Good evening! I just wanted to get any UR nurses or CM nurses out there that can share their thoughts on this different type of nursing? Any pro or cons? I haven't heard anything bad about this specialty yet in this websites. Wondering if anyone can give me their 2
I want o leave bedside nursing....
the only two cons i have found of working as a cm vs. working as a bedside nurse are these:
1.) if you want to be a bedside nurse again (i do not), you may have trouble returning... i have not met nurses who work as cms for years who have returned. of course, i have also not met cms who want to return.
2.) direct patient care interactions (if you also are a discharge planner): staff by the bedside is under the wrong impression that cms are msws and/or are able to solve the problems of every patient that enters the acute care system. thus, you will spend a great deal of time explaining your job function and that you are there as a resource (like them) and will not be able to solve people's problems. for example, staff forget that patients have the right to make poor decisions unless he/she no longer has legal rights to make decisions on his/her behalf. they also forget that if the md and/or primary nurse was not able to convince a patient of something, you will not magically change the mind of the patient either. plus it is not your responsibility to save the world just like it is not the responsibly of the md or primary staff to save the world.
pros: just about everything opposite of bedside nursing….. most of what you hate about bedside nursing is a pro of being a cm. for instance, i take breaks and i eat lunch without permission. i also go home on time and have good shifts much more often than not. gl!
Last edit by MBARNBSN on Dec 12, '11