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Very Discouraged by Nursing

Hello MNC,Discouraged Nurse

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!

Discouraged Nurse,

 

 

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.

Best,

My Nurse Consultant

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Putting Things in Perspective- “Nursing is a Calling” or “Nursing is just a job”

What’s your perspective? To the new and not so new nurse, your perspective plays a huge role in how you view your profession. Perspective could be your cup is half empty or half-full

What’s your perspective?

How do your view nursing? How you view it can be a determinant in how you live it. Never allow anyone to make you feel guilty regardless of what perspective you choose.For some, nursing is a calling and they embrace it that way but for others, nursing is just a job and they too embrace it that way. Both sides do an equally good job. Where it becomes a problem is when one side chooses to guilt the other about not having a calling for nursing and “doing it all for money”. Remember both sides are getting paid.

Find your truth and live it. Nothing is more demoralizing or soul shattering than living a lie to impress people that you may not even like!

So to the nurse for whom nursing is a calling, continue the good work and for the nurse with nursing as a job, continue the good work. Just because a person’s perspective is different from yours, it does not make it any lesser true for them.

But to both sides, live and let live!

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