Why I'm leaving nursing - page 2

Ive taken the very hard decision in my life to leave nursing. Im writing this as anonymous as I want only to be heard. I qualified as a nurse 6 years ago. I enjoyed the course and could not wait to... Read More

  1. by   Ams1285
    I can't imagine why you'd leave nursing. There's so many different things you can do and different places you can go. But, good luck to you! I hope you find what you're looking for!
  2. by   Caroline123
    I hear you loud and clear! You are 28 years old! Yes go find your passion! You deserve it!!!
  3. by   fran2015
    Please do not feel guilty you had enough stress put on you after 40 Years of Nursing in many different arenas your complaints are all very valid and I can X 40 years and at this time in my life still needing to work I find it an emotional challenge but strong desire to find another type of work to do that I will be happy and enjoy each day. When I was in nursing school in 1976 it was said and still holds true that nurses eat their young. And it is truly fair to say anyone in here that comments to the ideology that perhaps you chose the wrong venue were their words come across as a negative they fit that description! Try to move on perhaps seek a career or College advisor to see what type of work in life that will suit you supplement U and give you the chance to help others without being tread on. Consider yourself lucky at your age to have many years ahead to change choices I was just starting nursing school at your age!! I also want to add that since the seventies and sixties nursing has changed people are more frustrated irritated unappreciative and some of that is fed by what I call Hospital/medical politics. Run like the wind to the destiny of your choice without regret or remorse.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from Ams1285
    I can't imagine why you'd leave nursing. There's so many different things you can do and different places you can go. But, good luck to you! I hope you find what you're looking for!
    We must be cognizant that the original poster is in the UK, where nursing is different. Nurses in the UK cannot switch specialties as easily as those of us in the States. In addition, UK nursing pay rates are rather low.
  5. by   miggyRN
    I understand how you feel. I too feel at the end of my rope at times, have you looked at other areas of nursing like case management or working for an insurance company? Perhaps this is a way to still make a difference in the lives of people but not have to deal with the added stress of bedside nursing. I wish you well and hope you find your career niche. Do what's best for you and you're family because at the end of the day your health (mentally, physically) is of the utmost importance. God bless you!
  6. by   rnpatrick
    The state of nursing is: Code of Ethics, Magnet, etc but no accountability for perpetrators of abuse. Media doesn't care because 90 per cent of nurses subjugate themselves to " their masters." The other ten per cent are vilified by the 90. At the end of the day the majority sow what they reap. " If you dont stand for something, you will fall for anything." The heroic few can't do it alone. And the preventable death rate for patients will not get better if the majority remains silent.
  7. by   Dbaker021
    I'm 10 years into my nursing profession. I'm an lpn in a long term care facility and only over the past few years have things seemed to have shifted terribly. We are getting more demanding and critical patients, but yet management seems to be adding more and more work to us and cutting staffing. Management yells at nurses to get out on time but if you don't do something you get written up. Oh and here's another audit we need you to do. If you stay over you need to justify your time. Patients and family members demanding more and more of the limited time available. It's so hard to balance especially without a good supportive team. There was a time when the nursing profession was respected, now I feel people look at us as a joke most days. I truly love what I do, but please and thank yous go a long way. I hope you can find something that brings you happiness.
  8. by   RNMgrSarah
    I've been a RN for 20 years and an inpatient unit manager for 5. Here's my take: a hospital is a business. Might be a tad different in the US, but from your post I'm guessing it's not. Nursing started as a mission. A calling to help those who need it. But medicine is big business. It will always come down to the bottom line. That just doesn't jive with mission work. I'm sorry if that sounds cynical but it's the truth. Are we understaffed? Yes. Would patient care be better with more RNs? Of course!
    We spend so much money (in US) on physician pay, administration pay, litigation fees, lawyers, eating costs that were billed and will never be paid, overly aggressive end of life care, etc..(and multiple cover your ass programs to protect the hospital and industry ) that hiring extra RNs to provide "excellent " patient care is just not an affordable possibility. And yet nursing schools keep preaching the feel good mission of nursing. The new RNs graduate to find burnout, high turnover, crazy staffing ratios and an inability to train orientees thoroughly due to the short staffing.
    Dont know how to fix, just my 2 cents.
  9. by   WuShuDad
    Dear UK nurse 88, what you went through you did not imagine. It's the underbelly of the job that many don't see. . first and foremost , do not give up your license . You worked far too long and too hard to get to this point . I think taking a step back like you have done is what's called for at this time. Once you feel settled mentally physically and spiritually, I highly recommend that you find a field of nursing that will accommodate Your vision. You are far too important And greatly needed to leave this field. Please reconsider.
  10. by   Cassie23
    This is sad but true. I feel your pain and if you think your alone think again.
  11. by   Caroline123
    I agree about keeping your license! Just do the CEUs and keep it active for a rainy day!
    Then go out and find yourself something that will nourish not deplete you!
    You are 28! Go for it!!
  12. by   mhy26
    I feel for you 100%.I left the hosp.for 10 yrs I was employed and went to be a health facility surveyor.Im only in my 1st week and I can feel that I can stand on this.You are still very young to totally feel bad in nursing but I would suggest to try less of patient bedside care like clinic,home health.It was really a drastic change in nursing wherever unit esp.hospital settings,on my own experience .The job I can do but resources and time were not enough and felt that I wasn't providing the best of my nursing skills and the feeling of anxiety all the time .Im on my mid 40's where I think I can still be productive in a field that will not be stress free for sure but at least its not a matter of life or death situation now.You have enough experience and jut be mindful of what you intend to do with your nursing career.dont give it up just now and think of your well being before anything else .
  13. by   nurse0614
    I fully understand your frustration and honor your decision to change careers. I have been an RN for 40 years and have finally made the same decision as you. It's just not worth my health and sanity anymore. I love patient care, am very heart-centered, also practice Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch and am an Intuitive. I have had many life changing experiences in my 40 years of ER, FLight Nursing,PACU, ICU, Medical...and other areas.
    I will be giving notice very soon, just working out some finances first. I feel that Nurses are the unsung heroes. That's why I am compiling a book call "Nurse Sparks"...it's an anthology of 22 nursing stories that inspire, are heart-warming, or illuminate the public.
    This book will be very powerful and my desire is to have stories that open the eyes of the public as to why nurses are the backbone of medicine. I wish you an easy transition, and know that when you follow your heart, the Universe conspires to assist you.
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Oct 9, '16