I hate being a nurse - page 5

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... Read More

  1. by   jaiirish
    I'm totally new here, but it seems like one of the great things about nursing is the adaptability of the career. You have so much knowledge when you're a nurse and there are so many different areas to branch off into. Good luck!
  2. by   brandy1017
    Quote from brandy1017
    No desire to be in a committee or such. that is shoved down out throats non stop in the quest for magnet journey!!!! ugh. don't care. i prefer to go in, do my job, go out. i dont know how some of my coworkers have the motivation or desire for the endless committees and meetings.
    We have a falls committee and I heard they spent a week going over what type of falling leaf and what color to make it to put on the doors! Too funny, what a waste of time, but I guess you could look at it as easy money, if money was your motivation. Me I think it was a ridiculous waste of time! We don't need falling leaves, we need enough staff to keep patients from falling out of bed!
  3. by   sweetnurse63
    Quote from inthesouthrn
    I've been a nurse for 18 years, part of that time was on a med/surg floor. Hospital nursing literally almost killed me mentally and physically. I don't know why I ever went back to it. I tip my hat to any nurse that can handle it well. I wish I could. Now I suffer from depression and bipolar type 2 that I think was exacerbated/or brought on by the severe stress I suffered as a floor nurse. I got out of it and now work in home health, but I feel ruined. Take my advice, if you are not happy, find something else in nursing as soon as you can, before it's too late for your mental health.
    Soooo true inthesouthrn; I am getting ready to leave LTC and Night shift because it is affecting me in a negative way. I need to see what else is out there for me to do as a nurse. I want to do more patient teaching and utilize some skills, but I need a nice pace so that I will not be burned out. I know I am going to have a large pay cut, but I need my life back and I refuse to go into 2012 feeling like I feel now. If it is to be, it is up to me.
  4. by   SJE RN
    I need to vent once again. So my hospital has come up with this stupid rule. The tech's are not allowed to do vital signs, fingersticks or EKGs. I work on a step down telemetry unit (get all the thoracic, CABG that are stable). We are always short staffed that I get 8 patients where I should only be getting 5-6. We have a good for nothing union. The tech's walk around making $18/hr for doing nothing but cleaning pts. I'm so frustrated. With the economy it's difficult for even experienced nurses to land a job elsewhere. I'm so grateful for a job but I don't want to lose my license. I'm not even kidding...the other day one of my co-workers wet herself cause she couldn't get to the bathroom in time...her patient's vent machine alarm kept going off (pt needed to be suctioned immediately, pt was in really bad shape coded 2x on her). The other day the ICU was packed so I ended up getting an ICU patient with 3 admissions. I threw a fit had all of administration come down and still nothing was done. I wrote to the CEO of the hospital and the union (my response "you did an amazing job, thank you"). Is all this worth it? I'm just hoping its not like this at every hospital. I'm starting to apply to other places. Hopefully something will work out.
  5. by   dpiana
    There is a fullfilling life as a nurse away from the bedside. Clinics, school nurse, healthcare sales, blood bank, skin bank, Red Cross or anyone of the non profit healthcare org, maybe policy or grant writing....the field is wide open...start expanding beyond the bedside.
  6. by   anotherone
    Add me to this list. I have a year in and i hate it more and more everyday. never liked it much to begin with. those of you who say, "after 25 years , you had enough" 25 years? you should get some sort of medal for that! wow. i feel like this job consumes my whole life. rotating schedule, holidays, weekends, nights, days, days, nights, sleeping away everyday off to "catch up". i don't have any passion for nursing, and look at my friends in other careers and wonder if i would have been happier doing something else. all everyone can see from the outside is the money/bennifets etc. no one wants to hear the reality of NO BREAKS, or rare breaks, no aides, short staffing, the high stress of the job, even without factoring any of the above. all they think is that it is grey's anatomy and handing out pills. ahhhhh( what a rant)
  7. by   luv2sim
    SJE RN -

    I don't have a good suggestion for how to fix your current situation (other than the ones already mentioned by others on finding another area of nursing to get into) - but I just wanted to say that I'm sorry you're going through such an agonizing experience in your current position.

    I'm sure the response from the CEO did not feel helpful for the dangerous situation you found yourself in during your shift.

    I've also heard about various places no longer allowing techs to take VS, EKGs and BG's - their reasoning being that if the techs don't convey the abnormals in a timely manner, the patient can have a bad outcome, etc. But you're right, if they take that away from the techs, then how else will they balance the load of work - and how can it be manageable if you get more patients than is safe?

