I am getting out of nursing to become a teacher

Hi. I made the decision to get out of the nursing profession about two years ago. I have been an RN for three years. I have floated in ER, ICU, Med/Surg and Labor and Delivery. In the back of my mind I always thought, “working conditions will get better with the more experience I have”. I finally have come to the conclusion that my working conditions are not changing, in fact, are getting worse.

I come home every night with knots in my shoulders from the stress that I go through. I too get physically and mentally strained from being a nurse. Families are so insultive and expect things to happen ASAP. Do they not realize that I am running around with my head cut off trying to keep up with all the requests, duties, and paper work?

After being in a depressed state, not to mention injurying my back, I am getting out of nursing. I have been made to feel guilty by some because they do not understand the torment I face every day.

I currently am working on my teaching license. I start student teaching in less than a month. Although I am still putting in long hours in the evenings and weekends as a nurse, I am so excited about my career change. Yes, I realize that teachers have a lot of paper work and have crowded classrooms. But hey, my schedule will be a lot better and I do not have to worry that I will hurt anyone (i.e. med error), because there is a shortage of workers.

I feel bad for the nursing profession–but hey I am sick of being depressed with the unrealistic working conditions and expectations—I am only one person. I know I will be more effective when I am not stretched as thin. I don’t have the answer for the nursing profession, but glad I am leaving it. PEACE!

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  1. Im a qualified surgical nurse. Ive been employed on my unit now for 7 years. Recently promotion came up for a E grade, which I was going to go for, as I have been doing the job now, for years on a D grade. But my unit has recently undergone drastic changes, and is now open nights. I know I am not suited to night working, but nurses on nights have to be E grade and one A grade. I decided not to apply for the E grade, if it meant having to work nights. I now find out after the job has been taken, that all this is untrue, and D grade nurses can be made to work nights. I might of well have put in for the E grade. I have been forced to change my shift hours. I am being forced into pre-assessment, something that a F grade sister does at the moment. My grade will stay the same D.<br />
    I have been told that if I do not like it, I can leave. At the end of the day |I am just another nurse. I like being a nurse and the patients make it all worth while. I hate the management and all the buzz words, latest benchmarking, bla, bla, which the senior nurses talk about with a cup of coffee, while the rest of us are rushed off our feet. I hate feeling like this, and I want to leave nursing and find something that makes me feel much less stressed and doesnt make me feel worthless.
  2. I completely empathize with virtually all of your complaints; only, I'm not a nurse. I'm a teacher. Although you will have a regular schedule, plan on putting in TONS of overtime to learn the subject matter (4 or 5 if you plan to teach elementary as I do), prepare quality lessons, grade papers, communicate with parents (who will resemble the patients' families at times), deal with too many self-indulged, vindictive colleagues, and you will find yourself saying everything you said in your last paragraph about teaching. DO NOT go into teaching because you think it will be a break from chaos, high expectations, and a grueling schedule. None of that will change. Go into because all of that is worth it just to see their faces and hear their questions when you teach them for the first time ever about Civil Rights or what light years are. Do it because their praise will be enough for you. You are simply going from one very tough job to another. Based on your reasoning for becoming a teacher, none of which mentioned the rewards from your students, you should strongly reconsider.
  3. Be careful what you wish for...
  4. I teach. I've taught 4 different grade levels and have been at this for 5 years. Let me tell you that it's no better than what you're dealing with in nursing. The pay is abhorrent. The parents don't care if their children learn. They just don't want to have to deal with them on a day to day basis. So, you get stuck with the job. It's no picnic.
  5. ha ha bunch of idiot. i was in hospital another day and a nurse have to eat my shit while I'm taking a shit right there and then. ha ha, i asked that dumb b*tch how my shit taste like and the b*tch said it's delicious.
  6. good luck to you - i am considering the same thing!! i've been a nurse for 3 and a half years, and i was considering an advanced degree in nursing, but financially, it just isn't worth it!! i'm burnt out already by my own standards, and will be getting out of nursing, too!!
  7. I've been a nurse for 11 years. It is so awful...I just can't take it anymore. It's not thepatients, they are no problem. It's everything else...working short, treated like crap, etc.

    I want out and I've got to get out
  8. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    I've been a nurse for 11 years. It is so awful...I just can't take it anymore. It's not thepatients, they are no problem. It's everything else...working short, treated like crap, etc.

