Dear Fellow Professional Nurses,
I am looking to recreate my career path. I have been working in the operating room as a circulating room nurse and am seeking a career that is not as physically demanding. I've been trying to think outside the box to include non-traditional nursing positions. I am willing to re-educate myself but trying to figure out how to get that education has also been a challenge. It almost seems you already have to be working in that area and have been trained from the beginning of your career. I am open to suggestions.
Any ideas and or leads on nursing positions that might be a fit would be welcome. I have a bachelor's degree and have thought about going back to school for my master's degree but I don't have the luxury to go to school and not work. I need to work and have benefits although part time employment may be an option. Your thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Last edit by Joe V on Aug 31, '12
: Reason: spacing
Aug 30, '12
Less physically demanding:
PICC line nurse?
Sep 3, '12
Moved to Nursing Career Advice
for more response.
Sep 4, '12
With your background, I would encourage you to explore opportunities with medical equipment companies. They use nurses for on-site educators & to help develop training programs for their sales reps.... I'm sure you must have dealt with them at your job, right? The down side? These jobs may involve a fair bit of travel.
I wish you much success. Keep us posted on your progress.
Sep 6, '12
Please reconsider going back for your masters degree. I'm doing it right now and have 2 semesters to go. I am going for my Family NP certification.
I am single and still work full-time while in school. Like you, I need the benefits along with the income. I'm not saying it has been easy, quite the opposite, but I can't continue what I'm doing in the PACU working 12 hour shifts plus call. I started by taking what I could on-line (which was about a year of it) and for the last 2 years I've had to go to class 1 evening a week. I enjoy the interaction with other students and many of them are also working full-time.
All I'm saying is, you are at the cross road. I've been there, which way will you go?
Sep 7, '12
For rw77 --
What school are you going to? Considering a masters program as well. Any sugggestions
Sep 7, '12
I live in NJ and attend University of Medicine and Dentistry. Like I stated in my last e-mail I am in the family nurse practitioner program. FYI nurse practitioners are in high demand right now and will be in bigger demand as the health care reform takes place. I went with family because it is the highest in demand and most versitile but it depends on your area of interest.
I took out student loans to finance my education. I plan on working with the underserved when I graduate to get my loans paid off and because I know that's where I can do the most good.. They will pay up to $65,000 for a 2 year commitment. Not a bad deal, so I took out the maximum.
Good luck what ever you decide.
Last edit by rw77 on Sep 7, '12
: Reason: Loan info
Sep 13, '12
Some places advertise for strictly PACU nursing jobs
. With your OR experience, you would easily qualify. What about some type of clinic? Better schedule and hours in clinics. IVF, dental surgery, plastic surgery centres?
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