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.
I've been reading forums and it's causing me to have doubts. 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. No matter how hard I study I still can't get a decent grade. And I always get Bs and As. I only get Bs if I start to forget content. I get Cs when I just can't understand the course and am not interested.
My questions for senior nurses and new grad nurses:
1) How was your first year on the job?
2) Do you feel burnt out from work more than anything?
3) Do you feel like you are getting paid well considering the duties you perform?
4) has obamacare really changing hospital healthcare?
5) Do you think you have a lot of free time when you are not at work to enjoy leisure activities?
I really need the HONEST truth about nursing as a career. Because I'm thinking of going to do Nurse Practitioner but I'm starting to think this is not the right path because I'm not totally interested in what I do in clinicals so far. Even though it's just basic nursing and it will change in later clinical settings.
Jul 7, '14
I"m not a phleb. I'm a clinical technologist specialized in molecular oncology testing. We use DNA or RNA to perform testing when docs/np suspect cancer related to genetic alterations. A lot of science and DNA and genetics, etc. A lot more technical work. I work the M-F 9-5pm schedule. We get 5 wks vacation, no need to clock in. holidays off. no weekends. but since i'm so specialized I can't really find a job in my field that has great benefits with a reputable hospital unless I go to TX or CA. No patient contact. I guess I"m scared of investing my money and time for something that may feel like a mistake? The forums make it seem draining and sucking the soul out of you. Also, I feel like after 6 yrs in my current field I don't want to do physical demanding jobs. I'm lost.
I've been reading the chapters, reading ATI books, and using NCLEX book and their online resource to practice answering the questions. Last exam there was a major curve for everyone.
The medical calculation first exam was pretty easy. Math isn't difficult, it's universal.
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