Career alternatives to traditional nursing?

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    Hi! I am a ASN registered nurse with 10+ years experience, mostly in OB. Have also functioned as a school nurse for 1 year.

    My question is this: Anyone ever do anything different after being a bedside nurse? I'm just kind of antzy lately. It's unlike me. I've worked at the same place for 14 years, so I'm not the type to skip around to a lot of different jobs. I'm not sure what I'm looking for. I'd really like to find a "9-5, Monday-Friday" kind of job. Some of my thoughts have been pharmaceutical sales, telephone triage, training staff with new medical equipment, sales rep??

    Surely I'm not the first to go through this!? I kind of feel like I'm having a midlife career crisis!
    I've even been considering furthering my education, but I'm just not sure...
    Any thoughts?? Anyone have any experience with the types of jobs I mentioned above?
    Thank you !!
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    Yikes!! I just read part of an old thread on pharmaceutical sales reps ! Never mind that option!!
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    Have you ever thought about being a NP in OB/GYN? I am not a nurse but I just had my yearly visit and I was seen by a NP. I didn't see a doctor at all. I thought that was very neat. I personally think this is your best bet, because you mentioned that you don't usually get antzy like this. This way you will work in a field you are familiar with, but will be able to further your education and career.

    Some nurses go on to PA school, MD school, etc. You might need to take more science classes if you choose to go that route.
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    If you're near Nashville, I know of a great job in the quality management department of a hospital that's "big and good"...

    They need someone to do OB chart reviews, provide inservice education to the staff in Women's Services and liason with the OB/GYN physicians.
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    Quote from Pumpkin1621
    Have you ever thought about being a NP in OB/GYN? I am not a nurse but I just had my yearly visit and I was seen by a NP. I didn't see a doctor at all. I thought that was very neat. I personally think this is your best bet, because you mentioned that you don't usually get antzy like this. This way you will work in a field you are familiar with, but will be able to further your education and career.

    Some nurses go on to PA school, MD school, etc. You might need to take more science classes if you choose to go that route.
    Just a thought of going to med school for 4 years, and than 2 more years of residency makes me nauseous.
    There are might be a better jobs in nursing, but I just don't see them. Sales rep that was doing inservice in our unit, said she paid ok but has to travel a lot.
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    Hi! You know, the NP thing might be a possibility. I do love OB/GYN and this might be a good way to stay in it, but be doing something different, too. I really am not familiar with NP's in this field, though. Where I am, I know some NP's in family practice offices and I work with 2 CNM's in our OB/GYN office, but not NP's. I considered the CNM path, but I have a young family and don't want to be on call 24/7 and attending deliveries all night long. Anyone know how far beyond my master's degree I'd have to go to become a NP?

    How I wish I lived near Nashville!! The job you described sounds great to me! I'm in the OH,MI,IN corner of the world!
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    I'm a Monday through Thursday, full time community health nurse. I work 4 ten hour days, no evenings, weekends or holidays (unless I want to). There are other roles like this out there. Mine required a BSN minimum and an odd lot of prior experience but the qualifications will vary. Good luck to you.
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    An NP (or CNM another midlevel provider) require a masters degree and passage of a national certification test. You can usually get an MSN in 2-3 years. Good luck.
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    Have you thought about doing something completely different? How about working at a surgery center? I work in the OR at a free standing surgery center and the hours are fantastic - no nights, holidays or weekends You could work pre or post op. Just another option to think about.
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    What about home care? The kind that is affiliated with a hospital not an agency. Alot of senior nurses have been going into that dept and love it.


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