At the risk of being flamed, is / has anyone on here left nursing, or seriously planning to in the near future...? If so, what did you do instead, did you find the transition easy, and have you regretted your decision?
I'm currently working as a Staff Nurse in the NHS, and after my General Med. ward of three years was closed, all staff were redeployed to new areas within the Trust. I ended up on ITU, and after only a month, I am in tears at the prospect of going into work each day. I'm off to my G.P. today as it seems I am developing either IBS or an ulcer, and some days I feel so wound up I can't even keep anything down - Sorry if any of you were eating! lol. It really does feel as though the job is slowly destroying me, and I guess it would be kind of reassuring to know if any of you have felt the same before?
As anyone in the U.K. will know, nursing posts aren't particularly easy to come by at the moment, with a lot of Trusts freezing vacancies or even making staff redundant, so the option of finding something else within the Trust is pretty slim for the next year or so at least - there is even a block on newly-qualifying students applying for posts, and some staff at risk of demotion, so I know it's bad for everyone at the moment at all grades. I've come to the conclusion that it's time to get out, but finding it hard to find anything else on a similar pay scale where my nursing qualifications and experience are of any value whatsoever, so just wondered if anyone on here had a similar experience, or managed to find a gem of a job and escape?
Thanks for any advice you may have