By December 22, 2008 0 Comments

Nursing One Year, Done the Next.


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.

Posted in: Travel Nursing

About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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