    I want out and I've got to get out



    why not move to a different department? would that help?
  9. ...Been a teacher for 9 years. I have never in my life had a more difficult, unrewarding, exhausting, demeaning, unpleasent, unhealthy job/work environment. I agree with everything Jennifer said except the rewarding part. The misery completely overshadows the tiny grains of good. The pay is just enough to feed and transport you, you will not be able to afford a decent home. There is no incentive to stay in the field (no senority perks) and you will never truly get a change of scenery if you need one.... and you WILL need one. Listen closely: IF YOU ARE NOT CALLED TO BE A TEACHER FROM A VERY YOUNG AGE, IF YOU COULD PICTURE YOURSELF DOING ANYTHING ELSE... DO NOT BECOME A TEACHER!
  10. I hope you continue to be happy but I am concerned because you have once again chosen another woman's profession-low pay, little respect, authority, prestige, horizontal violence etc.
  11. I'm glad i read this. The strange thing is that i have always wanted to become a teacher, yet I was feeling like i should become a nurse. Not because i like nursing but rather because it is deemed as a respectable job and the pay is usually better than a teachers. Hwever after reading this i think i'll just stick to the teaching.
    Thanks for your honesty
  12. I was a teacher for seven years in Canada. Well it took me five years to get my degree and than another two to get my teaching credential. I've had to work in remote places. I've spent more time on classroom management than teaching. On top of that chances are that you will get admin that has poor managment skills and the workplace is strife with bullying. Plus you may never see tenure. For three years your at the wim of whatever principal. Well after last year in which I was sexually harrassed by the principal, that pretty well did it. Forget the union.. just a bunch of good ol boys. There's alot of very sick people in Education. --just a warning-- And I've also heard alot from friends that also teach and their horror stories...
  13. I am a student, that is just beginning in the physical sciences going toward my nursing career. I have read all these honest posts, and now I am completely bewildered in becomming a nurse. It sounds awful now that I am reading all these posts. I am a mid-life change - of - career woman (46) who was thinking of going into the nursing profession. Not anymore. Now that I have read how horrible it will be, I am going to forget the nursing classes, and go into something I will love - speciality education, distance learning. At my age, I dont think I can handle nursing(physically) or mentally. And I have no patience for rude personell, clients, or co-workers. This profession sounds very TAXING, all the way around. Thanks for changing my mind before I begin nursing school. I want to be happy in my life career not miserable.
  14. Oh my gosh....you say it so well......burned out and fried here from 10 years of nursing...have done it all....travel, floated to every unit...worked every holiday, weekend, and night.....and you are so right...it is toxic for the giver who cares.......kudos to you for getting out.....I'm following right behind you.....
  15. i am a school nurse and I can tell you that it has opened my eyes up to the amount of stress that teachers have to put up with.
    low pay
    long hours
    unbelievably rude demanding parents
    disrespectful children..... I doubt you will find many teachers that would recommend this. I think that teaching would be ok if you started right out of college at age say, 22 or 23. the you could get your 30 years in with a decent retirement?
  16. You say that now, wait until you need a nurse to take of you. Good luck finding one!!!!!!!!1

