I want to quit.

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So bad.

I just don't know if it's the right thing to do when I don't have another job lined up.

I have experience of less than a year in total, 4 months at my current workplace and I've loathed it eversince I started orienting on the floor. I never got a say in anything-- the hours, days, units.. I'm put on-call forcefully and required aka forced to pick up shifts due to understaffing. I've never missed a day and got my PTO request for 4 measly days denied. My mental health, physical health, emotional well-being is being compromised, not to mention my relationships with my loved ones. I don't need the money per se, my husband can support me while I look for a job, I'm just scared that it will stall me getting the experience I need if I quit... I'm just treating this as a clinical rotation just for the sole purpose of gaining experience. The money is ok, but sometimes it's not worth being this miserable everyday. I know I should be thankful that I have a job, I am.. But I think I've had enough. I'm exhausted, these 14-15 hour nights with no breaks can do a number on you. I think safety is being compromised everyday and I'm really scared to lose my license over something that's "negligent". Any thoughts on this? I consider turning in my two weeks everyday.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Specializes in Pain, critical care, administration, med.

I think for your own sanity you need to quit. They cannot do what they are doing. You should check with your state board of nursing as to the laws regarding mandatoryOT. By law you are to be given breaks and if they don't they must pay you. In order to be at your best you need to be in a place that values you. It's not there. Good luck!

gloryfied

106 Posts

Hey QueeeenB,

Do what is best for you. How ever you found this job with no experience is the same way or better way you'll find one better for you with some experience.

So many people have chosen to loose their selves for this field because of money and during their older years, they wish they had done so many other things.

Choose your way of life, don't let the way of life choose you.

It's hard in this economy, but there are jobs out there, and hospitals need us whether they want to admit it or not. But I wouldn't kill myself over keeping a job that is hurting my health.

Good luck :)

QueeenB

24 Posts

Thank you. I get paid for the breaks I don't take, but if I take a break, I'd have to stay longer just to finish everything that has to be done. We're also assigned a lot of extra work on different days like pain charting, diabetic charting, etc in addition to all the redundant Medicare charting we have to do :,( I would love to quit but in afraid I won't have enough experience to get another job.

QueeenB

24 Posts

Hey QueeeenB,

Do what is best for you. How ever you found this job with no experience is the same way or better way you'll find one better for you with some experience.

So many people have chosen to loose their selves for this field because of money and during their older years, they wish they had done so many other things.

Choose your way of life, don't let the way of life choose you.

It's hard in this economy, but there are jobs out there, and hospitals need us whether they want to admit it or not. But I wouldn't kill myself over keeping a job that is hurting my health.

Good luck :)

I guess I'm afraid of quitting because I don't have a backup plan. It will be like, ok, I quit, now what? Do I continue being a nurse even if I'm already burnt out or do I just stick it out for the sake of being a nurse? :( I've already wasted 8+ years of my life waiting to get into nursing school, looking for a job, etc and I just feel sad for myself lol I don't know what to do. Thank you for the encouragement.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

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Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

I have worked in LTC care before & it has drained me. It is soo much work & stress, I refuse to go back. I would rather not work in nursing than work in LTC. You can try pedi PDN, they usually hire quickly & give good hours. Good luck job hunting! :)

QueeenB

24 Posts

I have worked in LTC care before & it has drained me. It is soo much work & stress, I refuse to go back. I would rather not work in nursing than work in LTC. You can try pedi PDN, they usually hire quickly & give good hours. Good luck job hunting! :)

Thank you! Does it need 1 year experience? I'd like to get into school nursing too, much better fit than ltc.

LuvScience

70 Posts

If you don't absolutely need the money you make working full-time then you have a few options. You could just quit or you could reduce your hours. Working part-time or PRN could make the situation seem much more manageable while you look for a better job. Even if you only work every other weekend you can still say that you are employed and gaining experience while you continue your job search. LTC is tough, especially as a new grad, but some ltc facilities are better than others. I wouldn't completely rule LTC out because of one bad experience but do your homework before applying to another one. I look for good state surveys, low turnover, low ratios etc. A well run non-profit LTC can be a great place to work.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

1 Article; 6,883 Posts

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Thank you! Does it need 1 year experience? I'd like to get into school nursing too, much better fit than ltc.

No, some don't require any or just six months. I'm doing pedi PDN now & love it. If you find a great family & kid it's awesome. It make take some time to find a family/kid that fits but once you do it's awesome. :)

You could try to find another nursing home but I have worked at so many I just know I don't like it. Having to have 30+ residents under my care, pass. I have found every nursing home in my area is the same. It is the same stress, same bs to put up with & I don't want to deal with it.