I need some advice! I am so unhappy with my career in nursing. I have only been a nurse for about 6 months now. I worked in med-surg for a few months and I now work in the ER. My current job in the ER is like a breath of fresh air after the hell of med-surg. However, I still don't like it. I suffered through nursing school
thinking that it would get better, but it hasn't. I didn't enjoy any of my clinicals in nursing school. I really think that nursing is just not for me. I read somewhere that you should enjoy at least 80% of your job. I enjoy very little of nursing, maybe 10%. I feel that nursing is slowly breaking me down and causing tons of unnecessary stress. All I think about is trying to find another job (which I haven't been able to do) or decide on another career path. I am driving my fiance crazy and it is causing a huge strain on our relationship.
I was accepted into a family nurse practitioner program right out of my BSN program. I originally went into nursing because this was my career goal. I decided to get some experience before entering the FNP program for several different reasons. Now, I'm not sure if I should pursue the FNP program (I could reapply for winter semester) or if I should get out of nursing altogether while I can. If I reapply, I still won't have the nursing experience that will get me a good job when I graduate. I'm also worried that being a nurse practitioner won't turn out to be what I imagine it is, just as being an RN did. I've been looking into many different career paths, but due to the inflexibility of a nursing degree, I would have to get a second bachelor's degree for many of them. I also feel guilty for "wasting" my nursing degree. Everyone keeps telling me how many opportunities there are in nursing, but it seems all of the good jobs that I would be interested in require years of hospital experience. I don't know if I can take another month! I dream about quitting my job and never having to step foot in another hospital again. I just don't know what to do!