Really sad :( - page 3

Hey Everyone, I just graduated from nursing school in May and I am super excited to be a new nurse. Throughout nursing school, I saw myself as either a L&D nurse or a NICU nurse. I precepted in... Read More

  1. by   nursefrances
    Quote from TstormRN
    First, I want to say that I am truly sorry for the situation you are in. You went to school to get a career that you love and not even a year in you are miserable and on the verge of already being burnt out. That is so frustrating! I am going to go against the grain of a lot of people and say that I think it is awesome that you know what your passion is in nursing and that you know what type of nursing is going to make you happy and you want to be there as soon as possible! I don't think you should ever give up on that dream or let anyone make you feel that you need to stay in a position that makes you feel the way you do just because you "need to pay your dues" or your a new grad so you won't get your dream job right after school. I think that if you know what your passion is then you need to do everything you can to get there. I graduated last December and I knew I wanted to work ICU-long before I began nursing school. I had so many people telling me similar things that people here are about paying your dues, not getting your dream job right out of school, settling for med/surg because at least its a job. You better believe that I didn't listen to one person that said those things because I knew that I sacraficed a lot for nursing school and I wasn't about to settle for a job that I knew I had no passion for or would make me miserable. I didn't go to nursing school just to get a job, I went to get a career that I would love. And you better believe, six months after graduation and many rejection letters and phone calls later I got my dream job in a CVICU!!!!! That was the first offer of employment that I got but I only applied for positions that were going to be related to my passion. I believe that you should continue working in your unit until you can transfer to the unit you want to be in because although it isn't your passion, it will give you great experience for your dream job. Get any certifications you can that will help, shadow the nurses in the unit you want to work, and DON'T GIVE UP!!!! A lot of people keep telling you to grow up but I don't think knowing what your passion is and trying to pursue it makes you young and naive....I think it makes you motivated!!!! I understand that many people can't get their dream job right after school for one reason or another but I do think that even if you don't does not mean to give up on that dream. It may take a little longer to get where you want to be you will get there if that is really where you want to be! Please don't listen to any negative nellies out there putting a damper on your dream-you know what your passion is and I applaude you for wanting to pursue it!!!!
    Thank you for your positive insight on this subject. If I was the op and I heard "suck it up and grow up, etc" when I was venting I would be a little bummed. We are all entitled to our opinions and there is wisdom in that (previously mentioned stuff) too. Sometimes we do need to suck it up or grow up or Kick butt and get it done. That can be turned around and used as motivation. (I think it is hard when posting words because things can sound harsher than is meant to be.) Ok, enough of that. I have been a nurse for 3 1/2 years and I never really had a dream area I wanted to be in. I thought I wanted ER but I run around crazy on telemetry and don't want to run around more. I thought I wanted ICU but realized (as a student) that there wasn't much talking with patients on that floor (vents, sedated). I like to talk with and educate my patients. I feel fortunate that I started on Tele right out of school because it still has some med surg to it but I am also learning about cardiology and the acuity is a little higher, also 4 patients instead of 5. My last run was horrible and it is taking me over the edge of burn out and bitterness too. Unfortunately these bad days greatly outweigh good days in the last two years. I am to the point where I don't want to do bedside nursing anymore. I agree on not doing OT. I quit doing OT after my first year because of beginnings of burnout. Yesterday and today I am doing some research and looking into different fields in nursing that are not at the bedside , including cath lab and ophthalmology. I recently shadowed at a cath lab and I could see myself working there, just waiting for a position that might be opening up soon. I love working with patients and their families but we are stretched too thin lately and I don't like to feel angry and bitter when I leave work. My patients do not know this is how I feel, I do not let my feelings known when I am with my patients. I have a few coworkers that I work with and we vent in private to keep our sanity. I try to remember that the grass isn't always greener and each job has its own challenges and problems. I have been telling myself that for two years but when my stomach is flip flopping, my hair is falling out and I start to feel some dread the night before or the morning that I am supposed to work, that's when it is time to move on.
  2. by   evolvingrn
    I get that frustration when its not your passion. I work IMC med/surg and i really enjoy it so its hard for me to understand dreading to go to work..(especially when you have nice co-workers) .................its not the easy peasy no rush life of mother baby.... and you certainly have a bigger task list than the icu........but i also think there are major perks. If you can survive a busy med -surg floor you will have the time mgt skills for most types of nursing. you will get the skills in a variety of areas, ivs, foleys , ngs, wound care,..............having that ability will serve you. one of the problems i have heard from my acquaintances in the mother /baby unit is they aren't looked at as 'real nurses' by drs....and i think its kind of true. Getting a good skill base and knowledge base will help you gain the respect as a nurse and help you when med-surg problems come up.... So hang in there. mother baby, labor and delivery and nicu jobs do come open fairly i think you will definitely get the opportunity when you have gotten your experience. Good luck!
  3. by   dariah
    I wanted L+D right after school, too, and tried to avoid med surg. It was especially hard when my friends got their first jobs in pecs, OR, ER, and ICU. They all had connections and I didn't and I couldn't even get a med surg interview. I ended up taking a job at an outpatient IVF office (and worked my butt off for three years with a high volume practice, difficult clientele, working weekends, holidays, and nights on call). It was interesting and I learned a lot but when I started to look for something else managers acted like I wasn't a real nurse since I worked outpatient. It took me a year to find a manager who realized that I had been dealing with the same population they have in L+D.

