I recently accepted a position as a full-time clinical research nurse. It's a complete 180 in terms of patient population. I work in pediatrics now and am considering trying to work "per diem" on my unit in order to maintain my bedside skills. I don't need the extra money, but my biggest concerns are a) what if i don't absolutely love my new job and b) what if down the road I move and can't find a job in research.
For those who work in research, do you work per diem in bedside nursing at all? Do you recommend doing so?