    Stop wasting people's time, and get back to "kindergarten".
  17. It's hilarious to me that you want to go into teaching because you think it will be less stressful than your current position. I used to be a nurse as well- got my BSN and a BS in psychology (double-major) and worked in the ER for exactly six months. I decided to try to enter medical school, in part because both of my parents are doctors, but I had a lot of prerequisites to make up first. I hated working as a nurse not because of the job itself, which I actually liked, but because I couldn't stand all of the other nurses I worked with and their bitchy, whiny attitudes. I didn't want to be "one of them" forever.
    Anyway, while taking pre-med classes at night I joined an alternative certification program that placed non- education majors in inner city, needy schools while working toward certification. I am in my third year teaching fourth grade in Baltimore city now, and in the past five semesters have earned a masters degree in teaching (M.A.T.) and taken four of the eight hard sciences classes I need for med school. (I plan to apply next year.)
    Teaching is truly no better than nursing in terms of the job stressors. Even with my master's degree I am making far less now than I did as a first-year nurse- my salary is 35k a year, barely enough to live at a middle-class level in the city. I put in long hours after school with BS paperwork, making lesson plans, accomodation matrixes, IEP-related documentation, grades, parental correspondance, etc. I put up with shit all around, all day long- from disrespectful kids, ignorant parents, administrators, state people, etc. I spend my own money on basic classroom supplies. I spend more time focusing on classroom management than I do actually teaching. I agree with whoever said that teaching has to truly be a calling for you if you want to make it long-term. I entered this on a lark, just for the experience and to have a steady income while going to school. It was not worth it. I would go back to nursing in a heartbeat.
  18. Quote:
    Originally posted by Dit Me
    ha ha bunch of idiot. i was in hospital another day and a nurse have to eat my shit while I'm taking a shit right there and then. ha ha, i asked that dumb b*tch how my shit taste like and the b*tch said it's delicious.
    Darn! I hope I never get you as my patient again. No, that didn't taste good. Those were the meds making you imagine the whole scenario.
  19. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    I am a student, that is just beginning in the physical sciences going toward my nursing career. I have read all these honest posts, and now I am completely bewildered in becomming a nurse. It sounds awful now that I am reading all these posts. I am a mid-life change - of - career woman (46) who was thinking of going into the nursing profession. Not anymore. Now that I have read how horrible it will be, I am going to forget the nursing classes, and go into something I will love - speciality education, distance learning. At my age, I dont think I can handle nursing(physically) or mentally. And I have no patience for rude personell, clients, or co-workers. This profession sounds very TAXING, all the way around. Thanks for changing my mind before I begin nursing school. I want to be happy in my life career not miserable.
    You are making the right decision, trust me. I was 40 when I go licensed and nine years later, it has taken its toll.
  20. Quote:
    Originally posted by Unregistered
    You are making the right decision, trust me. I was 40 when I go licensed and nine years later, it has taken its toll.
    I agree also. I'm now 38 doing it for 8 years. I don't like to discourage people from what they want to do. If you want to enjoy the rest of your life, don't choose nursing. I'm sure you had good intentions like everybody else like a "caring" personality. Wish you all the best in another career choice.
  21. 14 years nursing. I have worked a variety of places and type of units. Ultimately all the same. Other nurses who are bitchy and backbiting, too many who simply enjoy making your life miserable. Docs that believe with the help of administration, that they are infallible and have every right to castrate you on the phone and in front of other people. Time to eat, drink or pee? Not on a consistant basis.
    Most patients are great, but the ones who are not really are not. But you still have to take care of them, even those who are physicially abusive and UNDERSTAND
  22. 14 years nursing. I have worked a variety of places and type of units. Ultimately all the same. Other nurses who are bitchy and backbiting, too many who simply enjoy making your life miserable. Docs that believe with the help of administration, that they are infallible and have every right to castrate you on the phone and in front of other people. Time to eat, drink or pee? Not on a consistant basis.
    Most patients are great, but the ones who are not really are not. But you still have to take care of them, even those who are physicially abusive and UNDERSTAND what they are doing. After all they are not really patients anymore, they are CUSTOMERS. Patients or families who truly believe they are the most important, regardless of where they fall in priorities. The most vivid example? The patient I once had whose roommate we were coding. The woman reached over and whipped back the curtain that had been pulled, loudly and rudely asked if she was going to be given the glass of water she asked for or not? Because obviously that was more important than the woman who could not breathe in the bed beside her.
    I have been swore at, slapped, kicked, punched etc... all by patients, and yes some of them knew exactly what they were doing. The ones who do not can be excused, though the pain does not lessen just because you know they don't understand.
    You work nights, holidays and weekends. All of which you know before you become a "real" nurse, what they don't tell you is that you will be very, very lucky to work a unit with a nurse manager who actually gives a shit that you have a life outside of nursing and just schedule you they way they want with no thought or consideration of what you may need. Then of course there is mandatory overtime. Not enough nurses, well someone has to stay, doesn't matter if you end up working 20 hours and giving meds that can kill someone. With frequent short staffing this is an issue the patients and potential patients should care about, but it seems no one does. 3 bills about it have been in committee in Washingto and not one has ever gone further.
    But the worst of it all is the other nurses who opt to make everyone around them unhappy.Horizonal violence or bullying is endemic in the profession. Numerous articles have been done on it in nursing journels yet what gets done about it? Nothing. Where is the ANA? Is that the sound of crickets I hear? The UK is starting to tackle it, so is Australia, New Zealand and Canada, but in America? The sound of crickets. In nursing your fellow nurses can treat you like shit, the docs can treat you like shit, your nurse managers can treat you like shit, adminstration can treat you like shit and it doesn't matter. It is part of what is driving the nursing shortage and still no one cares. Studies done and no one does a damn thing. The way nurses are treated has done a fine job of making everyone so afraid that to get nurses to stand together against the working conditions just doesn't happen. Everyone is afraid of not only job loss but also of being blackballed, being labeled and treated as an incompetant nurse which means no job later, that all we do is bitch and moan and fed on weaker nurses than ourselves.
    The nursing shortage is not just about demographics, younger nurses entering the profession often leave faster than the older nurse because younger women have been socialized to not put up with such behaviour as much as the older of us. Studies have borne this out as well.
    I wish to hell I had chosen another profession. Go back to school? How? I work nights have a schedule that always changes for the needs of the unit, not my needs. Children in college that has to be paid for, a husband also taking classes so he does not have to rely on factory work that is rapidly becoming extinct. So what does one do? Hold on, hope like hell you can retire before you have an injury, get that paycheck and pay the bills. And hopefully find those few and far between nuggets that can make nursing rewarding so you can get up and do it again.
  23. I am happy that you are getting out. I hope I can soon get out too. I am so depressed. I have been a nurse over 5 years and I absolutly hate my job. Like you I have been on many different floors and I still hate it. I am even starting to hate people unless I know them. I do not like socialize and making new friends because I am so depressed from being a nurse.
    I treat my patients kindly and always help the new nurses out but I am at my wits end. I physically and mentally can not do this any longer. I hate that I have wasted my life in this profession. I tell my children almost everyday they can not become a nurse.

