I would say to check out the public health position and if you really think that it is something you will enjoy, then go for it. Staying per diem in your current job is a good idea to stay current and "in" if it doesn't work out. However, if you are looking at public health nursing for the working hours don't be fooled. I did 6 months home care and really loved it before having to leave for health reasons. Luckily I had stayed per diem at my previous job in psych acute and had that to fall back to (also realized with this experience that mental health is exactly where I want to be so it was all good). The thing with home care is that there is A LOT of documentation. Now, I know that doesn't sound bad and it isn't, but it is very different than at the hospital with what medicare and other insurances require that it is VERY time consuming. I was surprised to find that more of my time was spent linked to my computer documenting late into the night and early every morning before work (since the laptop comes home with you, the work is always there....not necessarily a time clock to punch in and out which can add up to way more than 1-2 hrs of overtime) than actually with the pts. If not on the computer, then on the phone trying to verify orders and update the MD, etc. usually playing phone tag. Also, if case managing then fielding calls and follow up for entire case load. The perks are that it is flexible, but that also means flexible sometimes on the end of when the pts can be seen and this can make the timing of the start and end of your day be different all the time. Some places require on call time in the evenings and on the weekend so be sure to ask about that as well as compensation for extra hours. Make sure that the orientation is one that will allow you time to adjust and definitely ask about turnover rates. As with any specialty, it seems like home care is right for some and not for others. Also, you will still have your hand in quite a few skill areas such as PICC lines, wound care (wound vacs), IV, blood draws, etc. as well as lots and lots of education on diagnoses (which is a good part) Good luck!