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'I no longer enjoy nursing'


Can you advise this student nurse?

“I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was eight.

”I’ve always been passionate about caring for people and I was sure nursing was the way I could do that. I enjoyed school and got good marks but now that I’m on my first placement I just don’t find any joy in my work. I clock-watch throughout and find the work I’m doing (or, more usually, watching) tedious.

“I feel so miserable emotionally and physically all the time and I dread going to placement in the morning knowing that I’m going to be bored all day. I still want to help people but I’m beginning to question whether nursing is for me.

”Has anyone else gone through something like this?”

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Readers' comments (2)

  • As this is only a first placement, it sounds like you are mostly observing. Maybe once you have progressed further into the course and you become more involved, you might find yourself thinking differently? Or it may just be that this specific placement isn't the kind of nursing you want to do but remember there are lots of different wards & departments out there which will all be very different and possibly more suited to you! It may also be worth Speaking to the staff at univeristy who will be able to help and advise you about your options. Hope this helps.

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  • I can completely relate to what you are saying, being supernumary is so boring and I'm at the very end of 2nd year and still find this. It does vary ward to ward and I actually found my hospice placement to be my busiest so time went quickly. Perhaps you could do a spoke placement on a ward that one of your peers is enjoying so you can get a feel for different areas rather than make your decision based on just this one placement. Hope things work out for you x

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