I have been an RN since 1995. I have done many, many different kinds of nursing. However, I have only worked at 4 different places. There are only two hospitals close to where I live. (Except for some rural hospitals that almost no RN`s will work at.) Basically I worked at one hospital for over 7 years, worked at a pediatric office (great doctors and a top notch NP) for 3 and a half years, worked at the other hospital close to 10 years and now I work at a nursing home. Wow what a journey! The first 5 years were the worst! I thought about leaving nursing many times during that period. I love variety and was a float nurse for almost 4 years at my first job. The knowledge I have obtained at all my jobs is priceless. My state has very poor working conditions for nurses. Both hospitals in my area are terrified of lawsuits and do not really want RN`s with lots of experience because we cost more and are more likely to give advice to patients. Also, there is a huge unspoken prejudice in most areas of healthcare against employees who might have health problems. One hospital will outright fire anyone who works for them if they get a whiff that any employee has a health problem! They always get rid of employees for another reason and make it impossible to prove that is why an employee got fired. Georgia is a fire at will state. Also a 6 to 12 month probation period allows healthcare facilities to fire workers for no reason. A huge nursing shortage is coming to Georgia and will hopefully improve working conditions.
I really like where I work now. I love the residents. I make less money but find the job very rewarding! However, as other nurses are retiring we can
t find replacements due to low pay, shortage of nurses and working conditions. Also benefits are poor. I might have to leave because I am covering for a 2nd shift position that no one will even apply for. I like this shift but I wont work it forever because I never see my husband! One reason I like this job is that I have 2 bosses. The DON and the administrator that hired me. If there is a problem they tell me straight to my face! I still love being a nurse! Right now I can`t afford to go back to school, but that is my goal. I want to be an NP.