my first thread...a long one!

  1. Hi I'm Nicole, RN for 2 years, LPN before that. I live in cleveland akron area and I'm a newlywed. No kids... yet. 2 dogs I love like my own babies, tho!
    I have worked in Geriatrics since I was 14 years old, working my way up to my associate's RN. I work on a med-surg floor at a small catholic hospital and I must say, I'm ready to move on. Understaffing, low morale, insensitive management, and crazy staff- to -patient ratios have really brought me down. I long to find my niche, and I believe it's in surgical nursing, but no one seems to want to hire a newbie... they want you already trained to scrub and circulate and how can I learn if no one will hire me? It's the classic catch 22.
    So I'm writing now because I am at my lowest point. I took a prn job with visiting nurses, but I don't feel like it's "me" and the reception I received there was luke warm at best. I feel stuck, like I don't have a choice and I sure don't have a mentor because the older nurses I work with are burnt out and miserable and just loooove to tell me all about it.
    I'm seriously thinking of changing my major. I worked for 6 years to get my degree,(worked my way thru as an stna.) I am utterly at a loss, and I don't know whether to go back to school, quit nsg altogether, or somehow find some program to train me for o.r.
    Any advice at all would be appreciated.
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    About luckyduck7

    Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 22; Likes: 1
    medsurg, and visiting nurse
    Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience in geriatrics, adult, medsurg, postop


  3. by   EricJRN
    Have you looked at nurse internships? They're usually designed for either new grads or experienced nurses looking to change specialty. Often, hospitals with teaching affiliations will offer them.
  4. by   luckyduck7
    Thanks so much. I don't currently work at a teaching hospital, but I never knew you could intern at one. I plan on researching this now!
  5. by   Tweety
    Many hospitals have their own training programs. Good luck. Welcome!
  6. by   donsterRN
    :groupwelcome: We're glad you joined us. Good luck to you!
  7. by   suebird3
    Welcome to allnurses! Hope you enjoy the site.

  8. by   serendipity05

    When I read your thread, I told myself that life is really ironic. Here I am venting out to these nurses that all I wanted was to be a nurse and yet I failed my NCLEX just recently. I prepared hard for it which makes it even more frustrating. Here you are, a nurse, been a nurse for 2 years and doubting it. Isn't it so ironic?

    WHen I found out that I failed, I second guessed myself and asked if nursing was really for me. After crying over and over again I realized that this is what I really want. I work on a Tele floor and more than the job itself, I love my peers. THe people I work with are the best! That is why failing the NCLEX was harder to accept because I know that I will miss them for a while until I pass it. But based on your thread, I can tell that you just haven't met the right people to work with. Try as hard as you can to find a job that you've always wanted and see if after that you still like nursing. Give nursing a shot because a lot of people want to be one, and are not nurses or not yet. If at the end you still find yourself unhappy, then probably it's really time to say goodbye to the profession.

    I do hope you find that one thing that will make you happy each day. I guess we both need to pray harder so that we find the path that we are supposed to take. you won't be doubting for no reason. Goodluck!
  9. by   serendipity05
    Oh! I forgot to tell you, there are hospitals that train new nurses to be part of their O.R. team. In the hospital I work with, I was in orientation with one new grad (just graduated May 2006) who got hired in O.R. So, yeah, there are hospitals that train new nurses. I'm sure there's one out there.
  10. by   Daytonite
    Hi, Nicole!

    Where have you gone looking? There are some really good hospitals in the southern Cuyahoga county area as well as Medina. Have you tried Akron General? Be persistent with applying. Check the ads in Nursing Spectrum and Working Nurse--I know they are published in that area, or you can check their online websites.

    Welcome to allnurses, from a transplanted Ohioian!
  11. by   luckyduck7
    thanks all of you for your welcome and your advice. yes, I have considered akron general, actually applied online yesterday. Now trying to get human resources to reply is the next step!!!
    I am really hoping they will take an interest in my desire to work/train in o.r., but if not, I'll just keep looking.
    thanks again.