Why I Quit My Job as a Registered Nurse…
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The NHS in the UK has it problems but everywhere does. Nurses are the same everywhere. Quit after 1 year as a student. Wish i finished the course just because, whether i stayed in or not. One thing, with patients, other human beings, STOP trying being a hero, seriously. Just do your bit and move on.
As a bedside nurse of almost 6 years I totally relate to everything you are saying. After several burnouts with a hiatus and then back into the fray I finally hit a wall that no amount of being away could fix. Severe GI issues that stopped almost immediately after I left. You talked about the stress following you around. I couldn’t even enjoy my off days because I just dreaded going back. I make a lot less money now being gone but my mental health is at a place up in the stratosphere compared to where it was. I’m just so much happier not being at the bedside. I should have left sooner.
I am phlebotomist and it’s same thing wow the whole field in whole it’s just not it.That’s sad
When we were choosing our consolidation areas for 4th year BScN, I went to professor and asked if she could out in a good world for my top choice. When she asked and I said my first choice was occupational health her face lite up. She said "no one ever wants Occ health! That’s perfect! In 10 years when all your classmates are burnt out and quiting their acute positions, you’ll be the manager with a cushy office and regular hours hiring them
Is being a part time Nurse a better solution?👀? 2 days a week instead of 3
Just work part time? You can make just as much if not more working part time and picking up extra shifts if you want and get paid extra
Great video content spot on.
I’m 65 and was med surg then ICU 15 year. ( 1986- 2000). I LOVED BEING A NURSE. Went back after 15 years , got feet wet LTC , then was hired into hospital TELE PCU.
Healthcare was unrecognizable. Was truly in twilight zone. All became clear after happening upon a ZDOGG vid “ stop calling it burn out”.
Moral injury – I hated it. I spent most of day on a %**€# EMR AND UNABLE TI TAKE OF PATIENT. OMG
Swore I would never ever ever ever enter the hospital as a nurse or a patient for that matter.
I work in a level 1 trauma icu in Cleveland. Alot of the issues you describe were things that I dealt with more in my last job being a med/surg telemetry unit. You don’t worry as much about things like "their motivation to change" when they come in after sustaining multiple gun shot wounds. Still very stressful though and I do get sick thinking about going back to work on my off days. I cry sometimes uncontrollably at random things like a family guy episode I watched the other day that spoke of Brian considering suicide. But other than that, my job is great!
What did you do for income after you “quit nursing”?
Can I ask, how long were you a registered nurse?
I have had the exact same feelings and experiences! I absolutely agree with everything you said! I just retired after almost 30 years with all of them in a hospital doing 12 hr shifts The last 6 years in an acute rehabilitation facility. It was still the exact same except it was 8 hr shifts. I still never took breaks and rarely took a lunch without being interrupted! It’s such a broken system!! I’m so glad I am done!
Fresh graduate here, have been work in the outpatient department for 6 months, but I felt unappreciated multiple times already by the patients or the system. It’s stressful, indeed
I cant imagine working in any other field im already in the med field in cardiology working 10hrs and ive been here 8 years and i love what i do even if some days kick my ass and one of my greatest friends has been a nurse going on a year and i half and i asked if hes had any regrets either, hes happy just bought a house just got engaged and is 27, even with the stress of being understaffed at times and seeing things no others will see he says theres nothing else he would rather do, maybe it just depends on each person
After some of the jobs I’ve had, I always find it funny when a nurse complains about their long hours and their 3 days a week.
I think ill be putting in my resignation tomorrow for these reasons.. :/
It’s such a bad thing. We really need more men in nursing.
A female-dominated profession can be very toxic
It’s so sad. Such an abusive relationship bedside nursing is.
This was a bad video to watch when you’re in school lol….dang
There are so many jobs that you can have as a nurse though. Can easily switch to another specialty or practice. Cruise ships hire nurses, even Disneyland, the flexibility is unmatched.
There are so many facets – I’m doing a cna first … then AA maybe !
I don’t blame you!
We can’t fix the system but we can develop a whole new system!!! One we (nurses) create. I’m hoping mark cuban can help 😂
The government/ corporations have destroyed the health care system .
