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Who still works as a floor nurse?

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cayenne06 has 10 years experience as a MSN, CNM and specializes in Reproductive & Public Health.

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sadNP, so sorry you are having this experience :(

I work FT as a CNM at Planned Parenthood, but moonlight every once in a while at my old LDRP RN job, mostly because 2 special needs kids, a deadbeat ex, and a drawn out custody issue are hella expensive. I also am nervous to leave the hospital behind entirely... I am incredibly happy and fulfilled in my job and have no real desire to go back to labor and delivery as a CNM, but I do very strongly want to work with MSF when my kids are grown, so I am scared to move away from acute care altogether.

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I decided to quit my miserable job, as the toxic work environment was taking a great toll on my mental and physical health. After having several interviews with different practices in my specialty, I found that the grass was not going to be greener elsewhere. I don't know what it is about my specialty, but it seems to attract a greater than average percentage of narcissistic and sociopathic personality types (it's not a surgical specialty btw). I am not willing to move over to another specialty that allows more autonomy such as urgent care or family practice, because I have neither the will nor the desire to care for kids and babies.

So I have gone over to the dark side to work in the pharmaceutical industry and plan to leave behind clinical work forever. My new position gives me a great deal of autonomy, and thus far I have been treated like the adult that I am by the company I work for. I will still have to deal with malignant physician behavior as part of my new position, but it will be episodic in nature over a large geography and I won't have to endure daily, systematic browbeatings. I won't have to share an office with nasty NPs and PAs who compete to have the brownest nose. No job is perfect, and I'm sure this one will come with its own set of issues, but at least I won't get treated like a medical resident anymore.

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I admire and respect all RNs amd all healthcare workers but I will never go back on the floors or units or ERs. The only thing I miss is 3-day work week. However, you can get 4-day work week as NP if you are really looking for it. Maybe I should look for back-up career paths since floor nursing is not an option like some NPs here :p

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adammRN has 8 years experience and specializes in LTC/Psych & Surgical.

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I'm glad someone pointed out it has a large part to do with where you're working. In my short career, I've seen both good and bad.

I have only been a nurse for 7 years, in one city primarily. I am at the largest military hospital and can say it is by far the most toxic work place that exists. It has nothing to do with the patients! I have not had one patient complaint in the last 6 months of working. Not one. When there is a problem, it's always staff/leadership. This is the source of the nasty side of nursing, and I think the military/medical environment accentuates it: Throwing others under the bus/backstabbing/brownnosing is a must because no one wants to look bad and everyone wants to be promoted, therefore most will do whatever it takes to look good. I have been targeted on numerous occasions for petty things and have always suffered discipline bc my boss was always took the other side. You have to do what your boss wants else face the consequences (yes in a perfect world this would not happen). In the military, I've learned your boss can nearly do w/e they want with you. Thankfully it's not like that in the civilian world, but if your boss can terminate you then if you're not in with the boss then you're gonna have a tough time.

There will never be a time in my life when I miss floor nursing. I know my experience is extreme, but I imagine a vast amount of places are similiar. I love taking care of people, but the nature of the floor is already high stress enough just meeting patient demands to put up with abuse from other staff. Not to mention just primarily being a pill pusher, which itself means I'm marginally helpful at best. Floor nursing isn't even where we should be focused in the first place - it should be prevention. Anyway, I can never comprehend missing the floor nursing environment. The only way I'd continue working a floor is if I made 250k a year and could work weekends only.

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