    Good Luck to you. I hope you find true happiness.
  24. After 5 years as an educator and twenty as a bio-informatics recruiter, I have recently "retired" to become a coach and trainer in order to help Nurses look at many options before "jumping from the frying pan into the fire". Coaches hourly rates are not cheap, but neither are the costs you could incure as a result of burn-out or of making yet another unacceptable career move. Please, at least consider hiring a coach to get you through the process.
  25. I am still a nurse and working as a nurse and also teaching, it is working. And for u missy, I have always hated that name--DIT u!!
  26. u must be a nurse. Thanks for all u added, sounds like who needs a life???
  27. I am currently a teacher who is career changing to nursing. I don't want to burst your bubble but teaching is the worst job there is. no pay, no respect, no support, crazy kids and even crazier parents. There are + liek summers off and holidays but its sooo stressful and you are worn thin- too much to do not enough time and not enough focus on what the kids need only what admin. thinks the kids need- think twice and good luck!!!!
  28. I hate to tell this to you but I am a teacher and the schedule is horrible. I do not coach or anything but I put in about 55-60 hours per week. The work NEVER ends, many nights I am up until midnight doing lesson plans, grading and writing letters to parents. My husband calls himself a "teacher widower" because I have no time for the poor man. I am getting out, if not for me but to save my marriage and my sanity. You will be in for a very, very harsh reality.
  29. I AM ALSO THINKING ABOUT LEAVING NURSING. iT IS SO STRESSFUSLL FROM THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH TO THE PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS. I desperately need another career, I have only been doing this for 2 years and I am proudly ready to say I quit!. The only thing is I need to replace my income pretty quickly as I have a family and bills to pay. this job has been putting a great strain on my marriage. Iam always stressed out and tired, and quite frankly I am tired of being treated like the maid by patients and their family members, looking to sue hospitals. I am thinking of a new career where I won't have to spend alot of time in school. Iam even trying to think of a business i can start, any suggestions?. You know it is really sad that patients don't realize that the worse they treat nurses and medical professionals the less there will be to take care of them. The projected nursing shortage is going to get alot worse!!.
  30. I just could not resist replying to your post about leaving nursing to become a teacher. I have done both, and here is what I think/feel about the professions. First, without a doubt, nursing is the most difficult, dreadful job I have EVER done. I despise the job, and I believe that NOTHING will ever be as hard. On the other hand, I can also tell you that teaching is not the walk in the park it appears to be. I taught in an inner city school in a large urban district (one of the largest in the nation), and it was brutal! I worked around 100 hours a week (5 days), and many hours on the weekends. You can hardly keep up with all the documentation. I haven't even mentioned the worst of it yet. The discipline problems and violence in the public school system today is more than most teachers bargain for. I was disrespected, told off, and talked back to on a daily basis. Teachers don't get respect from anyone; not the students, parents, or administration. Lastly, the little pay check that I received only confirmed that I was not valued.
  31. I am a nurse, my husband is a nurse, we both regret going to nursing school. I like having the knowledge and skills but I cannot imagine a more horrible profession. Except perhaps, being a teacher.
  32. good for you all lug nuts. seems like a few screws are loose here

