I've been a nurse for 2 years and I'm at cross road. I have to decide whether to continue to further my education or leave nursing all together. I've worked in a few hospitals it's all the same. We have become jaded or accustomed to unsafe working conditions. A part of me is questioning the direction of where healthcare is heading and I'm not sure if I want to do it anymore. Trust me, I know that this is not an original question. I have seen many nurses come on here and asking about leaving the profession. I've heard them say over and over how they have invest and sacrificed so much that it's hard for them to walk away. I don't see any NP's around me ask about the job satisfaction so that's why I'm asking everyone here. The thing is I've never really thought about doing anything else. If I leave, I feel lost because I'm not really good at doing anything else, but yet conditions of being a nurse is sometimes too overwhelming. Has anyone on here ever successfully pursued something else?
P.S. My former co-workers encouraged me to travel. I resisted for a while and finally took the plunge and boy, I'm paying for it. I went from a fixed nurse to pt ratio of 1:6 to 1:11. (I'm relieved it's only 13 weeks). I've lost my confidence in traveling. The fear of never knowing what to expect. But I guess it's the nature of nursing. I've started to develop depression because I feel as if I can't change the situation our pt's and nurses.