I'm an Rn working in a LTC facility and have been for 8 months. I honestly don't like it at all. I love my residents but the place itself I just don't like. I don't feel properly trained and for a long time I was the only RN on my shift so it was all up to me to do the RN parts. I had plenty of help from the LPNs but I just feel like I wasn't given the right type of training since I never actually got trained by an RN. Im feeling bad about myself as a nurse recently and I'm feeling like I want something more like a doctors office type of job or outpatient clinic or something along those lines. I live in a really small town where there aren't many opportunities except for hospital and LTC facilities and the occasional doctors office that will actually hire an RN. My question is where is the best type of place to go to find more opportunities in offices? Also any recommendations on things I can try like books to read or checklists to make in order to make my days a little less stressful and full of self doubt. I may be stuck in this job for a few more months and I don't want it to continue like this. It's affecting my social life to the point where I'm sleeping all the time and I'm not happy like I used to be. I'm sad and worrying about what I could have done wrong at work even when I'm not there.
Office jobs for RNs are few and far between ...especially RNs with limited experience. I have no idea what types of places might be available in your small town ...checking job listings in your area would probably be a good start. If you're lucky enough to find something like what you're seeking, be prepared to take a big pay cut.
LTC floor nursing can suck but it can also be a great place to experiment with your career and gain experience you otherwise may not. There are positions like infusion therapy (some larger LTC facilities), case management, wound care, education etc that are normally outside the grasp of a newer nurses within acute care. I would personally recommend gravitating to one of those specialties or trying to get into the hospital.
How far are you willing to commute for a job?
Big university hospitals often have a lot of outpatient clinics, and they do use RNs.
Your town may be small, but is there a dialysis center or home health? There might be employment available there too.
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