dream'n, BSN, RN 9,064 Views
Joined Aug 28, '06.
Posts: 832 (55% Liked)
I work in psych. I doubt my scrubs are covered in public hazard pathogens. After work, if I need to stop at the store, I stop at the store. Sorry to anyone that gets nauseated at the sight of me in scrubs, but it's really a non-issue to me.
You are not a failure. You got through nursing school, now you are looking for your niche.
The good news is tbat nursing is very broad, there is so much you can do.
Private duty sounds like it is right up your alley. You have one patient.
Some other possibilities: clinic nurse, psych nurse, public health department, cancer screening.
You will figure this out.
There is not a "floor nurse" personality. Floor nursing is very hard; nursing in general is very hard. Most new nurses are scared ****less coming off of orientation, what you felt was not something new. The learning curve after school is extremely steep. Many new nurses cry, stress, have insomnia, etc., but they persevere. What is it with certain new nurses lately that can't deal and want a 'less stressful' nursing position? Well I've been a nurse for 20 some years and I've never had a low stress nursing position and if there is one, I'm certainly in front of you in line for it. I'm sorry you feel that you may have wasted four years on a degree that will be too stressful for you, but perhaps your story will be a warning for all of those student nurses with stars in their eyes.
You and your coworkers are directing your anger at the wrong target. If you can only get PTO approved when you find your own coverage by a per-diem employee, then your problem is with management. I feel bad for the per-diem nurse, she is working in a toxic environment created by you and your coworkers' gossip.
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