Want to hear from RNs who are leaving the job. - page 2

You can't quite call me the average nurse who left the profession but I do appreciate the chance to talk about the last two years. If three years ago someone would have told me I would be out of... Read More

  1. by   josh_RN
    rncountry...you are very welcome. he sounds like he was a very strong willed person. i am sure he will be missed. and as a aside....i understand your dad's frustration about the civilian work ethic. I grew up around military families and around military bases. even though i never served...joined nursing instead of the army..i see the difference in work ethic between people who have served in the military and those who never have. different kind of drive in the workplace. all employers look for military service for a reason.
  2. by   oramar
    Originally posted by oramar:
    Originally posted by josh_RN:
    I call it a job because after working 4 years of burn trauma and CICU/SICU I realize now society, doctors and administrators do not really consider nursing a career. I am changing over into networking and electronics. I would like to hear from other nurses or ex-nurses that are now working in other fields. I am curious to know how it is going for you and your families now that you are out of nursing. Has it been as good as I think it will be or have there been problems? Thanks...josh
    You can't quite call me the average nurse
    who left the profession but I do appreciate the chance to talk about the last two years. If three years ago someone would have told me I would be out of work at age 52 I would have told them they were insane. Nursing had always been tough but I had always managed to hang in there. Then came RESTRUCTURING, DOWNSIZING, PATIENT FOCUSED CARE. What a beeping nightmare! I had a mild health problem that suddenly became a sever health problem. I wanted to retrain but you have to be well to do that. So I just up and quit and stayed at home for the last nine months. Most people do not have the economic option of just sitting at home for nine months. I was lucky to have a husband with a good job, a home that is paid for and no serious bills. It takes nine months to have a baby and it took me nine months to give birth to a new me. When I left I was full of self loathing and feelings of failure. After about three months I started to notice a improvement in my mental health, just this summer I started noticing an improvment in my physical health. Now I am interested in life again and am starting to check into some options. Will I go back into nursing or sign up for retraining? I am not sure of the answer to that question. However, I am starting to look into various options and I am about to make my way back into the world. I owe Brian Short and the people at these boards a big thanks because being able to talk to others in the same situation save my life. I AM NOT KIDDING IT SAVED MY LIFE.
    Here is an update. I just took a casual position at a small nursing home that is very close to my home. I can walk there in 30 min and drive there in 5. The pay is not very good but I have been off for 9 months and I got to try something. I interviewed them yesterday. I am not misspeaking, I interviewed them more than they interviewed me. I went over the place with a fine toothcomb. Got the phone number of an employee on the sly and called them at home. I asked a million questions. I like everything about the place except the pay. I think that it is a nice place to work and they a have low turn over. However, I have not worked LTC before and I admit I might be missing somethings. Can anyone give me advice?

    [This message has been edited by oramar (edited October 05, 2000).]
  3. by   karenrndmc
    I am feeling guilty because I have a wonderful nursing position which I love very much. I traded in my nerve-racking career of a staff nurse for a tranquil position in the Cardiology dept. You can say I found my Nitch in nursing. I was a staff nurse for 7 years before I received my current job, which I have been in for 3 years now. I worked step-down, Telemetry, and ICU in the past. Midnights, Weekends, and Holidays! I had Doctors screaming at me and patients family members "writing me up", I had been pooped on, puked on, and blood splashed in my eye. A 74-year-old confused combative lady even bit me on the boob! I was burnt out and ready to leave the profession! Then, I landed my current position in a emergent cardiology department at a growing hospital only by sheer luck and with Gods blessing (I actually had my resume blessed with holey water by my Priest!). These positions are hard to get and rare to come by. You really have to wait till the nurses retire to get in. But yet after 3 years of a break form the gruel of the floor staff nurse position, I actually miss it and crave the feeling of being, a "real nurse again". I doubt that I will give up my current position, but have looked into filling in a few times a month on the step-down unit in my hospital. Even with all the stress, there is a certain amount of pride that comes with the job. It takes a special person and a strong person (both physcially and mentally) to be a nurse. Does anyone else feel the same way??? karen

  4. by   Phantom2U
    I like my job, don't love it but like it. I believe it takes a lot of strength in character to be a RN. I would suggest to those who are unhappy to define exactly what is making you feel that way.
    Is it the hours you work, your boss, your specialty? There is a nitch out there for everyone you just need to look for it.

  5. by   lita1857
    oramar, please except my apology...I do think your stronger than you think...or maybe now you are after going thru several major experiences in your life.josh_RN keep us posted on the new business, there maybe a wealth of knowledge out here that could help, also potential customers. Have you seen the site ka-ching? it actually shows how to get a business up and running. Best of luck...mcountry ..I'm not exactly sure what to say except your story and tx was incredibly sad! no human should have to choose between family and work. the irony is if they had treated you decently, they would have your skills today!!!