Do you love your job? Unhappy in nursing career. Time for a change?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: Should I stick out my nursing career for a little longer?
    Yes, you're only new to nursing, stay on the new ward and give it a chance. : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Yes, you're only new to nursing, go back to your old ward until you figure out what else to try. : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Yes, you're only new to nursing. Try out a completely different field/workplace. : (30 votes)
    70 %
    No, you sound unhappy. Maybe try to find a job with normal business hours. : (8 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 3
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    1067 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @hidingpearl:  I’m not a nurse, but my mother worked as a RN when I was younger.  She vastly preferred private offices or nursing homes to hospitals.  Have you thought about leaving the hospital environment entirely?

    Post # 5
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    228 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    I’m an RN. I was seriously miserable working in acute care (respiritory/general med) and thought I’d give up nursing. I moved into rehab (geriatric) and absolutely love it. I feel like I’m never at work, I have a good balance of autonomy and support and its rarely super stressful as all our patients have to be stable to be in the program. Shift work isn’t a problem for me though. Try something a bit different like community nursing before you give it up all together! 

    Post # 6
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @hidingpearl:  I work with CPS and we hire nurses to evaluate vulnerable adults and children for abuse and neglect.  Most of our nurses stay with us for decades because they find the work very rewarding.  The job changes everyday and it’s certainly not running labs or busy work.  It’s reviewing medical records and assessing patients for signs of abuse and neglect.

    My MIL contracts nurses to educate doctors and nurses on complex medication management and usage of new medical devices.  She always has interesting stories and the nurses seem to like the work.

    Some nurses thrive in the hospital environment while others do better in private practice.  I would recommend trying out private practice or even contracted services before giving up on nursing because it is an important and expanding field with the baby boomers starting to retire.

    Post # 7
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    1067 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @hidingpearl:  My mom’s favorite times were working in a private doctor’s office.  There was a core group of 5-10 women who worked there, and they had a lot of fun together 🙂

    I definitely don’t love my job.  I’m working as an accountant in the commercial construction industry.  It’s stable, and I don’t hate it, but I love to go home at the end of the day 😉

    Sadly, I think it’s pretty rare to truly love your work.

    Post # 8
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    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    There are so many other things you can do as a nurse! I don’t think you necessarily have to leave the professon. 

    Post # 9
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    230 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I agree with the others.  Change settings before you change careers!

    Post # 10
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    43 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Has anyone brought up public health nursing? I think that would be awesome, educating people and making such a big difference! But then, as a teacher myself, I’m biased 😉

    Post # 11
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    513 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I’m not a nurse but I work in health care on the admin side of things. At the end of the day, do you want to work with patients? You might enjoy public health, school nursing etc. But as a nurse you have a huge advatnage of moving into admin/management positions in the health system (that’s the case where I live anyway). Would you consider going back to school and doing a MHA or MBA? I did an MHA, but I don’t have a clinical background. There are so many jobs that I see where I don’t qualitfy only because I am not a health professional by training. Plus, if you went that route, you wouldn’t have to deal with shift work anymore.

    Post # 12
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    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I feel ur pain. I’m in nursing school now and work at a hospital. 12 hour shifts r really rough. It’s inspired me to keep going with my education cause I don’t think I  could do bedside nursing on a med surg unit for a long time. 

     

    Post # 13
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    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    I’d try to find a job at an ambulatory clinic. I work in a cancer research unit and my work hours are 0630 to 1630 four days a week, every weekend off. I’m glad to not be in a hospital setting.

    Post # 14
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    35 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m a nurse and I HATE HATE HATE the hospital. I refuse to work there on any ward because you are right. It sucks! I am now a school nurse, I get summers, holidays, and weekends off. I make teachers pay with no out of school prep to do and I get to play with kiddos all day. Nursing opportunities are endless. I just say ditch the hospital and go out into the community looking for jobs. You will find something you love.

    Post # 15
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    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @thejucheidea:  that’s a good idea. What type experience do u need for that?

    Post # 16
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    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    @Awesomet317:  I was hired directly out of nursing school, and I only have an ASN. They placed me, however, because I have a lot of research experience in the humanities and my personality was a proper fit for the unit.

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