Can't handle the hospital environment. Need suggestions

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    Hi everyone,
    I'm writing this because I'm hoping one of you can give me some insight into a good new field of nursing besides the hospitals. I have ADD and take Adderall. Lately I have had some issues where I can't chart on time, being late with certain things, and some other issues. I have found a report sheet that works for me and I do my best to organize my day and prioritize as much as possible. My question is this: Have any of you that have worked at hospitals quit because you couldn't handle the stress and found another venue that you enjoy or even love? I really hope I'm not alone in this. It was a hard realization but I'm glad I discovered that the hospital environment is not appropriate for me at this point of my life now rather than 4+ years down the line. Any suggestions are appreciated! Thanks.
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    You don't say how long you have been working, so it is hard to make a good call. I apparently also have ADD, but we didn't have a name for it 50 years ago, just called it 'ants in the pants', or the Yiddish term 'shpilkes'.

    I worked in ICUs, a variety of med-surg floors, acute dialysis, and home health, over the course of my 30-years + career. Somehow, I devised ways to get through.

    You made it through school, and passed your exam.

    Everyone has an adjustment period in every job, and what you've stated seems typical.

    Give us a bit more info, and maybe we can guide you.

    Best wishes!!!
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    Hi sdupnik,
    Have you thought about being a wound nurse?
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    Check into your state. They are always looking for facility surveyors because they pay so poorly, but the work is very easy. Your only hurdle will be dealing with the boredom.
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    I'm an RN, working at a prison medical facility with the Correctional Medicine Division and I love it!!!
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    One would think that with all the nurses jumping the hospital acute care ship these days due to poor work environments, Nursing Management would take the hint and be proactive to correct it. We all know that just as many nursing managment read these forums as us "worker bees" do, yet they walk around playing stupid.
    If I were managment/adminsitration, It would take this as the writing on the wall and the shape of things to come when the economy gets just a tad better, but I think it has started already. Nurses leaving aka the nursing exodus. And as far as those new grads that were not able to find jobs- I hope they didn't think they were just sitting around waiting for that phone to ring with school loans to pay. I wouldn't count on them either. If they are in any kind of a job, not nursing, don't think they are going to leave them for the nursing bandwagon. Guess what nursing managers- a waitress in a nice upscale restaurant can make the same wages, if not better( $200-400/nite in tips- do the math OH great ones!!) And waitresses don't get cancelled in those restaurants, they can always pick up extra shifts. And they don't have to be exposed to body fluids or the threat of a lawsuit!!

    My vote and suggestion- go waitressing- still have the nasty patients/customers, no pee, poop,blood, meds to give out, doctors or lawsuits. same money, probably better. Plenty of nurses working with my daughter in a restaurant.
    tiredbeatupRN, leslie :-D, and elprup like this.
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    I can sympathize with the OP, as I had to leave the hospital environment for many of the same reasons, although my MH issue was undiagnosed bipolar disorder rather than ADD.

    I've actually been quite successful as a Director of Health Services in assisted living, despite not being dx'ed till very recently. On days when I can't focus well, I spend a lot of time with the residents just catching up with them and doing informal assessments; and on days when I want to isolate myself, I'll put my headphones on and do paperwork in my quiet little office. There's a lot of flexibility in this job, which is absolutely essential to my ability to do it well, and my evaluations have been great so I must be doing something right. The trick is to work within your limitations on any given day, because there will be high-stress days in this field too and you have to have some coping mechanisms in place to withstand the pressure. But the physical demands are few and the hours are generally 8-5 Monday through Friday, which is really good for anyone who tends to be scattered and erratic, as I am at times. Good luck!
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    I can sympathize with OP as well. Do what is best for you always, because the managers certainly do not care if your current job kills you, as long as you are there working.
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    No offense, but I would hate to have to go back to waitressing (I did that too). I just don't see that as a fulfilling long term career goal. I think my long term career goal would be to be a flight nurse but unfortunately that won't be for a while as I have no ED or ICU experience. =(. I think I would love to go back to the hospital in some capacity at some point. My mom suggested I apply to be an IV nurse. Unfortunately I haven't seen any job postings for that in my state.
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    Sorry, I don't think I could handle working with prisoners. =(


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