Finally decided to quit nursing - page 8

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... Read More

  1. by   sunmaidliz
    Ha! Dave you are funny. Think you wont have to deal with icky politics and miserable work conditions as a nurse? Think again. We all got into this field because we help and we love the idea of health care. We end up hating it and being miserable for nearly the same reasons why you hated your last career.
  2. by   sunmaidliz
    It is so brave of you to quit. Ive been considering quitting and giving up realizing nursing is not the best for me and I am actually very unhappy at the thought of it. Its hard to quit. People on the outside look at you with respect for being an RN and quitting makes one think that.maybe they cant hack it or arent.good enough. But to be honest and say more to nursing is incredibly brave. I dont know if I have the courage to take that step. I applaud you.
  3. by   ProgressiveActivist
    I wonder how many people became NPs because they hated nursing?

    Quote from Guttercat
    You quit your job with no notice, and no financial back up?


    I seem to recall some study back in the nineties that found the average professional life of an RN to be six to seven years.

    Indeed, it seems the hardest years are the first two, and then again about year seven.

    I don't "hate" nursing in my current role, but there have been a couple positions that I hated; made me want to jump off a tall building rather than face another day.

    I think there is a huge disconnect between what we think it's going to be like as a student, and what the reality is.

    Good luck to you. If you hate nursing, but love medicine and treating people, ever thought about advancing your education to a practitioner role?
  4. by   systerm
    Life like nursing is dynamic, things change all the time.
    It is good that you recognize that you are ready for a change.
    Sometimes changes needs to be facilitated, and as I am and have always been very conscious about money, I know it can play a big part in whether one can go ahead with plans.
    I am still hanging in there, coping relatively well with the job, but I also feel satisfied with that I am able to live well below my means by keeping my needs simple, finding low cost creative solutions to just about anything. Therefore I can stash away a good chunk of money, which lowers stress level, gives me freedom to think about what I really want instead of a panic like decision.

    Just a thought for those nurses out there that feel trapped. Half of our time goes to making the money, the other half should go to how to hang onto it. The reward is peace of mind and freedom.
    If you want to quit a job, do it well, the quitting that is. Like nursing it takes planning, if you want a good outcome.
  5. by   puffinsrule
    Good for you! I'm an older person but a new nurse. I love nursing, but realize it isn't for everyone. You are never too old to change careers - so long as you are still breathing - go for it!
  6. by   SoutheRNgirl82
    What did you end up doing? I feel the EXACT same way as your post!
  7. by   morningland
    How does a nurse say "**** you"??
    when they say "trust me"

    Its sad. There are many things I love about floor nursing: the hours, lots of time off, exciting days on my feet. But sadly, the worst thing about nursing can often be working with nurses. Some of the worst people I've met in my life have been nurses. Many, not all, are overly blunt, catty, cruel, without mercy or compassion and are willing to screw over their fellow man to get ahead.

    Going to school for nursing is a HUGE gamble. Over half of all new grads leave the field after their first 3-5yrs. What does that tell you about our profession.

    Having said that, half of our workforce is over the age of 50 and we have added 30million people to our healthcare system with the ACA. It seems like the system will have no choice but to change or there simply won't be enough nurses to meet the demand.

    That at or we can get smart and strike nationwide for change.
  8. by   danielle2000
    I want to say I am so happy for you! You have come to peace with yourself. I have been in nursing 19 years and I am so done with bedside like no other. I work in the NICU and it is a wrap. I love the babies and the interaction with the parents because I know from that standpoint I do make an impact. But the inconsistencies of management, petty nurses, politics, and unrealistic expectations has taken its toll on my psyche. Nursing is very dynamic which is a life saver. I decided after obtaining my BSN that primary care is the way to go for me. I am so sick of acute care facilities with their bull crap. I can go on and on. I realize when I was recently hired in another hospital per diem status with a much higher pay rate it did not even matter I am still not happy!!! So for now my job as a NICU nurse is serving a means to an end. Though, I continue to give great care to my babies and enjoy the parents I do not participate with anything beyond that. I schedule my days that are conducive to my schooling and that is it. I wish you the very best in any endeavor you come across. It takes guts to just walk away like that. I admire it. You have to take care of you first no matter what. :-)
  9. by   pafranco
    I really enjoyed reading this post, although I was a tad bit disheartened to read how some people did not enjoy nursing after years in the field. I will start a CNA course in about 2 weeks, and at 37 years old, I've been leaning towards healthcare as a career change for many years.

    I'm about to give notice to a job I have greatly disliked for many years. For the past 8 years I have been a CAD drafter, using 2D and 3D software to design pipe routing for oil refineries. The pay is pretty good, with no education required, though I have a BA in bus. adm. But all I do is sit in from of a computer and crank out paper drawings, or sometimes no paper at all. It's all digital nonsense that never leaves the computer into the real world.

    I've been void of a meaningful career, and nursing was what came to mind. It was a long journey coming to this conclusion, starting off with the idea of being a mental health counselor, blossoming from there.

    I has been enlightening and invigorating reading the joys and woes of nursing. I have no qualms about putting in my time to get where I want to go. I learned that we all have to start at the beginning. I'm hoping to get my RN after working as a CNA for a year or two, working on pre-reqs. Then BSN, and later NP. Perhaps my BA will help me down the line.

    Thank you all. I will continue reading about this intriguing and necessary career.
  10. by   Chocolate_RN85
    Congrats! You did right ! Your sanity is more important then anything, if you lose that then nothing matters. Period. You'll find something , trust . I've hit rock bottom then there goes an open door. People don't to what we do because of security, comfort zone, so they think is secure. Nothing is secure in life, not even a job. They've closed many hospitals before & laid off so many medical staff the throughout the years is insane😒 I'm an RN finishing my BSN, going into PMHNP because I don't want to deal with bedside nursing , no thank you✋🏾
  11. by   Cultmember
    Awesome! Good for you! You're a hero for throwing caution to the wind and refusing to be institutionalized!

    Your life is yours to live.
  12. by   SoutheRNgirl82
    @clementia What did you end up doing?
    Last edit by SoutheRNgirl82 on Sep 1, '16 : Reason: Question for another user
  13. by   SoutheRNgirl82
    Quote from krisiepoo
    the best thing that ever happened to me was when I took a voluntary lay off at a job that was eating away at my soul. I was unemployed for 6 months - over a MN winter- and within 2 days I had started sleeping through the night again and felt like a whole different person. Good for you for taking care of YOU (which those in the helping professions tend to put on a back burner) and I wish you good luck
    What are you doing now?