anyone considered taking a break from nsg? - page 2

i have been nsg for over 20yrs if you include the schooling. i have put in my resignation and my last day is tomorrow. i will feel a HUGE relief to get out of my unit. micu/ccu @ the va medical ctr.... Read More

  1. by   Buffy70
    Believe me you are not alone.Most nurses feel the same way.I am a nurse for 32 years.I took the last 5 years off and opened a flower shop which didn't work out.I just resigned also from a state run facility.I live in Pa,near Reading Pa.The state has an antiquated system.Also they do everything to aleinate nurses.E.G. mandation,no vacation because there are not enough nurses,what!!! I lasted 3 months longer then I should have.I also always worked acute care and found long term care difficult to adjust to.Would love to complain with you for hours.It is sad that nusing has become what it is.I wouldn't advise anyone to be a nurse.I want to be like the normal working person.
    Last edit by Buffy70 on Apr 2, '05
  2. by   Ranger12
    Quote from 20yrkrear
    i have been nsg for over 20yrs if you include the schooling. i have put in my resignation and my last day is tomorrow. i will feel a HUGE relief to get out of my unit. micu/ccu @ the va medical ctr. HORRIBLE place! talk about nrses leaving in droves! i will be the 4th nrs w/in 2 months to leave and others are looking and or leaving. some will not leave because of retirement w/the govt.
    i have only 2 yrs in there and i came from the private sector. the main problem is w/the management. DUH! who would have ever thought?! i am going to take some time off for myself to heal and am putting in applications in for dctrs offices. the pay may be lower, but i need the lowered stress level. i am also going to put in an application at petsmart. hope to get a job grooming dogs. i am not too proud to make less money and have people ask me why. they may not understand why the gleam in my eye, but they probably wouldn't understand much else of the bigger picture anyway. but, the nurses? hell they know and if they could get out w/out worrying about the pay they would too, in even bigger droves! by the way how do you use these cute little avatars on the right? im not too savy with using word.
    I also am thinking of taking a break, as after 13 years in nursing I have had it. Currently I am working in the VA where the management is terrible. Short staff--high acuity patients, to much politics-back biting, unhealthy competition... Sometimes I would rather just bag groceries. Poor working conditions seem to be linked to budget problems, but it is just about money, it is about some people not doing their job and others having to pick up the slack... Not worth it. And the patients are "sicker," the families are very demanding... I am very tired.
  3. by   Ranger12
    Quote from Buffy70
    Believe me you are not alone.Most nurses feel the same way.I am a nurse for 32 years.I took the last 5 years off and opened a flower shop which didn't work out.I just resigned also from a state run facility.I live in Pa,near Reading Pa.The state has an antiquated system.Also they do everything to aleinate nurses.E.G. mandation,no vacation because there are not enough nurses,what!!! I lasted 3 months longer then I should have.I also always worked acute care and found long term care difficult to adjust to.Would love to complain with you for hours.It is sad that nusing has become what it is.I wouldn't advise anyone to be a nurse.I want to be like the normal working person.
    "What can we do to keep nurses?" This question has been asked, but the answer is not possible as the system everywhere is broken. Nursing has changed for me, what it used to mean, was helping people, doing a good job, and getting some satisfaction back. Reality: Short staff, high acutiy patients, broken equipment, demanding understaff, really bad politics, poor management, no way to progress up the career ladder. As long as money drives the system I don't see how things are going to improve.
  4. by   mattsmom81
    I can relate well to everyone here. Currently I am 'on break' from nursing...by choice. I last worked last December and haven;t gone back in 2005 yet.

    Honestly don't know if I'll ever want to go back...the $$$ is not worth the stress at least for now. Luckily I do not have to work...hubby makes enough and we have downsized to an apt so I don't have to worry about working.

    I miss my patients and coworker camaraderie but the rest of it, no.

    Perhaps the right position will come along someday for all of us. Hugs to all here. We have to take care of ourselves first; and taking a much needed sabbatical from the excessive demands of our profession can be healing.
  5. by   Tanner64
    Please read the thread "New and In Trouble, Please Help" in the Male Nurses Forum. Please let me know what I can expect to happen to me from this point.
  6. by   nursey_girl
    Quote from Tanner64
    Please read the thread "New and In Trouble, Please Help" in the Male Nurses Forum. Please let me know what I can expect to happen to me from this point.
    CHange of subject, I got a kick out of your name.. I used to be a Tanner and was born in 64...hehehe
  7. by   Jameson
    Hello! Just signed up here and this is my very first post.
    I'm your exact opposite... I'm a BSN -Batch 91 but never really worked
    as a nurse, after acquiring my license I ended up working for British Airways. Which I thought was equally fullfilling at that time, since you get to travel for free.

    I still maintained my License but worked for an airline for more
    than 10 years. While you are considering taking a break, I wanted to go back and pursue nursing. It's good to hear stories like yours, I get to weigh my options. At present, I'm a stay at home mom but consider going back to workforce this year since my son is ready for nursery.

    Hope you find a career that can give you the breathe- of -fresh -air that you've been wishing for. Goodluck!
  8. by   cdmadere
    I've only been a nurse for about 3 years. I am so burnt out already. I am looking for another career where I can use my nursing knowledge.
    Any ideas?
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  11. by   nursenesei
    I was seriously considering leaving the field just before a forced leave. My son was in a catostrophic accident and that was my last day. Now as a family member I know the need for good seasoned nurses as we ar there on a regular basis. Hate to see you go, but I truly understand. Enjoy the break. I can tell you at some point you will miss the jazz. NOT enough to go back though.
  12. by   nursenesei
    Have you considered home care? It is growing fast. I have a handicapp child and we have 24hr nursing available and our agency just cant staff us. We do most of the work ourselves. Families are looking for good consistant nursing staff and you don't have all of the polotics. Just listen to the primary caregivers instruction cause they know the patient inside and out! It could be a great experience
  13. by   mollysn
    Thank you for posting your experiences. I am a nursing student and I have to say that it is sad when good experienced nurses feel the need to leave. You are invaluable. The hospitals are losing way more than profits when they lose good nurses to bad working conditions.. Take care of yourselves and put yourselves first. Hugs and best wishes:icon_hug:

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