3 Years out of school - Happy in life

  1. Hey all,

    I just felt the need to share my experiences as an RN in the world today. I have been an LPN since Oct 2012 and got my RN Sept 2013. I have already worked in a bunch of different areas of nursing. I was lucky enough to be able to land various jobs before finding what I want to do with the rest of my life basically. I am currently 32 years old. I started working when I was 16.

    History of me:
    - Pharmacy technician for 10+ years in both retail and hospital setting
    - Secretary for a Hospice
    - Office assistant for a non-profit
    - Local Coffeehouse Manager/Barista
    - Cashier

    NURSING jobs:
    - Long-term Care facility with lots of vent/trach patients (LPN)
    - Med-surg-tele nurse
    - Cerner Analyst contract for a local hospital system (went around and helped nurses transition from paper charting to EMR - loved that)
    - Home Health (short-time)
    - Managing a Doctor's office
    - Research/HEDIS nurse for an Insurance Company (Current job - started as a contract and got hired on full-time last Nov).

    I currently work in informatics and now I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. I am very computer-based. I love computers when it comes to healthcare. I do a lot of chart reviews, audits, coding, and data extraction. As much as I loved working with patients and working clinically I realized I love this more. I work at home, that gives me opportunities like traveling often that I would not be able to do with other nursing jobs. As long as I have a WiFi connection, I can work. I live in NJ and have traveled to Colorado and Arizona to see some friends (I worked during the day on Eastern time - typically 5a-1p) and then hang out with friends for lunch/dinner.

    It has been a long time since I could say with 100% sincerity that I love my job! It has also been a long time to where I feel I achieved a happy balance between my professional and personal life. Thank you for reading and have a great day!!
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   studentnurse312
    Thanks for sharing! It's really helpful to hear what other nurses are doing and where they have found their place.
  4. by   Neurotic Student
    That's great! I'm also 3 years out of school. I can't imagine ever going back to school, but never say ever!
  5. by   sunmaidliz
    Sounds like heaven. I have a wonderful job as a case manager working mostly from home. Non traditional nursing does not get enough credit. I really think non traditional nurses are the happiest.
  6. by   seanynjboy
    Ditto - but as a whole nurses do get some recognition at least (ie nurses week, most trusted profession). I still get the "oh wow" reaction when I tell people I am an RN. That always makes me smile.
  7. by   seanynjboy
    I can't imagine going back to school either. I have my ADN and once I am with this company for a year they pay up to $5000/year for BSN and up to $7500/year for Grad school. I have 2 out of 10 classes done for my BSN and had to stop...I am in the "don't want to go back but want to get it over with" boat...