I have been working my first nursing job out of nursing school
for about a year and a half- nights on a very busy med-surg floor. I am absolutely miserable at my job, the fast pace and high acuity level is just not for me. My anxiety level is through the roof everything single time I'm at work and sometimes starts as early as 24 hours before a shift. I even sometimes find myself envying the unit clerk and floor cleaners as they don't have as much responsibility. What drew me to nursing was women's health, ie gynecology or postpartum but I'd like to work with more stable patients who are walkie talkies for the most part. Does anyone have any suggestions for what types of other jobs I might like that are easier or a little slower paced? I've tossed around the idea of Private Duty Nursing, Postpartum, outpatient Surgery, Psych, palliative, doctors office, endoscopy, being a school nurse, being a nurse legal consultant, etc but ANYTHING would probably make me happier than what I'm doing. Any help is appreciated. Thank you so much. Ps- just to explain better what is making me so unhappy, I hate getting to work an hour early to read the charts, working through my lunch break, and often staying between 30 mins and 2 hours past the end of my shift to document and finish tasks. This is standard practice on my floor and we aren't paid for it at all. I love the interesting part of different diagnoses, treatments etc, but hate that I have NO time to nurture or talk to my patients at all, I spend the whole night rushing around like I'm in a marathon. I also hate getting an admission right when I arrive before I've even finished report and the fast pace combined with stress level plus psych patients, incontinent patients, complex wound care, dementia patients on bed alarms, tele, vented patients, it's all just too much!!!