I have been a nurse for almost two years now. I spent the first year as a new grad on a medsurg/tele/oncology unit. That unit was wild. I learned something new almost every shift and almost every patient was a difficult case. My mind was always working. However, that job was physically, emotionally, and psychologically exhausting. I'd go home and cry for hours and sleep for 15 hours after a shift. I would have horrible anxiety before work and have panic attacks. At my one year, I quit after I accepted a pediatric nursing job. I THOUGHT it was my dream job. I used to be a preschool teacher and I absolutely love kids. However, it's been almost a year and I'm SO bored as a pediatric nurse. I see the same thing every shift and 9 times out of 10 I have nothing to do on shifts for a few hours. Now, this doesn't sound bad and I love my job so, so, so much. But, I truly thrive when my mind is working and I am in busy situations.
So, because I have felt bored, I have been picking up shifts on the progressive care units. However, I have this feeling like I need to keep doing more as a nurse. I want to go back to school. I want to work in the ER. I just keep wanting more. Does anyone else feel like they are missing something out of nursing? Should I just sit still for a little and enjoy the calm? I feel stuck! help!