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Anyone else regret becoming a nurse?

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30 minutes ago, Daisy4RN said:

So now that you are already a nurse your choices are to continue trying to find a decent job or becoming a MA or something else all together.

That's how I felt too...even though if I could do it all over again I would not be a nurse, I already am now, so I may as well keep looking for a nursing job that isn't as stressful. I do not recommend MA to anyone who wants to decrease stress though. Increasing your education and responsibility is probably only going to lead to more stressful jobs. Unless you decide to teach maybe? 

Remember too, FL-Sun, that just because we feel regret in some moments doesn't mean that in the future we won't be thanking our lucky stars for having become nurses. Maybe we will find our niche as people say; maybe there is that dream job for us. Maybe there actually are employers who don't have insane expectations of what one nurse can do in one shift. I'm sure there are nursing jobs where it's actually ok to pause to eat, drink, and pee during the day without consequences. Just keep looking long and hard enough to find the jobs you'd like -- I wouldn't give up yet.

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When I started as a nurse, all I could think about was quitting. I hated my job and being a nurse. I was stressed out, unhappy and questioning whether I could do it. I researched what unit I wanted to transfer to. I asked about the patients, coworkers and manager. I set my sights on what I thought would be a good fit for me.  I got the transfer, but I hated that unit too, for about a year.  Then, it started getting better. Now, I’ve been there a couple years and am pretty happy. My point is, it takes awhile to feel comfortable in a new environment. Try to stay somewhere for at least a year and see if you like it better. 

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I regret my role in nursing by being complacent in male genital mutilation. I am moving to finding fulfillment by educating parents and the general public about this important health crisis has given me a new view on Nursing. Find something you are passionate about and find a way to serve your community in a nursing capacity tapping into this passion it has helped me appreciate my education and deal with the aspects of nursing that are less appealing. When I feel I am really making a difference it gives me the strength to keep going in a demanding exhaustive profession that was not at all what I expected.

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Swellz has 6 years experience and works as a RN.

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I wouldn't choose nursing over again knowing what I know now, but there are too many options for me to leave it. If I want to stay inpatient but get frustrated in my current specialty, I can switch. If I want to go outpatient for a better schedule, I can do that. If I want to work over the phone or from home, I'll get a job like that (after getting more years experience to be competitive for that sort of gig 😂). These jobs aren't necessarily all available to me now, but they could be in time. The possibilities are there with a nursing degree. I'm sure it is hard for you with your work history, and I think you'll need another consistent job to open up some of those possibilities for you. You might have to expand your horizons to find a job too, which I'm sure isn't ideal, but it's easier to get a job when you have one. I wish you luck.

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I'm sure many of us can relate to some (or a lot) of what your post is saying.  Nursing school was tough for me. I was a non-traditional student going back to college in a new profession.  It was very stressful.  I made the most of it and got past the gender biased teachings and clinical environments and bullying.  I graduated with honors. I thought I'd some how "made it" and now things would be somewhat less stressful or maybe just a different stress? 😂  My first few years I hated nursing.  I remained in the same place under the same management and everyone expected me to just magically know everything because I appeared older.  My peers were similar to yours in their responses.  So, I worked very hard trying to be a good nurse.  It was exhausting without any professional support at work.  I spent a lot of time outside of work researching, learning, etc.  Eventually peers started to come to me with questions and I felt more comfortable but still very stressed. In the end the machine (a hospital) just took a little more from me and then a little more.  Eventually I didn't enjoy it at all.  In school the last place I ever wanted to work was home health.  Well, now I work in psych home health and I have never been happier.  It completely changed my idea of what nursing could be.  I truly feel A LOT less stress and that I have the opportunity to actually help people.  I hope you can find something that will make you happy. 

Whenever I'm asked if I'd recommend nursing to someone I always ask the question, "Why would you want to be a nurse?"  If they answer along the lines of income/more money/stable job, I tell them there are a lot of other career options that can provide these things with a lot less stress.  I never went into nursing for some financial gain or stable income.  I made a lot more in my previous job with a lot less stress.  That has made all the difference for me.

