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Old 08-06-2016, 07:34 AM
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There are other areas of nursing that are equally as satisfying outside of the hospital. I encourage you to explore some options rather than hospital floor nursing. I think every one of us have experienced some or all of what you put into words. A nurses heart is a very special heart!

I loved the doctor's office (11 years as office manager for 2 GPs), I loved the 4 years as a hospice nurse although it has it's own heart wrenching issues.

What have you tried besides 'the floor' nursing and how long have you been a nurse? Evaluations are a necessary evil. Documentation is a necessity and that aspect has changed so much since I became an RN in 1979. You got this-never give up and don't compromise.

(RN-38 years, worked ER, ICU, OB/GYN, Step down from ICU in the Hospital and what I mentioned above. I did 1.5 years in home health and don't recommend that to anyone. The best job I had for 8 years was a travel nurse with a construction company-manned a first aid/medical clinic on construction jobs)
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What Glenda said. I would add that even when you totally enjoy the area you work in, when you start feeling unappreciated and/or overwhelmed, maybe explore other areas in nursing. You may discover another area you love or taking a break and going back to the same area later can help.

Example, I loved working hospice and home health. Never ever in my thoughts of my nursing career did I ever think I would work psychiatric care. After 2 plus yrs as a psych nurse I found I loved it.

I work float pool now and find it rewarding too. Although my prior psych experience means I get floated back to my old floor alot.

It sounds like you like what you do and have the necessary compassion for working with children and that is a blessing. I have a hard time when I am floated to peds.
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I am an RN working private duty nursing in a patient's home. I LOVE it! I only have the one patient. Before I worked with him, I worked on a rehab unit in the hospital and literally could do nothing right. I was fired 3 days after getting my license. [And blackballed/put on their do not rehire list.]

After the hospital, I worked in LTC and hated it. The last night I worked there, I was in charge of 4 units. I had 56 pts and had one who was actively dying. I also had to supervise an LPN on another unit and do all the g tube feeding for the QMA. I helped with the Q2H bed checks because we only had 1 CNA for the 56 pts under my direct care.

I worked for Head Start doing physicals, hearing tests and caring for the 3-5 yr olds if they got sick or needed HHN tx.

I left there d/t total and complete unprofessionalism.

I answered an ad in the paper for a Home Health RN and decided to try it. My first pt was a 56 yr old woman who had a stoke and couldn't walk or talk. She had a G tube and an hoyer lift. I cared for her in her home for about a year. Then my company gave me my current pt.

He was described as a 19 y/o Amish [He is Mennonite] boy who had trisomy 9. a trach, and a g-tube. I was expecting a 6 foot man. When I was introduced to him, I fell in love!!

I worked 15 hours a week caring for him so his Mom could do her shopping/cleaning. In November 2008, he was going into surgery to have part of his left lung removed, and I would have been unemployed for months so I left.

In May 2009 I returned to the same pt and have been there ever since. I do narrative charting, take my pt on golf cart rides and go on family outing to high school basketball games.

The only problems with this case are:The pay. I make $21 an hour and have no health insurance. However, I also do not have the stress of caring for 56 pts [or even 6 pts].

I absolutely love my job even with the low pay. The stress is gone and I can't believe that I am doing what I love and not being ridiculed for stupid stuff. I am appreciated by the family and by my new employer.

Please realize that Hospital nursing is not the only job out there and you do NOT have to stay. There are jobs for peds nurses in a home setting.

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I work Psych and hate it. I have applied for transfers multiple times with no luck. I stay because the pay is fairly decent, but I'm tired of getting the crap beat out of me every time I try to do my job.

I could not do peds. I am not good with kids.

Do I feel like I make a difference every day? Sadly, no.

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You have so many options as a nurse. It depends on what you really want to do and where your heart is. There are many directions you can go in nursing but also alternative career paths (non-clinical) such as working in industry, teaching, writing...
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I did office nursing case management, and now a research nurse for 12 years. Go try something new.
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One of the scariest experiences of my professional life was when my position as a critical care specialist was closed in a budget maneuver (great idea, huh? Who needs a critical care staff educator, anyway?)
Desperate to have some sort of paycheck, any sort of job, while I pursued another education spot, I took what I expected to be a short-term job doing work comp case management, about which I knew pretty much exactly nothing. I never worked in a hospital again, thank god.
That job has led me to some terrific experiences, professional autonomy I never dreamed could exist in nursing, travel, a nationwide circle of friends and colleagues, and meaningful work as a nurse life care planner and legal consultant.
You could start doing expert work now as a peds nurse-- there are loads of needs (PM me if you want more info).
Or you could just say, like the slacker kid does in the classic Risky Business, "What the F***."
Jump, don't look back, and live the rest of your life. It's gonna happen anyway.
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Default Growing Frustrated As A Nurse

I feel for you and know what you are going through. I have been extremely frustrated too as a nurse, but I am also more frustrated with being a teacher as well. In fact, even though I am frustrated with being a nurse, I much rather be a nurse than a teacher. Being a teacher is hard today because the administration tells you how to teach and do everything. At least in nursing, you have some flexibility and autonomy to think on your feet and make decisions. When I was a teacher, I had no say as to how I should teach my class. It was always "I need you to do this and that and make sure that they get a good grade or read at a high level." At least nurses have some sort of a voice; although I am afraid that voice is slowly going because when I was a school nurse, I did not have much of a say on certain things. This information should be helpful to you:

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