RN job outside of hospitals

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    i have been a rn for 10 years. i have neurology and med-surg experience. i am desperately seeking a job outside of the hospital environment. i am just tired of hospitals and the way nurses are treated and underpaid. i do not want to forget understaffed as well. i have only seen nursing get worse as the years have gone by. it is not about the patient anymore, at least not at the hospitals i've worked at. i work in birmingham, al. i was just needing some advice on where to go from here. i had thought about home health but gas is too high for that. i want away from the bedside. any advice or options?
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    May I suggest returning to college and training to be a Stock Broker or Lawyer. With all due respect, you are burned out with nursing. One should NEVER be in a career for respect or pay, because EVERYONE is "Mistreated" and "Underpaid" regardless of profession. I have been in several hospitals in Alabama and Florida - working, visiting, and as a patient since starting Nursing School 2 years ago, and I can say that for the most part, Nurses are paid well - considering COL, and well staffed- when no one calls in, and the patients and families (myself included) have the greatest respect and admiration for what nurses do - this is why I chose nursing as a career.

    So, once again, take a break and change careers to something that is entirely unrelated to Nursing, and I think you will realize what you have is a level of job satisfaction that is worth far more than a 7 figure job.
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    I understand your feelings having been a nurse 30 years and recently retired. It is not so much burn out as disillusonment due to negative changes in the profession. I wish you the best. Try a break if you can afford it.
    Trust me one with only limited exposure of only a couple of years has no idea.
    Last edit by seasprite on Apr 3, '09 : Reason: spacing of words
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    I don't think your thinking is wrong what so ever. I myself get tired of patients cursing me out right after I saved their freaking life. I don't think your burned out. why not try private sitting?!
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    If you still want to put your health science experience to use, have you considered working in other fields that require the knowledge of someone in the medical field? Examples: insurance companies and law firms? That's the great thing about this field, there are many avenues where you can put your tenure to use. Good luck in your quest!


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