Hello fellow RN's. I'm a relatively new nurse and have been working on a med/surg floor at a really wonderful magnet hospital in my area. Let me start by saying that if I were sick or seriously injured, this is the kind of place I'd want to go to. I am very thankful that I have a job at a time when the economy is struggling.
That being said, my job satisfaction level is at an all-time low. I'm not going to work motivated and I'm not leaving satisfied or happy. The unhappy work days are greatly outweighing the happy ones. I get to work, am slammed from the get-go. I'm lucky to get a pee break at this job, let alone eat breakfast or lunch. Many days I go without a meal and just eat the granola bar I stuffed in my pocket. I work with high acuity patients and have up to 5 or 6 a day. I admit/discharge so many patients my head spins.
I am not a complainer and I try to keep a positive attitude while at work. I don't want to be one of those grumpy nurses who obviously hate their jobs. But I am very unhappy and at my wits' end. Not to be cliche, but there is one life to live and I do not want to spend mine in a career that makes me miserable.
Have any of you other nurses experienced this? Have any of you changed careers? Changed to a position that you enjoyed more? I just need to be somewhere with a little more breathing room. Thanks and have a wonderful evening, all!