I want to do something else - page 4
I have been working on an extremely busy med/tele unit for about 7 months..........and I hate it. Nursing is not what I thought it was. I dont have to explain y, you guys already know. I am looking... Read More
Jan 3, '07Occupation: Ambidextrous wiper Specialty: He who hesitates is probably right... ; From: US ; Joined: Dec '05; Posts: 454; Likes: 264Yes, but you have yet to be a miserable nurse.
Jan 4, '07Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in Occupational Medicine, Orthopedics ; From: US ; Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 152; Likes: 19Quote from K98Yes, but you have yet to be a miserable nurse.
Good one K98!
Jan 4, '07Joined: Nov '05; Posts: 1,883; Likes: 95Quote from K98One great thing about nursing, you do not have to stay miserable. You can leave and find a different area of your choice. So, I rather have that option!Yes, but you have yet to be a miserable nurse.
Jan 4, '07Occupation: Ambidextrous wiper Specialty: He who hesitates is probably right... ; From: US ; Joined: Dec '05; Posts: 454; Likes: 264Right you are, but exercising most of the options requires a little thing called "experience". Therein lies the misery. New grads have choices, and a lot of them are uniformly bad. I went to an ICU to avoid a lot of what I heard other nurses complaining about on MS units. I guess I did all right. I only care for two really-ill-confused-combative-incontinent-elderly-patients-on tubes feeds. While I "can" spend 7p-7a turning, bathing, and continuously cleaning up liquid poo, I don't enjoy it. At this point, it is important that I enjoy what I do. I'm still looking (just not at nursing).
Feb 27, '07Specialty: none, still looking ; Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 334; Likes: 4I am at a standstill with nursing myself b/c of med errors and I want a change, not b/c of just hating nursing, but the legal aspects of nursing. :angryfire
What did you end up doing?
Feb 28, '07Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 211; Likes: 10Quote from smileyseniorI understand you in many ways. I work on a tele/medsurg/ortho unit. Its crazy most days. Every 4th shift is 'alright'. The rest are hell.1. The long work hours, you never get off on time, 12 hour shifts turn into 16s.......
23. shall I go on?
I wish I had known this when I was in school.
Look into other fields of nursing though before you quit. For instance, I talked to a nurse I know, who I see every few months. She works in a NICU. After I went on and on about how I hate my job for several reasons you named above, she went on to tell me how her job was a struggle because she had nothing to do half her 12 hour shift at times. I know having a job with nothing to do makes the shift longer but puhlease, I would take that over running around like a chicken with its head cut off, 'playing nurse' without a lunch break for 12+ hours. But the grass is always greener..... I guess. Im almost considering NICU.
My *dream* job now is camp nursing. Working as a camp counsler with kids and also at times utilizing my nursing skills. Too bad it may only be seasonal and the pay cannot be as good as I would need it to be. I also *should* get more bedside nursing experience before I leave off to camp because I know it would be harder to get back into if I need to (and probably would need to) in the future. For money and stability reasons.
Dont give up. There are nurse grads who are out there that were lucky enough to find a position they like. I like some of my co-workers and we just got a new manager. So I want to stick it out to see how it goes over the next few months.
And about getting called in? DONT PICK UP. SAY NO. Its not your problem. At everyother job I worked at, even at busy retail places, I would come in to work extra all the time. Thought I would do that as a nurse, and make big money. I wont go in extra at all. AT ALL. You cannot guilt me to come in. I have the power in my finger to say no, thats it, and hang up the phone. JUST SAY NO. It works. I stink at saying no, but I have NO PROBLEM saying no to coming into work for antying but my days.
Feb 28, '07Joined: Feb '07; Posts: 17; Likes: 1You may not necessarily need to choose an entirely new career, but do a different type of nursing job. My mom works in a Coumadin clinic where she calls the elderly and tels them their INRs and when to get new lab draws. She even makes a dollar more than me. How cushy of a job. I graduated in last April and got my RN license in June 2006. I love floor nursing. I work on a cardiac step-down unit. It has a 4-1 ratio and the patients are awesome. Maybe you just need to pick a different specialty.
