I am currently pretty lost in my career path and am wondering if anyone else experienced a "rebirth," forced or voluntary, thanks to coping with recovery issues and/or the loss of a job.
Have you found a passion for behavioral health or addictions, seeing the struggles we have gone through first-hand?
Were you fired and had to start over in another specialty?
Did you ever think about leaving nursing altogether?
I had a very comfy 9-5 M-F type job in case management for years. I do really miss the easy-peasy nature of that type of nursing--I have never been an "adrenaline junkie" or even particularly wanted to do acute or critical care, because I always found myself very stressed out during hospital clinics. Being let go from that job, however, I am lacking many skills I feel like I need to be marketable, so I'm currently working on getting my foot in the door at a hospital here which has been unbelievably difficult!
I bounce around ideas all the time as to where I want to be long-term with my career. Do I want to go to grad school? Should I try to go back to psych nursing? (I did it once for awhile back while "moonlighting" and liked it, just not sure it is where I want to be right now since I'm seeking a higher level of nursing skills.)
I've always loved wound care so I'm planning to get wound care certified, and in the meantime there is a wound clinic nurse opening on our local hospital's website that has been up since January 3 for some reason so I figured what the hell and put in an application. They have turned me down before so I don't have my heart set on it too much but I'm working on my long-term goals of finding a niche and bumping my long-term job off the front page of my resume.