I gave nursing 7 years of my life and totally burnt myself out. I remember as a child always wanting to be a nurse and I actually pursued it. 4 years of intensive studying didn't prepare me for the real world of nursing.
I struggled to find a job for 7 months and was in 72k of debt. My mother was so kind to take over my student loan payments since of course aes/fed loan could care less if I had a job or not. I finally I got my first job Jan of 2011 on a med surg floor which I didn't love but I was on top of the world to finally have a job.
Surprising but several months after I was over it and ready to find another position. I dealt with constant disrespect, verbal and physical abuse, holding my bladder and skipping meals. Let's not talk about the many holidays and family time I have missed due to my 12 hour shifts. I can go on for hours of all the negativity I dealt with and sadly to say my anxiety and depression all started because of nursing. I found myself saying this is not what I signed up for every single day. As I entered those hospital doors I had that feeling of impending doom and prayed that I had a good day. I was constantly looking for new positions until I landed a job in the icu in 2013. I was so excited to move on and be able to have more autonomy. 1 year later I was back to the same feeling and ready to find something new. I kept thinking to myself if I keep moving around I'll finally find my happy place.
2 years later I landed a job in the baby icu and I was over joyed because it's actually why I went into nursing in the first place. I would have to say it was the best position I had hands down. My coworkers were amazing and cuddling with the babies was the best part of my job but by the time I reached this point in my life I just had no passion for nursing anymore and everything gave me anxiety.
Thankfully May of 2013 I started a side fitness business and with each year it started to grow. As I grew to love fitness nursing became more of a burden so after eliminating 72k of debt in April of 2016 I put in my 2 weeks notice to retire nursing June 2016 at the age of 27. It's been the best decision I have ever made.
Now I don't want you to read this and say omg nursing is horrible. we did have some positive moments but not enough for me to continue. And if you are a nurse and lone what you do more power to you it's an good career Just wasn't for me long term. I will never take back my years of college or nursing career it is what molded me as a person and prepared me to be the best fitness coach I can be. It's never too late to find yourself and pursue something else. I'm thankful that I said yes to this opportunity and took it to the next level. Being an entrepreneur is not easy but the freedom is worth it. I dealt with a lot of negativity during the process of retiring. Many people thought I was crazy because I had such security but money isn't everything, health insurance I can get on my own and I can prepare for my retirement by just being smart with my expenses. Welcome to the life of jasyra