I am an RN on an inpatient orthopedic unit in Minnesota. I graduated from nursing school in December 2014 and have been at my job for almost 8 months, and sometimes I really wonder if I want to leave bedside nursing.
For the most part, my time as a new nurse has been so much better than I anticipated. In school I was warned constantly about nurses who "eat their young", and in reality, I have rarely encountered anything like this. I have never found my job unmanageably stressful; I don't dread going to work. That being said, I don't know if I am cut out for this kind of work. For example, the rare patient or family complaint about my care really gets to me. Usually these are completely unfounded, or a misunderstanding; I feel like I am definitely being too sensitive, but I also feel like it's possible that I would be happier in a job that didn't put me in a situation where I am constantly being critiqued on my work by people with a poor understanding of it, i.e., many of my patients. I'm not sure that I find the good experiences meaningful enough to make the bad ones worth it. I'm going to stick it out at my job for a year, but I'm not sure what my next step should be or even what direction to head in.
I appreciate any and all advice, commiseration, etc!