Any new nurses escape the floor successfully ???

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    Hello Allnurses,

    I was wondering if there were any newer nurses that have found positions in other areas besides floor nursing and have been successful in that area. I have <1 year of experience and I know in my heart that floor nursing just isn't where my heart is and I have been looking in other areas. The problem is that I feel very comfortable in my current position and I'm a little nervous, but excited to transition to a position in a smaller atmosphere with limited experience.

    Anyone not work the typical 3 12's, please share experiences and positions. Stories, thoughts, comments, and opinions are welcomed.

    Thanks in advance
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    Where are you wanting to go. I am the type that never feels comfortable until I have been in a job at least a year and 1/2. But then again my first 10 years or so as a nurse I changed jobs every year to year and 1/2
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    Any outpatient environment, like clinics, day surgery, Dialysis, urgent care. There is also school nursing and prison nursing. Home health care....the list is really long but this is just to get you started. You need to really think about what you like about nursing and gravitate towards that area.
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    I am not yet off the floor (actually just now returning to the floor and school after a few years of unexpected leave) but am working towards my masters and being a CNM.

    I also knew that floor nursing was not for me, and wanted a more active role in patient care as far as educating, multiple visits over time, etc. And I knew it had to be with OB/GYN- particularly the pregnancy/birth side of things.

    So a few questions that led to me my answer of being a Certified Nurse Midwife that might help you:
    -What type of patients do I want to work with
    -How much contact do I want to have with the patients
    -Do I want to be involved in patient education?
    -Do I want to act independently or do I want the relief of having someone to answer to (this one is tricky- so many people think they must be fully independent, but when they are honest with themselves they realize they like having someone else taking on the heavy sweat work- which is not a bad thing)
    -What type of atmosphere do I want to be in; such as general hospital, office, college, helicopter, ER, specialized, etc
    -What type of co-workers do I want to work with (this one you obviously can't pick and choose, but it helps when interviewing to know what type of atmosphere you best thrive in with regards to peers and coworkers)

    Anyway, asking myself and then answering those questions led me to know that I wanted to be in midwifery. So I'm finishing my degree and then starting on my masters. In the meantime I'm going back to work as a float nurse and hoping to get a lot of shifts on OB until they open a full position, which I'll stay in until my CNM is done.

    Like you said, I'm nervous too! But if you don't have some fear in your life then you are generally in a rut. I'd prefer to keep growing and moving than to be in a settled situation. Good luck with your changes and hopefully answering those questions yourself will help you to find the nursing career that is best for you! If you go in excited to be doing it, chances are you will love it
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    Yes! There is a way out I promise I worked floor nursing for 6 mos. after graduating and 3 weeks ago started a new position at the Health Dept. doing homecare and hospice. I was burnt w/the 12 hr. night shift, felt disconnected from my family/kids, etc. The floor wasn't in my heart either. I work M-F 8:30 to 4:30 and really enjoy the job. Another girl I work with actually started there as a new grad. Good luck, I hope you find what you're looking for
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    Go Hospice!
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    When I was a new grad, I also knew that the floor wasn't my thing (knew it in school). I worked telemetry for 8mos then went to PACU/OR.
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    Started off as a floor nurse right out of school and knew it was not for me but hung in there for a while to get the experience. I also did psychiatry/mental health and loved it but d/t circumstances could not continue on. Now i'm into pharmacueticals and i'm so loving it. Its nothing like floor nursing. Goodluck getting what you want and just know that as a nurse, you have so many options to choose from!
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    I've been a floor nurse for 3 years and just accepted a position with the VA doing telehealth. I can't wait to start! It's M-F 8-4:30, no nights, weekends or holidays. I've been working a busy tele floor weekends and I am fried. Start asking around. I even spoke to doctors that I knew did other work than hospitalist. It can only help to make connections! You'll be amazed at what you'll find out about jobs if you just start asking.

    Good luck!
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    I find the title of this thread amusing - like you're plotting a prison break I didn't think floor nursing was sooooo bad (helps that I work in CA, with pt:nurse ratio laws -- never had more than 4 pts at once) but I hated the hours. After 1.5 years, I made good my escape to public health nursing. I work with foster kids, reviewing their medical records as they enter the system, alerting the social workers to any medical issues, doing caregiver education as needed (including visiting the kids in their homes,which I love!), helping arrange referrals to specialists as needed, dealing with insurance issues, etc. I work 8-5:30 M-F, get weekends and holidays off, decent pay, good benefits.

    I miss some aspects of floor nursing, but on balance my current job is a much better match for me.

    Good luck finding your niche!
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