Why I'm leaving nursing - page 3

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   jimbr1
    Would just like to add my 2 cents here. You've made the commitment by studying hard in school, passed the boards to become an RN, have had experiences both good and bad, otherwise you would not have made it to the 6 year mark. I most certainly respect you decision, whatever it may be. I would only suggest that you try a different venue before leaving the profession before writing it off completely. I do not know your family situation in terms of commitment, but why not try travel nursing? I worked 11 years as a staff nurse, but have done travel nursing for the last 6 years and love it. It is challenging in terms of learning new systems and routines, but when it comes down to it...nsg is nsg in terms of knowledge and safe practice. You will meet tons of new people, and all of them are not miserable, you will see a number of environments both good and bad...but the contracts are finite and you will learn where to embrace the good environments and avoid the miserable ones. Believe it or not, there are still patients,families and staff that appreciate nurses! I would suggest that you re-think your decision...from an RN of 17 years with no intention of leaving the profession.
  2. by   Vacationtime247
    I'm sure a lot more people would leave nursing if they weren't buried in debt. See it all to often. New nurse, excited to be in their new position, goes out and buys a new car, new house, and other big ticket items. Great! If that makes you happy. But how many hours are they going to have to work to pay it off? Moral of this story, don't go in debt.
  3. by   Khaan
    Instead of "giving up the faith" it would be better to use your energy from these negative experiences to play a role as an agent of change. Nurses overrun the healthcare system. If we unite our voice we can change things, but not if we leave. Life is better when we are appreciated, but sometimes others don't understand this. We need to educate them. If you have the mentality you do, I would absolutely say get out of nursing. Better yet, for you and others, I'd say change your mentality and keep the fight.
  4. by   Angell173
    I too have experienced what you have described apart from the HIV incident. I have only been qualified for 4 year and have also left. Due to the burnout which has directly affected my long standing connective tissue condition.
    Its an awful time in the profession with more and more pressure put into us at a time. Unfortunately this will not end well and more and more nurses are leaving and less people wanting to train as a nurse.
  5. by   sacyyl220
    Socialized medicine ...you should move to the US, we have many nursing jobs, and the nurse unions will give you a stronger voice regarding complaints.
  6. by   coolnurseclubRN
    So glad you are young enough to get out and move on. If you go into nursing because you have compassion and really want to take care of sick folks, surprise!, It doesn't work that way anymore. It's all about money, EMR is where it all started. Computers and technology can be great, but when you pass by a patient whom you weren't assigned to and notice them not breathing ( a geriatric unit) , you check the computer to find out code status and the little hourglass just keeps going round and round, then computers are not all they say they are. Thank God for the little cheat sheet I made every morning in secret hidden in my pocket. By the time we got the crash cart there and placed the pads, the little hourglass was still going round and round. Any other day, if I'd have been caught with that little piece of paper in my pocket, I'd have been suspended for checking patient charts which I was not assigned to. HIPAA violation.
    I'm in long term care now. Still very busy but a little less clinically stressful. You still get yelled at by patients but most of them don't know any better and don't remember in 5 minutes.
    I'm too old to change careers or I definitely would, but I love my old folks! I hate what nursing has become and it's only going to get worse. I love taking care of sick folks but acute care nurses no longer have time to. It really makes me want to cry.
  7. by   jasminesguillory
    Good for you.
    Nursing is a tough profession.
    Sometimes it feels like the patients and management are collaborating to destroy staff.
    Patients seem to think they have diplomatic immunity when it comes to assaulting/trying to sexually assault nurses and other staff.
    Management believe they are demi-gods expecting staff to perform miracles.

    No job/career is worth losing your health and sanity.
  8. by   Skippingtowork
    Quote from sacyyl220
    Socialized medicine ...you should move to the US, we have many nursing jobs, and the nurse unions will give you a stronger voice regarding complaints.
    Sorry, many places do not have unions, and even those that do have issues. Also, we are graduating a lot of nurses who cannot find jobs, so we don't want to invite more nurses from other countries to make the problem worse. I see young nurses so discouraged because they cannot find work.

    The problems UK nurse is experiencing is rampant here and has nothing to do with socialized medicine. The entire system needs an overhaul and nurses, like another poster stated, are in the best position to force change. It's unfortunate that when serious issues are brought to light, some among us chalk it up to "inability to handle stress." Really?
  9. by   QuanaBSN
    I just want to applaud you for hanging in there that long. I totally understand what you're going through. I was burned out as well just not as severe as you. I've only been a nurse for 3 1/2yrs and decided to completely change my area of specialty. The hospitals from my experience are really short staffed which is causing nurses to call out, feel overworked, and overwhelmed. It doesn't make coming to work at all enjoyable and that's when I realized this isn't for me and I had to do something about it vs complain. I love being a nurse so I don't see myself completely leaving. I love my new job thus far and I don't have to deal with nearly as much stress in the hospital!! There are less stressful areas you just have to find them. Much luck to you!
  10. by   NurseKitN
    Amen. I also left bedside nursing (kind of) 3 years ago and it's the best decision I have ever made. Now I'm a PDN and although I do direct patient care I don't feel like I'm spreading myself too thin while at work. I have time to build rapport (something we learn in school but feel like we don't have time for). 1 on 1 is a God send. If I never have to see another hospital floor again I will be happy.
  11. by   mspks2007
    Hello im new to thread and i was reading all the comments. I just got accepted into the nursing program at a community college and ive never heard of things like this. Just to be clear were you actually stuck by the needle from the HIV patient???
  12. by   JayPeeTay
    Don't blame the profession. Put the blame where the blame lies - government. Our profession is being governed by a group of flat out buffoons who have no idea what they are talking about and yet they are dictating process to the profession. In addition, the onus for reducing the costs of healthcare are being placed at the feet of those who are not fully responsible and for those who ARE responsible, there are few, if any, consequences.

    I too have felt that frustration and yet the reward I get from nursing did not stop. I still want to do the best I can for all of the patients I impact, whether its direct care, management of others, impact on the community or a specific population. What we do matters. I won't walk away from that.
  13. by   Caroline123
    You seem like a smart person. ALWAYS follow your instinct! Best wishes to you!!