dream'n, BSN, RN 9,292 Views
Joined Aug 28, '06.
Posts: 837 (55% Liked)
Neezy, I feel compelled to respond. My advice is to get out of nursing, take baby steps and find something you love and figure out how to make it a reality. I've been a nurse twice as long as you and I can relate to your struggle. In all honesty, I wish I hadn't made the decision to become a nurse. Don't get me wrong, some parts of my career have been extremely fulfilling, but yes I regretted becoming a nurse almost from the very start. I do my job very well, but I am as burnt out as a crispy critter. This profession has chewed me up and spit me out too many times to count. Sometimes I look at the 'business people' and the 'bean counters' and become jealous. Although I feel honored to take care of my patients, I look at the 'other side' and wish I didn't have the overwhelming stress of people's lives in my hands and that my job didn't feel so...I don't know the word for it. But I am encumbered, I have so many loved ones that are counting on my paycheck and insurance, I can't leave nursing. I don't think I'll ever be able to leave at this stage in my life and I'll be in this profession until I die or retire (whichever comes first). So again my advise is to get out now, before you marry and before you have children that depend solely on you. Although I feel privileged to have met and cared for so many lovely people and that I have had so many unique experiences, I do wish to work without the particular stress, pressure, and BS that comes with the nursing profession.
People that are constantly negative can be so draining for those around them, but the fake, always peppy-positive people drive me bonkers too. I like my coworkers to be somewhere in the middle; able to use dark humor at times, but not be total downers. One of my biggest pet peeves is trying to connect with a person that isn't honest and real. The always happy cheerleader nurse with the 'everything is wonderful', and 'oh the patient's are just so adorable' attitudes make me want to pull my hair out sometimes. Honestly, I think I can deal with the negative coworkers better, but that might be due to my upbringing
Not making this political as I will leave out the party but if a certain unnamed someone wins the election, I might head over to Ireland, England, or Canada if they'll have me. I'm too afraid of spiders and snakes to try Australia
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