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Finally Leaving Nursing...For Good!

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BSNbeDONE specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health.

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I went on my interview exactly one week ago today. If all goes well, I am right behind you, and I only work one day per week. Hold the elevator!!!!

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Daisy4RN has 20 years experience and specializes in Travel, Home Health, Med-Surg.

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Ditto for me too! Bedside nursing is extremely hard work and nurses get burned out fast. Thank-you for your comments, I am sure that they will help many nurses who also feel this way. Good luck to you where ever the road leads...

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AceOfHearts<3 specializes in Critical care.

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Best wishes on your next journey! I know exactly how you feel and the instant relief upon making your decision to leave- I felt that way about my old career! Sometimes we need the wrong career to show us the right one. I know the leap of faith it takes to make that decision and I hope it turns out for you as well as it has for me (nursing was the right choice for me).

It's also more common than I knew that people want to go back to school for new careers. People that know I've done that have reached out to me and I was able to provide a neutral ear and things to consider (pros and cons). I am definitely of the mind though that one should not feel absolutely miserable with their job/career (they don't need to love it, but it shouldn't cause them to go on anxiety/depression meds).

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That's just cool! Congratulations and wishing the best of everything be upon you!

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fawnmarie has 15 years experience and specializes in Psychiatric Nursing.

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Wishing you all the best of luck and success as you move on! I'm happy for you, and I share in your excitement! Although I have not turned in my notice yet, I have finally admitted to myself that school nursing is not my niche, and I have decided to return to mental health nursing, my true passion! I noticed an interesting psych nurse position that is available, and your post has inspired me to apply for it! And why not? Life is too short to be unhappy! Let's celebrate!

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I am working on getting out now. I won't leave it until I gain acceptance into the degree program that I am aiming for. I figure what is the point. I already know I am leaving so that gives me a peace of mind when I am at work. I will save money as well. I can handle another year or two of working as a nurse. Good luck to you!

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Good for you! I finally couldn't take it anymore after 30+ years and turned in my resignation. I felt like the world was off my shoulders. My husband says I'm like a new person (in a good way - lol). I can't say it as eloquently as the OP, but when I started nursing we were treated like people. We had authority to stop our patients from making bad decisions (like eating a whole bucket of KFC that their family brought for visitation, knowing that the patient was diabetic). We could decide to let a patient sleep through a med pass and administer it when they woke up. We were allowed to tell idiotic visitors to knock it off or leave. We had enough staff to care for the patients and our time was spent at the bedside, not at the computer. In other words, we did patient centered care before it was a thing. Now "patient centered care" has run me out of nursing. I can't stand to see my patients suffer because the powers-that-be want me to act like a Hooters waitress instead of providing good care. I have no nursing autonomy. If I'm 5 minutes late with meds it shows up on the computer like a giant scarlet letter and I asked one of the younger nurses if they still teach nursing autonomy and she was like "what's that?" I'm done with it. Luckily I have enough of a retirement saved up that I can let my nursing license go inactive when it's up for renewal. I'm free, and I'll never go back to that life of horrors that was modern nursing.

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beckyboo1 has 30 years experience.

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After 30 years of hospital nursing, I hit the wall. I no longer enjoyed pt care. I hate the politics, the lack of adequate staff. I took a leap and now work in an outpatient endoscopy facility. I love it!! No non stop call lights, screaming families, no foleys, no death. I feel better than I have in years. Plus...no weekends or holidays. I've never had a job I didn't work them. Good luck to you OP!

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olive11 has 22 years experience and specializes in geriatrics, dementia and like, insurance.

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Although I'm not an RN, similar experiences have kept me from wanting to pursue my nursing education beyond LVN. I even went so far as to get a Bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field. I currently work in insurance review utilizing nursing experience and judgment but even that has not satisfied. I stopped bedside nursing several years back and although I also loved my dementia patients and working with patients directly, everything else just left me feeling burned out.

I'm considering switching fields altogether but it's scary when all you know is the medical field and it would be essentially starting over.

I wish you the very best and hope your new direction is exactly what you need to find joy and satisfaction in your career.

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Wishing you well in whatever your new endeavors bring you. Enjoy your new time. :up:

Thank you so much!

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The most sincere & well thought out exit post I've seen here cocoa_puff (full disclosure, we prefer Count Chocula at our house)

I've often wondered if I could have coped with the job had I started with nursing as it is today. I won't offer anything in the way of your possible options within the field as a whole as you've already been diligently exploring alternatives.

Your mention of disliking patients and families is a symptom of the other stresses you described. You're not and never were a horrible person.

All the best in your new career path.

nursel56, I appreciate this so much! Thank you!

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Everline specializes in public health, women's health, reproductive health.

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I must say I am happy for you. Just two years into this profession and I can agree with much of what you said, which is pretty sad. I think you are brave to move on and I wish you the absolute best in your next career!

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