Burned Out & Bummed Out - Can't find my nursing "niche" - page 4

Hi Nurse Beth, I've been a nurse for a little over five years now. I am bummed out because I can not seem to find my "niche" in nursing. I have worked in SNF/subacute rehab, OR, and now I am... Read More

  1. by   andyc
    Preach it...

    Quote from ms.shellie
    Dear bummed out. . . You can totally ignore Crok63.
    So, here's the point: EVERYBODY DIES, BUT NOT EVERYBODY LIVES. Sometimes we do have to suck up unpleasant parts of life (which help us to grow) but it is spelled right out in the constitution that you have a right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. . . So, you have ppl who suck it up, and you have people who go on to be happy; thats when you truly make a difference in others. Nursing is a hard profession bc of the "system", it is broken . . . Keep on searching for that right place bc we are meant to search, grow, make a difference in the lives of others around us. I'm a psych nurse and have met a LOT of border bullies in my life. Don't let life drain you so you can't give!! Minimize your potholes, spend your life energies wisely. . .
  2. by   cmcgeorge
    I have been a nurse for 6 years and felt the same way you did.....never being able to find my niche and not feeling like I was making a difference or helping people the way I thought I could be. I started hating being a nurse and always left feeling disappointed somehow and dread upon arriving. I recently made a jump in April and now work in ER at a smaller community hospital. I absolutely love it!! It is fast paced so I never get bored and even if most things aren't an emergency, I feel like I am truly helping people, because it's their emergency. No lore super long reports and passing 20 pills. I am more task oriented and love performing skills like IV's. The transition was easy since I had nursing experience. So glad I finally had the guts to try ER. 😀 I could go on and on about how love it!
  3. by   Tommy5677
    Sheesh. I thought I was bad about being blunt but that one took it. I found the response to be inappropriate and disrespectful and hope that nurse is never my nurse. If a nurse came into my room and told me to man up, he/she might be the victim of a gut punch you hear tell about.
  4. by   Tommy5677
    It's very common for nurses to job hop in the beginning. I did it and went from peds to NICU to Rehab to... I found my niche away from the clinical area. That's a tough one for a lot because there is a fear of losing skills, etc. I didn't worry about it after awhile because I realized I didn't need them. I developed a new skill. Motivational Interviewing. I worked telephonically with a Medicare population as a health coach/disease management nurse. I did that kind of work for nearly 15 years before retiring last year and it was the best job I ever had. You can find them with insurance companies or vendors and the best part is that you aren't playing the bad guy and you don't have to show cost savings. It was awesome . Home health was also a great option for me and I did that for 7 years with the same company in Las Vegas. Loved it. There are options out there so just keep searching and the right specialty will come to you. Good luck. Oh, here's a hint. When you find the one you love don't let your boss know it because you know, nurses aren't allowed to be happy in their jobs and they will do everything they can to ruin it for you. I know how they work.
  5. by   adrnln
    If you are feeling burnt out, find a way to manage to take some time off and reevaluate. Part of the reason I chose nursing after much deliberation is because of the flexibility it allows. There are so many different avenues to take. If the hospital setting isn't for you, there are other options out there for people with a nursing degree. When I was feeling similarly burnt out, I quit my job, with no job lined up (a risk I was willing to take at the time), and flew to stay with a friend in a warm place near the ocean for a month to clear my head. Nursing can be a rewarding career if you don't forget to be good to yourself, too. After the month away, I returned home and spent another couple weeks looking at my job possibilities. I ended up becoming a traveler for a few contracts and found a good job fit. If you aren't in a position to be able to leave your current location, I would still try to take a short time away from nursing. You have figured out patient populations that you don't want to work with, so that should give you a better idea of what you might like. I have to say, yesterday I was floated to help out in OB. It was so refreshing to help out with an entirely different population than I've been used to (adult ICU). Maybe a complete change of gears in the population you take care of would be good for you? Good luck figuring it out. You chose wisely, a career where you will always be able to find work. My dad likes to remind me, it's called work and not fun for a reason.