    However, I missed my old coworkers terribly when my new ones treated me like an annoyance, trembled every time I had to start an IV, and cried before AND after work everyday. It's better now, but certainly not perfect. And if you have a year of hospital experience, I imagine you'll be more marketable and more prepared than I was.
  4. by   buytheshoes11
    Since your hospital has the option of changing units after those six months, I would try and stay on your floor for that experience. Trust me, six months will fly by. I stayed in LTC/SNF nursing for about eight months until I got into acute care (that time passed quickly!). I was not overly fond of that job, but learned a lot and met amazing people! What helped me is listing all of the positives of my job, and working on aspects of the job that I was able to change. There are always going to be things that are disliked about any job, but in my opinion, if you focus on the good things and what you can add to your knowledge base then you are already making yourself marketable for that L&D position. Best of luck!
  5. by   MJeanRN
    Double-like TstormRN!
  6. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    Quote from nursie_nursie_415
    It's called "paying your dues".

    Is nursing the only profession where new graduates generally feel that they can hand-pick their "dream jobs" right after obtaining their license? I mean, I want to drive a Porsche 911 but I wasn't bummed when that wasn't possible right after I got my driver's license. Not to sound rude, but so many new nurses have this sense of entitlement & it's really annoying.
    In the OP's defense, it wasn't that long ago that new grads actually could choose their dream job as soon as they got their license.

    My advice to the OP is the same as many others; appreciate the job you have now, give it your all, and try to find a way to get into L&D.

    I currently work Private Duty. It doesn't pay much, and at times it can be excruciatingly boring. However, my agency treats me well, and I generally like the work. I have a steady paycheck and health insurance. I've held 5 jobs since graduation, none of them have been in a hospital, and I'm starting to wonder if I'll ever get a chance to work in one.
    Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on Jul 21, '12 : Reason: more information
  7. by   Stephalump
    Quote from Not_A_Hat_Person

    In the OP's defense, it wasn't that long ago that new grads actually could choose their dream job as soon as they got their license.

    Not only that, but most people desire to have a choice in what direction they take their career. Lawyers, doctors, teachers, accountants, construction workers, business grads...who DOESN'T find areas of work they like and areas they hate? I really get sick of hearing the "entitlement" crap over and over again - it smacks of condescension.

    Accounts like the OPs help to spread the word...the nursing shortage is over. You can no longer be guaranteed to walk into your dream speciality, and you will have to do this new concept people keep talking about: paying your dues.
  8. by   ToughingItOut
    Hey Nolamommy3! I just wanted to give you some ENCOURAGEMENT. First of all, when I first graduated, I had two job offers: one in adult MedSurg and another in NICU. I eventually chose NICU because it was my dream. NICU is a wonderful, miraculous, challenging, and very detail oriented nursing specialty - love it! However, I recently decided to pursue a different avenue in nursing for various professional reasons, and, guess what...I really wish that I had a little adult experience thrown in the mix, both for my resume as well as for my own clinical experience. Now, if I had the opportunity to choose again, would I have chosen MedSurg? To be honest, probably not. However, adult experience is still invaluable, and I still wish I had it.

    Moreover, I just recently oriented a couple of non-NICU nurses to my NICU unit, and my last orientee was from MedSurg and had only been a nurse for about 6 months prior to transferring. AND, despite some other NICU nurses predjudices concerning the subject, will be a fabulous NICU nurse - she is brilliant. Good luck to you and know that your nursing experience is valuable, no matter where it is.
  9. by   eden
    Be patient. I started out on a medical unit on advice from my preceptor.

    It was not the job I wanted but what it did was give me strong critical thinking skills, developping judment and practicing a much wider range of skills then what I use on my LDRP unit. For example we frequently had central lines and when one popped up on our low risj ldrp, everyone but me freaked because they had never used a central line.

    I worked ther for a year and a half, gaining experience while applying for a labour position and while it wasn't my dream job the experience was invaluable so no regrets.
  10. by   brownbook
    I will probably hate myself for posting this.......BUT, honestly "really sad"!

    I hesitated to even read the post. I assumed it was going to be a "really sad" story about mother baby death, hydrocephalus, women with many miscarriages finally carries baby to term and it is still born. Sheesh it is so easy to go on and on and on with "really sad" ob/gyn stories.

    A new grad not getting right into her dream job!
  11. by   loriangel14
    Quote from brownbook
    I will probably hate myself for posting this.......BUT, honestly "really sad"!

    I hesitated to even read the post. I assumed it was going to be a "really sad" story about mother baby death, hydrocephalus, women with many miscarriages finally carries baby to term and it is still born. Sheesh it is so easy to go on and on and on with "really sad" ob/gyn stories.

    A new grad not getting right into her dream job!
    I agree. Did the OP not ever look at the job market? How spoiled is today's younger generation that they consider it "sad" that they didn't get what they wanted right away? Try laying on the floor and have a good tantrum.That should help.
  12. by   sandi1743
    you should be learning so much in med-surg - issues that will come up in OB/GYN care - look at it that way and when a position comes up apply for it and use your current work as proof to your dedication to overall health of mama's and babies.