So I have literally just graduated as a paediatric nurse, and have a job lined up on a neonatal ward. I went for 2 jobs and got both of them which i had to choose from.
So to get down to my topic, I enjoyed being a student but always felt like the nursing profession wasn't for me. I am perfectly capable clinically and have always had good feedback from mentors and tutors, but I just don't feel like the profession is for me (baring in mind a lot of you will say "it's different when you're not a student") but during my last placement I basically was... I would always have 2 HDU patients of my own which no one would involve themselves in. The factors of not wanting to venture further into this career come down to a few issues - health wise (always find myself very run down, my anxiety has spun out of control, depression, deterioration in my asthma) and shift work (missing out on events, family gatherings and seeing my partner). This mind sound petty to others, but I hate the thought of missing out on the joys of life just for a job that I'm not that enthusiastic about.
I'm constantly online reading articles of people in similar situations and I'm always thinking of other careers that will give me a more structured time table that I can plan things around, rather than never knowing exactly when I'm going to be working.
I know a lot of my reasons are for selfish reasons - but as cliche as it sounds, you only live once and I want to enjoy the time I do have!
What other careers have any of you ventured into after nursing if you have felt the same way? I'm very good with organisation and communicating with others - so even a admin/secretarial job would suffice.
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Oct 10, '13
Thank you so much for your response, everything you said I totally agree with (if i was a nurse who actually wanted to do the job). I've done my 3 years of university which I was on a clinical placement a majority of the time where I didn't even have time to take holidays off.
I might be sounding completely lazy, but I'm already burnt out on the long hours, nights and weekends when i could be spending those times with my friends, family and partner (who is very supportive).
It's not really got anything to do with feeling anxious about the job in hand, and being in a clinical environment because I'm not afraid to ask for help ect I just don't really enjoy it anymore. I just feel like i'd much prefer a Mon-Fri 9-5 job, or working in a school environment which I've done previously.
I'd love if someone who has moved from nursing to a "desk job" could give their opinons as well
Last edit by rose_11 on Oct 10, '13
: Reason: I can't even bare the thoughts of being a nurse for another 2 years, that actually makes me feel physically ill