Quote from sugarlips
I am a new grad and my first job I've been offered is as a PHN for the county. I am worried that after several years I will end up in a desk job. This is not the reason I went into nursing and am wondering if after I start my career as a PHN, what will it take to move back into acute care? This is a fantastic job, and a great opportunity, so I really do not want to give up this position. I am just concerned about what the future may hold for my career.
I started off years ago wanting to eventually work in the ICU and am currently about to leave the hospital for good
to work a desk job with no weekend, holiday, and night shifts --- and I'm thrilled about it!!!
But I do understand that desire to be in the trenches, so to speak, when first graduating school. I think a lot of it depends on where you live. If you live in a highly saturated area then trying to move into acute care later may be more difficult than not. I live in a highly saturated area, and what I see a lot of new grads who want acute care doing is moving away for a couple years to get that acute care experience in a city or sometimes state that still has that nursing shortage. Then they come back here, and they have a better chance of getting hired on in the hospitals.
It also depends on what ultimately you want in your career. Do you plan eventually to go to CRNA school? Want to be an NP? Want to work in public health but just want the acute care experience?
I won't lie. Acute care is rough. Real rough. I'm very glad to be leaving it, but I've been at this for nearly a decade, so I'm looking at this a little differently than you are, I'm sure.
Good luck to you!