Quote from WDWpixieRN
Make sure you understand all the reasons why you "hate" it there -- the staff? Employer? Patients? Job duties? And then take it from there so you know where you DO want to end up...
I strongly agree with the above sentiment. Too many people stop at "I hate it..." and don't go beyond that to analyze how/why they ended up with a job you don't like.
1. Were your expectations unrealistic to begin with? Did you expect everything to be unrealistically perfect and now you are struggling with the fact that "all your problems in life didn't go away after you graduated." I know that sounds silly ... but I have known many nursing students who fantasize about how great it will be when school is over that they build up expectations that no employer could match.
2. Is there something about the work itself you don't like -- the critical nature of the patients' needs ... the fast pace ... the technology ... the possibility of death ... dealing with stressed out family members ... etc.
3. Is there something about your colleagues that is at the root of the problem?
4. Are you uncomfortable because you are not yet feeling secure in your skills -- and that is unpleasant? If so, that may pass as you gain experience, knowledge, and skill.
etc. etc. etc. Only after you have identified those things can you begin to make an informed decision about what to do next.
Also ... I suggest that you literally take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. Identify all the good things about your job on one side of the paper ... and all the challenges/stresses on the other. Try to maintain and honest, balanced viewpoint. Then, begin to address the problem areas you listed one at a time. Develop strategies to deal with them. Talk to other people to identify strategies you can use, etc. In the meantime, remind yourself of the items on the positive side.
If you can't think of any positives ... your judgment is probably being clouded by emotions and you are only seeing the negative. Even in a bad job situation, there are usually a few positives, if only the paycheck and the benefits. If you can't see a few benefits, use that as a clue that your thinking may be clouded and be careful about jumping to quick conclusions. Get the perspective of others, etc. to help you work through your emotions so that you can take an objective view of your situation.