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  1. KCNewRN8

    MAJOR Career Decision, Public Health?

    Hi Guys! Oh my word! Looking back on this over a year later is so crazy. Sorry I did not get back to some people, I did not see some of these replies. If anyone is curious, I did take the job and have not regretted it once. My work life balance is so much better and my family/ friends say I am like a new person. I no longer take accutane and my back is feeling so much better. I actually start with the county in the fall as a public health nurse (my dream job!)! Thanks everyone for your kind words and encouragement! Love, KC
  2. Hi All! I’ve been a nurse for almost 2 years now (RN, BSN, only working about 1.5 years). So far, I’ve done acute care and then community health. In my community health setting, I’ve gotten a lot of psych and behavioral health experience which I fell in love with! I am really looking to take the next step in furthering my education with a concentration in Psych/Mental Health. For people who are knowledgeable on this subject, what is the best route to go in terms of being the most marketable and being able to land a job after graduation? Nurse Practitioner in Mental Health? MSN? DNP and then later specialize in Psych/mental health? Any advice welcome. I am kind of going in blind with this. Any help welcome! Thanks in Advance!
  3. KCNewRN8

    New Grad RN, Hating my life

    Green Tea, I do work full time and have only taken 2 days off in 6 months. I have definitely thought about going down to part time. I think it would definitely help to only work around two 12's a week in the hospital, especially considering I only sleep at most 4 hours between shifts if I work back to back (very scary and exhausting). So yes I definitely think I'd be able to last longer at the hospital if I went part time. However, I am saving up for a house so I would love to pick up something else part time that I can do during the day. (Something lighter/lower stress). If you (or anyone else reading this) knows of companies who pick up RN's for part time or per diem work such as clinics, biometric companies or vaccination clinics, please let me know so I can apply. I will apply to Total Wellness who I know does biometric screenings and vaccinations. I also was interested in picking up substitute school nurse shifts, however am unsure on how to go about getting my California school nurse credential. If anyone has any info on this too that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you guys for your kind suggestions!!
  4. KCNewRN8

    New Grad RN, Hating my life

    Pixie, All of this is very great to hear. Thank you for making me feel validated and feel that everything that I am going through is very real to me. I have been in contact with HR for a triaging position in primary/family medicine (mon-fri), so I believe they might call me in. I also have connections with a family friend who was willing to help me get hired as a new grad with no experience at an outpatient surgery center (so I am assuming that with 7-8 months experience acute care he would still be apt to help). I would probably do PreOp/ PACU, and maybe have the chance to do OR if I ever wanted to expand my horizons. I am only 3 months in to being by myself, but if it means anything, by my 3rd rotation in around January of my residency I was essentially doing everything by myself (I know not the same as being alone but RN experience is experience right?). Or will my new job only count my experience being alone? That would be awful because I am counting down the days until November (which is the year mark of starting my residency). I also have metal rods in my back so the lifting that comes with acute care is already causing me chronic back pain. Another reason I feel I should leave and is affecting my happiness/ quality of life. Thank you so much for your input! I value it greatly!
  5. KCNewRN8

    New Grad RN, Hating my life

    I am a new graduate who received my license in July of last year. I was lucky enough to land a position in a new grad program and now work on a PCU in the hospital. I feel so guilty because I feel like I should just be grateful that I have a job in this tough job market, however I am just miserable. The stress of the weight of responsibility I feel is unbearable on some days and I have felt a huge weight come into my life that I cannot shake and have never felt before. I work the night shift and every other weekend and find myself incredibly upset with how much my schedule interferes with me spending time with my family and friends who all have mon-fri jobs.I was always someone who values that time so much and my favorite part of my day was always coming home after work/school to friends/ family and spending weekends with them and going to church. The first 5 months in, I had incredible anxiety/stress and I was quite possibly depressed, undiagnosed (I should have got a referral to a Psychiatrist/therapist from my PCP but chickened out one time I went because I was ashamed and felt people would just think I was dramatic). I dread going into work every night and on a lot of my days off I dread the next day that I have to go in. I have always been a hardworking person with a good attitude, however since starting this job, I feel that it has taken my joy. The people who I work with are incredibly kind and supportive, however I still am miserable. I do not like the hospital and never have, however this was the only interview I got from all of the jobs I applied to and I am incredibly lucky for the opportunity/experience. I have shadowed in outpatient settings and know that I like it so much more. However, right now I am only 6 months in to my hospital job. It is getting better in terms of me feeling more competent and having a little less anxiety, however the anxiety is still there and it breaks my heart to not come home to family during the night for half of my week and miss out on so many experiences on the weekends I do work. I know, I know, I signed up for this whacky schedule and stress when I wanted to be a nurse. However, now I am willing to do ANYTHING to have some semblence of a normal life/stress level back. What do I do? Anyone else experiencing something similar? Is it too early to start applying to new outpatient day positions for the sake of my happiness/sanity? Also, is my sanity worth the paycut? Any suggestions welcome. Thank you so much in advance. Much love and hugs to all my new nurses going through something similar right now.

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