Tired of jumping jobs, does anyone like her job?

  1. After hopping between 5-6 jobs in last few yrs, and finally saying good bye to patient care, I spent 1.5 yrs at utilization management job, stuck in a cubicle and having to worry about cases that come back to haunt the next day. It never felt like in the hospital where you can leave with sense of freedom after your shift.

    I want to go back to the clinical setting, but it is difficult considering that I usually hate patient care. I don't mean to be ugly about it, but I really do not enjoy seeing patients in acute care setting (medsurg or ER or ICU).

    What are some jobs that an introvert who does not like acute care can do to enjoy? Preferably less intense, more relaxed, no crazy hours?
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  3. by   brownbook
    Ambulatory surgery.
  4. by   brownbook
    Ambulatory surgery or gastroenterology clinic.
  5. by   rearviewmirror
    Thank you, I read previous threads about this, and amb surgery, pre-op, pacu seems to be good options. Of course, difficulty between jobs will vary by the facility and available resources, but as long as it's not acutely sick people (like ER or ICU), and most of people can walk in and out themselves, that would be fine.
  6. by   Been there,done that
    "I usually hate patient care."
    Ambulatory surgery, pre-op, and pacu all require hands on care.

    You have experience in UM. You have your pick of work from home positions.... UM, UR, disease management, etc.

    I do not find UM intense, I am sitting on my tookas at home and there is no hurry. I work banker's hours. Certainly, a case may come back to haunt you, but after 5 PM .. I'm done.
  7. by   dream06
    Dialysis. I loved it but it doesnt pay that much.
  8. by   mmc51264
    Informatics
    . Right now I am working on a care redesign plan as my practicum. I LOVE it. Filtering data for the team. I just have to know about the conditions.
    I still love my floor position (my day job) but it is nice to look forward. Finishing MSN this semester.
  9. by   rearviewmirror
    Quote from Been there,done that
    "I usually hate patient care."
    Ambulatory surgery, pre-op, and pacu all require hands on care.

    You have experience in UM. You have your pick of work from home positions.... UM, UR, disease management, etc.

    I do not find UM intense, I am sitting on my tookas at home and thpatient no hurry. I work banker's hours. Certainly, a case may come back to haunt you, but after 5 PM .. I'm done.
    Oh I meant to specify I hate acute care, you know, lifting + 250lb, changing pans or wiping, running amok, dealing with family, dealing with ER patients faking seizure, dealing with people demanding dilaudid, doing compressions while being expected to chart at the same time, having to wheel people because they magically can't walk anymore once they come to the hospital, enabling helplessness, etc.

    I am totally fine with interacting with people who are not acutely sick and are able to walk, talk like regular person. Again I'm not trying to be mean here, but just what I went through and what I know about myself. Thanks
  10. by   Zyprexa
    Following! How about research nursing, the OR, or a plastic surgery office? All areas I have been trying to break into but I guess I don't have sufficient experience.
  11. by   /username
    I like my job, but I am a guy, so based on your title, you're probably not interested in my opinion.
  12. by   SierraMoon
    I like my job but I do UM, too.
  13. by   catsmeow1972
    Rehab? Places like HealthSouth (that's the only one I can think of right now but I am referring to free standing rehab hospitals.) Some larger hospitals also have their own inpatient rehab units.
    There's a little hands on. But usually those patients are expected to be making progress with PT, OT and/or Speech therapy, or they are out the door. The point is to get them back to baseline and for them to stay there, they have to have an interest in getting better so no "faking seizure" stuff or ugly demands for narcs and ginger ale, etc. Also, generally if they start to go downhill they are sent out to the ER.
    I know what you mean though. I hated the enabling helplessness thing. I threw up my hands the day I was lectured by a patient on how I should make sure his PRN meds were arranged so that he got Ativan or Dilaudid every hour without him having to ask. You start to feel like RN stood for refreshments and narcotics. Yet sitting at a desk bores you to tears.
    Last edit by catsmeow1972 on Oct 10
  14. by   OldDude
    I make pretty good money mowing yards.

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