Hi I'm Nicole, RN for 2 years, LPN before that. I live in cleveland akron area and I'm a newlywed. No kids... yet. 2 dogs I love like my own babies, tho!
I have worked in Geriatrics since I was 14 years old, working my way up to my associate's RN. I work on a med-surg floor at a small catholic hospital and I must say, I'm ready to move on.
Understaffing, low morale, insensitive management, and crazy staff- to -patient ratios have really brought me down. I long to find my niche, and I believe it's in surgical nursing, but no one seems to want to hire a newbie... they want you already trained to scrub and circulate and how can I learn if no one will hire me? It's the classic catch 22.
So I'm writing now because I am at my lowest point. I took a prn job with visiting nurses, but I don't feel like it's "me" and the reception I received there was luke warm at best. I feel stuck, like I don't have a choice and I sure don't have a mentor because the older nurses I work with are burnt out and miserable and just loooove to tell me all about it.
I'm seriously thinking of changing my major. I worked for 6 years to get my degree,(worked my way thru as an stna.) I am utterly at a loss, and I don't know whether to go back to school, quit nsg altogether, or somehow find some program to train me for o.r.
Any advice at all would be appreciated.