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!