I feel somewhat jaded by nursing, in general. I received an associate's in nursing last December, and I am currently working on my BSN. I have been unable to land a position in a hospital at all. I have had to work in SNF to gain experience while finishing my BSN. I did picture myself working at the bedside, maybe not for my entire career, but for a good 20 years or so. My bad days as a bedside nurse have far outweighed the good days, and I have considered leaving the profession multiple times. This isn't due to a lack of skill or knowledge, this is due to the public's general misunderstanding of exactly how overworked nurse's really are. I am frustrated by people who interrupt me with trivial things when I am focusing on something that is important, and demand that I respond to their situation immediately. My experience working in TCU/LTC is that nurse "leaders" are really those with the most experience who, instead of leaving SNF for an acute care job, take a management job to leave the floor. These people tend to be jaded, and very disrespectful. They don't stand up for their staff, and mentorship thus far in my career has been minimal. I find no help when dealing with horizontal violence, either. I agree with db2xs who says that nurses are basically responsible for everything under the sun in health care. It is draining to not be able to just come in and take care of your patients. You are basically working for the social worker, the janitor, the CNA, HUC, staffing, and the kitchen. I have recently left bedside nursing for a position as a case manager, and will likely remain put until finishing my BSN, then beginning a DNP program for my NP.
Honestly, I can see the frustration that some nurses have with new nurses leaving bedside nursing, but there has been research completed on how to hire and retain high quality new graduates. The issue is that people are treating new graduates as if they are incompetent to work at the bedside. It's as if hospital administration has forgotten that nursing education is leaning more and more toward theory and research, even in Associates programs, as time goes on. We no longer have clinical 40+ hours/week like the diploma nurses did in the old days. New nurses need more structure, guidance, and mentorship.
Not everyone is for bedside nursing. Honestly, if it were a requirement that you can ONLY enter nursing if you commit to working at the bedside for your entire career, there would likely be an even bigger nursing shortage than there is now. I don't know about you all, but I'm glad for any help that I can get when I'm short staffed..