Giving up - page 3

I am an experienced RN of 12+ years. I am working right now, but not in a specialty I love. I have been trying to switch specialties for 5+ years with no luck. It seems all of my experience is worth nothing. For now I am... Read More

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    Of course most hospitals could use more nurses...more nursing hours per patient = lower rates of complication and readmission.

    Too bad most administrators can't see past their own paycheck to comprehend that .
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    I have always found that when you stop looking for something, it finds you.
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    Quote from amygarside
    You may want to find other specialties or be a nurse educator.
    Hi Amygarside,
    With all due respect to your advice, I believe that with 1 year of RN experience, one cannot be a nurse-educator. But I respect your opinion. It's just that I did not want you to raise OnlybyHisGrace's hopes too high or show the nurse a red herring.
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    Quote from tewdles
    Of course most hospitals could use more nurses...more nursing hours per patient = lower rates of complication and readmission.

    Too bad most administrators can't see past their own paycheck to comprehend that .
    I'm noticing many nurses saying "enough" or "I quit" and I think this is a sign that the bottom is starting to fall out. Let's be real, nursing is a brutal job at times (most of the times) we are dealing with strong emotions, life and death situations, precise documentation, having to be highly knowledgeable, protecting ourselves from lawyers looking at anything they can find to incriminate you, dangerous patients, biological hazard to name a few. Now Big conglomo hospitals want to pay you $18 h and treat you like all you do is to clean people's butts. They love to get rid of you because "you make too much money" so they are heading this way because the see a sea of nurses out there but that might not be always the case in a near future when young and old nurses will just say...screw this I'm finding something better.
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    Persistence, persistence, persistence.

    It took me 36 applications and a year to get a promotion from sitter to PCA/SNA, and that was for an unlicensed position. Had I given up on the thirty-fifth application, I would still be working as a sitter. It was a hard lesson to learn, but those who give up will most certainly fail. Keep applying, perhaps volunteer at a Children's Hospital, but if you give up now, then you will NEVER get into that specialty you are hoping to get into.
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    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I am still working as an RN, don't get me wrong. I'm just working pool and okay with that. Spending more time at home for a while. Not going to settle for anything new or permanent FT unless it's what I really want to be doing. Too many times I accepted a job then realized it's more of the same, and not what I WANT to be doing.

    As far as Education or a Masters... I was accepted and didn't go. I have plenty of adult experience, that's not a problem at all. I get calls back for certain adult jobs but it's not what I want. That's okay. Like I said, I am going to chill out and wait for the right fit.
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    I think it's good to know what you want and keep that in mind as you're applying. I did med-surg for a few years and really wanted out; I had solid references and IV/ACLS/PALS etc but kept hearing 'you need two years in this (any) specialty to apply.' I decided to focus on the ED and spent seven months applying regularly to departments throughout my area. I joined ENA, attended the meetings and CE and volunteered. I kept in touch with other nurses I knew who were float pool to trade leads on jobs at different facilities.

    It took seven months but I did end up getting a job. Granted, the orientation was too short and it's a difficult department, but it's a good first job in the specialty and I wouldn't trade it back.

    Maybe OB office? Public health doing patient teaching? Peds home health? PICU? Something more to do with moms and babies, so you can network and get closer to what you want?

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