Quote from jbs203
Hi I am 27 and have been working in clinical laboratory for 6 years. I have a great M-F 9-5 schedule in a great hospital. And I've been so eager to leave my field to find a career that will allow me to work anywhere, make decent money, and have a flexible schedule.
These are very valid, common reasons to pursue nursing. They were spot on for decades. The ground has shifted in the last 5-7 years to the point I wouldn't rely on them to make a life-altering choice without doing extensive research into your desired locale and the specifics of that job market.
I've been reading forums and it's causing me to have doubts.
I love allnurses, but it is not the place to get an accurate reflection of nursing as a whole. I would suggest you network and try to find a variety of resources. Talk to or ask to shadow people who are doing the job you visualize yourself doing as a nurse, etc.
Too be honest I'm not scared to take risks, but at my age and the foundation I built in my current career I'm starting to have doubts. I just started my first 'trimester' of nursing school and I don't understand how to study for the fundamentals.
I don't know why this is, but I have noticed it's not unusual for high-academic achievers to have this problem. It is usually temporary, so don't beat yourself up over less-than-perfect grades just yet.
I would not give up just because your current nursing fundamentals coursework isn't interesting. With the highly specialized work you do now, it's not at all surprising that you would feel that way, but nursing involves your head, your heart and your hands which makes it something you need to experience to understand. You have to hang in there long enough to know. That is the the dilemma lots of people face but the toughest to answer because we don't know you personally.
Here is a composite answer to the list of questions . ..(except the obamacare question too soon to tell imo) I was very fortunate to have job flexibility, schedule flexibility and decent pay and benefits when I started, but all of that has been on a descending track due to nurses not being in as high demand as they once were.
My first year was very challenging and stressful, and I'm anxiety-prone. I got through it and was very proud to have done so! However, all along I knew I could switch to a lower-stress job within nursing if I needed to.
Everyone defines burnout differently. My view is that I've seen a few cases of true burnout and I did not experience it. Usually a person with this type needs outside help to get through it. Hope this helps a little!