New Grad Leaving Hospital for Office Job - page 8

by IcySageNurse | 9,944 Views | 77 Comments

Hello everyone,Just need some advice on leaving a hospital job for office work. I just graduated a few months ago, and took a job in a hospital. At first I absolutely loved it, but now I hate it and no longer want to work in a... Read More


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    Good luck to you!
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    Quote from Soliloquy
    I've also met nurses who work in clinics who genuinely HATED working in the hospital, never wanted to do it, because they didn't want to have to deal with some of the things that are dealt with in the hospital. It really wasn't for them. There's so many other avenues to nursing that one doesn't really have to go into one section in order to be what they want to be, right? Isn't that one of the best parts of nursing? Having so many avenues one can take. I don't know where the OP will go with his life
    Yes, there are plenty of avenues for nurses. No one is forced to work in the hospital, and gain hospital experience. One of my former students, who recently graduated, landed a job in an Ob/Gyn ofice. This is exactly what she wanted to do. She is not young, has had experience in that area prior to nursing school (office manager). This is probably as far as she will take her career. I wish her the best of luck, and am very happy for her! If she wanted to back to school to teach nursing, then yeah, she'd need more experience. I had a friend who went a similar way, couldn't hack the acute care peds floor, got a job in a peds office. Also, older, probably with limited desire to advance her degree/career.

    Yes, this is the beauty of nursing, you can do as much or as little as you want to.

    If I wanted to be a nurse midwife or a CRNA, I simply do NOT have enough of the right experience to begin studies.

    He told us where he wants to go with his life.. to be an FNP.
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    Quote from netglow
    I always find it humorous to read how others like to feel demeaned just by reading someone else's opinion of their own experiences. YES OF COURSE nursing can feel demeaning. There is a fine line in all healthcare and if your job makes you feel this way, I'd tend to understand your feelings.

    Get a kick out of the "I love to clean up poop" pledges ...Ah such a badge of honor and respect. LOL. Nowhere but nursing is there this kind of crazy, nowhere.
    Interesting take. I realize the OP has made a decision (a poor one, IMO, but what's done is done), but moving away from the OPs personal situation, I am more interested in the meta discussion here. I don't share the point of view alluded to with this comment, and I didn't see this line of thinking demonstrated anywhere in this thread. Is there a reason you brought it up here and I'm missing it? I'm just wondering where this is coming from. The only demeaning I see was pointed out to be written in the original post, and need not be rehashed. I'm curious as to what you mean by your first sentence netglow.

    I can't say I enjoyed cleaning up unpleasant messes, but I don't really remember hating it. I just did it and moved on. While I have had many a GI bleeder and fresh ostomy in my day, skin and GI assessment and patient care are direct nursing functions, and it didn't occur to me to resent the patient for it. The actual contact with emesis and stool was really a negligible part of my role and really wasn't a very big deal at all; therefore I am a bit perplexed and stunned that someone would commit, what is in this case due to the long term goal, essentially a career suicide, over it. That is some powerful discomfort!
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    The actual contact with emesis and stool was really a negligible part of my role and really wasn't a very big deal at all; therefore I am a bit perplexed and stunned that someone would commit, what is in this case due to the long term goal, essentially a career suicide, over it. That is some powerful discomfort!
    I think it's a little strong to tell someone who is switching from a hospital job to a primary care office they are committing career suicide. If I plan on working in a primary care office as an FNP, I will at least have experience working in one. I'm sure many FNPs worked in an office, and considering how many direct entry FNP programs there are now, there are a ton of FNPs who didn't work at all before school!!
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    I wasn't telling you anything of the kind; I was speaking to netglow, and inquiring about his/her post as quoted. S/he commented that some discussed their appreciation for that kind of work as a "badge of honor." I can't say that I did that, though that while I didn't look forward to it especially, it wasn't significant enough to potentially harm my career in order to avoid it. And yes, I do think you are conceivably harming your career with this move. I don't know why you should care at all what I think, but you did inquire after opinions, and thus, received some. You have made an independent decision I think will not serve you well in the long run, but of course it is yours alone to make. Good luck.
    As I said, I am aiming to move beyond your personal situation please, and into a meta discussion now.
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    Quote from BlueDevil,DNP
    As I said, I am aiming to move beyond your personal situation please, and into a meta discussion now.
    Thank you for your input, but this is my thread and it is about my personal situation. You're essentially asking to hijack my thread, and I politely ask that we do not move into a related meta discussion. If that is your perogative, please start your own thread on such a topic.
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    Quote from IcySageNurse
    Thank you for your input, but this is my thread and it is about my personal situation. You're essentially asking to hijack my thread, and I politely ask that we do not move into a related meta discussion. If that is your perogative, please start your own thread on such a topic.
    I understood you to have said that your situation has resolved itself, rendering it moot. These things take on a life of their own.
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    Closing thread as OP received advice and made their career decision.
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