nursing career without touching people

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    I am about to graduate with my BSN and I absolutely do not want to be a nurse that has patient contact. My second semester of nursing school I had an exposure at clinical and I have since been diagnosed with PTSD and OCD. I have been taking medication and I am currently going to therapy but I am absolutely terrified of anything relating touching people of any nursing tasks. I was wondering what I can do with my degree that would not entail touching people (preferably office work) with no experience. Thank you so much

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    Hi, there. I hope that your day is progressing well.

    Unfortunately, the office-type nursing jobs that involve absolutely no patient contact will almost universally require several years of hands-on patient care in a bedside nursing position. Most, if not all, nursing 'desk jobs' require that you do your time in the trenches and provide care to patients for a few years at the very least.

    In addition, your chances of finding a nursing job with no hands-on patient contact are very slim in this crappy economic climate. In fact, finding a nursing job with plenty of patient contact is elusive for many newly graduated nurses in this sluggish economy. I wish you the best of luck in your quest for career development.
    Gold_SJ, Ambitiouz, anotherone, and 32 others like this.
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    You can work admin or for a pharmaceutical company. Telephone nursing. However, these positions are usually reserved for nurses who have at least 2 years of bedside care first. It will probably be very challenging for you to find a job if you expect minimal to no contact with people.
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    It's like working in a bank and refusing to touch money.
    I don't understand why you continued in the nursing field.
    To answer your question, there are management jobs, but most require some nursing experience. Coding?
    Good luck to you.
    ChristineN, kids, canoehead, and 22 others like this.
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    I'm sorry for your traumatic experience but it will be hard to get that type of job with 0 experience even as a BSN nurse.
    loriangel14 and xtxrn like this.
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    Have you done OK with your clinicals? I have to think that you have because you likely couldn't graduate from nursing school without performing a minimum of patient care.

    Is it simply a matter of slowly increasing your exposure to patient care/contact? (and I don't say simply in an effort to minimize the issue - only to try to narrow down the issue) Does it seem possible to you to work your way into acceptable patient care/patient contact as long as you can accomplish that at a slower rate?
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    What is the world coming too. New nurses coming out of school and don't want to touch a patient? I hope this is a joke
    ChristineN, abbaking, canoehead, and 20 others like this.
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    This isn't serious, is it?

    How did you make it through the rest of school?

    Get a different career. My sister works in finance. She doesn't touch people
    abbaking, CNAmom11, Kate1185, and 13 others like this.
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    Like others stated, to get into a job that does not required touching people takes a few years of bedside experience. Good luck and keep us posted.
    New grads are having trouble with jobs, can't imagine looking for one with such high standards.
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    You could always try telephonic nursing, although that would require speaking into a head-set...(which someone else may have already touched).
    Dazglue, sunflower777, jcbhappy, and 10 others like this.

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