I took my "dream job" as a pediatric acute care nurse 7 months ago. Believe me, at that time, I was sooo excited. I loved my job. Now, not so much. The hustle in acute care is just way too much. I don't look forward to going to work. I actually recently called off for the first time. People are noticing a change in me. My passion and fire is gone. My patience is out the door. Acute care is freaking hard work. And that's what I feel like it is now, "work". Med passes, admits, crying babies, abused children with no parents, etc etc etc. I was told, "You haven't been in it long enough to know if this is for you." I KNOW it's not for me. I am too starting to have physical symptoms of STRESS. I AM BURNT OUT. I NEED something slower paced. We can't escape stress and hard work. That's life. I know. But why not find something that I enjoy. Even though I work 3 days a week, why is it that I feel like I'm at work all the time? I work nights so when I have 2 nights off, it's really on 1 because I spend one of those days sleeping. And if I work Monday, Wednesday, Friday Sunday then even though sunday is the start of the next week, it's like I worked 4 nights a week 12 long hours long each. I don't want to end up hating nursing because at this rate if I don't leave my current position, I'll end up hating it. The whole, "you need 1 year experience" really depends on where you go. I've seen it time and time again where 1 yr experience didn't matter when being hired. I've had a fantastic experience clinical wise at my job.. i will say that. But if I continue at this rate, I'll drop dead and that's not what I'm going to do! Unfortunately even my manager told me that the times in acute care are becoming increasingly tough and that's just how it is.
Let's all find where we are destined to be.