And I'm in an FNP program, about halfway through and doing GREAT. The problem is, I won't graduate until spring of 2013. I really should stay in a part-time position as a nurse to earn money and keep our family on a better financial footing, and, of course, to continue to get experience.
The problem is, right now I've returned to a new unit and am absolutely HATING it, and not always doing too well as an RN in terms of charting, in terms of checking every box, dotting every "I", crossing every "T", etc. They are so chronically short staffed of both nurses and techs that it's usually just an impossible situation every time I go in. I think they tend to give me harder loads right now also, because I'm new. I can have a great shift that will completely deteriorate if I get a new admit or have 5 patients who are all w/ 100's of orders and issues, demanding families, etc. in every room.
I spent 3 years on another unit and always did quite well. Now, however, after taking a 6 month break from nursing, I'm back in and can't get my groove back.
I want to quit, want to preserve my license, etc -- but I also feel like such a failure as an RN, I wonder if I could ever be successful as an NP?
However, one part of me says that the job of an NP is going to be MUCH, MUCH, different from that as a floor nurse on a busy med/surg/tele unit and I should not worry so much. I COULD afford to quit, but wonder how it will look on my resume when I try to get an NP job. I hate to look like a job hopper ... but I have been. A lot of it also had to do with returning for my masters, however.
Any advise, words of wisdom are appreciated.