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Bella_25 replied to mj606's topic in Disabilities
Hi there. I am currently deciding on leaving my career. I have been at this for 20 years and I have had a few traumatic experiences. I am trying to heal from that, my mental health, and grieving .... Saying goodbye to being a nurse.
How did you cope?
Not well, at least not at first. I was so angry that my mind and body had failed me, and for a couple of years after I hung up my stethoscope I really resented the circumstances that had disabled me. I'd expected to work until I was 70, and now I had to retire at 55. It wasn't fair!
But I've had to accept that this is my role in life, as diminished as it seems. I don't regret leaving nursing, even though I wish the circumstances leading to the end of my career were different. It is what it is. And while I am 100% certain I did the right thing, I occasionally wonder "what if...?" I put my license into Retired status this year because I've had zero practice hours in the past five years, and that's where it will stay. But I'm still a nurse ("once a nurse, always a nurse") and you will be too no matter what you decide to do about your career.
Wishing you the best of luck! Viva