I am curious as to whether any of you have experienced "low to moderate stress" nursing jobs??? I imagine that there are no "low stress" nursing jobs...I'm not looking for no stress...just a LOT less than what I'm experiencing in acute care.
I am also looking for some of the following perks (maybe I'm a dreamer, but let me have that dream anyway):
* Mon- Friday regular daytime hours
* No holidays
* a real meal break guaranteed every work day (without 1,001 interruptions)
* working directly with people/patients at least some of the time
* being able to collaborate with peers or colleagues
* a slower pace (not a slow pace...I don't mind busy, I just am tired of the frenzied pace of hospitals)
Okay, now nurses, quit laughing!
Am I crazy? Is there such a dream job? Do you have it? now fess up, because I want to know!
Quote from Chrislynn2003
As some already mentioned, the OR. Now it's not always a M-F type of job unless you just do outpatient surgery in a small setting. I primarily work M-F, but we do have Saturday cases and we have 11p-7a call M-F and weekend call. But I don't think my job is "low stress". Good luck.
Christine - I have to agree, I didn't find anything "low stress" about working in the OR. I have worked trauma OR (docs were high strung, to say the least), general surgery (which wasn't too bad when I was in any non-ortho case, but oooohhhh I HATED orthopedics!), CVOR (call out the wazoo - worked about 70 hours a week) and in an outpatient surgery center (docs who thought they were little demi-gods because of their partial ownership of the center - UGH! Definitely were not pleasant to work with).
I enjoy the off shifts and I love the NICU, but I realize its not for everyone. I have to have a certain amount of stress to maintain interest, but I don't like dealing with visitors - that's why OR was so appealing to me, no visitors in there. I'm sure people mean well and do not mean to get in the way and take you away from more important things, but that is exactly what most of them do.
I am not an early morning person and I would hate working 5 days per week. On the other hand, 12-hour shifts can be so hard on the body. It's all give and take I guess. I'm looking for something I can do to supplement working in the NICU. I don't like doing anything all the time - I get bored. That's probably the biggest plus about nursing is that you can do something completely different and still not change careers.
Last edit by RN4NICU on Aug 6, '04