Quote from jennjen512
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 orientation Sunday. Between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon I was having big doubts about the job, then I realized that it wasn't the job itself that I didn't like. I hate hate hate being a nurse. I called the unit manager on her cell phone Saturday afternoon and told her my decision and that I would not be coming back. I am scared to death because I have no income at this point but at the same time I have a sense of relief and peace about the whole situation.
Well, Jennjen512 - gotta say that I admire your chutzpah on this one; for me it took almost a quarter of a century & some serious soul searching (not to mention the death of 2 family members) to realize I was in the wrong career. 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.
Know what you mean about feeling so much better about a situation - when I got the axe back in June of 2009, eveyone looked at me like I was nuts when I said I was looking at moving into the nursing profession. But - it was just such a relief not to have to be creative on demand; not to have endless staff meetings to determine what a staff memeber wanted, only to have them change their mind mid-stream, or worse when the project was completed. No more being subjected to continual harassment by managers & co-workers. No more being under continual electronic scrutiny. No more doing work that always seemed to be totally useless & meaningless. Happy sigh!
As for me - newly minted CNA & working on prereqs to move into an LVN/ADN/BSN program, while looking for a paying gig - and, looking forward to the change!
Just hope you can figure out how to collect unemployment or something so you can stay at least somewhat financially solvent. Any ideas as to where you'd like to professionally go post-nursing?