Hi! New to the website....just wanted to start a thread and vent a little...see what happens. I graduated in May with my BSN and am currently working on a VERY busy post surgical floor. My problem is this: I'm not happy. At all.
I take a lot of personal satisfaction from what I do...and I have rarely gone home from a shift with any type of fufillment. The staff is very helpful, I had a great preceptor, but I'm just not happy. The floor is very stressful and when I get overwhelmed I tend to get scatter brained--even with brain sheets and med due lists. My patient assignments can get very hefty, some days I have 10 patients with an LPN, up to four fresh post-ops and mutiple discharges and I have done primary nursing with up to 7 patients. I get SO anxious and I need reassurance from other nurses...which they tend to get annoyed after a while. The anxiety is so bad I've considered getting medicated, and I am depressed on my days off when I should be enjoying myself. I refuse to beleive that a job is worth my mental health, or that I will get "used to it". I follow my gut and if it doesn't feel right, it usually isnt. I was wondering if there were any less stressful nursing jobs I could transfer to.
I've always wanted to do community health or teaching in some way, but I need my MSN to teach and I'm not sure if my confidence level will allow me to practice in a more independant setting such as home health. Nursing homes are a no as well...too many years as an aid there.
I've heard drug reps are ideal positions for people who are single with no kids, but where would I apply?
Are doctors offices less stressful (I would miss hospital pay)...or maybe a Clinic or Health dept?
Not sure what to do...any advice is much appreciated.