Hi, I am 24 years old and an LPN in Jersey. I have been working as a nurse for about a year now and I’m already fed up. I guess my experience in nursing is limited. I’ve been doing home care for the whole time and going in and out of people’s home is insane, dangerous and plain disheartening at times.
I mostly work with kids which is great and I love children, but some of the parents are insane, mean and treat you as if you’re a maid.
I’m becoming weary. I know that nursing home is not for me, I did my training at some nursing homes during my school years and KNOW that it’s not for me.
Right now, I’m looking for alternatives. I feel like I can’t deal with people anymore. It’s just not worth it. I get crap at work, I get crap from the agency and the salary is small because I’m new and it’s driving me insane. Lately, before work, I would just sit in my car and repeat over and over, “you’re getting paid for this, you’re getting paid for this. You have bills, you have bills.”
I just want to leave. When I try to get advice from others, they tell me that I have it easy. That hospitals and nursing homes are three times worse and you have to deal with backstabbing employees in your face all the time and that I should count myself lucky that I’m working by myself.
I don’t want to be trapped in this career. It’s only ONE YEAR and I’m already fed up, what about in 5 or 10? What will be left of me? I’m scared. Not only of the future but also because I can’t think of what else to do. My mom says there are many things that I could do with nursing but I just don’t know what. Any advice?