After Nursing: Is There Life Out There? - page 3

by VivaLasViejas Guide

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I knew it was too good to last forever. Today, in a meeting with my company's regional director of operations and the corporate nurse consultant, my Executive Director and I learned that we will both probably be let go if our... Read More


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    I worked with some ADNs at a local health department. Nurses with varied experience often thrive in public health. I was on an interview panel, and a colorful resume was a plus, even if none of the experience was in public health. My supervisor was an ADN in my last position.

    Best of luck.
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    You can also consider utilization management. When we need to request prior approvals from health insurance companies often it is a nurse that I have to discuss the case with to prove medical necessity.
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    I agree with one thing here- Once a nurse, always a nurse. Maybe you just need a new venue. TRUST ME when I say there is still a place for you. I know an ADN who is a Nurse Consultant, mainly because of her experience and not education. Perhaps it's time to go back to school? Lots of online RN to BSN programs, so your feet can still rest.

    I'll tell you this, too.... I don't care if someone gets a quadruple PHD in nursing, WE NEED NURSES like you. There is **NO** substitute for experience. No new nurses will be successful without you. I mean this because the newer nurses are being churned out so fast and are not as prepared to do these important jobs like you are. This is no disrespect to new nurses, I'm just saying you can't leave the profession. I won't allow it.. :-X

    Now for some recommendations. I bet you could find a great ADON job- That's what a LOT of DON's end up doing in my area once they decide they don't want the stress anymore. They get the experience and adjust and move on. It's NOT a step down!! As you know, the ADON really is it's own position, not really an "assistant don" but more of a "do everything nurse" Your staff become your patients, you still have the ability to nurse, but the responsibility levels out better and you can live a little.

    Thought about going to a doctor's office? The pay is not great but it's liveable. If you find a specialty office like Arthritis or Diabetes education you can work as an ADN and make an ok wage (at least here in VA).

    How about DON at a smaller company? Sounds like you are at a pretty big place. I'm a DON at a medium size company (25 facilities in 2 states) and although it has it's own challenges (budget), it's easy to talk to the higher ups and be part of a team. Maybe that's what is missing?

    I hope you decide to stay in nursing. Imagine a world full of new nurses without some good leaders...
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    My heart goes out to middle age nurses who are too young to retire but experience ageism. If this is what I have to experience 30 years from now, then I rather have no part of it.
    My preceptor has been a nurse for 30 plus years and have a ADN. She runs circles around the 20 something BSNs in the floor, she said the day she is forced to get her BSN, she'll retire... I don't blame her. However, what happens whe you don't have that option and you still need bennies and income for the family. I don't expect any middle age nurse to go from making a decent income to being a walmart greeter. I stick to my original advice: Viva, find a job in teaching. My mother did a three day "train the trainer course", she has a few contracts and makes 45/hr. She loves it. School nursing is an idea except the pay may not be great. Grntea, had an excellent idea as well!
    My prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Bless you for saying this.

    Viva, it seems like the consensus is going with Grn Tea as an expert witness. I know how you feel to a certain extent. I had to leave nursing due to a health reason, and in the unlikely event that I would be able to go back to work, I would have no idea what I would be able to do. I'm just not up to running around with my hair on fire anymore.

    Good luck to you.
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    Have you considered hospice nursing -- you like old folks, and you have a proven record of dealing with off-the-wall families -- you could end up loving it. Another idea is insurance nursing, as others have said, UR or CM. But when my ex and I applied for health insurance a RN came to the house just to do a blood draw. She said she liked it and got paid pretty well.
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    Up until about three years ago, I dreamed of becoming a hospice nurse.....I'm good at taking care of the dying and supporting their loved ones, and I am very much an advocate of a holistic approach to end-of-life issues. In fact, I know so many home-health and hospice agency nurses and directors that I could probably walk out of my current position and land a job with one of them tomorrow morning. There are a few roadblocks, however; one being travel after dark and in bad weather conditions, and the other being I'm forbidden to work nights, thanks to a medical condition that precludes shift work.

    But the bottom line is, I still care about my job and the people I work with. I'm not so burned out that I can't muster any feelings for them, and in fact I'm going to go into my boss's office tomorrow and tell him he deserves better than what he's been getting from me, and I'm going to do my best to provide it. No excuses. This is my last stand.......I've never held the same job longer than 2 1/2 years, and I want to get past that. Yes, a lot of it had to do with the aforementioned health problem, but that's no reason to give less than my best, even if my 'best' is only 75% on a given day.

    However........I do want to keep my options open, so please keep the ideas coming. It's always good to have a backup plan in case the fecal material collides with the oscillatory ventilation apparatus. Thanks to all of you who've posted so far.
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    Sorry for the situation you are in, Viva. I hope it all works out for you. If not, I wanted to suggest Telephone Triage. You have to have solid clinical experience to do it well, and you have that. It's easy on the body , but still stressful mentally. Can work part part time to full time and decent pay. Also, you mentioned Hospice. One of the Hospices in my area has dayshift 8a-5p, rotating weekend position with no on-call. So, you never know...maybe this would work for you if you found the right position? Sending well wishes to you.
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    You have developed other skills other than those labeled 'nursing'. Time management, prioritization, people skills, the list goes on and on. These skills you have are not just applicable to the sick and the insane (permanently or temporary). I'm in a similar boat to you ... after 15 years of working 12 hour nights ... that's it. I'm done. The patients will go on eating their bandaids whether I'm there or not, I'm outta here! Time for chapter 2. Open your eyes, broaden your scope, keep your head on a swivel. Believe it or not ... people DO make a living out there who are NOT nurses!
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    (Friendly reminder: they do need to be in reasonably good taste, of course.) Thanks!
    Well then, I'm all out of ideas lol...

    I didn't know about this meeting, I know you aren't entirely surprised but it is scary nonetheless...

    praying for you Viva!!! and yes there is life after nursing. It has been a long grieving process but there is freedom in letting go of it.

    BUT - the ship ain't sunk yet...
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    Hey, at least with what I do a little grey hair is an advantage. I couldn't have done this as an apple-cheeked 26-year-old...or at 36, either. (And keep going.) And it's simply mahvelous what nice suits they're making for fat old broads these days.
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