Confused about my nursing career?

I have been a lpn for 1year and 5 months…i have had 4 jobs already and hate them all..all jobs are understaffed or have bad employees not to mention under payed..well I love the patients and love caring for them but the job itself is overwhelming stressfull..Am I the only one to think so? What should I do?

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  1. I dont know if you tried Home Care. Many people like it better than the hospital(you didnt mention if your in the hospital/nursing home). The nurse has more autonomy and you can make your own basic schedule. I dont know if that will help. Good Luck

  2. No you are not the only one to think so.I believe many on that field feel this way and the only thing to do is to change careers or try to work at a place that you like.Just choose and environment that you will enjoy more within the field.There are many options out there.Good luck

  3. Hey Sundae!

    You are NOT the only one. LISTEN TO YOUR HEART. Four jobs is a GOOD amount of jobs to make that conclusion. I also just finished my nursing program and I already see that this field is HORRIBLE. What I would give to just be able to care for patients, heal them, etc. I don’t even complain at the site of dirty work. Hey, I knew the gross fluids, feces, snots, etc. that I was getting myself into! ;) It’s the corruption that sucks. Administration is TERRIBLE and with all of these foreigners coming over and taking the FEW jobs that the USA does have, for DOLLARS less per hour, standards will continue to drop. I would HATE to see what nursing looks like once health care is socialized. People have NO idea what we go through and NEVER will until they finish nursing school and work in the field.

    You’re not alone Sundae! I’m right up there with ya sista! I’m glad you only finished the LPN. Good for you. You now have something to fall back on and didn’t waste 4 years figuring out that this field is 200% terrible :-(. So pat yourself on the back for that and thank GOD you went about it the right way! You figured out that you have self respect and a field that treats you less than human is not a field that you want to subject yourself to for the rest of your life.

    I did very well in the sciences and math. I finished a nursing program, as this is where my passion lays. However, I encourage everyone to look into a better field. Nursing has no shortage and there are literally NO jobs. I am in NYC and know BSN nurses who have been out of work for almost a year. When you DO find a job, 9 times out of 10, it will be abusive. Nurses have to deal with an incredible amount of stress, harassment, bullying, and degradation.

    This is coming straight from the nurses mouth. The suffering is tremendous and most nurses have conditioned themselves to accept the abuse. They are in flat out denial and will viciously defend their career. I am humble enough to say that I LOVE helping my patients, don’t mind the dirty work, but I actually have a self esteem and realize that, in this field, human beings are treated well below their worth and it’s not natural, nor healthy.

    Here are a few fields that I have personally researched and very few people are aware of them. They are currently stable and will BOOM incredibly in the next few years as we have about 60,000,000 baby boomers retiring:

    - Occupational Therapy Aide…go for your COTA (Certified Occupational Therapy Aide)- average salary $50,000-$65,000/year to start.

    -Physical Therapy Aide- average salary $40,000-55,000/year…but they are needed a little more than COTAs because most people do not want to go to school for PTA. It’s a little more difficult of a program and you usually don’t go back for your Bachelors. You would make this your career. It has a HIGH rate of job satisfaction, though.

    -Health Information Technologies- $50,000-$100,000/year (depending on how large your facility is and what state it’s in). Ask yourself, HOW many people do you know that specialize in this? That’s right, probably NONE. Why? It’s a newer major that was created as health care expands/grows and systems are being updated. Being a computer major will not be enough. Hospitals and Health Care institutions have elaborate billing/coding/medical systems that are updated CONSTANTLY and they need someone who has the specific knowledge to handle them.

    -Health Care Administration- $40,000-$85,000/year. This is the person that RUNS the show, per se. They have a vast knowledge of codes, laws, policies, and some payroll and human resource experience. They are the go-to people when there are questions to be asked…they are the jack of all trades. Desk job= LESS harassment, stress, bullying. But don’t be fooled, you will have to put in effort and actually know your stuff…very rewarding once you do.

    -Diagnostic Sonographer- $35,000-$75,000 This person is trained to look for cancerous masses, cysts, etc. Very rewarding career, works alongside doctor and saves that doctor a DRASTIC amount of money.

    I’m just saying..keep your options open. Have a great day and feel free to message me if you would like! You don’t even have to stay in health care..these are just some options if you are dead set on the field. There are MANY other majors/degrees/fields out there. :-) I guarantee that you will be a MUCH happier person too! So don’t fall into the pressure..ignore what people…and the pressure they will give you to stay in a “Recession-proof” (LOL, yeah right), “in-demand” (double haha) field. They have good intentions but will ruin our happiness and overall quality of life because they truly have no knowledge of the field. Not even my Mother understands.

    PS. Add me to your contacts! I cannot add you :-)

  4. Welcome to the sisterhood! Everything you feel is normal. And it has never been as bad as it is now. Like another writer said the influx of foreigners, rude demanding patients and poor administrators have made it impossible to do your job with dignity. What nurses at the bedside go thru is really abuse! Pure and simple. I say to you to look for a nice Drs office or clinic where you won’t be so stretched and pressured. But I don’t blame you for leaving the profession if you do. Good luck in all you do.