Burned out and hate nursing - page 20

Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be a nurse. I wanted to help people. I wanted to heal. Now 4 years out of nursing school, I HATE nursing with a passion. I am a med/surg nurse with... Read More

  1. by   cocoa_puff
    I'm a new nurse, and I already feel burned out and hate my career choice. I hate the customer service mentality and dealing with patient issues and petty complaints. I hate having to calm down angry family members and patients. I hate how entitled patients are, and how they take no responsibility for their actions or their health. I hate de-escalating situations. I have no problem toileting patients or cleaning them up, but I cannot stand dealing with issues. I don't like being the one responsible for coordinating care, and I don't like the constant phone calls from family members interrupting my work. I'm tired of being stressed, angry, and bitter all the time. I'm not a "people person," I absolutely hate small talk with patients. I have nightmares about work, whether I'm being yelled at or almost hit by a patient. I was a CNA several years before becoming a nurse, and while I found the work physically tiring, it wasn't emotionally exhausting like being a nurse is to me. After my shift, I come home and sleep >12 hours if I'm not working again that night. I never feel rested and I feel numb towards life. I seriously want to go back to school to find a new career and just do some type of nursing PRN (like research or endoscopy) that doesn't involve so much patient contact. I think it's more than just new grad blues, I think nursing might not be for me
  2. by   Generic ER Nurse
    I have had great managers. I still hate nursing. I hate my job. Most nurses do. It seamed like a good gig, but now I try to tell every student that comes through my ICU or ER. Its worst mistake I have ever made in my life.
  3. by   strawberryluv
    I'm not burnt out of nursing because I'm in a pretty low stress speciality: long term care. I'm stressed about something else which is getting somewhere else. I'm tired of working this speciality and desire for going to the hospital
  4. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from strawberryluv
    I'm not burnt out of nursing because I'm in a pretty low stress speciality: long term care. I'm stressed about something else which is getting somewhere else. I'm tired of working this speciality and desire for going to the hospital
    ?HUH?
  5. by   Lady_sigrid726
    I have been working as a nurse for 7 years now. Tried OB GYN, NICU, trauma and orthopedics, and OR. I have worked with crappy managers and really great ones. Our hospital is quite generous with annual leaves and my current manager is very accommodating with shift requests and days off. However, I still hate nursing. I hate the job itself. I tell my husband everyday and he offered me support to study another degree but I am lost as to what I really want to do that will generate equal of more income as a nurse. Plus, another 3-4 years of studying? I'm not really keen on that. I considered working from home from insurance companies but that doesn't fit me well either. I want something that allows for creativity while having flexible time and that doesn't involve you dealing with a lot of people.
  6. by   Lady_sigrid726
    I feel you. I hate the customer service mentality the most. I hate trying to smile when you're already so exhausted.
  7. by   Little Panda RN
    I have worked for a CMS contractor for the last five years. Have worked from home for four of those years. I hate it! It is very isolating and now I feel useless. I miss making a difference. i have applied for other jobs but never get an interview I am sure because I have no recent hands on experience.
  8. by   Dfmarzano
    OMG!!! I agree with you 100%!!!!! I want out of this prison!!!
  9. by   operations
    Masters in epidemiology? I think that's a cool alternative.
  10. by   Workitinurfava
    Nothing wrong with hating it. Now you just need to figure out what your next move it. I am back in school and working part-time to get out of nursing. Good luck to you!
  11. by   Dfmarzano
    Hi! That sounds something to look into.. as long as the job market and outlook is good and the pay is well. Thank you!!
  12. by   Dfmarzano
    Hi, I'm trying to figure out my next move.. my wife is in school now and working part-time so I have to wait until next year. I just know that something has to change. What is your path?

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