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

posted 7 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.

    Yes, you're only new to nursing, go back to your old ward until you figure out what else to try.

    Yes, you're only new to nursing. Try out a completely different field/workplace.

    No, you sound unhappy. Maybe try to find a job with normal business hours.

  • Post # 31
    587 posts
    Busy bee

    I know this is an old thread too, but OMG I can relate to you all! I’ve been an RN for nearly eight years now. Worked full time shift work for all of it, normally working eight and ten hour shifts, 80 hours a fortnight. It is so exhausting! I think I am actually crazy for still working full time. Most people work .8 instead. I work on a medical unit and also do a bit in emergency. People who aren’t a nurse, seriously have no idea what we do. It is so physically and mentally exhausting. I am so tired and have no motivation to exercise. I wish I had energy! We pretty much just walk non stop all day or night!

    Sometimes I like my job, but if I didn’t have to worry about money, i wouldn’t do it. Most of the time I dread going to work. I do think I am a good nurse though and am always trying to do the best for my patients. It’s seriously depressing when they don’t appreciate it though. Most have no idea that we are doing multiple things at once. I Could have one patient on the toilet, vital signs due, medications due, iv antibiotics due, pumps beeping, people ringing for pain meds, wanting pressure care, need feeding, dressings need doing, people need showering, beds changing, phones ringing, referrals need completing, chasing up doctors…….. Blah blah……… All and more while dealing with family, organising discharges, follow up appointments, waiting for attendants, taking bloods, watching monitors…………. While someone else deteriorates and puts everything out of whack, and then the new grad or younger nurse is freaking, needing help, and you have to deal with all of their problems while still looking after your own patients!   And I won’t even mention trying to catch up on the paperwork! Lol …….. Oh dear! ………….

    Post # 32
    93 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I am not a nurse but my sister is. She absolutely hated working in a hospital for all the reasons you described. She switched to a private doctor’s office and loves her job now. It’s much more calm and quiet and the hours are regular. 

    Post # 33
    597 posts
    Busy bee

    Have you tried switching to a totally new work environment? I am also a nurse and when I was working in a hospital setting, I found myself completely stressed and exhausted at times. Of course there were good days too but it seemed the bad days out weighed the good. Like any other job, I had awesome coworkers and some horrible ones. I ended up moving and having to switch jobs and ended up going to pediatric home care nursing and I absolutely love it. MUCH less stressful as it is 1 on 1 and the company I work for is absolutely amazing. I work Monday-Friday and accompany my child to school for 8 hours a day. I never have a problem asking for a day (even holidays!) off. You can maybe try doing homecare part time to see how you like it!

    Post # 34
    335 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I’m an RN and yeah I Hate hospital work! So I’m back in school for My MSN. Nurse practitioner here I come! I give a hand to all you hospital nurses! I can’t do it.

    Post # 35
    262 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Would any of you change field completely? Or what ideas do you have to change into the medical field? If money was no object, what’s your dream job? 

    Post # 36
    2306 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess

    I was a labor & delivery nurse for 11 years. Loved it, but ruined my back. I made the change to nursing informatics. (it was not an easy transition) People think nursing experience can be easily transferred to another area, but this is not always simple. I took a lower paying job supporting an EMR design/build project at a hospital an hour away. I did excel sheets of design decisions. i also learned EMR software testing, just because they needed the help, and I had a brain. Anyway, that hospital eventually hired me as an EMR trainer.

    I did that for about a year, and then got an awesome job at a major university hospital close to home doing inpatient emr support. Basically I roam around the hospital helping docs and nurses (mostly) with workflow problems, I do inservices for new features, I do at the elbow training of new docs, I do discharge audits, other data gathering stuff. I have normal hours (mostly), holidays/weekends off, and make sick money.

    It can get boring sometimes, and I often miss the patient interaction. But this is a satisfying job, and it’s not very difficult. I have always been pretty quick with computers. I don’t miss the short staffing ratios, condescending doctors, demanding family, and often unrealistic expectations imposed by the hospital admin. ugh. (reimbursement based on patient satisfaction, anyone?)

    It was not easy switching from a super-specialized staff nurse, to a nurse informaticist. I made lots of small steps. anything is possible if you want it bad enough.

    Post # 37
    23 posts
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Hey there! I was a nurse for about 3 years before I decided to move into Healthcare Administration. I just realized I did not have the passion I thought I did for it. I know I loved healthcare, just not in that aspect.

    I am grateful to still work with the same population but in a different capacity. I would just soul search if I were you and try to find a different avenue in Nursing, there are many opportunities in Nursing, just have to figure that one out on your own.


    Also, don’t feel bad if you do leave nursing all together. I was pretty honest with people when I told them I just don’t like it as much as I thought I would. Its life, we’re allowed to try things out and move on if needed.


    Take care!

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    Post # 38
    454 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    The happiest nurses I know either work in GP surgeries or as community nurses. Community nursing is very rewarding for many folks.

    Post # 40
    1186 posts
    Bumble bee

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    nightowl:  I’m glad you stuck it out. I’m a very happy ER nurse, but I realize that most people couldn’t do what I do. Have you ever thought about being a nurse for an insurance company and doing chart audits?

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