Well, it is what it is. Just a revelation. - page 2
I have come to a real conclusion. I just don't like nursing. I kept telling myself that I just need to get through the first year, find a better job, get more experience. But here it is. I have 3 years of experience and have... Read More
- 0Jan 8, '13 by N1colinaQuote from DoeRNOkay....I have to know- what is with your profile picture?! Jw? Great movie, but it's so scary to look at!OP I can related. I just finished a 7 day in a row stretch. Why? Because I'm going back to school for non nursing and I want to pay my tuition. It was hard and I'm beyond tired. But I went on autopilot and I kept saying in my head you are doing this to get out of this environment.
Sit down and really think about what you want to do with your life. It can be a different area of nursing or it can be away from nursing all together. If you want to stay in nursing get as many certifications as you can that will help you in the long run. If your employer offers tuition assistance utilize it. Or go back to school on your own. Even if you still have to work on the floor having a goal helps. Especially when you are actively reaching that goal.
People fail to forget there are jobs out there besides being a nurse. So do what is best for you.
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- 0Jan 8, '13 by MoopleRNOk! So you're stuck with it for now and you "need an exit strategy". How can we help you with that? Are you even asking for help with that? Is this just a vent or would you like help deciding what you would like to do with your life and how you can accomplish that? If it's the latter, I'll refer you to yourself and wish you well....
- 2Jan 8, '13 by elprupI really felt that way yesterday too. Then last night I decided I was only going to think positive thoughts about myself all day. And guess what, it helped! My job is alot of paperwork with minimal interaction, and it is just not me. I need/want to be in a clinic or hospital. Well my happy mood today got me interview next week for temp position with the VA! I am hoping this is a legit offer! I will let you know. And i am keeping my fingers and toes crossed. This is my second try, but this time I am trying the side door . Pray for me.
- 2Jan 8, '13 by AZMOMO2Pediatric Home Care... great position and the pay is pretty darn good usually as well. 1 patient at a time for 8-12 hours. Right now I am at work and my 1 and only pt is sound asleep and well, I sometimes feel like I am stealing money because my job is so easy and uneventful some days. My "nursey" tasks are mainly only in the first 2 hours and last 2 hours of my 10-12 hour shift since I work NOC and throughout the rest of the time I perform safety checks and monitoring feeding pumps and such.
I even get to bake cookies, go to the park, go on family outings, watch movies, and play games on my shifts. Ya can't beat that. Best nursing job I have had so far!
- 2Jan 8, '13 by BostonTerrierLoverRNI would sure make sure first it's not the house your in that you hate(there's many other homes in our "hood." If the only jobs available in Nursing were floor- I would be bagging your groceries after one year Med-Surg floor nursing, I found what I love. Try to remember why you entered this profession and re-evaluate niches. If you still want to leave, I hope you achieve what ever dream you want to pursue
- 1Jan 8, '13 by joanna73 GuideWhat areas have you tried in nursing? Maybe home health, public health, or case management might be of interest to you. I know that I don't enjoy hospital nursing, aside from very specific units. I would also never take a position in the ER. However, many other areas of nursing interest me. The key is to figure out where your interests are and determine whether or not nursing has something to offer.
- 7Jan 8, '13 by beekerQuote from MoopleRNReally? There is one in every crowd I guess.Ok! So you're stuck with it for now and you "need an exit strategy". How can we help you with that? Are you even asking for help with that? Is this just a vent or would you like help deciding what you would like to do with your life and how you can accomplish that? If it's the latter, I'll refer you to yourself and wish you well....
- 1Jan 8, '13 by HealthyNurseWhat "few different areas" have you tried? Are they all in acute care or have you explored areas outside of acute care? If I would have given up on nursing based on the hospital jobs that I had, I would never have found a job that I absolutely love. I felt just like you when I had 3 years of experience...wanting to leave nursing and feeling like it was a horrible career choice for me. The key thing is to take action and not just sit back knowing that you are unhappy, but afraid to make changes (as so many nurses are). I found job outside of acute care in home health. Home health was a great niche for me and I really enjoyed it. However, I eventually figured out that I would be a lot happier not doing any patient care. There are SO many opportunities in nursing. You just have to be willing to search for them or invest in some additional training and education.
- 3Jan 8, '13 by proud nurseI don't have any advice, but I can understand how you're feeling. There's nothing worse than going to a job everyday that you can't stand, or feeling like you're stuck in something you can't get out of...especially when you've worked so hard to get through school and become licensed. We've probably all felt this way before, and somehow we make it through. Fortunately there are a lot of choices in nursing. Maybe this feeling will pass and you'll be able to explore some other avenues.