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  1. vanilla_brownie

    I need guidance

    I became an RN 6 months ago and started my first job ever in a hospital immediately. I work nights on a busy Med-Surg unit. Staffing ratios are pretty good, and I've never had to take care of more than 5 patients at a time. It was (and still is sometimes) very rough for me. Before this, I worked in an accounting department and had so much trouble adjusting. It has gotten just a little easier, and I've somewhat developed my own flow. Of course I still have bad shifts. I've found myself really missing the office life. I miss the 9-5 schedule, dressing up and looking nice for work, and I really miss how predictable it is. My boyfriend of 1+ year works in a tax office and is working towards earning his CPA, and I would love to work with him. We've talked about the possibility of opening some sort of business in the future. However, I'm not sure how that would ever work with us being in such different fields. I have been thinking that maybe I made a mistake, and I should have just stayed in accounting. However, I also feel that it might be a mistake to make a career change so early on. Everyone says to give nursing a year before it gets better, and there are so many different pathways I could take. Maybe Med-Surg is just not for me. I'm just not sure what I should do, and I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience?
  2. vanilla_brownie

    Feeling burnt out already

    Sorry for the long post /: I recently started my first nursing job on a med surg/ortho unit. I had 10 weeks on orientation and have been on my own for 2 months on night shift, and I am struggling. Everything seems great on paper - wonderful managers, amazing coworkers, and a really good ratio of 4-5 patients for each nurse. But I dread going to work before every shift, and I am so full of anxiety all the time. I've had quite a few rude/grumpy patients, which really hasn't helped. I've been good at dealing with rude people in the past (I have some experience in the customer service industry), but lately it's seems that nothing I do can ease their moods. I got into nursing because I truly wanted to help people, but lately I've been feeling more and more apathetic - which I know sounds really really bad. It's just been so stressful, and I've had so many rude patients, I'm having a harder and harder time seeing that it's worth it. I know most of it is my perspective, and if I look for positives, I probably wouldn't be as stressed as I am now. But it's getting harder to see any postives. I'm feeling burnt out already. Every day before work, I feel that I just don't want to do it, and I pray that I get asked to be put on call or canceled. When I accepted the job, I signed a contract for 2 years, and if I leave this company before that, I have to pay back the stipend I received while on orientation (which is not possible). I've talked to my managers and nurse educators and was basically told to stick it out for at least a year, then I can try another unit. Before this, I worked in accounting, and I can't help but think I've made a big mistake going into nursing. I don't have a degree in accounting though, so it wouldn't be that easy to go back to it. I know everyone says it takes a year to feel any sort of confidence in your practice, but I'm feeling miserable right now. I'm not sure I can make it a year. I'm not even sure if I have a question; I mostly needed to get all this out. Any advice is greatly appreciated though!

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