I hate being a nurse

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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 and more each day. I feel like everyone hates nurses. We are not appreciated at all for all that we do. It is a back breaking job and of course the nurse is to be blamed for everything. I cry on my way to work. I feel stuck in place. I'm actually starting a masters program in January. My friend is now a FNP and loves her job. She hated her job as a bedside nurse. I don't know what to do. I don't know if I should give up on nursing altogether. I mean I've worked so hard to get to where I am. Any advice???
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    im still a student but... maybe your your burnt out of bedside nursing? it seems alot of nursing feel this way, underappreciated by everyone, overworked ect. why dont you look for a different area of nursing...maybe you need a change?
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    I guess I should move around and see what works. I got into PA school and Nursing school and chose to do nursing. I think that's one of my biggest regrets. Hopefully, working as an NP might be a little better than bedside nursing.
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    maybe it is the type of nursing you are doing, every job is a little different. like a don of a dda field is different from an rn in the hospital. try different nursing areas. maybe you like long term care, or maybe you like the hospital type nursing.. ect! i would try a different nursing area if i was you, seems like you may be burnt out from the nursing area. maybe you are unhappy with your current job, so try for another one.
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    You should not be crying on your way to work. You're depressed with your situation and that only creates a downward spiral. See what else you can do with your degree. Maybe a different environment or pace will help. Are you underutilized? Maybe go for that Masters and the challenge will help! Good luck.
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    I feel this way too, and I cry on the way to work also... I'm going to try to find another department before quitting completely, but if I still don't like it, i'm going to move on.

    it's not worth being miserable.

    before you start an FNP program, you should evaluate what parts of the job you do like (if any). Or maybe get a master's in something different.

    good luck!
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    I here ya. I don't hate nursing, I hate bedside nursing and working in the hospital with a passion. My mental, emotional, and physical health has sufferred. Even now I sit here and want to call into work because I work a 12 and have only slept 4 hours in the last 36 hours. Awesome. At least you have school to look forward to. I am the breadwinner and have no options right now. I am thankful to have a job but working as a staff RN sucks the life right out of you.

    I have decided the schedule for nurses sucks and it was contributes to burn out. Nursing is the most demanding job of every part of you and yet there is no respite. Holidays, every other weekend, call. eves, nights and on and on. This job constantly interferes with my life outside of work. And that is the rub. I think if I just worked m-f 8-5 or even 4 10's with none of the extra BS of holidays, weekends, eves and nights I would love my job. It's the fact that I can't even enjoy my life outside of work because of how my schedule interferes. With how horrible nursing can be no matter how passionate, you need to be able to leave work and enjoy life outside of work and have that opportunity. That only comes when you have been doing this for 20+ years and don't have to do holidays, we, nights, call, etc. but by then more than half your life is gone. Screw this.

    Good luck in grad school
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    I just started this job in July (kind of stuck because I can't move anymore until a year). The hospital I worked for closed (my co-workers were so supportive). This new place is horrible. We are always short staffed. Most of the nurses are horrible. My manager views me as someone with so much potential and is hoping to promote me into the Cardio-Thoracic ICU (I don't know how I feel about that and I don't know if I can do it...I feel like my manager keeps telling me all these things so I will stay). I will only have 1 patient but the patients are so sick and extremely heavy.
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    I also feel this way. Most days before work I question why did I even become a nurse, but then I think what else would I do. I have been a nurse for 4 years now, the first 2 in the hospital and then the 2 recent in Home Health. I did not feel this way in home health but I recently had to go back to the hospital because of school, I too want to pursue FNP. You are not alone, and quite honestly I also feel stuck and don't know what to do from here....
    SJE RN likes this.
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    Makes me feel a little better that I'm not the only one feeling this way. I used to go into work with my mom back in the 80's early 90's for bring your child to work day. I remember loving what she did and told myself this is exactly what I wanted. Healthcare has changed so much. My patient expired the other night (I work 12-13 hour night shifts) administration was on top of me to get the pt to the morgue so they can book the bed. The son of the pt was hysterical at the bedside. What was I to tell him? Get the hell out we need this room? Where is the compassion? I swear I told all my family...I want to die and home. Don't ever keep me in the hospital.
    TriciaJ, Lovely_RN, Hoozdo, and 9 others like this.


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