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First job; Love it or hate it?

  1. 3 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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  3. Visit  EclecticGal profile page
    #1 3
    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.
  4. Visit  ems21 profile page
    #2 1
    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.
  5. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
    #3 2
    I have been at the same job for almost 7 years. It's my first job and I love it ( most days).
  6. Visit  mahi007 profile page
    #4 1
    just awesome,
    the friends the environment, the colleagues
  7. Visit  Ella26 profile page
    #5 1
    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.
  8. Visit  Sun0408 profile page
    #6 1
    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
  9. Visit  missdirection928 profile page
    #7 1
    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.
  10. Visit  blessed91 profile page
    #8 0
    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.
  11. Visit  Maevish profile page
    #9 0
    Quote from ArmaniX
    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?
    I was lucky with nursing school and my first job. I got in the program with no problem (and it wasn't cause of straight As cause I didn't have them) and got an offer for a job before I graduated. I was there for 6 years. Started on Oncology, which I didn't expect to love and I did, and MedSurg/tele, then moved to ICU and have either been there or PACU since.

    I float to post partum when I can because I really love it there and it's a nice break, but mostly it's been ICU. I have loved certain ICUs for some reasons and hated them for others (I'm traveling now), but usually if the people are good to work with, the job is great!

    I'm glad you're so happy! xo

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