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Hi I'm a working nurse.. and I am so grateful to have a job.. I tried med Surg, psych and tele.. but what I really want is to do counseling or teaching.. I am great in making patients feel good and... Read More

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    Diabetes educator?

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    I do Diabetes Ed. and write health-related articles for various newsletters and such. I work from home in my PJ's and I choose my own hours. Oh, and I supplement my income with internet and telephone-based wellness coaching. They are all highly niched fields and a bit tricky to get into I admit, but after getting diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a few years back, these specialties have allowed me to continue to utilize my nursing expertise and earn a comfortable living where I wouldn't have been able to otherwise.

    So here's my story:

    I worked for a privately held medically supervised weight loss company and volunteered a few weekends here and there to represent the organization at health fairs and the like. I produced handouts and health booklets for our booth and also asked to be one of the featured topical speakers as well. I had stage fright for about 30 seconds, but once I got going, it really wasn't that bad. My boss took notice of my writing skills and asked me to produce more materials for a specialty program addressing health issues in the trucking industry and then more materials for staff education, and that's how I sort of "fell into" health writing from home. I also volunteered to research, write, and present the company's free monthly webinars, thereby adding another marketable skillset that I could use in a work-from-home environment.

    For diabetes ed., I tracked my qualified teaching hours with our diabetic clients and once I had accrued enough time (and took 30 CEU of diabetes-related continuing ed.), I applied for and passed the CDE exam.

    While I was doing all this telephone counseling, writing, and webinar producing, I decided to take an extensive course in health and wellness coaching on the side and once I passed the exams, I hung my 'virtual shingle' on the internet and began taking private-pay health clients after I left the weight-loss company. I also became certified as an adaptive fitness trainer so I could design activity-boosting fitness programs for those of us who will likely never be featured in a Nike (TM) commerical or billboard ad...

    My next goal is to become ANCC board-certified in ambulatory care and possibly start up my own diabetes ed. program where I can bill medicare and private insurance. Then I'll market myself to all the local PMD's who don't have the time or the qualified staff to handle their diabetes patients' education needs. Eventually, I will get a Master's in Public Health and Wellness Promotion and then contract out to government, corporate, and private entities as a diabetes program designer and consultant and considering the grim public health statistics we are already seeing, I will have plenty of job security in the years to come.

    Hope this helps give you another avenue to explore and I do hope you fnd a way to continue to do what you love without getting physically beat up by long hours, heavy patients, and concrete floors.

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    Such great posts above!!

    Not sure this idea would help, but, most clinics are only open Mon-Fri, with set hours, no beds in them. This is true of most clinics, like doctor offices, community health care centers, women's health care clinics, etc.

    But, some clinics do have beds in them, such as walk in care centers, and outpatient surgery centers.

    Also, IV team is kind of different type of nursing. Usually, you are not responsible/not involved for anything but the IV itself. You get to run all over the house, and see everything going on. There is much running about, on your feet all day, but, it is a different form of nursing. (can be stressful though, esp the central lines and time budgets)

    Special Procedures in radiology involves sedating the patient while the procedure is being done, nice work, imo, but, requires extensive experience.

    I've never done school nursing, and that'd involve having the right kind of experience and knowledge, but, that might become a goal for you, too.

    Pediatric home care, most definitely involves a bed, but *most* of the patients there, are very small. It is generally a low stress day.

    and i so agree with GreenTea, that cardiac rehab nursing was kinda cushy work. You mostly hook the patients to monitors, (almost always, these are outpatient people, who drove themselves there) and run strips and a few vitals while they walk on treadmills, etc. I tended to get a little bored there, just watching folks walking on treadmills and other equip, but, there are no beds in that room, and it might provide a more relaxing day for you.

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