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I don't like floor nursing...

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by KalipsoRed KalipsoRed (New Member) New Member

KalipsoRed has 3 years experience .

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Okay, I've worked as a nurses aid in a very large ER for 2 years, I've worked as an RN for 2.5 years on a cardiac step down/ telemetry unit (during that time I was floated to floors with less acuity), now I'm doing travel nursing. I like the travel part of travel nursing...I like my pay as a nurse, but I really do not enjoy cleaning up poop, pee, vomit, blood. I don't like dealing with the whinny, b**chy family members, I don't like getting blamed for everything, and I hate the fact that I hardly get to spend any time with my patients.

I'm just tired. I knew that poop, pee, and other gross things were going to be part of my life when I became a nurse. It's not so much that I'm grossed out by it as I've just grown tired of dealing with it...as I have with all the other things that I mentioned. My ability to tolerate it without getting snippy has shortened a great deal since I've started in the medical field. I'm not tired of helping people, but I don't know what else to do. I need my pay to be what it is. Furthermore, I want to have a family. I want to date so that I can eventually have a family. I'm tired of working nights so I don't have to deal with the crap that happens on days. I'm tired of working days to have a social life and having to deal with the crap on days. And finally, I'm tired of working every other weekend and every other holiday. 9-5 monday to friday or less....ah, I just want to feel like I'm living.

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Chin up has 26 years experience and works as a Employment Law.

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I abhor it, but did it for 15 years. As an LPN, was limited. But you have so many other options. Have you explored other areas? Maybe administration, teaching, case management?

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Chin up has 26 years experience and works as a Employment Law.

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You need a vacation. ;)

Actually, this is what I was going to say.

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KalipsoRed has 3 years experience.

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I didn't work from Novemember 2010 until the beginning of February of this year.

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Chin up has 26 years experience and works as a Employment Law.

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I didn't work from Novemember 2010 until the beginning of February of this year.

Maybe you really don't like it. It is not for everyone, but again, the nursing field is vast. Law, business, insurance, pharmaceuticals....and on and on.

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honeykrown works as a Registered Nurse, FNP-C.

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Try another field of nursing like home health or further ur education

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kyboyrn has 5 years experience and works as a Emergency room nurse practitioner.

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I didn't mind some of the things you mentioned at first, but got tired of a lot of it after 3 years, and was also tired of not being able to make decisions and only doing what I was told so I went back to school and became an NP. Now, I still get to help people and work with patients (the things that I love about nursing and healthcare) but I also get to order tests, diagnose, prescribe, etc. and I don't have to do all the stuff that I didn't like as much about the job. It took a couple years more of education and more money, but I also make much more money, I still get to work with my old coworkers which I love, and I still get to help people which is why I went into healthcare in the first place. So, have you ever thought about maybe going into advanced practice?

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I definitely sympathize with your posting and have felt the same way for a while now. I even obtained a masters degree which I have had little success securing a non bedside position because either they go with someone with more experience supposedly or just dont reply. You hear all the time nursing is a vast profession for for career transitions BUT myself and colleagues are not seeing it.

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BrookeeLou_RN works as a disabled RN.

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Find a new type of nursing job.. You are burnt out and need a change and if that time off did not do it it has to be a significant change. I agree with above NP that would be great way to go, if it is at all possible for you.

Good luck to you.

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ImThatGuy works as a Police Officer.

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I've been likee that in anothher field. A vacation helped but only for about six weeks max. Beyond that I was my old disgruntled self again.

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BrookeeLou_RN works as a disabled RN.

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I've been likee that in anothher field. A vacation helped but only for about six weeks max. Beyond that I was my old disgruntled self again.

Did you find relief by changing jobs?

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