Nurse with Disdain - page 7
by StuckInTheMiddle 14,818 Views | 97 Comments
Hi. I've got to vent here, since I have no "friends" that are nurses, and I want the input of some perhaps unbiased individuals. I'm a mid-30s male career changer. I left a career I had for a decade (not sure why actually)... Read More
- 2Jan 23, '13 by Susie2310Quote from RNfasterRNfaster, I just wanted to mention that being warm/fuzzy is not the same as being empathic and caring. Being empathic and caring is also not incompatible with using reason and analysis.I think there are many areas of nursing that the OP might find better suited to the OP's traits. Additionally, I would expect that the OP would get better at expanding his skills to better handle things that he currently finds difficult. I would expect it would also get easier as the OP gets into a position that is a better match...as he would not be stressed by feeling mismatched.
There is a time for being warm/fuzzy and a time for being analytical. There are certain jobs that require more of one and less than the other.
- 2Jan 23, '13 by anotheroneQuote from ChristineNThere are probably hundreds of nurses with the same story and dislikes. does not serm that unique at all! op, also iv therapy teams. some bigger hospitals have these. uou put in ivs, piccs, access ports. short pt interaction and procedural nursingI am confused as to why you even came on here if you are so worried someone will identify you. Trust me, with what little info you've given us no one can identify you.
- 0Jan 23, '13 by anotheroneMy advice is to seek out areas with less pt contact or high turnover: clinics, OR, pacu, iv teams, or..... go to work and treat it like work. put on a good act and suck it up for three 12 hr shifts a week.. i think many people do that! you dont have to enjoy it, you are getting paid to do it so do it right! if i can convince others it helps to convince myself.
- 7Jan 23, '13 by ViolachOmg, I'm working on my BSN now...prior to this, I was a flight attendant for several years. It used to infuriate me when needy passengers would ring the call light over and over and over.... I will have to deal with this yet again, just in a different setting. Awesome.
- 3Jan 23, '13 by lallajoOn that note, I totally get where StuckintheMiddle is coming from, and EMT (less time in training than Paramedic) or Paramedic may have been a good choice. I come from a Paramedic background (10 years) and chose to go into Nursing to (hopefully) find a bit more stable of a schedule, and of course, better pay, and also for personal reasons related to ambulance work that are hard to explain. I never wanted to work in a hospital setting for the exact reasons Stuck mentions, and I suppose short visits are what I'm used to (treating patients in the back of an ambulance for a short amount of time and then turning them over to the ER). I'm still finishing my RN program (6 months to go - fingers crossed!!), and somehow found myself working as an LPN in a spinal cord injury unit (read also - long term, inpatient care), and I absolutely HATE it! I dread going to work! I don't like having the same whiney, entitled, patients for 8 hours at a time, I don't like having those same patients for 3 shifts in a row, I'm tired of being swore at and treated like crap by both patients and families, and I don't like arrogant Charge Nurses (I know not all RNs/Charge Nurses are arrogant) who take the easy assignments and give the LPNs all the really hard work and sit back on their #$%% and watch while we run around like maniacs. I can't be without a job, so I can't quit at this point. I do have resumes and applications out there all over the place, and am excited about a clinic job I recently interviewed for, as well as a recent interview for a job teaching First Responder/EMT classes. I also hope to do some ER work once I'm done with my RN (hopefully!) I know this makes me sound like a terribly cold-hearted person who should never have gone into nursing, but that's truly not the case. I actually do enjoy working with patients, and being around people, and I'm proud to be a nurse. I just feel as though I made the most ginormous mistake ever applying for this current job. I have discovered what I kindof always knew - that inpatient/LTC is most definately not my cup of tea. Good luck StuckintheMiddle!!
- 13Jan 23, '13 by woohQuote from ViolachI often think of flight attendants as our sisters (and brothers) in the sky. Just like nurses, the primary responsibility is to keep everyone safe. But exactly like nurses, the public thinks the primary responsibility is to bring beverages.Omg, I'm working on my BSN now...prior to this, I was a flight attendant for several years. It used to infuriate me when needy passengers would ring the call light over and over and over.... I will have to deal with this yet again, just in a different setting. Awesome.
- 4Jan 23, '13 by LillyFishDear StuckInTheMiddle,
If you're still reading, I just wanted you to know that I hear ya. Some people who are career changers and go into nursing, go because they think it'll be a good fit. No amount of researching and exploring could have prepared you for what the nursing profession actually is. Unfortunately for some of us, it just isn't a good fit for our personalities, lifestyles, etc. It's not at all what we expected. It's not just the patients, it's also the environment, especially in the hospital. I get it. I truly do. And so do others. I'm sure there are a lot of nurses on this forum who are contemplating their options. And others who have left this forum because they figured out what to do with their lives outside of nursing. Best of luck to you.
- 1Jan 23, '13 by Oldest&UgliestQuote from kguill975I agree - you might like it.If you don't mind working around inmates, I think you may be a good fit for a correctional NP. Those positions usually pay very well, and the inmates are transferred out if they're REALLY ill. Most of the time, they pretend something is wrong, because they want a trip to the hospital. Seriously, you should look into it, or maybe an occupational NP in a plant. Those pay even better, and all you do is push paperwork and do yearly physicals. See if you can get a clinical placement and try them both out. Good Luck to you.