Why I'm leaving nursing - page 4

Ive taken the very hard decision in my life to leave nursing. Im writing this as anonymous as I want only to be heard. I qualified as a nurse 6 years ago. I enjoyed the course and could not wait to... Read More

  1. by   target98765
    You are very courageous! I would have left years ago if I could have. I am sure you have a plan in place? Would you mind me asking what your future plans are? I have been very unhappy with my nursing career and I have experienced some of what you have, but I recently found a wonderful position. Good luck to you.
  2. by   joneszita
    Thank goodness you made the decision to leave while you are still young. I think most nurses have experienced almost everything you've gone through; some have gone through more...some less. However, not enough of us quit and quit permanently. We often quit... say we will never go back; however, we wind up going back to work within the same profession. I think this is because we as nurses are not trained to think that our skills are transferable. We don't adequately value the skills we've learned. In addition, not enough of us understand that we can take those skills and put them to work in other venues, besides the hospital and other clinical settings. Most importantly, not enough of us are business-minded. I think "Nurse Educators" should tackle this problem head on. Business courses should be a part of every nursing curriculum, especially in this day and age. We, as nurses, need to learn and understand that we have the potential to work in a wide range of industries; however, that fact is not stressed enough. I wonder why?
  3. by   target98765
    Quote from sacyyl220
    Socialized medicine ...you should move to the US, we have many nursing jobs, and the nurse unions will give you a stronger voice regarding complaints.
    Nope, the union statement is untrue. Most hospitals do not have unions for nurses and in fact hospitals spend millions on blocking nurses unions from organizing. Nursing sucks in the US. I have been told by administrators if I don't like how things are going don't let the door hit you on the way out; for every one of you there are two nurses waiting for your position. Sad but true.
  4. by   UK nurse88
    I worked as a clinical nurse specialist in pallative care so yes, I do feel I can lecture in this area.
    i loved being a palliative care nurse and left due to the reasons i stated in my first post.
    i used to teach district nurses in palliatve care, and I was a lead nurse in a private hospital teaching this as well..... I mean university lecturing x
  5. by   GNURSE02
    I can truly relate with what you say .the saddest part of all this is we are not nurses we are whipping posts for management and our patients. I get they cant always think clearly with an acute illness . I work in an outpatient clinic ,patients are stable, illness is chronic and we work hard to keep it that way . I can tell you I have been called every name in the book . please and thank you not included . I do clean up their vomit and their poop . not because I am a mindless idiot because it is part of nursing .
  6. by   CeciBean
    Quote from target98765
    Nope, the union statement is untrue. Most hospitals do not have unions for nurses and in fact hospitals spend millions on blocking nurses unions from organizing. Nursing sucks in the US. I have been told by administrators if I don't like how things are going don't let the door hit you on the way out; for every one of you there are two nurses waiting for your position. Sad but true.
    Try Ohio, California, or New York. They do. Also, in the otherwise backward and right-to-work (slave) state of Tennessee, the hospital in Oak Ridge is unionized and has a max nurse-patient ratio of 1:4. They are always calling on agency nurses! My best friend when I lived there worked agency for a long time and loved working there.
  7. by   Kysam
    I'm are truly sorry for your experiences. The problem with the HIV patient was directly caused by a nurse not giving proper report. That nurse made a terrible error by not telling you the patient had HIV and was violent. That is awful. I have never heard of a bedside nurse not getting paid for overtime work. I really am sorry you and so many others have had such a bad experience in a career we all love. Nurses cannot continue to be the answer to every budget problem.
  8. by   incredibleme
    I totally understand how you feel. Last year I was burnt. Completely. I felt defeated as a nurse for various reasons and wanted out. It took me 6 months, but I got on with an insurance company. I know work from home Monday-Friday 8-5pm, no weekends, holidays, on call. Nadda. Since starting this new job I have a new outlook on life. It's a breath of fresh air, my anxiety is gone. I've lost 25 pounds. I sleep. Start applying everywhere and anywhere. Good luck.
  9. by   CaptC
    I'll be starting nursing school in the next couple of months. Is there anyone that actually enjoys their job?

    I'm worried that if all the good people in the profession leave there will be no one left to promote healthy change.

    I don't know anything about hospital politics so I'm speaking from a place of deep naivete, but if we all stick together maybe we can change things for the better? I'm very new so try not to scoff too hard at my optimism.

    Note: This is not a judgment at all on the OP's decision to make a career change. I fully respect and understand the complexities of that situation.
  10. by   paramedic-RN
    Been there, try moving to a different hospital and a different setting, that helped me. Every job has its stressors but there's so many specialties where you won't deal things you're describing. School nurse, home health, surgery centers where everyone is NPO and family members are limited, telephone nurse jobs. There's many more but I'm sure other people could give their two cents on that.
    Last edit by paramedic-RN on Oct 8, '16 : Reason: add
  11. by   Lin21
    It's sad that the field has gotten this way. I just graduated in may yet I have no motivation to work in the field. I have been dragging my feet and since nursing school I have been extremely unhappy. I started with bad nursing preceptors and was treated horribly by other nurses. I hate that the nurses really do eat their young and no help is given. Just from clinicals and being a CNA alone I am burnt out. I don't blame you for making that decision. Think of other options in nursing. There's IT, informatics, etc.
    Last edit by Lin21 on Oct 8, '16
  12. by   LotusPetals82
    Side note: I have to go to work sick all the time, at the hospital, because I don't have enough paid sick time. I feel awful about it, and hope that I don't get any patients sick. If I called out every time, I wouldn't have a job. Just putting in my two cents.
  13. by   seanynjboy
    I left bedside nursing after 6 months because it was not for me. I managed a doctors office after that for another 6 months and loved it but the (micro)management company i worked for was terrible so I threw my resume out there. Got a bite from a head hunter and did a HEDIS season on a 4 month contract and loved it! Then got an offer to work in informatics and review charts for an insurance company I did HEDIS for. I make more $ there, I work from home, and it's challenging work that you are still using your nurse brain

    There are so many different facets of nursing that I hope you re-consider leaving the field entirely and think about a different field of nursing.

    Whatever you choose, just be happy! ::hugs::

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