First job; Love it or hate it?

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    The very first job you got as a nurse.. were you instantly in love with the profession or were you constantly wondering why you ever went to nursing school?


    I am, so fortunate, to say that I absolutely am in love with my unit. I enjoy going to work and I love each and every one of the twelve hours in the shift. I feel like as a GN with less than 6 months of experience I am in the perfect place to grow both as an individual and professionally and when I come home in the mornings to go to sleep.. I do so with a smile.

    Were you in love with your first job or did it take you a while to find it.. or are you still on the search?
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    I am just a few months shy of finishing up my first year and I would have to say that I love and hate it. I love the unit I am on and the nurses I work with have been just fabulous. I have been supported and encouraged. I love the days when I know that my care has made a difference for my patient. I feel really lucky to end up where I am.
    What I hate is just feeling overwhelmed with so much to learn. I hate going home at the end of the day and thinking about everything I wished I had done better. I have had a few days where I really wonder what was I thinking when I decided to go to nursing school. That being said I am fairly certain that given more time I will feel more confident and some of the anxiety I feel about work will diminish. That is my hope.
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    I finish my first year as a registered nurse in February and i absolutely love it. Whilst at uni i always wanted a job that was Monday to Friday, no bank holidays and the chance to wear scrubs as these are comfortable and i got my wishlist with the added bonus of being at the hospital of my choice. The reason i had a wishlist is because i had been a health care as assistant for 15 years!! I feel blessed to work within a fantastic team and would not change being a nurse for anything.
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    I have been at the same job for almost 7 years. It's my first job and I love it ( most days).
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    just awesome,
    the friends the environment, the colleagues
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    I am still at my first Job and I love it. The hours are great and my coworkers. The pay I don't love but hopefully I be getting a raise soon. I also worked at a Chemical Health Facility that I had to give my self a pep talk before the start of the shift, mostly because they were 12 hour shifts. I do not like 12's. And the patient population was rough and would try to take advantage of you, so you had to be strong to work there.
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    I hated my first nursing job. Loved my co-workers and the hospital but hated the unit. I managed to stay for a little over a year then left, loved my second job
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    Quote from EclecticGal
    I am just a few months shy of finishing up my first year and I would have to say that I love and hate it. I love the unit I am on and the nurses I work with have been just fabulous. I have been supported and encouraged. I love the days when I know that my care has made a difference for my patient. I feel really lucky to end up where I am.
    What I hate is just feeling overwhelmed with so much to learn. I hate going home at the end of the day and thinking about everything I wished I had done better. I have had a few days where I really wonder what was I thinking when I decided to go to nursing school. That being said I am fairly certain that given more time I will feel more confident and some of the anxiety I feel about work will diminish. That is my hope.
    I am 4 1/2 months in and I would agree that I feel exactly like this, word for word.
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    I have been at my first nursing job for 1 1/2 years so far and I am starting to dislike it. The more i learn about the management and how things work on my unit and the hospital, I am not happy to go to work. I am looking to find a job in a different hospital and I think that will change my perspective on things. I think a great barrier is the generational differences between young new nurses and older experienced nurses.


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