I am a 21-year-old who just graduated from a diploma nursing school in Singapore. I graduated six months ago and started working in a pediatric ward soon after. However, it was a bitter experience for me. I hated working there because my colleagues were all very mean to me and were constantly demoralizing me. All of them complained that I was a slow worker. I felt it was not worth working there, as I was unhappy and used to drag myself to work everyday. Its not the work that I hated although it was always busy and stressful. I hated the fact that I was working with horrible people. I guess I didnt see the point in working in a hurry and not being there for the patient, which is what nursing is all about. Working in a ward makes me feel like Im a production worker. I quit the job before my confirmation. I know that I can choose where and what kind of specialty I want to work in, although I cant choose the people I work with. I love children and babies. I want to be there for them and spend quality time with them. Is nursing the job for me? Isnt it too early for me to quit on nursing? Is there any specialty in nursing that matches my interests? Or should I just switch careers? Im so confused and lost. I dream of the hospital every day, and it always provokes fear in me.
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Jenna Ann,
Many new nurses get off to a rocky start, which is what happened with you. Quitting nursing is not the solution. Please read the article New Grad Woes at http://www.dcardillo.com/articles/newgradwoes.html.
Pediatrics or nursery is the obvious specialty for you if you love children and babies. Of course, you dont necessarily need to work in a hospital; but I believe that hospital nursing is a good place for you to start. It will help you to build your confidence as a nurse, put the knowledge and skills you learned in nursing school into action, and develop critical thinking skills. Please read the article New Grads: You Can Do It! at http://www.dcardillo.com/articles/new-grads.html.
Read my book Your 1st Year as a Nurse Making the Transition From Total Novice to Successful Professional
Please immediately join and get active in your state nurses association (go to http://www.ana.org and click on Constituent Member Association) and/or a specialty association, such as the Society of Pediatric Nurses
I also want you to connect with the Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association
Read the above articles and book and create support systems for yourself in nursing and in your personal life. Then get a fresh start in a new position and make up your mind that youll do whatever it takes to be successful. It will be worth it for you in the long run I promise you that. You can definitely do this!
Sending powerful and positive nursing vibes your way!
Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrums Dear Donna and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional. To ask Donna your question, go to www.nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a Dear Donna seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.