What else can I do with a BSN beside bedside nursing - page 2

by Ayonti

PLEASE PLEASE help me. I feel like I am all alone with no one to turn to for help. I am a new RN with a BSN. I quit my 1st job as a med surg nurse after 3 months because of stress, depression and anxiety, all because of the... Read More


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    there is a light at the end of the tunnel. you just have to give it a chance. i wanted to quit at 3 months also. talk to your manager and let him/her know how you feel, they may try to work with you so that you have more confidence which will ultimately end in you feeling better about going to work. most non-bedside jobs won't take you serious unless you have a couple years of experience under your belt. don't give up.
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    While 3 months may not be a "fair trial", I will tell you after 6 years that I have been pretty beat up by the nursing profession. I don't think it is fair to tell someone that they have to wait 3 or 5 years before they can come to the conclusion that nursing can be very stressful, and that nurses are often not treated very well. Maybe a really astute person only needs 3 months to figure that out. I wish I had talked to more nurses before I got into the field. I talked mostly with masters-level and ARNP nurses, and of course, they were practicing with much more autonomy at a different level. Most of the line nurses and mid-line manager nurses (unit managers, supervisors etc) I know now would really like to find something else to do, esp. those that have been at it for 3+ years. When I was graduating nursing school in 2005, I read an article in a nursing magazine describing a study of 200 new nurse grads that had been followed for 3 years after graduation. The article reported that after only 3 years, 65% were no longer in nursing. I was in shock and disbelief. Not any more. I know how hard I worked to get my nursing degree and license, and at the time, I could never imagine ever not working as a nurse, but it sounds really appealing nearly 6 years later. The nursing system is broken, and there will never be any true health care reform without major changes in the way we train and employ nurses. If the patient/nurse ratios were legislatively forced to reasonable levels, the true nature of the nursing shortage crisis would be revealed, and hospitals would have to close whole units, but maybe we could stem the tide of nurses burning out and existing the field. I read recently that if every RN in the US actually activated their license and went back into practice, the nursing shortage would end overnight. The problem is not that there aren't enough nurses. The problem is that we keep burning through them quicker than we can train their replacements. I personally believe that true health care reform must first include a revolution in the nature of how we insure health and pay for care, which must first begin with eliminating all for-profit insurers and providers. All health care should be non-profit. I believe for-profit is in direct conflict with highest and best care. And non-profit must be re-defined legislatively to be really not-for-profit, where CEOs aren't paid in 7-figure salaries and income goes to cover only the costs of actual provision of care. Obviously, this will not solve all of the problems with health care but it is a start, and it would go a long way to improving the workplace for nurses. I truly enjoy working with and helping people, and get jazzed by making someone's life better. However, nursing has become too much about the bottom line, over-regulated and understaffed. I am afraid that if something isn't done soon, the shortage of nurses is only going to get worse, esp. in the acute care fields like ER/Trauma and ICU's. Unfortunately, the regular loss of experienced, skilled, competent and caring nurses will probably continue.
    delivern, Gem0607, CP1983, and 5 others like this.
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    I have a few questions, and I'm asking with respect- not criticism... it may help you look where you want to go....

    When you applied to nursing school, what did you imagine you would do when you graduated?

    Where did you want to work?

    What types of patients did you like in school?

    Is the anxiety a long-term problem, or associated just with nursing?

    What makes the anxiety worse?

    What makes it better?

    Do your answers (don't have to share if you don't want to ) help you narrow down a type of nursing that would be better for you?

    Best wishes- it's hard being new. Anxiety is pretty normal.
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    Anxiety and being overwhelmed is also a normal part of being a new nurse. You need to know it could happen in another job- maybe not- but being new is stressful

    Gawd.....I thought this sounded familiar- from JULY.
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    hey guys, here to resurrect this thread. so here is my story. i am pretty much a lost soul that randomly went to nursing school! i went to school for business, graduated and have that degree. then i had the crazy idea that i would go to nursing school. now here i am, lucky to have a job, but not enjoying it at all. also i need to start paying back all my debts. i started at the end of january and already i feel like im asking myself what the HELL was i thinking? im fortunate to have 2 degrees, but i want to somehow do something "on the business side of nursing" as they can say. is it possible, though, without like 3-5 years of bedside nursing? im so confused, it's pretty obvious that i'd rather just be in school than working a job. does anyone have any suggestions about what i can do with a BUSINESS and a BSN but WITHOUT the 3-5 years of bedside nursing?

    maybe part of my problem is that i moved to the middle of nowhere for a job, and i dont know anyone and i have NOTHING in common with the people here. im from outside of the city originally and moving to the sticks is really getting me depressed. in nursing school i had lots of friends but the people i work with are all old women i have nothing in common with. it sucks...im so lost, any suggestions??
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    mikey....that is basically my story. i knew after my first clinical i had to get out of dodge! i love healthcare, but not bedside. i have 7 months under my belt and off to medical review nursing for insurance company. Pm me and i will tell you more!
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    Hello hmellish. I just want to ask how you transitioned to medical review nursing. My story is no different from other overwhelmed, new nurses
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    WOW......all of these stories are making me re-think what area of nursing I may be interested in. Thanks for the insight!
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    Hey, i guess first you have to make sure that what you want and then do the decision making, while as for me, i would choose what i want, since they are all in the same field. and then see if it is what you good at, interest or promising, that's the point, from my point of view.
    *lorie likes this.
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    I too am a new grad nurse, working for my unit for 4 months now. I dont know if its nursing, or just being away from home in a state of weirdos, but this career isnt making my life so exciting besides my check. and that is sad to me. I cant even enjoy my reaps of pay, because Im miserable getting it.


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