Hello all, I am a long time lurker and am joining because I am at wit's end. I have the magical year of experience in acute care after graduation, but I am not happy where I am at. I don't think acute care is a good fit for me. I am stressed, overwhelmed, and it is continuing to influence my health and home life. I am current a medical surgical nurse on a wing that cares for various adult patient populations. This was what I wanted to do out of nursing school
and frankly I am finding that I don't like it. I can't see myself doing any other specialty. I have no interest in pediatrics or women's health, and I am not a good enough nurse/too anxiety prone to work in intensive care or ER.
I reached a low point this past week. I finish my work on time and have good reviews from my manager, but the lack of teamwork, hostile environment, heavy workload, demanding and often rude/belligerent/violent patients and families as well as the lack of time to spend with patients who need emotional support and kindness, the fear that I will make a mistake that could harm a patient, and lack of time to take breaks is contributing to major burnout. I work at one of the best facilities in the area with the highest pay and best benefits and I know it isn't any better elsewhere.
I guess my point is - I want OUT. This is not what I signed up for. I was a nursing assistant for many years and loved it. But I hate this. I want to get away from patient care - no hospitals, no nursing homes/TCU's, no home care, and definitely no psych facilities or correctional facilities. What are some out of the box jobs that an RN with a 4 year degree can do? I am looking along the lines of public health, education, research, etc. I cannot afford to advance my degree at this moment.
Thanks for your understanding and advice, even if it is to suck it up. Please be honest.