Mar 4, '07Occupation: ER nurse Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in med-surg, ER ; Joined: Mar '06; Posts: 15; Likes: 7Phew. Whenever I read one of those "i hate my workplace" that unfortunately seem to be plenty at this forum, I am amazed. I know you're not too fond of unions on your side of the pond, but is this the case among nurses? If so, why? I know they won a fight in California over nurse to patient ratio. Perhaps if you got better organized at your workplaces, these problems wouldn't be so common.
Mar 5, '07Occupation: RN Manager (Retired) Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in ICU, CM, Geriatrics, Management ; From: US ; Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 3,325; Likes: 722Quote from silly1982Good going!... I WAS JUST LIKE YOU...I HAVE 2.5 YEARS OF EXPEREIENCE AND HAD TO GO ON A MONTHS STRESS LEAVE AFTER 7 MONTHS OF WORK. SO THEN I LEFT MY CRAPPY WARD AND WENT TO THE OR. IT SUCKED, SO I WENT TO ANOTHER OR...MUCH BETTER...
Mar 5, '07Joined: Oct '04; Posts: 2,334; Likes: 3,476Quote from norsemanPhew. Whenever I read one of those "i hate my workplace" that unfortunately seem to be plenty at this forum, I am amazed. I know you're not too fond of unions on your side of the pond, but is this the case among nurses? If so, why? I know they won a fight in California over nurse to patient ratio. Perhaps if you got better organized at your workplaces, these problems wouldn't be so common.
Not every state has unions. Some places fight to keep them out.
Mar 6, '07Occupation: Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in GYN-ONC, MED/ONC, HEM/ONC ; Joined: Feb '06; Posts: 33; Likes: 11Quote from FutureNurse35[EVIL][/EVIL]Find something else to do before you hurt someone.
What a mean thing to say! We should be supporting not trying to make people feel bad. That is the reason you probably feel how you are feeling in the first place!
Anyway, all I want to say is that I worked medsurg for 9 months and HATED it. I was miserable, its a wonder my boyfriend didn't leave me! Nursing is not just a hard job, it is the hardest job. I agree with what you're saying, but I moved to a different job, and, I'm not loads happier but at least I can tolerate it, and don't get sick to my stomach every day on my way to work. I give 150%, and try to leave work at work.
Also I'm getting my masters to be an NP and work in a college health clinic which is a cake walk compared to what I'm doing now!
Mar 6, '07Occupation: Graduate Registered Nurse Specialty: acute medical ; Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 172; Likes: 13Quote from smileyseniorOh, you are definitely not alone...I have just noticed that you said you would transfer at the end of January. I really hope that this experience is going well for you. I imagine the transition will be difficult, but if the ambience prior to you even going there is calmer, then I hope it has been good to you...Thank you for all the support! I do have some issues that I could work on like not taking things personally, saying no and not feeling guilty about it, dealing with toxic people beter, stop working so much, change my schedule, acknowledge the progress I have made, and explore other avenues of nursing than just bedide to name a few! Well, I am going to transfer to a calmer unit at the end of January and we will see how thazt goes.......it's much calmer,less busy, but still plenty of good experience. I know its tough but I can do it.........and I really appreciate the support, its nice to know I am not alone!
Mar 13, '07Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 12; Likes: 1Ok.. I will say right now I am a student. I can only empathize with your situation but I think that if you are so burned out and there is such a huge list of negatives... (I did not see any positives) you really should consider a change in careers or atleast a different area of nursing... I have been told that it takes a few years to find the one area that really fits. So maybe try another field of nursing, or take a vaccation before you make yourself sick. I am sure if you have a family all the stress you appear to be under is taking a toll on them as well. Just because it might look better to keep the job for a year does not mean that it is worth it. I hope you find a career path that is rewarding to you and is something that makes you happy!!