Tired of it all - page 3

I am just so tired of being a nurse. I feel like I am running on fumes trying to take care of everyone and everything, and it seems nothing ever goes right. I am done, cooked and ready to do... Read More

  1. Visit  marystwin profile page
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    Oh, my fellow colleagues - I feel your pain. I have been a nurse for 40 years, 38 of those years in the operating room. I know the feeling of one step forward, three steps backward when trying to deliver quality care in a compassionate and caring manner. You are right that the times are changing and to quote some smart person: "the only thing constant in life is change". If you are truly still interested in nursing, try reinventing yourself. Do you like the personal, one on one approach to patients? Try Home Health nursing - you can sign up with an agency and get paid per case - I tried this and loved it but needed to do alot of reading to catch up on my clinical skills but found it rewarding. Do you like to teach? Just this past year, a periop educator position opened up in my hospital and after 38 years as a team leader in an OR @ the ripe old age of 62, I took the position - so far, so good. If you like to teach but want to stay clinical, try looking into the many LPN/LVN schools that are popping up all over. The bottom line is not to get tied up in the minutiae - recognize that we can't change many things in healthcare but we can change our outlook, our attitude and how we react to situations - takes a lot of work and sometimes you have to leave your old thoughts behind in order to put yourself in a better place mentally. In the words of Dr. Phil - ask yourself "how's that working for me?". If it's not, don't be a victim - life is too short to be consumed by your job. Good luck!
    Bortaz, RN and bg6RN like this.
  2. Visit  mustlovepoodles profile page
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    I soooo understand. I've been an RN for 35 years and I can attest that hospital nursing is not the same as it used to be. There was a day when I could actually sit down and talk with a patient, give them a back rub, and calm their fears before they were rushed to surgery. I gave up hospital nursing 5 years ago and went into school nursing. I can't even describe the relief I feel! School nursing has its own issues--mainly, that you're working with people who have no idea what you do but they think they can do it better than you. My pay isn't great, but my stress level is at an all time low. No call, no nights or holidays. I get lunch every day and I clock out at 2:30 and hang up the keys. I plan to retire in about 6 years, so I have no use for an advanced degree.



    I'm 56 yrs old and I will NEVER go back to the hospital. If I have to work at the grocery store and live in an RV! Recently I did a little teaching for a non-profit agency who needed some caregiver education for a boy with severe developmental disabilities. They liked it so much, they offered me a part-time job! I will be auditing charts, doing some teaching, and generally doing nursing oversight for their dependent clients and I couldn't be more thrilled. No uniforms, work from home, occasional travel to other parts of the state. Paid what I'm work, mileage paid every time I step out my front door to go to work. What's not to like?!
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  3. Visit  anotherone profile page
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    I typed up a post for this thread but I think I deleted it before it was posted. To the op and many others on this thread WORKING IN NURSING FOR 20+ years. Running on fumes after almost 30 years??? OMG am I impressed. Seriously. Two years in and sometimes I wonder how much longer I can do it! Very inspiring that there are people who have done it so long.
  4. Visit  DoeRN profile page
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    Quote from anotherone
    I typed up a post for this thread but I think I deleted it before it was posted. To the op and many others on this thread WORKING IN NURSING FOR 20+ years. Running on fumes after almost 30 years??? OMG am I impressed. Seriously. Two years in and sometimes I wonder how much longer I can do it! Very inspiring that there are people who have done it so long.
    You have to remember nursing was a lot different back then. I've been in healthcare for 11 years and have seen changes. Drastic changes actually.
    anotherone likes this.
  5. Visit  BostonTerrierLoverRN profile page
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    Nursing was just in a "Quality vs. Quantity Phase" for a decade, that has really hurt itself. You get what you pay for

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