I’m a new nurse. I’ve been at my job for 6 months now. I work on a Medsurg unit and have gained a lot of experience with a variety of populations. I have had ongoing anxiety throughout my experience (before and after work). I am becoming more comfortable in my position but I’m just not sure it’s for me. My mental health is suffering. Working 12.5 hours with hardly five minutes to eat, rarely ever using the bathroom is draining. On top of that, the random scheduling kills my anxiety.
Ive been job searching and now that I’m closer to getting an outpatient job at a clinic I’m second guessing whether it’s a good choice. I want to work outpatient for the set schedule, mon-fri 9-5. I can have a life after work, see my family. Less stress. Same pay.
But will it ruin my future as nurse leaving the bedside so soon??? Yes I’ve read to stick it out for 1-2 years but at that point I’m just sacrificing my happiness and mental health. I’m not sure I’d choose a job over mental stability. I’m just not sure bedside nursing, 12 hour shifts is for me.
Plus if I hold out another 6 months-1.5 years will I even come across the same opportunity. A clinic without taking a pay cut.
Has anyone left the bedside and regretted it?