nursing career without touching people

  1. 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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  3. by   TheCommuter
    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.
  4. by   joanna73
    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.
  5. by   imintrouble
    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.
  6. by   Caffeine_IV
    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.
  7. by   roser13
    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?
  8. by   betterlatethennever
    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
  9. by   A&OxNone
    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
  10. by   NurseLoveJoy88
    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.
  11. by   79Tango
    You could always try telephonic nursing, although that would require speaking into a head-set...(which someone else may have already touched).
  12. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    I'm wondering why you stayed in the nursing program knowing you didn't want to have pt contact. Like the others have stated, I don't know of any management (desk) type jobs a nurse could have w/o the 1-2 years of bedside experience. Wishing you well.
  13. by   ashleyisawesome
    maybe you can try psych nursing for a little while? while i cant guarantee you wont touch someone.. there's generally a lot less bodily fluids and infectious diseases going on... im not sure what kind of exposure you had, so i dont know if thats out of the question, but like others said, your chances are slim to none with getting a nursing job and not touching people at all.. maybe try a doctors office as well? you touch people but not to the extent of working as a floor nurse in a hospital.. good luck, hope you find what youre looking for.
  14. by   DeLanaHarvickWannabe
    I'm sorry, but there is no way. Even office nurses have to touch people.

    I hope you do recover and maybe someday you can complete school and become a nurse. For now, though, I would seek a job perhaps involving internet or telephone communications only. Some sort of bank work, perhaps?

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