I'll make this short. I have decided that I do not want to do direct patient care any longer. In a nutshell, after graduating this past June and being employed straight away in a notoriously bad med/surg unit (where no one ever wants to work) I am now on stress leave (as are many of my colleagues, just to give this some context). Now, I know what you're thinking, "Why make any snap decisions right now when your experience in the nursing world has been tainted by this horrible workplace?" Again, to be short, I have concluded that the only jobs I am qualified to get in my province with my present credentials are these horribly understaffed medical/surgical positions or LTC where I use about 10% of my BScN training.
Anyways, I think I am going to leave the profession altogether as I just feel that for me the future is brighter elsewhere. Now to the point of this thread: I'm not sure what direction to take.
I realize that no one here knows me, but I figure you might recognize some patterns in my writing that make me suitable for a certain career path. I graduated magna cum laude (3.7/4.0 GPA), with several invitations to pursue graduate studies at my university. I have zero interest in becoming a nurse manager/administration, as I have seen first hand just how conniving and self-serving these individuals are. They care very little about patient care.
I am thinking that maybe law school is an excellent choice for me. I could easily qualify to enter too (once passing the LSAT). Alternatively, if staying in the health care arena, I think I would focus on MPH (although I have heard mixed things about the real world utility of that particular degree), or a MHSc degree in epidemiology and become a epidemiologist. Ironically, the subjects I enjoyed most in my BScN degree were microbiology followed by pharmacology (A+) in both (however either of these fields would of course require their own respective bachelor's degrees). Several physicians I work with are pushing me towards medical school, including one willing to write me a reference letter. However the problem with medical school for me is two fold: first, I don't have the year of physical sciences (physics, chem, bio chem), second, I don't want that level of responsibility over another human being, I find this too stressful, and third, I don't want to work the crazy hours. Nurse practitioner won't work either as I know already I am quite fed up with the politics surrounding practice expectations in nursing. I have never been one to keep my tongue in my pocket and bite my opinions so often as nursing has asked of me over the last 4.5 years. And I have heard school teaching has even more politics than nursing, that's a definite no.
So, with all of this in mind, I am thinking either to do a one year college program in legal assisting, or alternatively, to go to law school. I have always had such a steadfast respect for rules, and what appeals to me about law is that usually
it is so black or white. Nursing is filled with shades of gray and I believe this is where the reality of nursing and my analytical brain collide.
Basically I am suspecting I need a career with more autonomy and not such tight control over me. I guess I just didn't know that nursing could be so militaristic. Anyways, any and all suggestions are welcome, but please, I have decided to leave the nursing profession so offer advice from that basis.
Feb 11, '12
What do you mean if you go into LTC you'll only use 10% of your degree? Have you worked in LTC? LTC requires skills and then some!!!!
Im sorry your experience with nursing was so rough. Remember that not all hospitals and LTC are alike. I have been a nurse for 27 years and wouldnt dream of working in larger hospitals/nursing homes. As a nurse you can do anything!
Last edit by reneejohnston on Feb 11, '12