What would you do in this situation?
“I started my first job as a staff nurse on a busy acute mental health ward just over a year ago.
“At first I really enjoyed it, but the more I’ve got to know the staff the more honest they’ve been with me about what they think of nursing.
“I’ve been told to “get out while I still can” and that I’m “too nice for nursing”. Are they right? Should I pursue another career while I’m still in my 20s without any ties?
“I’m enjoying the job less and less and don’t want to wake up in my 40s feeling the way they do about my career.”
Leaving nursing completely seems an extreme reaction, particularly as you clearly enjoy the actual nursing.
You don’t mention the context of these comments, it could be that these staff members are feeling disheartened at the time and simply blowing off steam, without realising that others may take their comments literally. What would it be like to ask them to explain what they mean?
It’s a good idea to try working on another ward where the culture may be completely different before leaving nursing completely. If you do decide to try another career, have a re-entry strategy ready: check with the NMC and work out what date you would need to go back to nursing to keep your registration valid.