Who Has Quit and if You Did What Do You Do Now? - page 2

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After 15 years I have decided to quit the profession of nursing. I have been a OR nurse for a big hospital and a smaller clinic. I thought about going back to school but the idea of continuing in nursing frankly makes me ill. I... Read More


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    I haven't really left nursing, but I got a non-nursing degree to do something different. I went to theological seminary and now am in foriegn missions 6 months out of the year. I love that I can use my RN knowledge in both fields, but I also enjoy doing non-medical missions. There are endless possibilities out there, and we nurses that aren't from a second career I find are always terrified to take that first step. You aren't failing when you come back to nursing. You only live once.
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    I was kinda bored with my job too. I decided to use it to let me move where me and my family want to visit for a period of time. My first stop has been vail. I work evenings and homeschool my son. We get to hang out all day together and he does his school work at night. My wife works 4 days too.

    Snowboarding, hiking, biking, skating, camping... Whatever.

    We all have fun together and experience living life a lot more now. We will be here for another year, total of 18-20 months then off to the northwest US. Nursing is the one job you can take almost anywhere and get a job that pays great money. I am able to afford my home in tx still so my daughter can stay there for college while we all travel around.

    Don't let the job take over your life. Take hold of your own life with the job giving you the means to do so.... Sometimes the job gets to me but I have learned to just blow it off and enjoy my days with my family in a way I couldn't without this particular job....
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    Still looking. I have a BSN; big whoop. If you don have one you won't get hired by a big hospital where the decent money is. Everything is about accreditation these days from JCAHO or the ambulatory agency. You get a higher score with BSN's. So hospitals at least here in Texas won't even give you a sniff unless you have a BSN.

    I thought about sales; but I cannot stomach the idea of kissing ass. I have seen so many folks come into that arena only to wash out after a couple of years. Hospitals want cheaper and cheaper contracts. Out with this implant and in with this one until the next RFP. To watch a really good rep come in and walk a surgeon through a spine case only to have the surgeon act like a complete ******* to the rep because the surgeon ****** up burns me up. If it wasn't for the rep the surgeon would be lost. Sorry for the profanity; but hey I never cussed or drank until I became a RN.

    I thought about CRNA school but I could not afford to be off of work so long; 36 months and I am too old to mash through the GRE.

    For those of you that have stayed in so long my hat is off to you.
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    I have an ADN and have never had a problem getting a job. I worked for small places and a large health care system up until last December. They could care less. I'm in Colorado now and they also could care less ADN vs BSN.... It's all about the experience. Once it takes me over 24 hours to get called on a job I want I will get my BSN. It took 7 hours to get called for this job I'm in now. 2 hours of a work day actually....

    As far as happiness.... Make the most of what you have, the more you let the BS fester, the more miserable you will be. Your only as happy as you let yourself be......
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    I thought it was only me who's having a second thought with nursing.Wow,15 years,and u decided to give it up....I'm only more than 3 years now as an RN and thinking of changing career....it's hard...it's really hard....you worked hard to be an RN... but as the time goes by....starting to be unhappy working as a nurse....I'm still on the planning process...I still cannot decide what second career will be....but I'm starting to be unhappy working as a nurse.....reading posts/comments to this site really helps me...I thought it was only me who's having a difficult time with nursing....take care...'hope we can decide soon the best for us and hope we can find a job that we like and be happy while working.GOD bless.
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    I spewed a lot of sharp negativity with the original and follow up posts. The truth is I am burned out of OR nursing. I am not condemning nursing at all. It is a great profession with more opportunities than most other fields. I think if you are lucky enough to find your niche you will be a lot happier than most. I believe I am going to pursue the FNP route. I thought about it 10 years ago but chose not to pursue it for personal reasons but now I think i would do well with it.

    Delmonte, I would try a change in specialties and even consider going back to school. I have done a lot of searching for non-hospital jobs that are seeking RN's. They are out there, but almost all of them require a MSN. I have found openings with GE Health, McKessa, different oil companies, Walgreens, Walmart...etc. You just have to look outside of the box. I look everyday.

    Good Luck
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    As a veteran of the OR, let's say you do get your FNP...do you then come back to the OR as an FNP/first assist 25% of the time and round on pts/run a clinic the other 75? Do you think you would still like the OR in a slightly different role and shorter hours?

    I'm a ~40 year old career changer TO nursing. I was in I.T. before and it bored me to tears. I figured if I ever got bored in nursing I could do something completely different while still in the nursing field.

    The reason I ask about you going back to the OR is that I'm nearing graduation and go back and forth between the FNP/OR-type-gig or the CRNA route. Both seem like they would have their share of boredom, but also the ability to mix it up and keep it fresh.
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    Time for a switch - be it in the field or not. Ideally, you'd find a way to extend your skills elsewhere to support yourself. I'm a big advocate for staying in school - case in point, I'll be getting my degree in Philosophy not that long from now (enriching to the life, not the wallet). I tell others my profession is nursing (although proud), but have never meshed with my identity that 'I am a nurse." I believe separating the skill set from the individual helps keep you from painting yourself into a corner in life and thinking this is all you can do.
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    I'm in the process of phasing out of nursing now. Currently, I'm in EMT basic school and start paramedic school in May.

    Why? I've completely burned out on the childish attitudes, back stabbing, nurses-eat-their-own, thin skinned, whiny personalities that seem to permeate our field, particularly amongst the women in our field. I've been a nurse for 13 years now and can't wait for the day that I either turn my nursing license in or don't renew it.
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    Quote from Backblast
    I'm in the process of phasing out of nursing now. Currently, I'm in EMT basic school and start paramedic school in May.

    Why? I've completely burned out on the childish attitudes, back stabbing, nurses-eat-their-own, thin skinned, whiny personalities that seem to permeate our field, particularly amongst the women in our field. I've been a nurse for 13 years now and can't wait for the day that I either turn my nursing license in or don't renew it.
    Back blast , just a little friendly life lesson. I hated nursing also, actually was EMT/Paramedic first. Then got the "dream" job in law enforcement After 18 yrs was forced to retire ( medical). I thank god I kept up my RN license. Now work Pre hospital CCTU/ MICN. Thats the ticket ! 1 pt at a time. No one bothers you , and ur never locked in some ED or ICU screaming to get out. JM


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