Quote from loricatus
I am in the primary stage of being considered for a System Analyst or Trainer position for an established vendor. My choice of which one I would want.
I do have prior experience, before my BSN, with the business world, programmers and training. Each of the 2 positions has elements that appeal to me & I could thrive at either one. I just can't see myself doing ER nursing much longer due to the common issues involved in nursing burnout. Since the opportunity and life circumstances just came together to push me towards getting out of bedside nursing, I thought I would look at this as opportunity knocking.
What I think I am really getting at with all of this background information is: What is it like transitioning from the bedside to either of these two possible positions? What type of rewards/benefits have others found making the transition? Can you still feel that you can make a positive difference in the lives of others (my main reason for putting up with all the BS that comes along with floor nursing)?
Benefits and rewards:
I finally felt appreciated for my hard work. As pathetic as that sounds, when I did clinical work I worked long hours, and it seemed that instead of getting ahead, we only got more work and less appreciation. One time I remember volunteering for a 16 hour shift, and at some point i was starving, and since the cafeteria was closed, I snuck in to the doctor's lounge as they kept that stocked with all types of goodies; next day i almost got written up for 'violating department policy' (haahahah). But that's nurses for you.
Anyway, I'm glad I left that clinical stuff behind, and even though i miss the medical stuff, you wouldn't pay me high enough to go back to it. I love what I do now, and no more back problems for me; as far as making a difference, well, I have trained so many nurses in using computers that I think i have made a difference in their own personal lives
As the cliche says, Just do it, and you won't be looking back. That's a promise.