Finally decided to quit nursing - page 8

by jennjen512

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Hi everyone. I have been a nurse for over 7 years and for the past year I have debated getting out of the profession for good. I had just finished the week long hospital orientation for a new job and was to start clinical... Read More


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    Wow, lots of comments! I agree with the first 3 of 5 on Why I Hate Nursing! Let's just say there's sometimes a huge language barrier between myself and some of my coworkers, due to heavy accents. But, a lot are indeed good nurses.

    While I don't despise Nursing, as the interviews go by without any offers and the weeks pass quickly, it is only pulling me further and further away from this profession. What once was a competition with other RN's less than a decade ago for 2-3 job positions, has turned into a fierce environment for being the "chosen one" among who knows how many? Nursing has many positive points, but it is certainly not a glamorous profession to fight over! I did become a nurse because I do love Nursing and I am not in it because being an RN will make me rich! Farthest thing from the truth, but maybe if you put in >84 hour work weeks.

    I never intended to do Nursing until I retire, but these days I cannot stand to think of myself here in the same spot 5 years from now. Yes, the economy is to blame for many things, but the healthcare industry is crumbling quickly. The money for it is just simply not there!!!! Will it grow on trees magically? It is eventually going belly up-challenge me if you think otherwise! We have some of the best technologies in the world, yet so much money is wasted on "full work-ups" to CYA if you care for the patient and also end of life ICU care. That is not touching the fraud and abuse of gov't funded
    programs and also the wrangling by insurance companies to slip out from paying certain charges citing "incorrect documentation".

    While we all are aware of the typical job issues causing difficulty: short staffing, rude/inconsiderate doctors, demanding families, emotional stress and other job headaches, those are things that I have just accepted as the job of Nursing. It has been that way for decades and I don't think it will change in the next 50 years. Maybe things will improve slowly, but at a turtles pace!

    My issue is being show the door quickly, as I am not the "perfect candidate"! No one is perfect! It bothers me very much that hospitals feel free to impose as many qualifications as they can to find that "one, perfect candidate" and shut the door in the face of so many many qualified people (like yourself and myself)! But, gotta have the best of the best of the best of the absolute best staff! Meanwhile, the rest of the great, overqualified nurses work where they can and try to hang on. Sorry if our only wish isn't to be in charge and to cement Nursing's future! I may be quite jaded, but without healthcare as it is today, I do not see a strong future in Nursing for anyone. Yes, the world needs nurses and always will, but as the money well dries up, who will be taking a pay cut? Us!

    I am actively trying to get out of this profession. It is a shame too, because I feel like I have wasted my entire university career for a degree in this profession. But, the bills must be paid and I have little choice until I go back to school. I may have to survive on pennies later on, but at least I will find my happiness down the road. That beats all the job hazards, abuse, and stress of this profession!
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    I had been struggling with not wanting to bedside for a long, long while. I have been an icu nurse for 8 years and just could not do it any longer. My family suggested to try travel nursing so I didn't have to deal with the politics. That was no help. I came back home and tried to take a staff job ( the one I quit) and it still didn't settle right. I ended up taking a cath lab job and must say I am happy now. I am still using my license and had no problem getting a job after leaving that one abruptly. Honestly, it was an HCA facility with a bad reputation so no one really thought twice about it. Granted, I can never work for HCA again, but I have worked many HCA facilities and that isn't breaking my heart at all.
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    I will also add that I have went back to school to finish the MSN degree that I never finished at the urging of one of the cardiologists that I work with. The stress of bedside was just too much for me and have one patient at a time works much better for me.
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    I am so happy for you! You walked away from a situation that you were not happy with. Shame on others who have scorned you for your decision.

    I am also an ICU nurse who is tired and stressed out all of the time. It's gotten to the point that I cry at work because of the stress and snap at my loved ones. I too am ready to walk away from my current situation. I'm working on getting away from the bedside. I'll be starting my own business soon and entering my 2nd semester of FNP school as well.

    I can't wait for the day that I can at least go per diem at my job...and then finally quit!
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    I've been in nursing for seven years and plan to leave for good in three months. I cannot wait to hang up my stethoscope forever. I work in a great hospital -- never been mandated, almost always well staffed -- and my co-workers are all wonderful. It's the job itself that got to me. I'm so tired of pretending I care about people who don't care about themselves enough to manage their own medical conditions. I'm sick of putting on the false "nurse face" and coming into work with a phony smile for everyone.

