I'm currently on a unit that has both a med/surg side (primarily surgical) and a surgical stepdown unit as well. I am burned out on this. I've been off from work for 2 moths due to surgery and I've taken the time to reflect on my job. I've realized that I do not like inpatient care in general and I want to do something else. I still have two years till I'm done with NP school so I have to do something until then to support myself. I think preop would be a happy medium because I would still get meaningful contact with the patient in an important time but it would eliminate many of the things I don't like about bedside nursing (changing patients, call lights, ADMITS AND DISCHARGES, lifting patients - I have a bad back and knee). Where I work I have 4 to 6 patients primary and we are constantly being asked to do more and more. I do not think that pre-op will be "easy" because I'm sure it's hard work. I just need to get off the floor. Wondering what you think about going to pre-op. I'm most nervous about learning to start IV's because I don't have much experience with that. I have time management and multi-tasking down good. I worry about my reception in pre-op because I'm only 30 but there are some other young pre-op nurses which makes me think at least in my hospital that pre-op is not a place you go to as an old nurse. Thanks guys.