Returning to the bedside?

  1. I have a dilemna. It's been two years since I got my MSN and after graduation I took a position that was not a CNS position for personal reasons. Now things at home have improved and I would like to work in the specialty that I was educated for. Unfortunately it hs now been 5 years since I worked in a direct care position. I have other options for employment but I'm wondering if I should take a part-time or PRN position at the bedside to improve my chances for getting a CNS position? I have mixed feelings about it; I miss direct care but I know I am absolutely not interested in a full-time bedside position. Any suggestions or comments?
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Hi Sharon - what do you want to do as far as your CNS? Do you want the traditional CNS role versus the APN role? If you want the APN role, jumping into full-time would not be hard at all as you could capitolize on what you have been doing for the past two years. If it is the true CNS role that you want, then I would ease back into bedside care but again with your eye on the ultimate goal of a full-time CNS position.

    Good luck.
  4. by   SharonH, RN
    Thanks for your input Trauma. I was thinking of a traditional CNS role since they don't recognize the CNS as APN in Georgia( the exception being psychMH NS). I had a moment of insanity there. I am not going back to the bedside excepting for dire circumstances. One of the reasons I chose CNS was so I could have more options.
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Sharon - that is exactly why I chose to further my education also. Have you considered an educator or manager role? How about teaching?