mid- life Career Crisis

  1. Hi All,
    My name is Vicky, I have been an Rn(ADN) for 20 years , and and LPN 2 years prior to that, in Illinois, western Chicago suburbs. The thought of going back to school for my Bachelors degree nauseates me especially since most every nurse I talk to that worked long and hard to get it rarely gets an increase of more than 25cents an hour.
    But I've finally resolved to get with it, but can't seem to make myself do it. Those close to me say they learned nothing about being a better nurse, just got a piece of paper that allows them to do more, have more options.
    I have spent most of my career in the Emergency Dept and am quite proficient, and have achieved the many certifications that go along with it. I felt that was more important than "the degree" ( not so good at typing though!)
    But now I have "burned out" in the ER area, and no longer desire to work there, in fact I dread going to work each day.
    I have been interviewing for other positions and would especially like some input from nurses in these areas.
    I have interviewed for an ADON position in a nursing home, I know of a few nurses that have spent their careers int his area and ore quite fulfilled. I want to get My "management feet wet" ant try managing employees and learning more about what goes on "behind the scenes" And I don't need "the degree"
    Then I have been offered a Cath Lab position where I work, which I am qualified for and could be very good at, and probably make more money and work less hours-- and have tuition reimbursement to complete my degree.
    Both areas have lots of call. I'm looking for a peaceful, fulfilling work experience , but not operating on Adrenaline so much of the day. I'm so over that!
    I need input form anyone and everyone, asap!!!
    Thanx in advance-- Vicky RN
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Jessy_RN
    welcome to the site. enjoy your stay and best wishes to you.
  4. by   Grace Oz
    Quote from Vicky RN
    Hi All,
    My name is Vicky, I have been an Rn(ADN) for 20 years , and and LPN 2 years prior to that, in Illinois, western Chicago suburbs. The thought of going back to school for my Bachelors degree nauseates me especially since most every nurse I talk to that worked long and hard to get it rarely gets an increase of more than 25cents an hour.
    But I've finally resolved to get with it, but can't seem to make myself do it. Those close to me say they learned nothing about being a better nurse, just got a piece of paper that allows them to do more, have more options.
    I have spent most of my career in the Emergency Dept and am quite proficient, and have achieved the many certifications that go along with it. I felt that was more important than "the degree" ( not so good at typing though!)
    But now I have "burned out" in the ER area, and no longer desire to work there, in fact I dread going to work each day.
    I have been interviewing for other positions and would especially like some input from nurses in these areas.
    I have interviewed for an ADON position in a nursing home, I know of a few nurses that have spent their careers int his area and ore quite fulfilled. I want to get My "management feet wet" ant try managing employees and learning more about what goes on "behind the scenes" And I don't need "the degree"
    Then I have been offered a Cath Lab position where I work, which I am qualified for and could be very good at, and probably make more money and work less hours-- and have tuition reimbursement to complete my degree.
    Both areas have lots of call. I'm looking for a peaceful, fulfilling work experience , but not operating on Adrenaline so much of the day. I'm so over that!
    I need input form anyone and everyone, asap!!!
    Thanx in advance-- Vicky RN
    I think the Cath Lab position sounds perfect for you.
    As we get older, working at the 'coal face' of the nursing profession becomes ever harder and more tiring. Mid-Life is all about re-evaluating and making changes. Changes which benefit ourselves and those we live and/or work with.
    I wish you the very best of good luck!
  5. by   rn/writer
    Any time you find yourself dragging your feet, please listen to what your body, mind and spirit are telling you. If you have a range of opportunities that don't require the BSN, why pursue it? If you really need it, the timing will work out and you won't feel this reluctance.

    I'm not one to knock getting a BSN. Neither am I one to say you must have it. You can find all kinds of fulfilling jobs, including some in management, without the degree. If, on the other hand, you find yourself gravitating toward advanced practice, you'll need it.

    I'd advise you to get out of your current situation and into something that meshes better with this stage of your life. Let the burned out feelings heal. Then, when you are feeling better, revisit the BSN question with renewed perspective. Until you mellow out, you may not even be able to decide what you want.

    Step out in the confidence that you are going to end up wherever you're supposed to be and that the road map will present itself when you need it.

    If you're a praying person, ask God to give you clear and gentle direction. He's good at that.

    Take care,
  6. by   Thunderwolf
    i echo rn/writer. the direction where you need to go will become apparent. being at the crossroads in our lives and work is a thing to sit back and reflect on....it is nothing to rush. maybe a scheduled time of a sabbatical, even a few days, could help, giving you the time you might need to relax a little and reflect. a crisis is sometimes life's gift to stop you from staying in the current rut in order to address one's own needs and change directions. your life is calling....how will you answer?


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