Disliked nursing, left it and 2 years later. Also a huge thank you to all RNs


Almost 2 years ago I had just started my nursing career. I got my BSN in 2015 got my RN license shortly after graduating and had started my first floor job on an acute care floor as an RN. I was really excited when I started out but 6 months in i was absoleutly miserable and burnt out. I made a post 2 years ago


Asking the community what or where I can go with a BSN and only 6 months of actual RN experience. Many of you posted giving me advice and where to look in to etc but I had made the official choice of leaving nursing. I didn't leave the medical field I actually ended up applying to PA school and shockingly got accepted. I love the medical field but the nursing area just wasn't for for me. I'm glad to say I will be graduating from PA school this spring 2018 and already got a great job offer lined up with a great medical group here at one of the premiere hospitals in my state state.

I just want to say thank you for every thing all you RNs do each and every day. I couldn't cut it as a RN and it's an area i highly respect and have a great deal of respect for. It's a very labor intensive job and very draining and i will always carry the respect I have for each of you as I move on with my career as a provider.

To anyone who is also at that point where I was 2 years ago where nursing just didn't fit at all and you are looking at other options I highly recommend PA school.

Anyway thank you everyone for all that you do, I sure as heck couldn't cut it. Pretty sure if other providers also walked in our shoes for 1 day they too would have more respect for all RNs.

Specializes in Psychiatry, Community, Nurse Manager, hospice. Has 7 years experience.

Thanks for posting.

I am a new nurse experiencing many challenges. Not sure what I am going to do and how on earth I could already feel this fed up. I never considered PA school, but always wanted to be a psych NP.

Please post another update after you start working as a PA.


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Good for you for taking positive steps in the face of feeling burned out and unsure about everything. Best wishes with the end of school and your PA career!

TriciaJ, RN

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Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory. Has 42 years experience.

And thank you for not trashing us and our whole profession because it didn't turn out to be the right thing for you. I admire your ability to keep going and find your path and I know you will be a great PA. And not just because you know personally "how the other half lives".

Congratulations on your new career!

Specializes in Varied. Has 7 years experience.

I am certain you learned many skills that will translate into your practice as a PA! Best of luck!

Specializes in Registered Nurse. Has 28 years experience.

Thanks for getting back to us. I sometimes wonder what happened to some of the "posters" and how their story in nursing resolves. It sounds like your's is a happy ending. Best wishes.


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Has 2 years experience.

Thank you for sharing!