Why I quit my Nursing Career?

Hi to you!

It is 12 am now and my tooth is still aching. I am thinking of writing a blog about what happened to me and the reasons why I love & hate about being a NURSE

–in behalf of the THOUSAND nurses who were caught in the NURSING BOOM, those who are still trying to take a shot for their dream workplaces and still on the IELTS/USRN EXAM processing, to realizing their dreams abroad and to those who did not pursue this profession,.. I got you! I feel you!๐Ÿ’–

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Yes, I am nurse. I am a RN (Registered Nurse), CNN (Certified Nephrology Nurse), HAAD-RN (Health Authority – Abu Dhabi Registered Nurse).

Sounds geeky right? Yes. That’s how tough my academic growth was. I took different trainings and exams beforehand…That I thought I could easilyย  land a job with a “worthy salary” but in reality,ย  it is STILL,still not enough.

I finished my degree in the year 2012 then passed the board exam.

Being a fresh graduate, I tell you it is so DIFFICULT to find a job. I actually had to volunteer in a local hospital for months and that’s for free. I was only paid after 4 or 5 months in a minimum grade. Well,I can only laugh about that right now. So my 1st experience was a little of a charity work. (For the love of my country & my fellowmen Haha!)

I also had a bad experience like I was harassed (just a minor incident) inside the hospital but after that day, I resigned. Bad people are everywhere, even Drs. (Shh h) So new Rns, be aware, be cautious. Protect yourself. But not in general of course, there are still few good people.

Fast forward, I was trained and passed the exam of being a CNN. I volunteered again in a local dialysis clinic and after 3 months, I became a regular employee. Take note,it’s been 2 yrs since I graduated so it took me 2 yrs or more to have a decent job with a salary. How fancy was that? ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s really impractical I know but it’s necessary, not to mention that you need to update your trainings and seminars as well as paying requirement fees from your own pocket. Tsk. But well..

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In that year, I loved my work, the machines,honing my techniques of inserting needles (of course that’s my favourite). My focus was to improve myself everyday with my work.

I loved the challenge. I loved how there was so much to learn, so many things happening. Iโ€™m in the middle of where the action is. For a few months, I thrived in it.

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Until everything became a “routine”, the workplace became toxic, and I hit my quarter-life crisis.Working in an environment wherein you meet different people could be hard sometimes. Cause you are dealing with different personalities within the area, from your co-workers, patients, the Drs, and even the people around or the watchers. I am not saying negatively cause it is true, I also became very close to some of my co- workers, who were also as cool as me. Jk. And I also became close to some of my patients that sometimes, I got disturbed when they are emotionally unstable. Disturb in a way that I feel bad about their health situation specially to younger patients.

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After my contract in the clinic, I got the chance to work abroad in a Homecare Facility in Abu Dhabi. That move totally changed me as a person. I became more practical and independent. Just in case, you wanna knoww… My parents didn’t supported me at all, it was just my own decision to take the leap. Cause even before, I wanted to stand alone, I wanted to be more independent and discover more about myself. So there,I got to taste how it’s like to be an OFW. Plus I was pursuaded by my friend who was already there. So scammmed haha!Jk

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To cut the long short,my career experience in the desert land was 10x tougher compared backย  home. To that date, I remember I had a patient with cerebral palsy and I needed to lift him from the stretcher/bed down to the stairs then straight to the ambulance. I felt like I am Superwoman but crying inside. Also had a patient with Alzheimers’ who constantly crawls from her bed to the CR and do unpleasant things and scared me whenever she shouts. Those were just example of the difficult patients I had encountered. And situations you don’t wanna do but you NEED to do.

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The work schedule was totally different there, I got to work 12 hrs in diff. shifts everyday. So as expected,I got sick most of the days (physically, emotionally, mentally). The question is, IS IT WORTHY? My answer is no. I wrote a letter to my boss with my medical check up results attached. He negotiated me but my final answer was to go home. Cause honestly I came to a point that I am not happy anymore and I don’t want my health to be compromised. (My health status was so poooor. No more silver lining. Haha!)

“I remember dragging myself to work everyday.

I remember crying while ironing my scrubs to prep for work.

I remember watching above the stars wishing an airplane would land and get me there.

I would always question myself why am I still here?” Until the day I resigned and that was a relief to me. Cause after all, I survived.

A book by Joyce Meyer also helped me contemplate with that decision. The book entitled “THE SECRET TO TRUE HAPPINESS”. I also read the bible almost everyday. And no joke, these helped me enlightened to the direction I have right now.

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My experience wasn’t that bad at all, in fact it became a stage wherein I pushed my self to the limit. In that place, I met people, with the same dreams as mine, those friends who helped me and became my family in that other side of the planet. And oh, some went home already & some are still working there. (For the love of Dirhams and for the love of their family’s future, and personal goals)

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Being a nurse is really sacrificial and challenging. You need to be smart, skillful, resourceful, BEAUTIFUL, all ful hahaha! and you also need to be caring. It also taught me to be humble and be strong at times you are physically weak. Like a whole package of using your head & your heart. You cannot be aย  nurse if you are not selfless and does not want to serve other people, you really need to be tough with a heart.

Lastly, in these life experiences, it made me closer to God. I learned to read the bible, state the rosary,became prayerful and inspired. Miracles really do happen,if you pray. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ps. I salute all the RNs in the world! You are heroes. And I wish you the best of everything especially to the path you truly desire. Good luck & God bless!

Your Angel in the Sick Room,

MVS, RN, CNN, HAAD-RN ๐Ÿ’‰

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