career choice advice needed

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I am not sure I went into the right career but I want to make the most of it by finding a "nitche" in the field of nursing that might suit me. I hope someone will have some ideas for me. These are my likes and dislikes. I only like a medium amount of stress and medium amount of responsibility. I like to be very much independent and work with protocols. I don't like dealing with death too much. I am not interested in ACLS. I don't want to work a lot with kids. I don't like inserting NG tubes or Foley's, or suctioning. Can anyone help? Is my career doomed? I thought about dialysis nursing? or Recovery room?

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traumaRUs, MSN, APRN

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Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

If you currently travel - what kind of nursing do you do now? Have you thought about office nursing, telephone triage, GI lab?


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Sounds like office nursing might be a good choice for you.

Another possibility might be case management. Why don't you take a CEU course on the subject and see if it might appeal to you? The stress level would probably depend on which employer and the type of facility, but you wouldn't need ACLS, and you sure wouldn't be poking around any patients' body orifices.

Good luck.

trvl rn

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I have already worked in a physicians office. I didn't have any independence, I had to work right with the provider constantly at his or her beck and call. Telephone triage was ok but not something I can see myself staying in. I'll think more about case management and GI. Any other ideas? Thanks for your help.


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What about psychiatric nursing?

trvl rn

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I thought about psych. I am working part-time currently in a medium security prison. They are on a lot of psych meds and try to play a lot of mind games. I find it a little creepy. Not sure but I think straight psych would be about the same.

Specializes in CCU (Coronary Care); Clinical Research.

You could try working for a doctor doing research as the study is pretty interesting, lots of teaching and follow-up with patients, learning about new meds, lots and lots of protocols, independene depending on the doc, some travel for initiation visits...there are many differnt areas you can work with...and many different phase studies...just a thought, good luck...


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Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis.

Case management? Diabetes education? Nurse educator? Nurse researcher? I am not sure what degrees/ certs you hold but there are many nursing jobs that meet your requirements! BEST OF LUCK TO YOU!

renerian, BSN, RN

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Specializes in MS Home Health.

Home health might be good. Great for an autonomous practioner if you don't mind on call and driving.


Just ask yourself what prompt you to go into nursing in the first place. Have you thought about research? Kathy

trvl rn

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Wow. Thanks for the advice. So far I like the research area the best. I wonder how I could get started into that area. Thank you so much!

trvl rn

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Also, I may be offered a contract position in "radiotherapy" outpatient services. Do you think that might suit me?

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