what's your "fun" job?

  1. ****Off the bat, I don't intend for this discussion to deteriorate into a debate over which area of nursing is "real" and which isn't -- so I applogize in advance if this happens. ****


    I've been working full time on an inpatient psychogeriatrics unit and, well, things are starting to feel a bit like the place is a pressure cooker (I'm sure you've all been there).

    I have the option of cutting my hours down to part time (.6 EFT) for the sake of my sanity. I am very tempted. I'm looking at this as an opportunity to branch out a little.

    As much as I love geriatrics, the work climate is absolutely psychotic (for lack of a better term). The drama of it all is killing me.

    I applied last week for a (well we call it CASUAL up here) prn job as a street nurse in public health. I've always been facinated with the health promotion and risk reduction point of view of nursing. Plus the salary rules. If this doesn't work, I'll look for something else. What I'd really like to do is to get into counselling or else work in a sexual health clinic, but don't know if this is do-able.

    I'm remembering back a few years, to a conversation with a friend of a friend of a friend who, held several jobs in nursing. She had her main, "career" job which was working in a busy ER and her "fun" job working in a dental clinic monitoring people under anaesthesia. I just loved her attitude. What a great way to ensure that you do not over-extend yourself, just limiting your time spent focusing on your "real-career" job and learing new skills at the same time.
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  3. by   Dayray
    I don't have one yet but Id really like to teach a birthing class, also Im planning some working trips to other countrys. that will be fun
  4. by   H ynnoD
    My church does mission trips to other places a couple weeks out of the year.I can't do this right now with working and going to school,but I look forward to doing them as a nurse someday.I think it would be fun working with the childern in these places that don't have it as good as us.I want to share what I have with them.
  5. by   hogan4736
    I work at Bank One Ballpark for the Arizona Diamondbacks (first aid stations)

    and at an indoor (concert) arena (first aid)

    I've seen Clapton, the circus, The World Series, motorcross, and a lot of other events...

    good times!
  6. by   tattooednursie
    At the moment, I only have one paying job, and that is working in a LTC. I do consider that a fun job, even though I have gone through some rough times there.

    I used to be on a vollunteer fire department, but because of my move I'm on a leave of absence for now.

    Something that I do in my spare time that I am considering making a career out of is writing. I love to write. Currently I am working on revising and rewriting a book that I began when I was 12 y/o. It is so much fun. I would like to geet it published, or even write a screen play to it. It has drama, Comedy, romance, and horror. Its more of a drama than anything, because some parts are real tear jerkers. For anyone who is interested I'll post basically what it is about.

    Its about these 4 girls that grow up with their father who was a murderer. # of them are pretty shy, but the oldest one turns mean, and gets into being a druggie and an alcoholic, and her father almost kills her and she is traumatized by all this, so her boyfriend did not want her to have to live there anymore, they decide to go to Australia where they took the wrong flight and the flight they were supposed to take crashed. The rest of the family assumed that she was dead (and the father is in prison BTW). She never called them because she got an interest in horseback riding, then got thron off, and got amnisia. Her BF did not want her to remember so they never talked about her family. The couple were brought back to their hometown by a mysterious phone call. the woman began getting her life together and married her BF and they went through the police academy together and became police officers. Flashbacks during a police call brought back memories, and she reunited with her sisters who thought she was dead. they went on vacation to montanna and had a great time. They thought everything was peachy, that was until they came back. A tornado swept through the area of tennesee, and through the prison where the father had been for 10 years. The woman lost her husband, and an accidental shooting ended the life of her brother in-law due to some one covering her eyes as she was going to shoot. Many unexplained deaths and feelings of being watched lead the sisters to believe that their father was out of prison, I ain't telling how it ends.

    Anyone else into writing?
  7. by   JBudd
    fun and career combined: ER
    just for fun: I'm set up to teach CPR once a week at our council's Boy Scout camp, to other Scoutmasters & Scouter adults.
  8. by   CraftyLPN
    I enjoy working as a ped nurse for home health....I don't "dread" going into work....
  9. by   funnygirl_rn
    Volunteer at the Humane Society. The hard part is that I want to take all those dogs home with me.
  10. by   Audreyfay
    My full time job is as a diabetes educator. My fun job - every other weekend is telephone triage. It doesn't even feel like work most of the time. If it's quiet, I just play on the internet. It's like spending 8 hours visiting. It's a fun job. And none of your customers look at your hair or makeup!
  11. by   funnygirl_rn
    Originally posted by hogan4736
    I work at Bank One Ballpark for the Arizona Diamondbacks (first aid stations)

    and at an indoor (concert) arena (first aid)

    I've seen Clapton, the circus, The World Series, motorcross, and a lot of other events...

    good times!
    Sounds like a wonderful "fun" job!
  12. by   vettech
    My apologies if this is a bit off topic but -

    I work in veterinary medicine (ADN student as well). I was in a similar situation as you describe before I went back to school - I had my "main" job and my "fun" job.

    My main job, 40hrs/wk, was working veterinary ICU for a specialty practice. I did all the after-hours care for the Sx dept, Internal Medicine, Cardiology and the occasional Optho case. It was strictly dog/cat. I still do that same job now. I work alone and I enjoy the responsibilty level plus it has taught me incredible self-reliance and improvisational skills.

    My fun job was actually the clinic I left to work for the specialist practice. I worked a 6-8hr shift every other Saturday for a former zoo vet who would basically see anything (except primates, big cats and hoof-stock). Not only did I get to see some really interresting species (among the more unusual - a lemur, a pair of wallabys, a coatimundi, and svereal venomus snakes) but I was also the primary lab tech - I spent 80% of my time behind a 'scope and loved it - Gram's stains, manual WBC diffs, mycology, parasitology, etc. The doc was a pain in the tush but the job was incredibly interresting. I referred to that shift as my "play day".
    Last edit by vettech on May 26, '03
  13. by   mattsmom81
    JBudd, I was a Cub Scout and Webelo leader for many years too! Loved teaching their CPR and first aid course...the boys are so enthusiastic and fun, aren't they? Also did the school stuff...PET program (primary emergency training)

    My 'hard' job is very part time in critical care. My fun 'paid' job is working flu clinics in the fall winter...love visiting with the elderly clients in a non bedside role.

    Also enjoy volunteering at the womens' shelter.
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on May 27, '03
  14. by   Scavenger'sWife
    WOW - lots of you have really interesting lives! I feel like a "Schlub"....

    I work as a Home Health nurse, which is great. My "fun" work is teaching CPR. I just love doing that. If I could get a full-time job at it, I would! I like the idea that one day, someone might save a life because I taught them CPR...

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