I am looking to try telephone triage, if I have the right skill set. I have really injured my nursing career with the choices I've made...I started out fresh out of nursing school doing part-time in orthopedics in a hospital. The stress ate me up, so I started scaling back my hours at around year 4, and for the last 2 years I was there I worked less and less. The less I worked, the more stressful it seemed because I felt out of the loop. Yet I hated it so bad, I couldn't bring myself to work more! I finally quit. Took a year off basically, did flu shot clinics that fall. Then went to work doing a very stress-free job leading patients through pre-screening scripts for certain clinical trials. That job is in a major holding pattern right now due to lack of projects, so I need something else. I am thinking telephone triage might be something I would enjoy. I have essentially shot myself in the foot professionally, I barely feel like a nurse anymore. I wonder if I really still have any skills.
I'm so regretful that I didn't stay doing something clinical. Any thoughts? Am I a lost cause?