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I need advice. Should I quit?
I cannot answer if you should quit. However I can safely say you can HELP people, especially the homeless and those on drugs, without being a Registered Nurse. Social Workers work closer with the homeless population in terms of helping them live day-to-day then nurses in many settings.
The degree and license to become a clinician or a social worker with a BA/BS is not as demanding as nursing. For example, I have never heard of anyone being kicked out of school.
In fact, the involvement of Social Workers in the daily lives of patients/clients is so extensive that the social worker usually knows more about a patient's treatment plan, background, and family off-hand (without looking it up in a medical chart) then anyone on the clinical team. :spin:
There are exceptions. Some inpatient settings (small clinics) and outpatient settings (Public Health) lack social services so nurses do the role of a social worker until the patient is discharged. On the other hand, most hospitals and private clinical settings know that social services are vital and will have a social worker (or department) on hand to work with nurses and others on the clinical team.
Whatever you decide, good luck to you!