Out Of BEDSIDE nursing

  1. UGGGHHH , I have had one of those nights!! I am interested in finding something away from bedside nursing! Any advice??
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  2. 19 Comments

  3. by   RNKerry
    oh boy i sure can relate to that! after 20 years i have had enough of a situation that is getting worse & so i am doing a masters in education & will affect pt care from the schools. It will also give me the option of registering as a teacher and leaving nursing all together to teach highschool
  4. by   sjoe
    Join the throng. You might want to surf the specialty forums for options that appeal to you.
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I want to leave bedside nursing, too. Just biding my time until I can come up w/ a workable plan to leave.
    My husband says he will support me in whatever I do.

    I find myself having nightmares about work, and unable to sleep well or enjoy time off because I am ruminating about work.

    I need to stop giving it "another chance" and pay attention to what my body and mind are telling me. It's time to find a way out.:stone
  6. by   roxannekkb
    I left bedside nursing and became a journalist. It took a while, and I was writing and nursing. But gradually, I was able to make enough money writing to cut down on my nursing. Then I moved out of bedside nursing completely, and worked as a telephone triage nurse in a corporate office. I did that part time for about a year, and now I am a full time journalist.

    There are many opportunities in this world. The key is to decide what you really might like to be doing, and not how much you want to get away from nursing.
  7. by   LuvLife
    Thanks for the replies. Helllllooo Nurse I feel exactly like you!! I toss and turn all night and when I do sleep I dream about work!!

    I don't think I would want to leave the field totally, because I do love some aspects of it, but I am buring out FAST!!
    I love animals, but working in an animal shelter unfortunately won't pay my bills, other than that I don't know what I want to do
  8. by   Quickbeam
    I am an RN consultant for a state agency. I found the job in the state open job listings. 4 10 hour days, every W/E off, no holidays or nights...plus I'm not manager, don't have to tell anyone to work Christmas, no scheduling, no dispute resolution. Great benefits and a real pension....

    I also looked for this job for 10 years. The competition was significant. Non-clinical RN jobs with good hours and benefits are sought after so be prepared to look and be aggressive.

    Most nurses have never had to actually fight for a job....but you may have to when it comes to highly sought after positions.
  9. by   disher
    I understand how it feels when you don't enjoy your work. Three years ago I felt burnt out from bedside nursing. I read books about nursing careers, updated my resume, applied for jobs and ended up working in a clinic Monday -Friday. I can honestly say I enjoy going to work and the change from floor to clinic rejuvenated my interest in nursing.
    Have you read any nursing career guides? There are several available including "Career Planning for Nurses" by Bette Case, "Anatomy of a Job Search: A Nurse's Guide to Finding and Landing the Job You Want" by Jeanna Bozell. You can either borrow these from a nursing school library or purchase them from Amazon .com
    Also check out Donna Cardillo's articles on alternative careers in nursing at http://www.dcardillo.com/articles.html
  10. by   renerian
    I am in sales and I love it! No weekends unless I volunteer to have a booth at a health fair, no holidays, no on call, no pager.

    renerian
  11. by   webbiedebbie
    I don't see many (or any) positions like those offered. My problem is being able to make as much as I do at the hospital. Parish nursing around here is done on our own time. Churches can't afford to pay, and the hospital here in town just dropped the program in their hospital. I don't see many ads for drup reps. I would love to get into QA, but there have been no openings at all in the last three years at my hospital.
  12. by   LuvLife
    I agree with the above post by Quickbeam, these jobs aren't easy to come by.
  13. by   JNJ
    Have you considered being an independent RN? There are many, many ways to achieve this. Most of what we dislike about bedside nursing is not actually the nursing care, but the politics, people, budget issues, schedulers, managers, etc etc.

    I fought burn out for 30+ years by changing my specialty every few years. It's a little scary and some of it was forced upon me by changes in my husband's work, but mostly it worked out.

    Education (I have been a qualified nurse educator since 1984) is not an easier option. The stresses and budget issues can be more overwhelming than bedside nursing, pay is not usually up to what one can earn in a high acuity clinical area, promotion structure has it's own problems (think drive to publish, get the Ph.D, tenure track etc) and taking ten raw students to an acute clinical site is a very specific sort of nightmare (and no educator of any caliber teaches what they do not practice!)

    Currently I work as an Independent Nurse Provider (INP) for Medi-Cal. My motivation is the control over my own life. I work about 3/4 time, still do something considered valuable to society, maintain clinical skills and am thanked for my work every day. I spend about half a day per month on paperwork related to being an IC.

    Check out independentrn.com although you cannot access the supportive, intelligent, practically useful forum without membership.
  14. by   eltrip
    Telephone triage &/or nurse advice lines. Check with health insurance companies. There might be one near you. We have 3 health insurance companies in my city (I don't work for any of the 3) & they are constantly hiring nurses for their purposes.

    Have you considered occupational health? That can also be an interesting field.

    Opportunities abound. Good luck as you search!

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