Nursing,you can’t live with IT or without it.

I am a RN, supervisor at a Nursing home. I have been a nurse for 7 years now and within that time I have had 4 jobs. Unfortunately, I haven’t found my so callled “niche” When I first got out of nursing school, I worked on a step down cardiology unit. I learned alot and loved the cardiac patient. I became pregnant and decided to stay at home. I have worked in a hospital setting as well as at home as a nurse. Each job experience has allowed me to grow professionally and personally. Currently, I am not very happy as a Supervisor. I thought I would like the opportunity to be part of management, but I find myself watching the clock. I want to get in there in the trenches. I don’t think Nursing home is for me but I want to give it a chance. Plus, I don’t want to keep changing jobs every 2 years or sooner. I have had to do some soul searching lately. Like, why do I keep changing jobs, is nursing for me? Am I looking for the perfect Job? You know, there isn’t one. What else can I do? Or do I want to do? What I do know is I enjoy taking care of my patients, learning new skills, and sharing my ideas with others. I would still be in the hospital, but I found myself so negative, worn out and no support from management. I can’t imagine myself in this nursing home job for any length of time. I want to go back to school for my BSN. I would love to teach in a community college or even become a nurse practioner. I hate to admit it, I just can’t go back to floor nursing. It is too stressful. I have thought about critical care nursing. In the past, lack of confidence held me back. But after seven years of nursing experience, plus being a mother of two, why not?

I would like to address one thing before I close. Why can’t Nurses band together and stop tearing each other apart? Nursing can be a very rewarding experience, it is what you make out of it. It is bad enough that nurses have to deal with big corporations or should say the almighty dollar but to have to watch your back as well. It is sad to say but where I work you just don’t know who to trust, so I don’t confide to anyone. Nurses have the greatest opportunity and responsibility. We should make everyone count.