I'm a nurse of two years in Western PA, 1 year in a community hospital med-surg ICU, 1 year in a Level 1 CTICU, and I am absolutely miserable at the bedside. I think it may be my current unit and it's employees and the chronic transplant patients we end up with that have contributed to this, but I have lost all passion to be at the bedside. For my sake, my wife's and my patient's sake, I need to make a change and fast.
I have a BSN with a pretty hefty resume of extracurricular's while in college and I have taken a stab at a few jobs I'm under qualified for that are outside the hospital (Content Writer at Google and Healthcare Comm. Specialist at a research group) without any results. Nothing I've seen in terms of nursing jobs posted by the nearby hospitals have sparked any interest in me.
My original goal when getting into nursing was Anesthesia, but my current work situation has severely smothered that ambition so I haven't made any steps toward it recently. However, I do wonder if it's enough change from bedside nursing that I would enjoy it.
I'm posting this to see what others have done with their careers and how they have managed to get away from the bedside.
Hoping you find your niche. Nursing is such a large field, there is something out there for you.
I went from bedside nursing to an ambulatory surgery center last year. I love where I am now.
I work Mon-Fri, weekends and holidays off, no call. If your interested I wrote an article about this a few months ago. Sorry I can't post the link (posting on my phone now.)
Also check out the different nursing areas on this site (the "Specialties" tab at the top of the page) to learn about different jobs in Nursing. Good luck to you.
Last edit by nursefrances on Feb 24, '13
: Reason: smart phone not so smart today