This is my first post at allnurses.com, so I apologize if it is in the wrong forum. I've been "lurking" on various forums for several weeks now and I must say I am very impressed with the professionalism and diversity represented here!
I've been an RN for 13 years (in June) and most of my experience is in peds oncology. Prior to going to nursing school
I earned a BS in Biology, and really considered getting a Master's in Exercise Physiology but for a number of reasons attended nursing school instead. About 5 yrs ago, though, I began to re-examine the Ex Phys thing and got really into fitness. I am certified as a personal trainer and have worked M-F attempting to build a training business out of my home while working weekends as an RN for the past year. Well, long story short I am now extremely burned out and have decided that my best option is to combine nursing and fitness/wellness into one career.
The area I'm most interested in is cardiac rehab, but I have no nursing experience in cardiology. Given my background, is there any
possibility I could find a job in cardiac rehab if I were to add ACLS and the ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist cert (admittedly not a nursing cert, but very technical and geared to cardiopulmonary rehab pt's) to my credentials? The one thing I am not
willing to do is go back to "square one" (i.e. night shift in the CCU, etc...), so if this is absolutely necessary I'd rather know now so I can continue looking for the right fit. Thanks so much for your thoughts!!