I have recently qualified as an RMN and came out with a BSc First Class Honours. Whilst my grades could not have been any better and I am very pleased that all my hard work paid off for such a qualification, I am disheartened at the prospect of even continuing in to nursing as a career. Too be honest my placements were mainly good but there was always those nurses that like to make students know their place and as a mature student, this drove me up the wall. However, for the sake of getting qualified I gritted my teeth and tried to let comments and remarks go over my head. Unfortunately, now that I have completed my training the prospect of going in to a profession which is under a lot of pressure to save money, staff shortages, and worst of all (for me anyhow) is that as a caring profession, I have never met such a bunch of opinionated, nasty, back stabbing people in my life and the thought of joining the ranks to work 12 hour shifts without adequate breaks, and having to provide a high quality of care with less resources, not only frightens me, but is making me physically and mentally ill just at the thought of 'having' to go in to the profession.
I feel that my last three years studying at this level has been all for nothing. I know I have transferable skills but not sure what careers are open to me with this kind of qualification. I really want to get away from healthcare as it just fills me with dread. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.