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Hi, I've been a bedside nurse for almost two years and just do not like bedside nursing. How long do I need to stay in bedside nursing to get a decent non-bedside nursing job? Seeking advice. Thanks!
If you don't like bedside nursing, for the sake of yourself and your patients, I would suggest you leave it and go on to do something else in the field that you're more interested in. You should now be finding out about other types of nursing and planning your next move.
It's discouraging to see that so many people feel as though direct care nursing is tantamount to serving a prison term. I agree with PP - if you really hate it please move on to something else ASAP. It's highly likely that the dissatisfaction is being felt by patients and they don't deserve this collateral damage on top of everything else.
Don't confuse 'length of time' in a position with development of expertise. Most people DO learn and become more proficient as a result of day-to-day experience... but unfortunately, as a long-time nurse educator, I can attest to the fact that some folks simply repeat year one over and over again. The best way to ensure that potential employers recognize and value your expertise is by obtaining a nationally recognized clinical certification.
Also ... it depends on what you want your NEXT job to be ... and how brilliantly you have performed as a student in the past and in your current.
In short, you will be able to move on when you can show an employer that you have mastered the skills necessary for the job you want. So ... what job do you want? Do you have the skills needed? If so, then apply now. If not, focus on developing those skills and stop focusing on "watching the clock."