I am currently an ICU nurse (almost 2 years) with a previous career as a research assistant (animal models, basic lab bench work). I have been hoping to enter the world of clinical research. I have been actively looking into clinical trials research (thus combining research and nursing). But the opportunities are few and far between (my best shot just recently withered away). I love many aspects of intensive care nursing, but I am already becoming burnt out (physically and mentally) on bedside nursing. I am willing to wait, but I am trying to figure out what to do in the mean time. I think if I stayed with bedside nursing until an opportunity in research arises, I might just go nuts!
My question is while waiting to enter the world of research nursing, are there any alternatives to bedside nursing I can pursue (of course those opportunites might be just as difficult to break into). Would working in a physician's office or as a casemanager for example hinder my chances of getting into research nursing? Or would I be better off crossing my fingers and staying in the hospital as a staff nurse (And pray I can hold out).
Any advice/suggestions would be very very appreciated! Thanks!