I have been an RN for 22 years. I have not worked consistently over that period of time, but in spurts of four years, a year, a couple of years, etc., always on a contingent basis, and taking breaks in between to be at home with our kids.
Fast forward to today, our kids are now 18 and 20 and I began a full-time 7p-7a Med/Surg job almost two months ago. I told my husband that I feel that it is my turn to work full-time now, to help out with expenses, especially with two kids in college. He still works full-time too. The problem is, I am finding that I hate what I do! I love talking to the patients and offering them support and comfort, but I hate passing meds, calling doctors, being short staffed, and running my legs off every night. I did work a part-time office job as an intake nurse for much of last year, but sitting in an office all day and dealing with stressful situations and short staffing didn't agree with me either.
I guess what I'm saying is, I LOVE the people part of nursing, but I hate the technical, stressful part of it, and now I feel trapped into working full-time for the foreseeable future doing something that makes me dread every shift. The only thing that keeps me going is that I'm only working three nights a week.
Anyone else in this predicament? Any suggestions? If you think I sound like a big baby, I won't necessarily disagree with you, but how do you know if something is just undesirable because it's stressful or if you are truly doing the wrong thing with your life?
Last edit by Parkerone on Aug 1, '12
: Reason: duplicate by mistake
It seems you've run your course in the busy aspect of nursing so maybe it's time to take it down a notch & do something a Little more laid back such as homecare...a lot of nurses seem to go this route towards the some nurses that work from home; home visits is also you just go in & do watever tx or whatever is needed & leave.....nursing is such a broad field so before given up on it I would say explore & research as many different options.
Last edit by Esme12 on Aug 2, '12
: Reason: TOS txt speak