As a new grad RN approaching the one-year mark, I am still quite excited. I think it depends on the perceived stagnation vs. opportunity for growth. I feel that my workplace offers great education and push for advancement -- not all my co-workers are happy about it but for me, it keeps excitement alive, even if it means extra work on my own time.
Now having answered your original question... If you don't like critical comment directed at you, do not read any further.
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For the haters out there, do not follow me. I am just not the bright eyed bushy tailed new grad like everyone else. I never set out to be an inspiration to anyone, so sorry to disappoint. I can only tell what happened to me, both the highs and lows.
If you do not like me, do not follow my posts and threads. I think it is odd that the same people who do not like me, follow me. Just don't. This board is for inspiration and vents and negativity. I did not put anyone down. I just think the excitement phase of nursing wears off job or no job.
It seems pretty silly to label others "haters" for saying stuff you'd rather not hear, or to demand not to "follow" you. It's like screaming obscenities in the middle of public street and tell others to stuff their ears if they don't like it. I don't know you, but I encountered numerous revealing posts by you in just a couple of threads in the past few days, threads which seem to have blown in ridiculous proportions in their unpleasantness, in no small part with your contribution.
Why am I even saying this I don't know... I guess I just want to say "tone it down." And for god's sake afford the same consideration that you expect from others yourself, instead of dismissing any critical comments as "haters."
MedChica has a good point, even if I'm sure you don't like it. Part of your problem is your own making, based on what you revealed yourself. What you said about LTC... is there any chance that you're telling yourself those things as an excuse? It is an unknown that can be scary.
I'm not saying this is the case with you, but here's my observation. Apparently you have a mood disorder and history of substance abuse. It is much easier and more comforting to shroud oneself in the brooding darkness because it is familiar. Motivating oneself to step out and muster optimism is so hard and takes too much effort, and so, one tends to crawl back in. I say this from my own experience.
Whether you take it or not, I truly wish you the best.