Nursing student questioning career - page 2

by dina118r

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I am currently finishing up my last semester for my RN license and I do not know what I was thinking when I entered the profession. I absolutely hate nursing. I have met way too many burnt out, miserable nurses and I know that is... Read More


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    Finish it, then go RN-MSN in Nurse Education. Then you can start teaching and can spend more time in an academic environment vs. a bedside environment.

    That way your degree won't be a piece of paper only good for collecting dust.
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    Quote from dina118r
    It is good to hear from some happy nurses, most of the ones I have come across in person/online have been so unhappy and advise me to "get out!!".
    Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it is normal to experience some mental breakdowns/'burnt out' periods because we haven't become accustom or coped with our new surroundings? Some people just experience it differently and maybe it is just the people in that job they are unable to get used to. I know someone who wanted to get out but is now happy where she is, at a different hospital. Time also helped because she was a first year grad rn before and she's glad she hadn't pulled out and gave it another try. I believe patience is key.
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    Finish school. Being at the bedside isn't the only nursing job you can have. But it does open up opportunities. I would suggest that you immediately enroll in grad school. For myself being at the bedside is much more tolerable because I'm enrolled in school and I know that I will take a different nursing career path. I still don't like bedside nursing. Actually I hate it but I don't dread going in (as much) because I'm working towards future goals.

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    Finish it, then go RN-MSN in Nurse Education. Then you can start teaching and can spend more time in an academic environment vs. a bedside environment.

    That way your degree won't be a piece of paper only good for collecting dust.
    Whenever people post something like the OP has, I'm close to finishing school but I know now I don't want to be a nurse, people always make suggestions like this one and the earlier post about going into nursing administration. You can't get anywhere in nursing education (or nursing administration) without some serious clinical experience/competence. Nursing education (or administration) is not an "escape" for people who don't want to do actual nursing (and, seriously, do we really want people who don't like nursing preparing the next generation of nurses??).

    OP, I agree you should finish the degree and pursue licensure, since you're so close to being done. You have a much better chance of getting a job as an RN than you do as a person with an AS in business. Even if you end up not wanting to stay in nursing, you can use it to earn the money to pursue something else you prefer, and, who knows, you might end up enjoying it (enough) once you're actually in it.

    Best wishes!
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    Just quit
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    Seeing as though everyone previously is basically giving the same response, I guess my question is what made you choose nursing as your career choice to begin with? I'm sure this idea that you hate it didn't just come overnight within your last year of school 0_o
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    Quit. It'd really irritate me if someone like you took a job from me when you don't even want it.
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    I don't see why you would even view quitting as an option. Do you have no concern about how to support yourself in the real world? What will you do while finding out what you truly want to do with your life? Who paid for your education? Like others have said, there are many other ways to work in nursing than at the bedside. It's too bad you began not knowing what was ahead of you, but you are in a fortunate position to have a way of earning a living in such a short time from now. Good luck!
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    I would look to those 'bad' nurses as more of an inspiration to do better than them.
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    Still a student myself, and sometimes I question my decision to become a nurse as well - usually when I'm burnt out.

    It seems silly to stop now and let it all be in vain. Finish your schooling, get your degree, and try to find a nursing job you actually like. There are so many options! Worst case scenario, you can use your nursing career to fund whatever it is you'd rather be doing.


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