Why is it that after the first year, many nurses decide to leave the profession, citing reasons like, “It wasn’t for me” or “I don’t know” as cause for giving up. You’d think that after all that training, long nights of studying and sacrifice, one would give it a little more time before deciding to leave it all together. Sure there are reasons that would make a nurse want to leave. Some may experience poor working conditions or unsupportive staff, which are all valid points and would make any new nurse want to leave. I think the real reason that nurses quit, or anyone who quits is they didn’t give it that old “college try”, or in other words, they don’t have that drive or ambition to succeed!
Being a nurse takes many special qualities, but the number one quality is the passion to care for those who cannot help themselves. After all, nursing is about treating people and it is probably one of the most rewarding careers out there. Sure, like any job there are going to be ups and downs, that’s perfectly natural. The best way to get through those days is to reflect on why you wanted to start this in the first place, maybe think back to the lives you’ve already touched and made a difference in.
If that’s not enough for you, there are endless options within the field of nursing. There’s travel nursing which can take you most anywhere you want to go. You can continue with your education and become advanced with a higher degree; there are many programs available to take you to that next level, either online or in the traditional classroom setting. Remember – education is never a waste no matter what happens in your future.
Sure there are those who believe they made a mistake in their career choice and believe me you wouldn’t be the first to come to that conclusion. So long as you gave it everything you had and you really tried to make it work but still didn’t find satisfaction. Then I think it would be safe to say it was not meant to be. Just don’t be so quick to give up. With risk comes great reward and in nursing everyday can be just that, a reward.