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My Trust recently moved the ward I had worked on for 7 years, a specialist plastic surgery unit, out of its original Middlesex location to an inner London site 12 miles away.
12 miles dosen't sound much but the new location would have involved a journey of 2 hours for me and on the 12-hour days I would have been getting up at 4,30 AM to reach the site for the 7AM shift start so I chose to be re-deployed to another Trust hospital closer to home.
All they offered me was Critical Care, an area I know nothing about but I thought I'd give it a go.
After 2 weeks of it I absolutely detest it. I dread going to work.. All my surgical and wound-care skills are now useless and I 'm just not cut out for watching monitors and noting numbers.
With the recruitment situation as it currently is (most London Trusts have a new-staff freeze) I am finding it hard to get another post.
Hi and welcome :groupwelcome:
First I must say I am sorry to hear of your predicament, theres nothing worse than being unhappy at work.
I dont know if it will of any help to you, but let me tell you a little of my experiences.
I qualified in 1990 and the only job I could get at the time in my local hospital was ICU. I hated my placement on there as a student and was dreading it. Like you I detested it, after a month I was looking for other work. In the process of looking, my feelings towards work were changing. I was actually starting to enjoy it. I was getting to know what I was doing and my confidence was growing. I decided I would give it another go and subsequently spent 10 years working in ICU lol.
I went from hating it to loving it so Im hoping the same will happen to you. I know it may not feel like it at the minute, but you have only been there 2 weeks and to top it all you came from a radically different work environment. Give it more time, as you get more confidence you may find you are starting to like it. I love the autonomy you get working in ICU and its so incredibly rewarding. Its not just all about watching monitors. theres a lot of one to one care that you never have the time to do on the busy wards.
I really think you need to give it another month or so. Set a date in your head and say to yourself that if you still hate it by then, then look into doing something different. Please be open minded about it and dont convince yourself that you hate it, just give it a chance. (youre talking to wrong person here though as I absolutly LOVE it lol)
Failing all, how about a radical move such as applying for midwifery or something and give that a go. I worked in France for a while in ICU there and when I came back to the UK I decided I would have a shift for a while and go do midwifery, which was something I had niggling away at the back of my mind. I did it for 4 years but still came back to ICU!
I hope things work out for you and keep us posted.