Retirement from Nursing to Employment of Another Type

  1. 3 I retired from bedside nursing within the past year. I was very dedicated and was the type of nurse that you would want for yourself or for a family member. I left because the increasing unrealistic expectations demanded of staff nurses, which were aggravated by nurse understaffing, had become too much for me.

    I am financially poorer now, but so much better off in so many other ways--both physically and mentally.
    Since the cost of health insurance is high and with a few years till Medicare, I may go back to some type of part-time employment. But not nursing, including home health or any type of nursing.

    So, has anyone out there returned to work in any area removed from nursing? AND this could be most anything, from waitressing, security guard, retail clerk, etc. My husband has cautioned me, saying he has worked in the retail area and that I would not like it(as compared to nursing), that I would get little respect, be hounded to stay busy, and that I would not be permitted to sit down while on the job. I'd like to hear your thoughts.

    Thanks.
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    Dangerous has '35' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'ICU,CCU,OHS,progressivecare,23hr obs'. From 'Pittsburgh, PA, US'; Joined Jan '09; Posts: 18; Likes: 20.

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  4. Visit  Cindy_A profile page
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    I'm an RN, going to school for accounting. I'm not working right now, I'll be finished with school at the end of the year. I am so glad to be out of nursing. I never want to go back. If your husband thinks retail is bad, he should try nursing! I've worked in retail before, it isn't that bad. I don't have a job yet, maybe the economy will be in better shape at the end of the year. Good Luck!
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    Thanks for your reply, Cindy.
    Hope you find a great job!
    Take care and good luck.
  6. Visit  oramar profile page
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    Quote from Dangerous
    I retired from bedside nursing within the past year. I was very dedicated and was the type of nurse that you would want for yourself or for a family member. I left because the increasing unrealistic expectations demanded of staff nurses, which were aggravated by nurse understaffing, had become too much for me.

    I am financially poorer now, but so much better off in so many other ways--both physically and mentally.
    Since the cost of health insurance is high and with a few years till Medicare, I may go back to some type of part-time employment. But not nursing, including home health or any type of nursing.

    So, has anyone out there returned to work in any area removed from nursing? AND this could be most anything, from waitressing, security guard, retail clerk, etc. My husband has cautioned me, saying he has worked in the retail area and that I would not like it(as compared to nursing), that I would get little respect, be hounded to stay busy, and that I would not be permitted to sit down while on the job. I'd like to hear your thoughts.

    Thanks.
    I have been away from bedside for way over a year, love it. Can't give you any advice about working in other fields, just decided to not work period. Best of luck to you. PS I am just one year away from collecting SSI.
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    Last edit by Dangerous on Apr 4, '09 : Reason: Duplicate
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    Just wanted to say thanks for your reply, Oramar.
    I read several other of your posts on this site, so I have a hunch we both worked in the same geographic area of the Keystone State.
    Did you ever work at the Mecca (the Mothership)?

    Hope you have a beautiful retirement. We deserve it!!
  9. Visit  nrswrk profile page
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    Read your post and am happy for you - maybe even a little jealous. I need to find something other than nursing but the problem in my area is there are others losing there jobs and I think that no one feels sorry for me because I can always work as a nurse and the unemployed can't. I don't just dislike it, I'm afraid of it now. Been away from bedside about 5 years. Good luck to you.

    nrswrk
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  10. Visit  mustlovepoodles profile page
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    I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to say thank you for posting what I'm feeling. I started becoming burnt out about 3 years ago, but this year just took the cake. I had a nervous breakdown directly and indirectly due to working as a nurse and I've been on disability for 9 months. Although I have recovered my mental health, I'm afraid that my zeal for nursing was a casualty. I've been looking to see if there are maybe some low-stress nursing jobs, but the fact is, I don't want to be a nurse anymore. And I feel so guilty! I'm fortunate to have a dear devoted husband who looks after my best interests. He is very much against my returning to nursing in ANY capacity.

    So now the question is, what to do with my time? I think I'm going to contact a local agency which provides disaster relief and food pantry. There's also a ministry which provides relief and support for homeless women & children, ESOL classes, workshops on how to interview, what to wear, what to say, how to fill out the papers,etc. I think i would bring a lot to that kind of job. And if I forget something, nobody dies!

    Argh. I never thought I would retire at 53, but here I am and it feels weird.
  11. Visit  Mr Rehab ATP profile page
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    Have you considered using your skills and networking to go into medical sales? I look for clinical people all the time and can never find enough good medical people to fill the slots. I think it is a shame to have "salesmen" doing medical sales instead of quality clinical minded caring people.
  12. Visit  Mr Rehab ATP profile page
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    Dont forget medical sales, it will blend retail, patient care and sales into one. I look for quality medical minded people to fill open slots. Just an idea, good luck.
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  13. Visit  stopunderstaffing profile page
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    Dont forget medical sales, it will blend retail, patient care and sales into one. I look for quality medical minded people to fill open slots. Just an idea, good luck.

    Hi Mr. Rehab ATP,
    I am a high quality medically-minded person so how do I contact you for more information on medical sales?Thanks!
    Last edit by traumaRUs on Dec 28, '09 : Reason: Email edited out - pls don't post emails in posts. Thanks.
  14. Visit  mystic33 profile page
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    Have you thought about being a nurse recruiter?
  15. Visit  DogWmn profile page
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    There are many jobs that are nuse related that are not direct patient care. Insurance companies, Medical malpractice law firms, medical sales...and many more that would need your expertiese as a nurse but you would be away from bedside nursing.

    I do causion anyone leaving nursing to check with their BON about retaining your license and what is required. Like many of you I burnt out and left nursing - never thinking I would come back I let my licenses expire and now with the economy I'm going back, I happen to live in a state that is creating a true nightmare for me to get my LPN back - you can read my threads in the Georgia forum about it.

    When I left nursing, I had great typing skills from HS typing class, so I went to work at a temp agency as an Admin. Assistant and really liked "office work" with regular hours. So I spent my spare time learning software (old DOS programs) and continued to increase my skills when windows products came out I became an expert and that led to Tech writing jobs with graphics, I also did a lot with statistics in excel, I got my Web Design Certificate all on a roll moving onward and upwards making $30+ an hour - then the IT bottom fell and I was again without a job, so I re-tooled and became a real estate title examiner (my fave job of all time) then as we all know the real estate market didn't just crash it died and I've been out of work for 17 months.

    I'm now 59 years old and no one will hire me to work in an office, I've got the skills but - and you can't prove it but it's definatly age discrimination, so I've managed to get my license re-instated in Ohio by online courses but I live in GA and I've been fighting with the GA LPN BON and it won't be until February or later before I even know if they will let me take a refresher...sigh. I never wanted to be the little old lady tottering down the hall at midnight with a tray of pills...but....I hope and pray I can be that little old lady because I'll have a decent paying job!

    This tale is told to warn those with burnout - don't let your license lapse, talk with your BON to see what it takes to keep it current, you never know when you might need it. And remember, there are always medically related jobs to utilize your nursing knowledge and get a job.

    I wish you all well.
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