would understand) can really cause you to rethink things, or ask the question that I ask myself frequently, "What did I get myself into?"

    I have thought about persuing the radiologic technology program. I just have to find time to do it. I recently bought a house which has forced me to increase my work hours. Yes, I probably tell my friends and family members on a weekly basis that I hate being a nurse. Isn't that so negative? It's not at all about the patients I care for. I love to administer medications, communicate with the clients and help them in every way that I possibly can. I just thought before I graduated nursing school that I would have so much more time to spend with patients. Boy, was I wrong, lol. I am just here to say that I know what your going through.
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  7. Visit  rosthenurse} profile page
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    i feel the exact same way. i am an lvn and i think i have been putting off going to rn school because i really don't want to do it. i loved nursing at one point and i still love the patients. everything else makes me dred coming to work. i have no clue what i could do that would generate the same amount of money or more. if anyone has any ideas plz post your input. i am really ashamed to admit that i am losing interest in the field.
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  8. Visit  want2banurse35} profile page
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    Quote from rosthenurse
    i feel the exact same way. i am an lvn and i think i have been putting off going to rn school because i really don't want to do it. i loved nursing at one point and i still love the patients. everything else makes me dred coming to work. i have no clue what i could do that would generate the same amount of money or more. if anyone has any ideas plz post your input. i am really ashamed to admit that i am losing interest in the field.
    my bestfriend finally got into the nursing program after 3 yrs and dropped out at the end of the first semester. during her clinical rotation she found out that nursing is not for her. and she feels bad as well because she has wanted to be one for so long only to have her dreams dashed with reality. she feels so lost now.
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  9. Visit  PureLifeRN} profile page
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    I know some nurses who went on to be a Physical Therapist or a nuclear technologist.
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  10. Visit  shoegalRN} profile page
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    If I had it to do all over, I would have stayed in the corporate world and worked my way up to a CEO. Seriously.
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  11. Visit  baylor06} profile page
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    The nice thing about nursing is... come on guys! If you don't like what you're doing, there's a million other things you can do with the same degree! Use google to search for alternatives, you'll find many!
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  12. Visit  NickiLaughs} profile page
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    There is one positive thing.

    It sounds like most of you have jobs......that's more than a lot of people right now. Food on the table, a roof over your head. That's something.

    How many of us have had jobs we didn't like? Hopefully when the economy improves you will be able to find something that you enjoy more. My job is not my dream job either.
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  13. Visit  Patty RN} profile page
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    Am feelin' that way right now...I graduated in '08 (BSN program) and am 51 years old. I worked 6 mos. on a med/surg unit in local hospital---hated it tremendously!! My orientation and work experience was horrible! The nurses were not really encouraging because they all seemed to hate their jobs. It seemed as if they knew their jobs and were not really interested in sharing their knowledge. I walked away feeling that nurses do 'eat their young.'

    Coworkers were so negative about hospital administration. People just don't realize how their negativism really effects coworkers AND patients.

    Due to the job market slump we are currently experiencing, I am wondering what to do next myself! Job opportunities are very slim in this area. I am very disappointed to do four years of schooling (especially at my age!) for something I really was passionate about doing and hating it at my first job!

    Waitin' and prayin' for a door to open...
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  14. Visit  NurseStephRN} profile page
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    i already have a bachelors degree, so i'm planning to start my prereqs (maybe this summer) for medical school and go from there
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  15. Visit  caliotter3} profile page
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    I would go back to my former career in information technology if only there were opportunity there. I see just another dead end career field. If you can't get a job and keep a roof over your head, then there was no use in getting the education and/or experience, no matter what the occupation. I wish I had better looks and felt more perky. I would go into serving at restaurants. Hard work, but at least servers get their tips. I get nothing for not being employed.
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