I hate being a nurse - page 2

by SJE RN

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I've been a nurse for a few years now < than 5. At first I loved it. I was so eager to learn still am. I told myself I will never become the task oriented nurse and here I am just trying to get the job done. I hate nursing more... Read More


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    I hear you. I agree that bedside nursing is extremely draining and these 12 hour shifts don't help either. I sometimes float to psych unit and kind of like there- it is very different there comparing to med-surg. One of the psych nurses told me that she hated med surg floor with a passion and she loves psych unit. I actually started working in outpatient infusion clinic and it is a different flow of work, and patients are ambulatory. I know that there are jobs for nurses besides bedside care. I never liked nursing that much, but right now I don''t want to go to school to switch careers, I have BSN in nursing and plan on master's, so that I can get out of bedside care nursing for good.
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    I agree that nursing can be ALL of the negative things everyone here has said because I have felt every single one of them. I'm sorry you guys are in that position now.

    However the words nursing and "feeling stuck" should NEVER go together because nursing is one of the few jobs that you literally can move in and out of positions and have a variety of choices. I started in long term care (hated it) then management (hated it) then med/surg (hated it) then a stint in the ER (kind of liked it but wasn't ready) volunteered in home health (liked it but pay wasn't enough) then mother/baby (hated it) then labor and delivery (BINGO) loved it! Now I only hate going to work because the long 12's overnight are tiresome but NOT because I hate my job.

    My advice: explore many choices - and be glad you can. Find something in nursing that you are drawn to and want to be part of and go for it. Find something OUTSIDE of nursing that fulfills you otherwise so when you have a bad day you can turn to that. Meanwhile keep exploring ALL of your options because there is many, Good luck!
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    Reasons I love clinic work and how I'm so mentally, physically, and emotionally relieved to be going back to it in a few weeks:

    1.I can pee when I need to and not worry about being fussed out by a patient b/c I was in the bathroom for 21/2 minutes instead of taking that time to get their prn q hour morphine or their ginger ale.
    2. I can take a FULL HOUR for a lunch break. We have no patients scheduled during lunch. This means I can eat my lunch at a decent pace or go run an errand if I need to, take a minute to call a friend or family member, or meet someone for lunch, etc. etc. etc. Basically be treated like a human being instead of a pack mule.
    3. The pace is exactly like I like it. Its a steady/fast pace but in a controlled setting/enviroment. I can basically expect what my day will be like with the occasional surprise or patient going sour. (And I did not realize how important this would be for my sanity.)
    4. My work is autonomous but we also do team nursing. I love being able to share the workload, and it builds great teamwork. Its not MY patient or YOUR patient. We help each other out. I LOVE IT!!
    5. I love babies and kids. I love seeing them grow as they come back for their future check ups and that something I told or/taught the parent made a big difference.
    6. I don't have to supervise CNA/PCT's. I do my own vitals and don't have to figure out if something got done or not.
    7. I still practice alot of my skills. I do venipunctures, I&O caths, etc. I do alot of patient teaching, which I love, newborn care, asthma teaching, etc...
    8. No excessive charting. Never stay late to chart. Ever. No hourly rounding, no administration breathing down my neck.
    9. Get to leave on TIME 95% of the time and I get off at 5. I'm part time so it doesn't mean I have to work 8-5 M-F either. No weekends And I can pick up extra time if I want.
    10. I don't think about work when I'm not there, unless its a good thought about a funny kid or something. I don't dream about work or not sleep the night before going to work because I'm anxious about what my day is going to be like.
    11. When students come I actually have time to show them things.
    12. I feel like I have a LIFE with this job and it doesn't consume me, mind, body, and soul like hospital nursing has done to me.
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    Sweetheart, what type of clinic?
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    Most of the nurses I work with are seasoned and not welcoming at all. I'm not a new graduate. I'm not an expert either. I'm young, I started working as a nurse with my BSN at 22. It's hard to work in an environment where there is no teamwork. I'm not there to make friends but it would be nice to have a person to fall back on. My manager is amazing but strict. She expects you know every little detail about the pt. Why the patient is here, when they will be discharged, what is the plan of care. It really gets you thinking cause she comes to take report from each nurse at 4am even though her shift starts at 6am. She really cares but she's not there when I need here unfortunately. There's more negative than positive though. I'm losing my mind and I've only been here for 4 months. I'm trying to stick it out for the year because tuition reimbursement is $6000/yr and I could really use the money for my masters. I have 60,000 in loans from a bio degree and nursing degree combined.
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    Quote from netglow
    Sweetheart, what type of clinic?
    Its a pediatric primary care clinic. The largest ambulatory peds clinic of its kind in our state. There are two separate floors. I can float upstairs if I want but upstairs is slower paced so I like where I'm at now b/c its a little faster and more goes on. There is a late clinic that I have the option of working as well if I want to change my hours up and there are satelite clinics if I want to float to those as well. We are apart of a large teaching hospital.
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    Quote from SweetheartRN
    Its a pediatric primary care clinic. The largest ambulatory peds clinic of its kind in our state. There are two separate floors. I can float upstairs if I want but upstairs is slower paced so I like where I'm at now b/c its a little faster and more goes on. There is a late clinic that I have the option of working as well if I want to change my hours up and there are satelite clinics if I want to float to those as well. We are apart of a large teaching hospital.
    Sounds heavenly.
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    Quote from ksc0723
    Sounds heavenly.
    Its really the best nursing job I've had. Granted I've only had a couple of others. Nothing is perfect. It still has flaws such as the pay being lower being the main flaw but I like going to work when I go. I feel at ease going into work with just enough "stress" to make it not boring and I don't think about work when I'm off. I can sacrifice a new purse/pair of shoes for that and I don't overextend myself financially so that I can work there.

    Those things alone are what make it worth it to me. I'm not Florence Nightingale. There I said it. I guess I'm a little selfish in that I like to pee when I need to. Thats always been my complaint since starting hospital nursing. I'm just doing what I know will keep me happier vs. striving to be a nurse that someone else feels I should be or who I used to think I should be. I'm still a nurse. A nurse with her bladder empty.
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    If you hate your job, QUIT. It's nonsensical to go to work day after day when you hate the job.
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    SweetheartRN, do you think that to work in an ambulatory clinic such as yours, is it necessary for some med-surg experience?

    I've worked homehealth x3 years and med surg x1, and I don't like med-surg because of all reasons stated above, but I learn and experience so much of my nursing skills on the hospital floor. So, I feel a kind of despair when I tell my friends and family Med-surg is not for me. It's like I'm not living up to the expectation..you know what I mean?

    Sometimes, I think that, I'm young, I can still go with the riff-raff of med-surg craziness, but then I also ask myself, all this mental stress and ********--is it really worth it!?!

    Thank you for all the comments so far, reading it helps me feel like I'm not the only one feeling like a horrible nurse.
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