Well, it is what it is. Just a revelation. - page 4

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

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    Quote from joanna73
    Self reflection is important, in order to determine your values, likes, and dislikes within any career. During the past 5 months, I have been engaging in self reflection on a daily basis, as I need to make some decisions about nursing. As in: Should I continue with nursing, or pursue another degree? What are my values? What does my "ideal" workplace look like? What am I willing to tolerate? Not tolerate? How frequently do I want to work? Breaking it down this way really helped me. I also make lists frequently. Sometimes reading your thoughts in print will make everything more concrete. Out of all of this, I have decided that I definitely need to travel soon, and that I only want to work part time, in a completely different city. Relocation is in order.
    Exactly a great idea! Thank you for the guidance

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    You're welcome. Thank you too everyone Happy new year....new year, new life. Decide what makes YOU content. This is different for all of us.
    BostonTerrierLoverRN likes this.
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    Life is too short to spend any more of it doing something that is a great source of angst and stress. If this is not just a vent, but a self reflection that you are genuinely unhappy with your career choice I would start by cutting expenses drastically. Time to ebay and Craigs List all the stuff you don't need. and I mean NEED. Pay off all debt, and eliminate all non essential services. Cut the grocery bill down to nothing but basics. Stop eating out and going out for entertainment. Get rid of car payments. Refinance the house at a lower interest rate, if possible. My family has always lived on about 1/3 of our income, and we live very well by anyone's standards. Learn to live on a shoestring budget, 1/3 to 1/2 of what you are now. Hopefully you can afford to quit soon and go after what it is that you really want! Good luck.
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    Exactly. For example, I will be quitting my job this year, without another job. I've researched the nursing job market, and I'm not overly concerned about finding another job. However, I am willing to relocate. I've also carefully examined my finances to determine my budget and the worst case scenario. I've decided that I will take at least two months off to travel, but in preparation for this, I've been saving and picking up extra shifts, so when the time comes, I'm ready. Life is too short to do something you don't like, but...a strategy is essential, and it makes going to work easier.
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    I went part time (3 8hr shifts a week) recently and I'm loving it. I have no kids, own my house and my car and paid off my student loans already. So it occurred to me: why do I need to work full time? I can live quite comfortably on PT hours. And if I really need to, picking up a couple shifts is usually an option. If you can afford it, maybe just having some extra time off will refresh your mind and body.
    missladyrn, LTCNS, noyesno, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from RNperdiem
    You have discovered the trade-off.
    The fun ice-cream-scooping jobs carried little responsibility and you were paid little for the work. But in the long run, lack of enough money to lead a comfortable life brings its own stess.
    Nursing is high stress with a lot of responsibillity and a license required and is much better paid.
    Which one matters more to you if you cannot have both?
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    Quote from MoopleRN
    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 youcan accomplish that? If it's the latter, I'll refer you to yourself and wish you well....
    Quote from beeker
    Really? There is one in every crowd I guess.
    I replied directly to the OP. You did not reply directly to me in this post even though you quoted me. Please clarify to me the "one in every crowd" comment. I'm curious. TIA.
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    Quote from Underoo
    What about school nursing? You'd have less stress, more time to relax and catch up on paperwork, plus you'd have the same schedule as your child once he/she is school-aged. The money isn't as good, but if you love children and weigh your health and sanity over money, maybe it'd be a nice try. Good luck!

    You do know, now, that since children with serious disabilities are being mainstreamed school nursing is not the cushy job it was when we were heading to the school nurse office for an aspirin and a note to get us out of gym? School nurses have to deal with IEP provisions, medications, vents, g-tubes, positioning issues, and a lot of other things. Also, you have to have a BSN and you may be required to cover more than one building. Wanna rethink that advice?

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