What are some great laid back nursing positions? I've been a nurse now for 2 years and I've been working at an inpatient hospice facility since I graduated. It has really been the perfect job for me because I work PRN with close to full time hours, and is super laid back. I rarely have to talk to doctors (I have doctor anxiety), but the doctors here are super nice anyways so that helps a ton. However, we are undergoing a transition with new management, and they have changed our staffing ratios so the availability for me to work just went way down. Now I need to look for a second job to make up for the hours I'm losing. I would go full time but the set schedule doesn't work for me.
I guess my 2 biggest concerns when searching for a new job are:
1. somewhere where I will have minimal contact with doctors
2. Where there's the least amount of emergencies (I don't do well under pressure)
i Would prefer to not even do bedside nursing at all, but with my lack of experience, that's probably not likely. Anyone have any ideas?
Last edit by Awisehart on Jul 12
In most traditional nursing jobs
, you have to interact with doctors. In this day and age multi-disciplinary communication is extremely important. In addition, non-traditional jobs outside the hospital in the private sector (i.e. Insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, etc.) have good hours and minimal MD interaction. This doesn't necessarily make it a low stress option. Given your 2 years of hospice experience, you still need to gain more exposure in a traditional nursing setting (acute care, outpatient setting, etc.) prior to moving into a non-traditional setting. Bottom line: nursing is high stress and you will have to learn how to adapt to this working environment. Avoidance is not the solution.
You could give psych a try! It won’t help with your doctor phobia, but you might enjoy the change of pace. I was working Med/Surg then got on with an agency doing local placements. I had them place me in a psych facility to try out something different. I wouldn’t say "laid back", but for me it is a welcomed change… for now. It’s worth a shot if you have any interest. You could try calling a couple agencies in your area that do local placements and get on with one that you feel good about. They make it easy to try different environments, work a lot or a little, and can help keep you working when one facility stops using PRN/Agency staff, they can place you somewhere else. They also might have some ideas about different types of placements you hadn't thought of. I wish ya luck in the hunt.
Last edit by mkpatl on Jul 29