Burned out and hate nursing - page 6

Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be a nurse. I wanted to help people. I wanted to heal. Now 4 years out of nursing school, I HATE nursing with a passion. I am a med/surg nurse with... Read More

  1. by   anotherone
    Quote from netglow
    I know of two new grads in my area - friend families, who are in Finance and Accounting who instantly were hired by big firms in the City (Chicago) near me with absolutely no effort on their part - they had multiple offers.

    I have also heard these two areas are on the comeback, but without proof, like nursing you never know. But they said that that sector seems to be hiring and classmates had no trouble.
    I have friends in NYC in big firms who work in finance. They work 80hr weeks. The biggest appeal about nursing is three 12s to me
  2. by   CrunchRN
    Try other (non-hospital) areas of nursing. You have to put yourself out there and expend real energy, but once you get a different type of job it is worth it. I have been a non-hospital nurse for 20 years. These jobs however will not just fall into your lap. It is up to you what happens next.
  3. by   netglow
    If you've never done a thing outside healthcare, it's hard to understand the difference. It's even to the level of basic human rights.

    I have owned my own business, and let me tell you, 80 hour weeks fly by and really that's being comfortable doing sales are just near your laptop for calls. In the corporate world, the stress level is different and not nearly as high for obvious reasons - yes you deal with millions of dollars, but it's money not human life. You may be pushed hard, but absent are all the things that healthcare does to take away one's self esteem and health. You won't need your xanax or your antidepression meds just to get yourself to work. You certainly won't spend every hour outside of work eating and sleeping away your life.

    Sometimes I think we hold back other nurses because it's nice having more people "in the same boat" instead of being happy someone gets out to something better. See how sick that is?
  4. by   RiverNurse
    How long have you been a nurse? Now then, onto options:

    1. Get out of Med-Surg. Sounds like you're burned to a crisp.
    2. Continue your education (i.e. specialize)
    3. Consider nursing informatics (downside - then you'll have a different level of "entitled clientele").

    Just a few thoughts from a middle aged frumpy nurse,

    rivernurse
  5. by   Kencanwin
    Perhaps Travel Nursing would be to your liking. Your never in the same place too long and you tend to work in disadvantaged areas where any medical aid is greatly appreciated ( in general).
  6. by   SarahLeeRN
    Quote from RN1023
    Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to be a nurse. I wanted to help people. I wanted to heal. Now 4 years out of nursing school, I HATE nursing with a passion. I am a med/surg nurse with a BSN.

    Reasons I hate nurses (in no particular order)
    1. Most days I feel like a pill-pusher. I don't feel like I make a difference.
    2. Doctors feel they are perfect.
    3. Patient satisfaction scores.
    4. Patient sense of entitlement. (see #3)
    5. Family at the bedside dictating what they want...like I am their personal servant. I have to comply (see #3).
    6. Lack of appreciation mized with how much more work can they give us.
    7. Nights, weekends, and holiday. I don't want to give everything I've got only to see no return in work satisfaction.

    I don't want to be a case manager. I don't want home health nursing. I really want to be outside of the hospital. Quite honestly, I want to be away from people. I would be quite content to work on a computer and have email interactions. Preferably work from home. Any suggestions?

    Try other areas besides Med Surg! You might be surprised! I burned out of my first job two years in. I was sick, sick, sick of nursing. Took a few months off...applied other places(after a couple months when I could finally stand the thought of going through application processes again)...and got a job that I love. Four years in one specialty is a long time if you don't like it in my opinion.
  7. by   hope3456
    I feel sorry for anyone considering nursing school right now. I'm glad there are posts like this to let people know. Just a little hint to anyone who is. when there is a " shortage" hospitals will be paying your tuition and giving you contracts before you even finish school. That is what I got back in 2002 - 2004. Now the market is saturated and you pretty much have to take what you can up the youknowwhat.
  8. by   jan286
    Would you consider working for an insurance company in a clinical review department? That is all computers and papers, no face to face contact. Most insurance companies also have triage nurses for their members to call...there is some patient contact (again, through the phone), but still a lot different than being a floor nurse.
  9. by   RCBR
    All you fellow RNs there belittling, trashing medical-surging nursing, encouraging people to leave, praising nursing specialties with minimal patient/family interaction... so sad. How about when YOU or one of your DEAR ONES need to be admitted to a med surge unit? Who is gonna take care you?
  10. by   CrunchRN
    Quote from RCBR
    All you fellow RNs there belittling, trashing medical-surging nursing, encouraging people to leave, praising nursing specialties with minimal patient/family interaction... so sad. How about when YOU or one of your DEAR ONES need to be admitted to a med surge unit? Who is gonna take care you?

    I think most people respect and treasure nurses who do that work and want to be there.

    However, do you want a nurse who hates it caring for your loved ones? I don't.
  11. by   martymoose
    Quote from anotherone
    You are doing that now for a lot more money.... I hate it too sometimes. I don't think another specialty will make a difference .
    But regular customer service doesn't carry the liability that having a nursing license does.
  12. by   martymoose
    Quote from RCBR
    All you fellow RNs there belittling, trashing medical-surging nursing, encouraging people to leave, praising nursing specialties with minimal patient/family interaction... so sad. How about when YOU or one of your DEAR ONES need to be admitted to a med surge unit? Who is gonna take care you?
    I guess I'll be taking time off to ensure their safety- as I have seen the lack of experience that hospitals are so happy to hire so they can save a buck Experience means nothing to them
  13. by   sneeds
    It's not the nurses fault that patients are not being cared for appropriately. That is what this post is about as well. It's about nurses who just want to be nurses but feel so overwhelm by the management that focuses on bottom lines that they are forced into positions that are unsafe. That is what is sad. I'm scared about being admitted or one of my dear ones being admitted because I know that nurse is trying her best and yet it will never be good enough in the environment in which she/he practices. When you make healthcare a commodity it is treated like one and nurses know better. I could have a patient who needs much more of my time after getting news about cancer and another who is a total care and 3 others whom are hanging tight to get results. All the tests and interruptions and the liability.... I would love to just have 3 to 4 patients to focus on all shift long. No revolving door discharges and admits. See, ratios are not just about how many you receive when you start work. It's how many you d/c and admit along with their core measures and allll the details. One slip and whoa. I would like to see realistic workloads that make me feel safe and my patient safe. If there are positions out there that are more protective of my patient and my practice then, yes, I would love to hear about them. I support the bill that has been presented recently. How can you just be ok with the environment that can hurt nurses and patients? Why bash when nurses are going through such environments? I would never trash med/surg, those nurses are taking on sooooo much right now! They are handling acuity equal to intermediate care. That is the nature of the beast right now and it's not right. Intermediate is handling patient ratios of med/surg and i hear icu is increasing ratios too. It's about safety and the future of nursing.

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