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I regretted it on certain days back in 2017, and also in 2001 (I think?). About 8 years ago I worked in a psychiatric facility. In 2017 I had a couple of bad days (REALLY bad !). Right now my position is pretty close to being a so-called "dream job".

 

 

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pedi_nurse has 5 years experience and works as a School Nurse.

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52 minutes ago, BarrelOfMonkeys said:

 

Whenever I'm asked if I'd recommend nursing to someone I always ask the question, "Why would you want to be a nurse?"  If they answer along the lines of income/more money/stable job, I tell them there are a lot of other career options that can provide these things with a lot less stress.  I never went into nursing for some financial gain or stable income.  I made a lot more in my previous job with a lot less stress.  That has made all the difference for me.

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This is a great point. I went into nursing because I love medicine/science and I enjoy helping people. If I wanted to do something for money/stability, I'd get into tech/programming.

I like my job a lot right now (school nursing), but my first few years were really awful. I was on a high-stress unit that, despite the low nurse to patient ratios, caused a 2-3 year battle with anxiety/depression. My manager even referred me to my state monitoring program for mental health reasons (which I still regret not getting a lawyer for as even the psychiatrist I was required to see quarterly thought it was unnecessary). All that being said, I still loved nursing and have at least liked every specialty I've been in. If you hate it as much as it seems, I'd recommend pursuing other professions where your nursing license could come in handy - sales for pharmaceutical or medical device companies, case management or auditing for insurance companies, etc. In the meantime, try applying for MA positions and let them know you are happy to be paid their advertised rate even though you are an RN. Good luck. Remember, you can always change what you do, it just takes some time and planning. I hope you find a role that you love someday!

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If you don't mind me asking, what exactly did you do as a primary care RN that a MA doesn't do?  Giving injections and assisting with procedures sounds like a MA job description.  

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500 pound med cart?, yea the one that can roll over your dansko shoes and cause you to have ingrown toe nails, yes that one. I have been very fortunate to be able to get great jobs (many). I am an advice nurse right now. It is working out well for me. It is a strictly phone position. I was almost at the end of my rope but I am glad I didn't throw in the towel. You said you had a job that made you the happiest you had ever been in your life. If you could get that job again, you would probably be okay with nursing. Try not to jump ship too fast. Have more of a plan. Keep searching.

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and works as a Retired/Disabled Nurse and Blogger.

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I wouldn't give up just yet. There really is a lot you can do with a nursing license. I had my struggles as a nurse and my career ended on a sour note, but I got to try a lot of different jobs in the field and I really loved a couple of them. I don't regret becoming a nurse for even a minute.

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4 minutes ago, VivaLasViejas said:

I wouldn't give up just yet. There really is a lot you can do with a nursing license. I had my struggles as a nurse and my career ended on a sour note, but I got to try a lot of different jobs in the field and I really loved a couple of them. I don't regret becoming a nurse for even a minute.

Hi, can you share what happened?

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NurseCard has 13 years experience as a ADN and works as a RN.

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Yeah, I've regretted it a time or ten. 🙂 

I started out as a graphic designer, but the pay was poor, the job was isolating... there just isn't much demand for graphic artists in my area of the country, and I had no real desire to move.

I could have been an art teacher, but I found out that I simply cannot stand a whole room full of other people's kids. 

Really, there hasn't been much else for me to do. I wanted something that would give me a steady paycheck and a steady, comfortable living. 

I've had some horrific moments in my 16 years as a nurse, but I've somehow persevered... now I have a job that I've had for almost three years, and this job sucks SOMETIMES, it really does... but I'm trying to stay put and focus on what I love about this job... namely coworkers who feel like family. 🙂  And the occasional nights of lower census, when I feel like I can breathe a bit and maybe spend a little more time with each patient. 

My advice... like others have said, if you have an area of nursing that you think you would actually love, then go for it!!!!!   There are some downright crappy nursing jobs out there, and then there are some great ones.  Don't give up yet.

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