I was a nurse for ten years, a psychiatric RN for 4yrs a Med-Tele nurse for another 4yrs…the other 2yrs I don’t even want to consider the specialty a nursing one ("skilled" and assisted living are the furthest from being "skilled" or associated with the term of "living"). The best I ever felt was when I worked on small treatment team as a psychiatric RN, working on a unit with compassionate, hardworking psychiatric practioners, a dedicated social worker and reliable trustworthy support staff. We got to operate in a way that allowed us to see the progress in our clients, and push back at administration to advocate for additional treatment or time to create an effective discharge plan. We actually communicated with the clients and put time building relationships between the assisted living homes and clients. Many of these were repeat in and out clients whom couldn’t survive kn the streets anymore or simply needed a more specific living arrangement. We were able to prove that with a little bit of time, a highly competent team and planning, that our way saved the State hundreds of thousands of dollars per patient, as these were often some
of the most difficult cases that meds and a little recovery period couldn’t fix. But good things never last, and push come to shove the state wanted more beds to take in corrections patients. Admin would never say it, but they wanted the additional million or so a year corrections brought in through federal monies, as the rest of the units were run at a loss and a public service.
I know as a nurse this chronic stress is in matched 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️ praying for nurses of people who are constantly stressed out. Idk if I can go back but I need to make money but I’m not ready
don’t they make you take counseling?
Truck driver is job even worse for your health. Unless your super careful and manage to get exercise your going to look most the other truck drivers. 😮
Justice for Nursing
I was falsely accused to the Board of Nursing. After over 5 years of dealing with the consequences of these lies, my case was closed on January 09, 2023. Now that I won my case I want to sue my accusers because now I can prove their lies. I wasn’t able to sue them when they first lied because I had an open case with the Board of Nursing. Now that I have won, I am told I cannot sue them because of statutes of limitation. I want to sue the Board of Nursing because I can prove they did not conduct an investigation prior to prosecuting me. In defending my innocence, I lost over 120k, lost my home, and my children no longer live with me. I had to create this video to expose my story and evidence that what I say is true. I not only want justice, but I also want the Board to be exposed so that this does not happen to another nurse or healthcare professional. Please take the time to view and share. My hopes are to find legal representation. I had to make this video because I cannot find an attorney in NM to take in this feat.
Thanks for posting this. I quit in 2022. The hospitals just abused us too much during and after Covid.
sooo true! like when you are off, you cant do anything anymore
I agree with you . I wish I didn’t waste my time studying nursing and working hard for Nclex specially that English is my second language. Anyway I feel holistic medicine and alternative are the right thing to do .
the moment you sit down, patients think you are playing a video game on the computer
What’s worse than night shifts is the rotating days and nights without a choice. I’ll work a grave then switch to a day the following day then go back to nights often
You can’t save the world….but when it affects when you are not there….then it’s time to go. Been there, done that.
I’m 52. They’re closing my department down and I’ll be job hunting soon. Due to my age and 23 years of experience, I’m worried that I’ll be able to find a decent job, ageism is real. Healthcare industry doesn’t want to hire nurses the top of the pay range. I’ve become so disillusioned by the healthcare industry
why i just want to be a CNA, because Nursing is the one take all the beating through the whole nine yard of Health
Try working in dialysis lol
Mainstream medicine was designed to keep people sick, because there is no profit in health. It’s been that way since it’s inception. The history of the Rockefeller medicine men is grim. I hope more people decide to go into real health care patient or otherwise that keeps you out of the mainstream medical cult.
We all genuinely care about our pts. But it comes to a time where you’re done with it. It aint easy. My clientele are mostly quad/para’s with addictions. Super rough crowd but with a lot of shared laughs. Management on the other haNd crams down on you. I should feel grateful for being a nurse since care aid’s does the most brutal frontline type of work.
Still it doesnt shake off the fact, there’s no improvement to these clienteles and at the same time they refuse your concerns and continue being destructive!
It rubs off on you as a person when you surround yourself with their behaviors overtime
You hit it spot on!!!!
I’m not in health care. What I wonder is it a requirement to be a hospital administrators and directors to worship Satan or something? Because for what hospitals charge for health care, they DARN WELL should be able to afford more nursing staff. Administrators and corporate Boards of Directors have created a type of hell on earth somehow.
You can show patients the way they should be living, but you can’t change people’s behavior. The sooner you realize it, the happier you will be. What you are describing about the nursing profession, you can apply to other fields, such as education. Teachers are overworked with too much paperwork to do and most school systems are understaffed. You did your time as a nurse and find another job that will make you happy.
I worked in pathology lab and I can relate to a lot of this. Not only is healthcare draining, but healthcare itself is resistant to change. The system is screwed up. I am very resentful
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I don’t think anything is more draining and tiring than teaching. We are talking about 8 hour day shifts, come home to lesson planning, etc. Practically a 10 hour day job for terrible pay. I am thinking about getting into an accelerated program for nursing.
Where are u located? Near a beach?
