Quote from nurscee
I've checked some things out. In my state having an assoc. degree isn't a problem. Just pays less.
I haven't turned in an application yet. Just afraid I may be jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
I really don't know much about public health.
I have mental pictures of giving immunizations and the like.
But what if I'm wrong and it's all crayzzeee.
Sounds like you are happy with it though.
Thanks for your thoughtful reply.
Oops, I appear to have misled you........I'm not a public-health nurse, I'm the director of health services for a local assisted living community. I apologize.
I would have liked PH nursing, I'm sure, but not having a BSN, I don't qualify for such a position here in my neck of the woods, even though I'm bilingual (Spanish/English). That's OK, though, I've done quite a lot of different things with my ADN, and I'm very content with what I'm doing now. ALL jobs entail a certain amount of stress, but as I've learned, it's much easier to cope with when you can control it to some degree. Whenever I feel overwhelmed now, I can shut the door to my office for a few moments and gather my thoughts, or I can retreat to some resident's room and visit for a little while, which clears my head and is enjoyable to boot.
"Overwhelmed", however, is relative.........nowadays, it just means that I'm trying to do too many things at one time. In my M/S days, it meant doing too many things for too many people, too much strain on my back and feet, and too much crabbing from management that I wasn't doing ENOUGH.