Quote from cathbow
I'm about to graduate nursing school and am finishing up my preceptorship, which is going well, but I keep wondering lately if I've done the right thing by becoming a nurse. Is this normal? I feel like a pill pusher, overwhelmed, and exhausted.
I'd love feedback from those that have been there.
I am entering my last year of a 4 yr BSN, although I am in CDN, I understand how you feel I am working as an undergraduate nurse this summer. The scope of practice is almost the same as an RN however I am under another RN's license.
Anyways I have had a similar week of realization, there is significant time pressures and I am so tired at the end of the shift all I can do is sleep when I get home and repeat the next day.
The transition is overwhelming, however, what is helping is:
1) taking a casual position and working fewer hours.
My employer has no obligation to me as explicitly stated in my hire contract so the same is true in reverse. Go long weekend ^_^, care for yourself first.
2) Ask and move around, some units have great managers and therefore staff, ask about length of orientation and how the unit is going to support a new nurse to be successful and grow as part of the team? If you get a funny look, time to go to the next unit or hospital.
Lastly, I have felt as you do at times but I also have found areas of nursing that I really like and even though I am not in that area this year I will get there by next year.
As to your original question I doubt that nursing was mistake, even if you find another career the skills and education you have will be invaluable and the experience has help to make who you are today.
Best of luck in whatever you decide,