    Nursing really is not for everyone.
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    Quote from Clementia
    I've been in nursing for seven years and plan to leave for good in three months. I cannot wait to hang up my stethoscope forever. I work in a great hospital -- never been mandated, almost always well staffed -- and my co-workers are all wonderful. It's the job itself that got to me. I'm so tired of pretending I care about people who don't care about themselves enough to manage their own medical conditions. I'm sick of putting on the false "nurse face" and coming into work with a phony smile for everyone.

    Nursing really is not for everyone.
    Being a fitness fan, myself- I have to admit I can't stand to be around people that let themselves go to hell, and expect to be waited on. I get flat out disgusted to see an obsese person, and smoking with one hand and shoving food into mouth with the other, etc. And the cruder and nastier and more unhealthy some of those types are, they are the ones that try to start the most trouble with people that have to take 'care' of them. Makes ME sick!
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    I completely agree. I am quitting nursing because I feel so stressed out and I feel like crying before my shift, during my shift, and after my shift. The other day I cried for a straight 45 minutes (the whole ride home)! I can never seem to find the right position, but have felt obligated to work as a nurse because now I am in enormous debt as a result of nursing school (private nursing school at a big university). I am so mad at myself because I thought this profession would be something it is not. I am worked to the bone, underpaid, stressed, and the patients just keep on coming with no end in sight! I have also had it with patients who are unappreciative and who have a sense of entitlement... who treat me like a servant and not a nurse! pull up your own damn blanket.. your arms are not broken!! ugh.. so sick of it. Anyway, I am glad that there are others out there who can feel my pain and are sympathetic because you get it. Life is too short to hate your job and be miserable. I am close to finishing up a MBA... I hope and pray that God will lead me to where he wants me to be.
    God Bless all of you.
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    The other day I was told by management that some nurses felt that I was upset when they were giving me report.. that they felt my tension/anger... I couldn't believe it!? Are you serious?! I got a crappy @$$ team and I'm supposed to be happy about it and not show any emotion?? That was so ridiculous. The funny thing is that the oncoming nurse taking report from me got all huffy and puffy when she took over my assignment! lol I just had to laugh.. I'm not one to tattle on people, but it sucks to work with backstabbing nurses who will turn you in in a hot minute.
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    Quote from IEDave
    In my case, it was IT I bailed on - ironically enough, the last place I worked is looking for a programmer as we speak! Needless to say, even being financially back up against the wall I'm not interested in sticking my head back into that particular meatgrinder - get the shakes just thinking about it.
    I totally hear you on this Dave. I'm an ex-Software Engineer who began his career during the dot-com era and the heady rush of working for names like Intel and Netscape. I left IT and Software Development for nursing, and the thought of going back into the IT industry makes me want to go play in traffic. I'll clean bedpans with a smile on my face and a twinkle in my eye before I go back to that hell.
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    Quote from Deltacrux
    I totally hear you on this Dave. I'm an ex-Software Engineer who began his career during the dot-com era and the heady rush of working for names like Intel and Netscape. I left IT and Software Development for nursing, and the thought of going back into the IT industry makes me want to go play in traffic. I'll clean bedpans with a smile on my face and a twinkle in my eye before I go back to that hell.
    Count me in that group. I left IT in March after I passed my NCLEX and found a job in an LTAC ICU. My days are long and I'm physically exhausted when I get off, but I feel more fulfilled and happy doing this than I did for almost 20 years as a Data Warehouse Analyst. Yeah, I made good money in IT, but I worked 60 hour weeks for the same money I signed on for 40 hour weeks for. Deadlines were imposed by people who had no clue what effort was needed, and being on call meant sleep was disrupted more nights than not because of server problems. Having to take the work laptop and an aircard on every vacation because the work wouldn't wait or they needed access to you for "emergencies".

    Yep, the thought of that makes me want to go play in traffic too.

    The reality I've come to accept is that every job has parts of it that suck rotten eggs. When you don't love (or at least like) the good parts of your job enough to put up with the bad parts, it's time to find something else to do.

    I don't blame someone for leaving nursing because I figure they feel about nursing the way I do about IT. I just don't like being called naive or stupid for leaving a "cushy" job in IT for the "slavery" of nursing. We each have to be true to ourselves and find our place to be happy in. At least until we win the lottery.
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