Hi, I've been a nurse "forever" and I JUST want to break into a NON-nursing career, but I think when someone sees my resume and/or interviews me, they
just can NOT understand why I'd want to leave nursing and/or settle for less pay.
I always make it CLEAR that I have not lost my license, haven't been sued, etc....(I had a wonderful HR person tell me how to write the "goal" on my resume that explains this in a professional way). There is NOTHING negative in my nursing career, and I have excellent references. I'm just TIRED of nursing, and I also explain that the lower pay is NOT an issue.
I've applied for ALL kinds of positions such as unit secretary, admissions clerk, etc. I would LOVE to know if any former nurses have been successful with this?
I should also explain that before this, I applied for other "desk"-type nursing jobs such as Quality Assurance, Chart auditing, MDS, ANYthing that I felt I would be good at, but those jobs are also IMPOSSIBLE to get without *experience*.
I know that I could be an excellent unit secretary in a hospital, or an admissions clerk, etc. Any former nurses doing jobs like this???
How about sleep medicine? That's what I did for 12+ years while I was raising my kids and waiting for the right time to accomplish my ultimate goal, which was nursing. I am a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist in addition to now being an RN. Sleep does involve patient care (and working nights!), but once you have been working in it for a while it is easy to move into a daytime position with less patient-care oriented work like scoring sleep studies, working on making sure clients have their equipment, answering phone questions, working with providers, etc. Sleep incorporates a bit of respiratory, but nothing an RN couldn't learn or easily brush up on from nursing school. And the pay is comparable. When I left the University Hospital in my state 7 years ago, the sleep technologists had just been bumped up to respiratory/nurse pay. I hate to say it but in some cases you can actually make MORE in such a specialty, when I was working as manager of my sleep clinic I was making very decent money, and out of state would have been even better. Just a suggestion, I have known a few RNs who continued to work as Sleep Technologists as well, including my regional manager. I often wonder if I will do a little bit of both. Sleep comes with significantly less liability (no IVs ever, really no med-passes to speak of, the provider will instruct them to take any sleep meds pre-test and the tech is not responsible for that), the biggest liability is making sure you are awake all night and with your eyes on the respiratory and EKGs (sleep patients HAVE died in labs before as a result of sleep techs falling asleep). On one hand it's nice to be able to sit down during a shift as a sleep tech, on the other it's also nice to be doing things so you don't fall asleep, lol. Good luck!
Last edit by RachNurse on Jan 17, '13
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