I am a new R.N., after having spent 10 years in a totally different field (journalism/writing). Now, I find myself longing for the good old days of editing, when I was really confident in what I was doing. Now, as a new nurse, I'm constantly stressed, tired (I work the night shift), anxious about work. I hate being a newbie and not feeling 100% confident in my skills and abilities. I hate that the realities of nursing do not match up with the ideals of nursing.
I wanted to be a nurse so I could help people, "touch people's lives" - but usually feel like I'm too busy running around trying to keep up with everything to do this.
I wanted to be a nurse in part because I wanted a more flexible schedule that worked better with being a mom - but I'm drained from the night shift and outside of work, have tons of continuing ed modules to keep up with, not to mention reading up on the things I'm still learning about.
On a more superficial note, I also long for the days when I could casually sip a cup of coffee while working, wear smart-looking clothes that didn't feel like frumpy pajamas, wear jewelry and paint my nails if I wanted to, wear my hair down, go out for lunch with coworkers and sit outside in the sun for a while instead of cramming down lunch in a dank staff lounge with no windows...
I wanted to be a nurse because I thought it would be more fulfilling...but instead find that it's DRAINING everything out of me...
Are there any other 2nd career nurses out there who are new to the job and wondering if they should have just stuck with career #1???