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hating to be what you worked so hard to become
April 29, 2005
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Has anyone ever hated what they do for a living? Then what is one to do??? Any success stories?I have worked so hard to become a nurse and wow, I hate it, I want more, I just don't know what...I feel like we nurses work our a** off and we get no recognition. I thought mybe go into the business world? I always rememebr being interviewed for an RN job I would get stuff like "You know nursing is not glamorous" "Why did you pick this field, look at you" (whatever the heck that meant I don't know, I was told by my g/f and guy friends that it is b/c women feel intimidated when they see a beautiful woman w/brains and that menat they could not let you work side by side w/you)...and caddy remarks from the managers, all women of course. By the way I was interviewed, one would guess we did not have a shortage in nursing, but voila! I manage to rub women the wrong way!!!
I want to go back to school for chiropractor in sports medicine (I love the exercise environment, plus I am good, and I can use the nursing knowledge I already have!) or study psychology and have a PhD and be a relationships consultant, (after I get my own mess take care off of course!! plus I would learn so much in the process!), or just get my MBA and travel, I don't know anymore...I hate where I am, I hate that I worked so hard to get where I am and I hate it. I hate scrubs, I love getting dressed in the am after a long hard work out and looking cute, what is wrong w/that? I want to love what I do!!!

April 29, 2005
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After my elderly mother beng in the hospital, I learned to appreciate what nurses do, all of you work so hard,,,,and I suppose are supposed to smile through all of it, even though you do not want too?
I have 2 friends that are nurses, and my son's girlfriend is in school for nursing.

But I believe there is nothing worse than working a job that you do not like, as it is where we spend a majority of our time!! I encourage you to go further with your education!! GO FOR IT! Do what you want to do...is that possible for you right now?

April 29, 2005
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Yes, I know I want more, and am going for more, just don't want to try another thing I do not like! I gues I am feeling cynical about how many people do not like nursing, but it's a paycheck so they stay...I think there is more to life than that, that is all...I will be back in school in the fall, just what we'll pray on that one.

April 29, 2005
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I think the nursing profession had more respect many years ago than it now has. I could NOT do what you do!! It is very commendable,any medical field is to me though.

Will keep you in prayers then...it will all come to gether for you!

April 29, 2005
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I'm wondering how long you've worked at your job? And if you truly hate it or if it's the environment that's toxic and makes it hard for you to enjoy what you like? Could you try working in a different place? BUT if you really feel a need to do something else and that could be better for you than try that. What prompted you to go into nursing in the first place??? There's also doctors without borders - they look for nurses and you'd have lots of chances to travel. It's not very glamorous but you'd have the chance to discover and explore the world and help different people (that would probably appreciate it more than spoiled westerners!:) Or you can go back to school --- just remember it is not what we do or what title we have that makes us happy or fulfilled or complete but the thoughts and beliefs we choose to carry on ourselves...

good luck

April 29, 2005
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I used to have a friend that was a nurse, and she later got her law degree and went into medical law. Much bigger bucks, thats for sure. And applying what she already knew as a nurse.

April 29, 2005
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You know many yrs ago when I was only 18 I started off wanting to be a child psychologist b/c I love children and I hate to see how we disregard them, their most basic needs and then they grow up to be miserable adults. I was just married to the biggest frog of all and he sabbotaged all I did in that regard plus I soon realized that a PhD was required and I saw it as such a long road. yrs later I divorced and started to pursue a career and I picked the medical field b/c I always knew that was what I liked, other than art, dancing, (not talented enough to make it big) so I got into nursing b/c I know it branches into so many things, attorney nurse, psych nurse, ICU nurse, pediatric nurse, labor and delivery nurse, ER nurse etc...so I think I am going to a psych floor as soon as I can get a f/t position b/c I love it and I am good w/this population and although I have never not liked a patient, (I have loved each one), I think it is the environment. Everythingbutthegirl, I think you are right, I hate the atmosphere of the place I work at. I always thought nursing was a caring profession but most nurses nowadays are burned out and I don't want to be like that. I am going to not care that everyone thinks psych does not require much nursing skills, or brains for that matter and just love my job, and yes I am going back to school. I think I have strived in proving to myself that I can always be more. I have always been told by my professors that I do more work than required for my A but I cannot help it. Counseling/ consulting teaching, health education, or advance practice, I took an exam about matching your personality to a career and I came up w/these among others, and nursing was one of them. lol.
I have had so much trouble in picking who I wanted to be when I grew up, and cannot believe I still have not made it big! ...Geesh I knew I was late bloomer but my gosh!!lol

April 30, 2005
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Chickyfighter-

Hello. You seem to be in a similar place as I am with my job. Right now I hate it and am really disappointed with the path my life has taken. I also have interests and an education that is different from my specialty. But I don't think I have what it takes to make a move. In my case it's hard for me to determine whether this is happening because of depression or burnout related to the job itself. It doesn't sound like your case is depression related though.

There's nothing wrong with changing gears as far as careers go. If you have the steam to do that, more power to you! Keep us updated, you could be a big inspiration!

-ella

April 30, 2005
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Why don't you think you have what it takes, Mzrella? It's never too late to start again, I think.
And Chicky don't worry, some of the most interesting people in the world have no idea what they want to do with their life.
Who says once you have a career you have to do it for the rest of your life? Who says it's a bad thing to change your mind?
Life is too messed up to spend our days doing something we hate, so if you try something and it doesn't work, you have at least learned (and I’m sure that is not the only thing you’ll learn) that, this is not what you want to do, so try something else, education is never wasted.

Just my take.:D

May 1, 2005
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Ella, I also agree, don't think you cannot do it!! If you want to go for another career do it!!
I am going to be all I can be b/c I have done so much already in my life that many people including my parents always said I could not and I am a better person for ALL I have tried. Rudie thanks for the encouragement! I guess my only problem has been what to go for, I am not afraid to work hard for anything..I just want to know it will be worth it at the end.

May 1, 2005
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Follow your heart Chickyf!!!
My mother worked as a nurse, I rarely sew a smile on her face. She only worked from 7 or 8am till I think 1 or 2 pm in the outpatient department.

Write down your passions, interests, combine this with personality test carrer matching thing. And then Pray. God can lead you somewhere, open a door for you.

If you feel perplexed or disoriented, read the book "The Purpose driven life" by: Rick Warren. This book was an eye-opener to me. I really learned soooo much thing from it.

(((HUGS)))

May 1, 2005
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Oh, and another thing I liked so much in this thread is:

"just remember it is not what we do or what title we have that makes us happy or fulfilled or complete but the thoughts and beliefs we choose to carry on ourselves..."

Ditto what everythingbutthegirl said. I like her post so much!!!

May 1, 2005
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Ras, I did read that book, I even have the little daily thoughts part to it, to help me, I never finished the last 3 chapters though. I could not do only 1 chapter a day, I cheated and read a couple,(hee, hee). I will do just that....it is just so sweird b/c I have always been lost in that area, as well as my relationships. I have this funny feeling for so long now that I am supposed to be used by him in a BIG way...I will most definitely use those things you have suggested. I did not know your mom was a nurse. I loe the patients, don't get me wrong, they are what made me feel satisfied, but I don't like anything other than psych nursing. I am ready to stop proving to everyone that I am smart enough, and ready to do whatever makes me Chicky happy. (((million thanks!!)))))XXXXXXXXXX

May 2, 2005
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Chicky,
Get the book "The Dream Giver" by Bruce Wilkenson. It will change your life, it is an awesome book, and a quick read.

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