The last few months I've been working as charge on our med-surg floor, usually for a week or two at a time. What I've found is that I like helping out the other nurses, particularly the agency nurses who have never been here before, more than I like answering call lights and dealing with the patients. I also like talking with staffing, admissions, the nursing supervisor, and some of the other administrative types. I like being a resource for other nurses.
Which has me wondering if I'd be a good choice for a CNS. I already have a generalist MSN, so I'm partway there already. And I've heard that the CNS does serve as a resource for other nurses, and does more in a planning and administrative type of stuff.
I don't think I'd be happy with a purely educational role, it just seems a little limited. And, at least at our hospital, they're the first to be laid off, even when we're hiring floor RNs. Not sure about being an NP either, it seems like you can be just as buried in patient demands in that role as you can be as a floor RN.
It could be that I'm just tired of working the night shift in med-surg at this dump that I work at. But it could be that being a floor RN simply isn't a good choice for me.
People who have been on the APN forums before will probably remember me...and perhaps wonder, "Hasn't this guy made a decision on an APN role yet? He's been talking about it for the last 2 years!"