Hello again. I posted last year, as I am an experienced med/surg RN who applied to a call center job because I am wanting to try nursing outside of the hospital setting. I didn't get an invitation to interview then, so I just stayed at my med/surg job. Now, a year later, I finally got a nibble on a call center job! I am seriously considering it! (I still have to do some testing & interview...just doing my research "just in case" I get lucky with a job offer). I have some more questions for you who do telephone triage:
If you had the choice of 8 hrs shifts vs. 6 hr shifts, which is better?I am not used to sitting for that long, and have no idea what it's like.
I am curious about the internal stress of this job? Does time fly by like med/surg shifts do? They time calls at this call center, and record your calls. I hear you take calls non stop until your scheduled breaks. I *think* I might enjoy this kind of work, despite the pitfalls but maybe I am wrong? It seems like every nursing job has its own stress levels, and any job I look into has someone griping about it. There is a 4 week training and protocols to follow with position, so I think that would help somewhat. But I know the calls are timed down to the second, so that is one stress. Do you find the stress in this role at a reasonable level? Do you feel like you are helping people??
My other concern is if I do triage, will I be doomed for moving into other areas if I choose to later on? Do I need to keep up a per diem or casual position in acute care? Or is triage considered an added skill?
I am soooooooooooo ready to move out of med/surg, and try something new. I know I probably need to be brave and go for it. I just keep second guessing myself. Truth is, it is not my "dream Job." I have looked in several other specialties, and there's slim pickings in this economy. I really want to try a new area, but am clueless as to the realities of it. My dream job has not come my way, and though I doubt this would be my dream job, it may be more enjoyable than what I do now. What was your experience about making the transition from bedside to telehealth? Thanks for any feedback you may have.