I need some advice....I've officially made it through (almost) my first year of working on a neurosurgery/neurology floor where we have up to 5 patients during the day, 7 at night. I promised myself I would at least stay a year before I decided to try anything else...I figured by now I'd realize if I'm cut out to be a floor nurse or not. Well, I've realized I still hate it...maybe not as much as when I first started working, but I definitely don't enjoy any aspect of my job, I'm just tolerating it at this point. I hate the degrading way the patients and familys treat me, I hate running all over the place with a thousand and one things to do, I hate basically having the be the QUEEN problem solver...for the docs, the therapists...everything!
Does anyone have ANY idea what sort of job I could apply for with only one year of floor nursing experience...without having to take too much of a pay cut??? Even if I still have to work in the hospital setting, is there a nursing job that is less intense than bedside nursing? Is it even possible? I really need some advice...I would appreciate anything some experience nurses would have to tell me!!!!