I have a question I hope at least a few of you don't mind answering. I'd really appreciate it.
If you could not be a nurse, what would you do that still fulfills your interest in health/science/medicine/nursing ?
I started off in the pre-BSN classes in college and loved them and did really well. I switched majors a few times, ended up with a fairly useless BS, and tried my hand at an LPN program, and discovered that while I loved the academic side, I just did not want the intensive interpersonal experience a nurse has at work.
If you loved your nursing education but wanted to move away from interacting with so many different people (patients, families, etc...) constantly and at such an intense level, what career direction would you look at? I don't mind coworkers at all (in fact, I have done medical transcription at home and it got very very lonely), and I think I'd be fine with patients/clients/consumers-of-whatever-service-I-provide, just not as intensive as it seemed it would be as a nurse, if you get what I mean. I have no problems with the "icky" stuff, and would not mind going back to school.
I'm currently kind of qualified to do administrative/clerical medical office work, but I in no way want to make that a long-term choice. I was thinking working in the lab, as an MT (4-yr degree level) or MLT (2-yr degree level) might be a good choice.
I'm just trying to see if there is something I have not thought of. Thanks so much for reading and responding.