Calivianya - You're right, I hadn't thought about counseling in that respect. My gut feeling is that I am much more confident in my ability to assess the "unseen" as opposed to certain physical assessment findings. (Obviously I've worked my tail off to make sure I'm learning all I can so I don't miss something crucial, but it doesn't come naturally and I'm so sick of it.) I will definitely think about how counseling might be similar to floor nursing in that respect. I'll also consider some of the alternatives you mentioned, though me as an educator seems like the blind leading the blind.
Cleback, I've done inpatient psych, inpatient hospice, and med-surg/tele. I enjoyed certain aspects of psych, and I really liked a lot of hospice - mostly the parts where I got to talk to patients and families and coach them through a tough situation. Right now I just feel like a pill dispenser, though. And yep, I do work nights! I've considered moving to days in case that would help, but I really like my coworkers on nights and that shift differential. I do make sure I get enough sleep and some sunshine at least a few times a week.
Dirtyhippiegirl, I've thought about trying case management after I get my year in at this job. It does sound like something more my speed.
Pro-student, lol, THAT'S what I was hoping to hear!
That's exactly it, I want to work with people long-term and I really love talking to my patients and equipping them with tools to manage themselves. I just feel like I've wanted to do this since high school and may very well regret it if I don't try it at some point.
Thank you all for your thoughts. I'm hearing a consensus that I should at least stick out the BSN, and maybe try something non-bedside. You've given me a lot to reflect on.