WAnt OUT

  1. Hello, I have been a RN 25 years, did Hospice, homecare, and hospital. Currently in the hospital as staff nurse. Most of my career spent in hospital floor nursing. It is ugly there and I want out. I am still young but they are killing us not to mention how nurses treat each other. I am burned out!
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  3. by   gij1
    Listen to yourself. If you are burnt out, find another career path, be it in nursing or elsewhere. There are so many roads in nursing to pick from. Look for a job that is not stressfull, high crisis area & not requiring overtime. Take a vacation and think of all the possibilities. It really can make a difference to see the glass half full versus half empty. Do you have any ideas at this point? Let us know. What about working for the state as a community nurse?
  4. by   Hopegirl
    Quote from Mary Austin
    Hello, I have been a RN 25 years, did Hospice, homecare, and hospital. Currently in the hospital as staff nurse. Most of my career spent in hospital floor nursing. It is ugly there and I want out. I am still young but they are killing us not to mention how nurses treat each other. I am burned out!
    I agree with the above post. May I ask what part of the country you live in?

    Good Luck!
  5. by   Mary Austin
    Quote from Hopegirl
    I agree with the above post. May I ask what part of the country you live in?

    Good Luck!
    Began my career in Detroit then WA state for last 20 years.
  6. by   Tweety
    Good luck. I hope you can find something soon.
  7. by   J. B.
    Quote from Mary Austin
    Hello, I have been a RN 25 years, did Hospice, homecare, and hospital. Currently in the hospital as staff nurse. Most of my career spent in hospital floor nursing. It is ugly there and I want out. I am still young but they are killing us not to mention how nurses treat each other. I am burned out!
    Hello Mary Austin.
    I will make this short Mary. It sure sounds like you are hurting. Sometimes it is in adversity that we find the courage to change or at least move in that direction.
    I have been there and as you may very well know there are many more that have felt simular frustrations.
    It wasnt until I found something else to set my dreams on that I found the drive to make some changes in my life so I could move toward a better place.
    I hope and truly believe that you will too. Follow your heart and keep looking for what inspires you..what your passions are and in that you will find the drive to locate a vehical to get you there.
    I have and if I can anyone can.
    If interested in learning more about who and where I am just chck my profile and the links provided.
    All the best to you and yours. You will find your passion and you deserve all the best that your dreams long for.
    Terry Mason
    AKA John Bosco
    Last edit by J. B. on May 31, '04
  8. by   nursebedlam
    maybe time for a good long holiday
  9. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    It surely is ugly in the hospitals. That why I won't work there.
    I know it's extremely hard to get out of nursing. How about a phone triage job or trying doctor's office or clinic nursing?
  10. by   Houstonnurse
    Mary,
    I felt the same way many years ago, (was pedi transplant nurse, and we'd just lost one of our kids that had become like mine). I hated nursing, and hated everything about hospitals!
    I left, and piddled around doing all kinds of jobs, but within three years I was back to looking for jobs that weren't QUITE nursing, but were medically related.
    Decided I was tired of being broke, but I had let my license lapse (I NEVER wanted to go back so why would I renew license). I had a hellva time getting my license reinstated, and cost LOTS.
    So whatever you do. KEEP that license UP TO DATE, and to make sure you don't get too far behind, work agency once in awhile even if it gets on your nerves!
    TRUST ME, YOU DON"T want to find yourself in the same shoes I was in!!
  11. by   Sheri257
    Quote from Houstonnurse
    Decided I was tired of being broke, but I had let my license lapse (I NEVER wanted to go back so why would I renew license). I had a hellva time getting my license reinstated, and cost LOTS.
    Just out of curiosity, what does it take to reinstate a license, and why would it cost a lot? What's involved?

  12. by   Mary Austin
    Hello all and thank you for your responses. I work the 3rd shift and just do the best one can to take good care of people. I do a good job of it too. It just discourages me that the "shift wars" in the hospitals still go on no matter where I work. I get 7-8 patients a night on an ortho floor. It is difficult work and I am sure I will be in line to get my hips and knees done in the future! It just wears on the body. Many older nurses are talking retirement now. It is difficult to change jobs when I am making 50 dollars an hour. We all deserve more! This so called shortage is on our side which helps to raise our wages. I look forward to slowing down and changing jobs in four years. That is my goal. I live in a low paying area, Olympic Peninsula of Wa State and commute many miles to work in Seattle. Moving is out of the question. I appreciate your thoughtfullness and suggestions....thanks. This is a great site and I am glad I found it! It is like any job....there are good and bad days.








    Quote from John Bosco
    Hello Mary Austin.
    I will make this short Mary. It sure sounds like you are hurting. Sometimes it is in adversity that we find the courage to change or at least move in that direction.
    I have been there and as you may very well know there are many more that have felt simular frustrations.
    It wasnt until I found something else to set my dreams on that I found the drive to make some changes in my life so I could move toward a better place.
    I hope and truly believe that you will too. Follow your heart and keep looking for what inspires you..what your passions are and in that you will find the drive to locate a vehical to get you there.
    I have and if I can anyone can.
    If interested in learning more about who and where I am just chck my profile and the links provided.
    All the best to you and yours. You will find your passion and you deserve all the best that your dreams long for.
    Terry Mason
    AKA John Bosco
  13. by   traumaRUs
    Sorry you are so worn out - that was the way I felt too before I changed jobs to case management - easier both physically and mentally. Take care of yourself first.
  14. by   marymary
    Quote from Mary Austin
    Hello, I have been a RN 25 years, did Hospice, homecare, and hospital. Currently in the hospital as staff nurse. Most of my career spent in hospital floor nursing. It is ugly there and I want out. I am still young but they are killing us not to mention how nurses treat each other. I am burned out!
    There's too many paths for an RN to go down. Stop doing hospital nursing, try school nursing, agency, prison,agency,travel,sales, assistive living, long term care,sports medicine,rehab,etc... You do not have to work in a hospital. Do something else, sometimes we get comfortable...:hatparty:

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