What else can I do with a BSN beside bedside nursing

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    PLEASE PLEASE help me. I feel like I am all alone with no one to turn to for help. I am a new RN with a BSN. I quit my 1st job as a med surg nurse after 3 months because of stress, depression and anxiety, all because of the job. Prior to this I was a new RN, full of hope and excited about my new career. I am home now unemployed, feeling like I wasted 5 years of my life in nursing school. I also feel like a failure in front of my family. I want to work in a field related to nursing without being a bedside nurse. I am so afraid to go back there that everytime I even think about it my stomach hurts. I am still having anxiety attacks in my personal life because of my 1st job. What other fields can I get into? I feel like I am just wasting away. For my well being I can not go back to a hospital setting but what am I going to do with my BSN and only 3 months experience in med surg. Thanks.
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    Ayonti, check out this thread...

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/i-dont-want-do-anymore-154994.html

    You are not alone. There are MANY things to do beside bedside nursing. Hang in there!
    Last edit by Halinja on Sep 20, '06
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    Sorry, I don't know why the link isn't working. Try searching for "i dont want to do this anymore" Make sure you leave out the apostrophe on the dont. Its a great thread with lots of suggestions.

    ARGH...are there any moderators out there that can tell me why the link won't work, and why when I try searching for the above mentioned thread it doesn't come up??? I can't figure out how to get Ayonti to the right place!

    (edited to put this in) Ayonti, try searching for RNOTODAY, her posts come up and that thread is one of them. It's the only way I can find to get you there.
    Last edit by Halinja on Sep 20, '06
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    Quote from Halinja
    Ayonti, check out this thread...

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/i-dont-want-do-anymore-154994.html

    You are not alone. There are MANY things to do beside bedside nursing. Hang in there!
    Dear Halinja,

    I found it. Thank you so much for your help. I now know that there are others who feel the same way I do.
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    I know that with a BSN or a bachelor's degree in general you could become a pharm rep. It pays awesome money, traveling. I think it's a pretty cool job and away from bedside nursing and stress. Check it out...I know it can soemtimes be tough to get into, but it's worth a try Good luck, I am sure that with your degree there are several options, try not to discouraged too quickly.














    Quote from Ayonti
    PLEASE PLEASE help me. I feel like I am all alone with no one to turn to for help. I am a new RN with a BSN. I quit my 1st job as a med surg nurse after 3 months because of stress, depression and anxiety, all because of the job. Prior to this I was a new RN, full of hope and excited about my new career. I am home now unemployed, feeling like I wasted 5 years of my life in nursing school. I also feel like a failure in front of my family. I want to work in a field related to nursing without being a bedside nurse. I am so afraid to go back there that everytime I even think about it my stomach hurts. I am still having anxiety attacks in my personal life because of my 1st job. What other fields can I get into? I feel like I am just wasting away. For my well being I can not go back to a hospital setting but what am I going to do with my BSN and only 3 months experience in med surg. Thanks.
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    i work in the administrative building of a large HMO & there are PLENTY of nurses here working 9-5 monday-friday as case managers. no bedside care, it's actually an office job. you might look into something like that?
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    I too have left bedside nursing for similar reasons and have gone to home care/case management and am currently getting credentials for independent nursing to work for myself in this area. Good Luck to you finding your niche in the world of nursing. Hang in there.
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    Not to repeat myself from the other thread but I'm in community health and I love it. Tricky jobs to find, usually government. I'd urge you to find out where and how your state and town do their job postings. Follow them. Apply for things you'd be interested in. That's how I got my job...I didn't know anyone special, just applied off the government listings.
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    Ayonti wrote:

    what am I going to do with my BSN and only 3 months experience in med surg. Thanks.
    There have been a lot of good suggestions given so far, but really . . I'm scratching my head to think of any (non-hospital, non-bedside) job a BSN with 3 months bedside experience can obtain (short of a Dr.'s office job perhaps). There are plenty of case managers where I work too . . but every job description I have ever seen for a case manager (at my facility and elsewhere) requires at least 2 to 3 years bedside experience (even the one person who posted about going into case management has 10 years experience).

    I'm a little over one year out of school with a BSN. I can sympathize with how you must have felt in med-surg. As a matter of fact I didn't go into med-surg as a new grad because I didn't think I could handle a 6 patient load during the day and 8-10 at night. So, I went into ICU because it's just 2-1 assignment, but ICU is hectic and frantic too and there have been days where I wondered if I could continue doing this. After one year I am just now getting my "nurse legs" in ICU so to speak.

    Maybe you could try a "calmer" and "easier paced" type of nursing like post-partum. I did my practicum in post partum and really liked it (but couldn't find a position right out of school . . but that's another story), you typically get a 4 patient assignment (2 moms and their 2 babies). The patients are generally healthy women, and really it is a pleasant nursing environment. I would say don't give up on bedside nursing for now, try to find something less intense and stressful than med-surg. Another possible area might be ambulatory care (outpatient surgery etc.).

    As far as I can tell bedside nursing is what is going to make you marketable and experienced and able to move on to other ventures. . so we all have to do it as we are finding our niche.

    Good Luck!!
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    I'm not trying to criticize and, obviously, don't know anything about the specific details of your situation, but 3 months is hardly a "fair trial" of a new position for a new grad -- most everyone feels stressed, depressed and anxious at that point. It takes a good year or so to start to feel confident and reasonably comfortable.

    Also, as another poster pointed out, most of the non-bedside nursing positions want (require) you to have significant experience to get the job.

    Best wishes.
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