Has anyone else felt this way?

  1. I am in my second semester of an ADN program and over the past few weeks I have felt as if I made the wrong decision by going into the nursing program. I absolutely hated my last clinical rotation on med/surg and keep thinking that maybe I should just bail out now before I get too much further into it. Is this just a phase I am going through??? Has anyone else ever felt like quitting because they didn't like one of their rotations? I do not see myself as a med/surg nurse and am wondering if I will ever find a specialty that I like.

    Thanks for listening.
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  3. by   Fran-RN
    Hang in there. That's the grat thing about nursing, there are so many options. I bet you'll find something you love.
  4. by   nursedawn67
    Marianne...hang in there! Everyone goes through this. You will find something I always thought I would go into L & D and then did my clinical rotation hated it. I had always sworn I wouldn't go back to LTC (I had worked there for 6 years as a CNA), but guess where I work and love it. In my nursing clinicals my instructor made sure that all of us, at least once got to see different aspects of nursing. You'll find one, just hang tough!
  5. by   Brown Suga
    I have had the same feeling myself. I wish I could bypass med/surg all together. The reason for the bypass is all patient's are geriactric hospital is the clinical site. I keep telling myself that I can do this. I am already in my second semester of an ADN program. Have a great day all. :chuckle
  6. by   peaceful2100
    We all have a rotation we really do not like too well. However, if you know what type of nurse to be or if you really want to do this then hang in there. The best thing about nursing is there are SO many different areas to choose from. How many other areas out there can you think of that offers as much diversity that nursing offers.
  7. by   crnasomeday
    I agree so much with what peaceful said. There are so many areas in nursing to choose from. Don't feel bad if you hated your first rotation in medsurg. If it makes you feel any better, I used to come home from that clinical crying EVERY DAY. It seemed like 95% of what we did on that rotation was the CNA's job - not that there is anything wrong or demeaning at all about that, but it just wasn't what I pictured for myself, and I hated it. My husband though just kept supporting me when I'd come home ready to drop out of the program, and telling me that it wasn't going to be that way forever. And you know....he was right! I've really enjoyed my other rotations much much better....Good luck to you!
  8. by   GPatty
    I totally can relate with the above. I am currently on a Med-Surg rotation and I'm not liking it one little bit! I had a nurse yesterday who treated me like I was her own personal slave, didn't want to show me anything or talk to me about anything, etc...
    I felt useless. I accomplished giving my patient his bath, and changing his bed, that's about all...
    But, my husband is also supportive of my classes and is supportive when I come home feeling like I am nothing. "It won't last forever." he says. And I know I have to agree....
    So just push yourself through this time...nursing is a gratifying place to be!
  9. by   Josefin
    Hang on- as many have said already- there are many options when you are a nurse. I can tell you that I have had many doubts about my choise of career, but I have decided to go on. After I had studied archaeology for 3 years I just felt that I needed to get an exam where I could get a job after graduation. My highest wish was to become a veterinarian, but I have now realized that it wont happen, at least not now. I cant afford to take more than 6 years of loans, so Im going to become a nurse....
  10. by   Tiggur
    everyone has said it well .....there are so many options out there..and i think we have all felt that this area or that area is not the area for us ... well at least i have ,,, my family asked me one time well what kind of nurse do you wanna be ...cause i was naming all the kinds of nurses i didnt want to be .....so hang in there if being a nurse is what you wanna be .... my best freind told me it will come to you when you least expect it ..... good luck Tina
  11. by   zacarias

    I'm feeling how you are. I'm in my second rotation on a med/surg or TCU floor (alternating) and I feel like I know nothing. Maybe I dislike it for different reasons than you but I feel like I simply can't do it. The problem is, this is what I've wanted to do for so long, there is no turning back.