    teaching can be hard. especially if you have a lot of lug nuts working at the district
  33. I've been nursing three and a half years now and honestly -I love my job. I'm not saying it's a picnic in the park, I deal with critically ill patients everyday in my work place. I know though that I make more money than my friends that did different degrees to me in university. I work in a supportive workplace that funds extra training (I'm back part time at university now!). The staff in the unit that I work in are so different to staff in other wards I've been before! There's very little bitching! I've only been working on the ward for a few months but I've already made friends with a few of the other nurses and have been on nights out with them. I know you probably think I'm one of those idealistic early twenties sort of nurses but I've been hit, spat at, groped and threatened, it's not acceptable but many of these patients had no idea what they were doing. I've went home mentally and physically drained and can no longer slouch lol it kills my back! I knew this before I went into nursing I'd heard about all the shit that goes on. Speaking to any of my friends they have the same shit to deal with in work and I know they're doing easier jobs but I wouldn't switch mine for the world!
  34. Good !! stay away if you value your personality, nursing has the ability to change you as a person and it won't be positive.
  35. I would like to point out that you took a position where demands are high with the inner city. Thats not the average teaching position in everyday America. It is also in Baltimore which is not the average city in America. Your view of teaching is isolated and only a small fragment of what teachers endure. I have family members and friends who are teachers who love their jobs and all say that they couldnt deal with nursing. Perhaps you arent cut out for nursing or teaching and much less work as an MD...because they get chewed out all the time and work horrible hours also. The level and kind of of wear n tear abuse that each person can tolerate depends on their love for what for they are doing and their own personal attributes. Maybe there are nurses who would be happier teaching and teachers who would be happer nursing -all based on personal preference. I dont think that a war about which profession takes the most crap is necessary. Teachers deal with crazy demands, crazy students and parents. Nurses deal with crazy demands, crazy patients and families. Nurses work long grueling shifts then go home to dream about it. Teachers work long hours and take work home with them and dream about it. Although I must say teachers have a bit more control over their schedules as many do not work weekends and they can decide when to do their "at home" work. Nurses often work whatever shift they are given and have less control over when they do their work. On the flip side, teachers often make less money than nurses. I dont think any of that is hillarious and I definetely dont think your attitude will help you as an MD, teacher or nurse. To all you tired nurses and teachers, hope you find what you really love and figure out what kind of abuse you want to face on a daily basis. Thanks.
  36. I got my BSN 2 years ago. I knew it was a mistake midway through the program, but didn't want to appear a quitter to my family and then boyfriend (now fiance). I'm not a nurse, it's not in my soul. I know my job is a nurse, but I just have zero heart in it. PLEASE help me...tell me what I need to do to go into teaching. I want to be part of academia again. I want to inspire discussion, and immerse myself in new things, and impart knowledge to students. Please help me, what do I need to do to get there?
  37. Sandra,
    Have you found a business yet? I want to go into business too. I do not know what I can do. I am so desperate to get out of nursing after 1 year in the hospital and 1 in home health
    ~unhappy, even though I am getting married on Saturday
  38. I still don't know what to do with my life...*sigh
  39. Never heard the story...and from the way you have told it - I would suggest its definitely an urban legend, probably made up from someone who has never set foot in China
    Turn this one
  40. In any job interview, always be on time and be professional. Let all of your confidence and self esteem out but do not exaggerate. Be comfortable and listen to every question carefully. Be yourself and do not pretend to know more than what you already do. Ba natural and everything will follow
  41. I have been a nurse for 22 years. I have worked in long term care, acute care, home care and ambulatory care settings. I am completely and totally burned out but at my age am having a hard time deciding what to do. The job is thankless most of the time, it is terribly exhausting mentally and physically. I am expected to do an unrealistic amount of work setting me up for potential liability and my patients up for subpar care, no matter how hard I work or how much I give of myself. I am very happy that none of my children have considered this career...probably because they have seen what I have been through! I do not think that teaching would be much of a career improvement but am unsure what direction to go next.