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  1. citynurse25

    Job change - anxiety

    I felt the same way when I worked at the hospital. The random shifts were also very hard for me. I've always have problems with anxiety, so it was hard for me to tell if what I was feeling was normal new grad stuff or if it was my anxiety. As I got closer to the one year mark, the anxious feelings never improved. I took an outpatient job after about 10 months Med/Surg and I don't regret it. There is still some stress and anxiety in outpatient jobs...but it is a different type of stress. For me, it has been way more manageable. I like having a set schedule every week. I like having weekends off when my friends and family do. I still feel like I help people and make a difference. I worked in family practice for a few years and am now working in a public health clinic - both have been great experiences. There are times when I wish I had a couple years of acute care experience, but its not really in line with my career goals anymore. I think hospital nurses are awesome and play an important role in health care. But if working in the hospital is really affecting your mental health... there is still a whole outpatient world that is also an important part of healthcare. It also doesn't hurt to ask those who know you well. I'm in grad school right now and have thought some about switching to a part time job at the hospital that would be more flexible...so I can focus more on my full time classes. I talked about it with my partner and my mom. Hearing their outside perspective (and reality checks) were helpful. I was listening to a video (cant remember what the video was) the other day talking about the saying "its just a bad day, not a bad life". The point of the video was that if you keep having the bad days over and over...well that can turn into your life. At the end of the day, you know yourself best. This is just my experience im sharing. But life is short and you should do what will make you feel like your best self! Good luck!
  2. citynurse25

    Any other INFJ Nurses?

    I'm curious if there are any other INFJ nurses out there, and what you do in nursing? A year or two ago, I was trying to understand myself better so that I could figure out what the heck I want to do with my life. (Still working on figuring it out). I ended up reading about the Myers-Briggs personality types and discovered that I am an INFJ to the core. I think my personality has been both good and bad for my nursing career. The good part is that I am super empathetic, typically have a great rapport with patients when I'm in a one on one setting, and feel very passionate about truly helping people and bringing about change. However, this is a double-edged sword because the empathy and passion are also the bad part. I can't turn off the empathy. I feel like i just absorb emotions from all around me. I can just look at someone who is clearly having a bad day, and I feel their feelings. I often come home feeling drained and exhausted. I have this "change the world" mentality. I get frustrated with "the system" and things that prevent the betterment of peoples' health or with providing patient care. Understanding all of this has actually helped me in figuring out how to make myself a better nurse. For example, I now know I am too empathetic which drains me and makes me burn out....so I have been trying to work on separating some of those emotions and having better work/life balance. I burned out of my first nursing job in Med Surg after 10 months. Looking back, I think this was due to compassion fatigue. I worked at a family practice for several years, which was way better for me to develop a work/life balance and keep my empathetic feelings from getting too deep and draining me (if that makes sense). I most recently got into public health. I fell in love with the idea that the concepts of public health can create such a large health impact on communities and entire populations. However, I am finding myself feeling burnt out of my public health nurse job after a year. (I am in grad school for an MPH too, which is probably contributing to the feeling of burn out). Anyways, I know my rambling post has made it clear that im having a bit of a quarter life crisis going on...Im working on it and not really asking for advice on that. I'm just curious if there are many other INFJs out there in nursing? Nursing sounds like an ideal INFJ career... but then the realities of nursing make me think that there are not many INFJs in this field. I would love to hear what you do if you are one!
  3. citynurse25

    What nursing jobs provide the best foundation for a NP?

    Thanks @FullGlass and @ICU2NP , I appreciate hearing your perspectives!
  4. Hi everyone. I would love to hear what nursing jobs you feel were beneficial to a career as an NP? I'm currently an RN interested in becoming an NP in the future. I've worked as a nurse for a little over 4 years. My first nursing job was in hospital. I knew from the beginning that the hospital was not my thing. I enjoyed providing bedside care, but took an outpatient job with "normal" hours as soon as possible....which gave me about 10 months of hospital experience. After that, I worked for 2.5 years at a family practice. I then found my passion in public health, and have spent the past year as a public health nurse. Working alongside FNPs at my outpatient jobs has really inspired me to become an NP. My end goal is to become a FNP working in a primary care or public health setting... but I am not in a rush. I am working on a Masters in Public Health and want to finish that. I want to pay off some debt, buy a house with my partner, hopefully start a family, etc. There are a lot of things I want to do before it will be the right time for me. I'm content with working as a nurse for the next X amount of years. I would love to be a well-rounded NP in the future, and want to know what others feel are the best nursing experiences for that. I really enjoy the outpatient setting with more normal work hours. I don't necessarily want to go back to the hospital, but sometimes wonder if I should give it a try for a year or two to have a more well-rounded experience. I've also wondered if urgent care might be a good experience. I would love any insights people have to offer. Thanks for taking the time to read my post!
  5. Leave work at work - use healthy coping mechanisms so you don't let new nurse stress and anxiety start impact your life outside of work! I used to have a mindset where I let my career solely define who I am. I would think, "I am a nurse". With that mindset, it felt like nursing was my whole life and I thought about it all the time outside of work. Now, with a few years experience and some perspective, I remind myself of all the other things I am. Yes, I am a nurse...but I am also a sister, girlfriend, student, friend, etc. This mentality gives me such better work-life balance and sanity. Also, there is a whole world of nursing outside of hospital nursing!