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Those who want to get out of nursing..

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what are you doing , or wanting, to do about it? Considering going back to school for another field? What field?

I am considering getting out, but not sure what to pursue. IT kinda interests me. Not sure what else I am capable of.I didnt mind nursing per se- it was the BS that we have to deal with- the liabilities( insurance can only go so far), short staffing- things that will NEVER change at this point of time. Anyone else have any thoughts?Thanks

november17, ASN, RN

Specializes in Ortho, Case Management, blabla. Has 9 years experience.

I honestly don't have any plans of getting out of nursing. I am however lifeguard certified. My plan is to get a job at a caribbean resort and sit in a little cabana all day on a sunny beach and save people from drowning. That's my safety net in case this whole RN thing doesn't work out.

NeoPediRN

Specializes in Pediatrics, ER. Has 6 years experience.

I plan to pay off my debt in 3 years and apply for a post Bachelor's program for premed and then hopefully on to med school.

jrwest,

Wouldn't it have been nice if nursing school prepared nurses for the REAL WORLD of nursing? I loved nursing school. I was so fascinated with the anatomy of the human body, pharmacology, nutrition, and helping others. You are correct though...nursing shortages and the other BS that goes along with it (that only other nurses would understand) can really cause you to rethink things, or ask the question that I ask myself frequently, "What did I get myself into?"

I have thought about persuing the radiologic technology program. I just have to find time to do it. I recently bought a house which has forced me to increase my work hours. Yes, I probably tell my friends and family members on a weekly basis that I hate being a nurse. Isn't that so negative? It's not at all about the patients I care for. I love to administer medications, communicate with the clients and help them in every way that I possibly can. I just thought before I graduated nursing school that I would have so much more time to spend with patients. Boy, was I wrong, lol. I am just here to say that I know what your going through.

i feel the exact same way. i am an lvn and i think i have been putting off going to rn school because i really don't want to do it. i loved nursing at one point and i still love the patients. everything else makes me dred coming to work. i have no clue what i could do that would generate the same amount of money or more. if anyone has any ideas plz post your input.:o i am really ashamed to admit that i am losing interest in the field.

i feel the exact same way. i am an lvn and i think i have been putting off going to rn school because i really don't want to do it. i loved nursing at one point and i still love the patients. everything else makes me dred coming to work. i have no clue what i could do that would generate the same amount of money or more. if anyone has any ideas plz post your input.:o i am really ashamed to admit that i am losing interest in the field.

my bestfriend finally got into the nursing program after 3 yrs and dropped out at the end of the first semester. during her clinical rotation she found out that nursing is not for her. and she feels bad as well because she has wanted to be one for so long only to have her dreams dashed with reality. she feels so lost now.

PureLifeRN

Specializes in OR. Has 4 years experience.

I know some nurses who went on to be a Physical Therapist or a nuclear technologist.

If I had it to do all over, I would have stayed in the corporate world and worked my way up to a CEO. Seriously.

baylor06

Specializes in ER. Has 4 years experience.

The nice thing about nursing is... come on guys! If you don't like what you're doing, there's a million other things you can do with the same degree! Use google to search for alternatives, you'll find many!

NickiLaughs, ADN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Trauma, Critical Care. Has 11 years experience.

There is one positive thing.

It sounds like most of you have jobs......that's more than a lot of people right now. Food on the table, a roof over your head. That's something.

How many of us have had jobs we didn't like? Hopefully when the economy improves you will be able to find something that you enjoy more. My job is not my dream job either.

Patty RN

Specializes in Med-Surg Telemetry.

Am feelin' that way right now...I graduated in '08 (BSN program) and am 51 years old. I worked 6 mos. on a med/surg unit in local hospital---hated it tremendously!! My orientation and work experience was horrible! The nurses were not really encouraging because they all seemed to hate their jobs. It seemed as if they knew their jobs and were not really interested in sharing their knowledge. I walked away feeling that nurses do 'eat their young.'

Coworkers were so negative about hospital administration. People just don't realize how their negativism really effects coworkers AND patients.

Due to the job market slump we are currently experiencing, I am wondering what to do next myself! Job opportunities are very slim in this area. I am very disappointed to do four years of schooling (especially at my age!) for something I really was passionate about doing and hating it at my first job!

Waitin' and prayin' for a door to open...

NurseStephRN

Specializes in Telemetry, IMCU, s/p Open Heart surgery. Has 3 years experience.

i already have a bachelors degree, so i'm planning to start my prereqs (maybe this summer) for medical school and go from there :)

I would go back to my former career in information technology if only there were opportunity there. I see just another dead end career field. If you can't get a job and keep a roof over your head, then there was no use in getting the education and/or experience, no matter what the occupation. I wish I had better looks and felt more perky. I would go into serving at restaurants. Hard work, but at least servers get their tips. I get nothing for not being employed.

Orca, ASN, RN

Specializes in Corrections, psychiatry, rehab, LTC. Has 25 years experience.

The nice thing about nursing is... come on guys! If you don't like what you're doing, there's a million other things you can do with the same degree!

That was true until the job market collapsed. It seems that we are pretty much stuck now unless something falls into our laps.

Simba&NalasMom, LPN

Has 14 years experience.

I'm considering massage therapy and possibly reflexology. I did foot care for almost a year and really enjoyed the hands-on, direct patient care part and it was largely free from the fear of getting in trouble that is a daily thing with most nursing jobs. As a bonus, my state licenses massage therapists by endorsement if you're an LPN, RN, MD, etc. so I would only need half the hours of training at half the expense to become qualified. Just don't know if my body can take it, but there's only one way to find out!

Simba&NalasMom, LPN

Has 14 years experience.

There is one positive thing.

It sounds like most of you have jobs......that's more than a lot of people right now. Food on the table, a roof over your head. That's something.

How many of us have had jobs we didn't like? Hopefully when the economy improves you will be able to find something that you enjoy more. My job is not my dream job either.

I don't have a job (fired the week before Christmas) and there is no work for LPNs in my area right now. So much for being recession proof!

pagandeva2000, LPN

Specializes in Community Health, Med-Surg, Home Health.

I feel the same way as most...the patients themselves don't get to me the same way as other nurses and administration grate my nerves like screeching chalk on a blackboard. But, I also hated school with a passion, so, I don't see higher education in the cards for me at this time. I am not working in the worse situation in the world, but what I did do is decide to change my reaction to what I encounter.

I no longer let people drag me into their emotional rollercoasters...working in a state of a high adrenaline rush, letting news/gossip about work make me emotional. I created goals in my personal life that I look forward to achieving and I decided to look at the measley paycheck I get as a means to obtain what I want rather than allow it to control me. Started feeling better about things, too! :D

FinNurse

Specializes in ER,OR. Has 6 years experience.

I`m fed up with nursing.......went back to university to study physical therapy