You were fresh out of nursing school and had high hopes for your direct-care nursing career—You were on fire! But now? Now you’re second-guessing your choices.
You knew things would sometimes be challenging, and you knew there would be sacrifices to be made. But, you felt your love of nursing would make it all worth it. After all, you were drawn to direct-care nursing precisely because you wanted to help people, and the fact that doing so allowed you to pay the bills while you were at it? What could go wrong?
Experiencing the Nursing Crisis, Firsthand
But that was then. Now, you often wonder how much longer you can go on. Your nursing job used to be inspiring and energizing, and now you feel like it’s slowly eating away at your soul.
And you’re exhausted by the endlessly long hours, the unpredictable shifts, having to constantly work weekends, and finding that your caseload and responsibilities seem to be continually expanding—all without real acknowledgment, appreciation, or a significant pay increase.
And it’s not just you. You’re watching your fellow nurses exhibit all the telltale signs of burnout. You’re seeing patients underserved and dehumanized by the effects of managed care and corporate greed. And you feel helpless to help. (Something that strikes you as more than a little ironic.)
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You never thought it could happen, but you’ve come to hate your nursing job.
The Scenario More and More Nurses are Facing
If any of this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone. Media outlets that include such legendary names as The New York Times, McKinsey & Co., and Deloitte are all taking notice of the nursing crisis. And what they’re revealing is surprising to just about everyone—except nurses.
The surprise comes in the revelation that the nursing crisis is not a result of a nursing shortage. Nor is it a product of pressures related to COVID-19. (Although the pandemic certainly didn’t help matters.) Instead, the nursing crisis is a crisis of attrition—of working conditions becoming so intolerable that nurses are experiencing burnout so severe they’re leaving the profession.
This recent New York Times opinion piece, Hospital Greed is Destroying Our Nurses. Here’s Why documents the exploitation of nursing professionals that was underway well before COVID-19 helped to expose it. In it, nurses detail the outrageous expectations heaped upon them and the abuse endured at the hands of hospital administrators (and sometimes patients). The piece argues that the strictly profit-driven approach to healthcare makes it impossible for nurses to do what they are dedicated to doing: caring for patients.
The fact that you’ve come to hate your job wouldn’t be so distressing if you didn’t love working with patients. That’s the catch-22 of it all. You care as much as you ever have about helping people, but your work environment is making this more and more difficult, and you’re really and truly reaching your breaking point.
But to add insult to injury, there’s a second catch-22. Sure, you can leave the profession altogether, but that means starting completely over. And by the time you graduate with a new degree, you’ll likely have a burden of student debt to show for it, along with the challenge of successfully building a new career. And while you can always shift to a non-patient-facing nursing specialty, this means losing the ability to work directly with your patients, which was the whole point of becoming a direct-care nurse in the first place.
The good news is that there’s a third option—an option that allows you to remain in your profession, work directly with patients, get your life back, and once more feel inspired about your nursing career.
Aesthetic Training May Be the Solution
Count for count, aesthetic medicine is an antidote to everything wrong with managed care and most direct-care settings. When you make the move to aesthetic medicine, you can look forward to…
- Predictable shifts
- 9-5-ish hours
- Weekends off
- Reasonable nurse-patient ratios
- More aesthetically pleasing work environments
- Greater professional autonomy
- Increased opportunities to build relationships with your patients
- Expanded job options
- Enhanced job security
- … and more
(And all without having to go back to school for an extended period of time or assume crushing amounts of student debt.)
AAAMS (The American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery) can help you make a successful move into a rewarding career in aesthetic medicine. We are the industry-leading, fully-accredited online platform for excellence in aesthetics training. We deliver training that is rigorous, engaging, supportive, affordable, accessible, and designed to help you make a smooth and rapid transition to your latest and greatest career adventure.
If you’re ready to leave the burnout behind and make a fresh start in a career you’ll love, visit our website to see how easy it is to get started. Explore our courses, check out the AAAMS Aesthetics Network and how it sets you up for professional success from day one, and enroll today!
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