I feel your pain, my friend. Though I didn't want to "get out" of med surg till I was 4 years into it. I agree with the previous poster that you may want to ride it out and see if things get better after 1 year or so. It truly takes that long to feel confident in what you do (maybe even longer). But, that being said, as a RN/BSN with 12+ years experience, I am feeling like acute care is not my cup of tea either. I love direct patient care and the job itself is not bad, but the crazy insane fast paced heavy heavy work load on med surg floors is emotionally/physically/mentally taxing.
Personally, after my 1st year of med/surg, I was just like you and ready for a change.I tried some other specialties. I am now thinking of trying a new nursing job something not "acute care."At one point I also went back to school for more education into another (non medical) career, but there's no job stability there. My point being that that's the hard part...nursing jobs
are wonderful in that if you can get a job, you will often have a nice stable income there. Not true for many other fields. Maybe the starting point would be to do some informational interviews/job shadows and see what interests you??? With the job market so tight, I have found that many employers won't even look at you even if you have 10+ years nursing experience...unless you are already experienced in that specialty (for example...breaking into case management, or another acute specialty). But it can't hurt to look! Follow your heart!
Aside from non acute care positions, you could try medical device sales, pharmaceutical rep, utilization review, or train for a management position. Once you leave acute care though, it might be hard to get back in, as the economy is down and competition is fierce (maybe keep a per diem or casual job if you are not sure about returning). Just my 2 cents. Good luck!! I am still searching, too. I thought I found my niche for awhile, but things changed and now I'm back searching again. I find med/surg is not my favorite place to be either, but it is a valuable place to fine tune those clinical skills. I hope you find a happier match for yourself!
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I want to get out of bedside nursing. What can I do with my degree? I have a BSN and less than a year of acute care experience. I want to do something different now. I think my body and mind cant handle the stress of bedside nursing anymore. My figure deteriorated since I started to work. There are multiple times that I didnt eat for 14 hours at work! I hold my pee many times also. I hope I didnt develop renal problems. I cried multiple times coming home late from work. Now, I need a change. Maybe a 8 hour/5 days a week job. I dont care if the pay is less as long as im happy. Im thinking of getting a desk job for a change. If not, then maybe I can use my degree to become a physical therapist.
Has anyone done this before? Any suggestion? What career change did you end up doing? Thanks for the vent.