    Please look out for yourself, and let us know how things progress for you.
  8. by   SympleebrwnRN
    Hi SJE RN, I'm probably a little late but after reading your message I felt compelled to respond. I feel like we're in the same place. I've been an RN for 3 years and i'm at the point where I can truly say that I HATE NURSING!!!! All of my friends think that i'm well compensated for what I do but I think the complete opposite. I feel that we're basically getting paid to watch our health deteriorate while helping others get healthier. Initially I was just like you, a sponge waiting to be soaked by the wealth of knowledge that nursing offered. Then I realized that I was a human punching bag literally (because I have been punched, bitten..and the list goes on). My unit is also frequently understaffed and despite the fact that we do have ancillary staff with specific duties I always end up doing their work on top of my own.

    I decided to apply to NP school and will be starting in January as an OUT more than anything. I want to get out of bedside nursing so bad that I can taste it. Yes there are patients who are pleasant and drama free but more often than not many of my patients are neurotic, obsessive compulsive, demented and out right rude which makes that 12 hours even more unbearable. Who would have known that my career would be mostly comprised of me spending time with people/patients that I just can't stand. Because I'm not one to complain and be complacent I figured going back to school would be the best way to empower myself. I say all this to let you know that you're not alone and the feeling is undeniably mutual!!!
  9. by   aggie313

    Being a NP is the way to go to get out of this bedside nursing mess. I'm in a elmsn fnp program and I'm so thankful for that because I can go through the rn portion in a year and head straight into the fnp portion. A friend just graduated from the program and is now working as a FNP in a peds clinic and loves her job...no crying on the way to work for her
  10. by   madeinamerica
    Don't wait to long to walk away from hands on nursing. Your not the only nurse who
    hates nursing. After 28 years, I quit floor nursing. I have horror stories you wouldn
    't believe. Some of the worse stuff is nursing administration. Trust me they won't hesitate
    to lie about you to try and save their own skin. I've had it happen and it just floored me.
    Always watch your back with any nurse administrator. When it hits the fan, you'll be to
  11. by   frankyfern22
    I have worked in 4 hospitals and you know what....nursing is nursing is nursing. Same stuff, different setting. I recently took a job in the CCU, thinking that I needed more of a challenge and change of pace from my previous job (which wasn't too bad in retrospect.) It is the same stuff I have to deal with anywhere else, just different patients! If you really want a change, get your Masters and get away from bedside. I'm already thinking about retreating and getting my old job back while working on my FNP. Good luck all, hope we can all hang in there.
  12. by   innovativemurse
    I just wanted to "pop in" again on this topic as it's pretty disheartening to hear about many of you facing the challenges that you actually do as a nurse.

    Let me preface here (and I think I said it before in another post), that if you want to leave nursing, ultimately if you'e found another passion, then I can't hold that against you just because I'm a nurse. Here's the thing. When I went back to school to become a nurse I was surrounded by quite a few individuals who were leaving their previous careers to become a nurse (myself included). So, I don't really view it as unusual, but it's just unfortunate because this is pretty versatile profession.

    You don't have to be stuck in the bedside nursing mentality. This unfortunately is somewhat ingrained in us during our education. There are a range of specialities, however we're only privy to the areas that are within a hospital or M.D. office setting.

    Now, if you really want to become a NP then by all means our healthcare system will appreciate it since many of the primary docs are getting out of the game (I personally know quite a few...unfortunate). If you happen to set up shop in my area I'll even support you through patient referrals. BUT, I just want each and every nurse reading this post or any other post about what options are to truly consider alternatives to spending more money on a career path that may or may not be your passion just to get away from the bedside.

    If it is your passion then I respect it.

    Many other professionals out there sell their services to the public, why can't you? You may want to quickly respond with the whole licensing issue, but let me advise you to be aware of your Scope of Practice laws in your state, and practice within them. Many of these other experts (non-healthcare) may also have licensing that they too have to ensure that they are practicing within. We're not really any different. Just stay within your scope.

    Are you an expert in an area, or do you tell yourself that you could take what knowledge and experience you have and package it up and deliver it in the same fashion that your current employer does? Of course I realize you can't set up your own tertiary care center, but what about products or services that can actually help keep your patients away from these centers (i.e. lifestyle changes)?

    What about finding a company that is seeking out the expertise of a nurse for a product or service that they want to launch, and they need you to help them?

    Might there be any budding entrepreneurs here? Just wanted to pose the question.

    I hope each and every one of you find your real passion, and if happens to be within the nursing profession, great! If not, well that's great too. Just as long as you get to work your full potential.

    Kevin Ross, RN, BSN
  13. by   danceluver
    did she have previous experience in pediatric care that she was considered as an FNP? I've seen most clinics want to hire a PNP over an PNP. Just wondering.