December 14, 2017
Before I started nursing school, I was very personable and jovial. People always loved to be around me. Fast forward to two years after becoming a nurse, my personality has become moody and disgruntled. When I started nursing school, I was all gung-ho and hyped about the amazing experience that it would be but what I was told and what I actually experienced have been two very different things.
I am very discouraged now and considering leaving nursing. Please help!
Hello Discouraged Nurse,
It is always a great progress when people can recognize what they feel and are able to put it down on paper. Kudos ! Unfortunately, what you are currently experiencing is not unique to you- many people go into nursing with honorable and great intentions but the reality of the work place sometimes beats them down. But understand this- THESE FEELINGS WILL PASS. Most nurses have been through this stage- I went through it myself. It is only a hump that if you keep determined, you will overcome.
Here is one tip to help you over that hump- diversify. I need you to do something different (nursing related) from what you are currently doing now- it could be travel nursing, dialysis etc, but it needs to be different from what you area you are currently in now. One of two things will happen- you will either love the new area or you will grow a greater sense of appreciation for what you are currently doing now.
Please keep us informed on how this goes- I am rooting for you all the way.
My Nurse Consultant