I’m going to have a very unpopular opinion…. But it’s worth discussing…
I have been a nurse for 12 years…. And it’s never been easy…. It’s always been really hard and I guess can be described as an unhealthy or unnatural environment to work in…. BUT it’s a very necessary and important job, one in which you take from it what you need and leave the rest behind. To a certain degree young nurses are too quick to quit, to just give up…. Find your passion in nursing… if you start off on the floor and hate it, go to the ICU, if you hate that then go to the OR, if your hospital is unsafe (cough cough HCA) go to another one…. I know that’s not always possible in rural communities but nursing is what you make of it. There are so many opportunities in nursing, and if you stick it out I think you would be surprised the love that can develop for it…. But you have to have a little grit to cut it.
I love only working 3 days a week, the job security, the ability to make a great living, and the flexibility to change specialties whenever I feel the need to learn something else and try something new, the ability to travel the country and make a ton of money doing it…. Take from nursing what you want or need from it, go to work with a good attitude, consider it a challenge or a puzzle you need to beat, change your mindset or outlook on the nature of the job and you would be surprised what could come of it. This isn’t to support all the things that are wrong with the system…. But everyone quitting is exacerbating the problems 10 fold.
I’ve been a BSN-RN for 7 years. I left bedside nursing in med/surg after 3 years — because one night, a young "baby" nurse, only 22, came and asked me to do a stroke assessment on her. I laughed, realized she was serious, and did as she asked. Her left hand grip was weak, she could barely push with her left leg against pressure, smile was asymmetrical. I told the charge RN, then called the resident to the floor. The charge said casually: "Ah, you’re being dramatic. She’s 22, not an AARP member. She’s just tired. And we don’t have coverage to send her off the floor, everyone has 7 patients." I pointed out that if SHE would just take over the young nurse’s patient load, then we could cover her and she could go to the ER to be checked out. But the charge was "exhausted" because she’d worked 10 shifts in a row, and refused to let her go until the resident also said he was alarmed by her symptoms and told her to go to the ER right away. By the time she did, she had to be pushed in a wheelchair because she couldn’t walk. She was evaluated and found to be actively experiencing a CVA. A cardiac cath was done, revealing a patent foramen ovale. She was also on the pill, which already increases stroke risk, and coupled with the patent FO, her heart had been spitting small clots and one lodged in her brain. She’d complained to the charge of a severe headache and numbness/weakness on her left side for HOURS — since 7 PM. She came to me for the stroke assessment at 1:30 AM. Far past the window for TPA to be started in time to avoid permanent damage. She was left with residual numbness/weakness in her left hand/arm, a slight limp, and she can’t lift her leg to even cross her legs anymore. AT 22 G*DDAMN YEARS OLD. She was DOWN THE HALL from every single thing she needed to prevent this, but no one gives a sh*t about nurses!!! We are expendable. We’re not people, we don’t have feelings or illnesses or needs. THAT is why we’re all peacing out of this hellish trap of a profession… Nobody looks out for us. We’re shamed and belittled for asking for help, for saying we’re burned out or depressed or sick. Ridiculed for saying the workload is too heavy, or the patients are too high-acuity for our scope of practice, or we’re under mental strain. Told by a CHARGE NURSE that symptoms are all in our heads, and that even if something is wrong, we CAN’T leave the floor because there’s no one to take over our patients, even if we’re having a damn stroke! It is barbaric, toxic, and abusive. When I was pregnant with my son, I had recurring nightmares that I’d go into early labor while on the floor… and be told, while standing in a puddle of amniotic fluid and having contractions, that "we don’t have anyone to cover you, so you can’t leave the floor." Then I would end up having my baby in the middle of a hospital hallway floor, with an annoyed float nurse in my face, rudely demanding report from me while I held my newborn baby. Nursing has literally been hell on earth for me, and I feel like it’s the worst mistake I’ve made in my entire life. I loved it for a couple of years, but the good moments are so rare and so far-between that it just isn’t enough. Nothing is worth your life, your health, or your sanity. I’ve struggled with depression since I was a child, but I’ve never been suicidal until I became a nurse. I’m sick to death of seeing other nurses and management make fun of colleagues and subordinates for struggling, telling them to "toughen up" or "that’s just nursing, get over it." People won’t understand the damage this attitude has done to the profession until the mass exodus becomes a major crisis everywhere — especially in the U.S., where the baby boom generation is aging into long-term care and requiring chronic hospital stays and nursing home admissions. That’s about to be 25% of the U.S. population with NO nurses to take care of any of them. That’s when the fun will really begin.