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Feeling lost and depressed. Need advice!

Coffeelover specializes in Medical Surgical Telemetry and Home Care.

Hello, 

I have been a nurse 6 years, med surg tele for 5 and home care for 1. I have realized that hands on and bedside nursing is just not what I want to do anymore. I applied to tons of case management and desk type jobs and I constantly get rejected. I am tight on money so I am about to work at a clinic to pay my bills but I just DO NOT want to go back to hands on care. I don't know what to do. My friends and family tell me to go back for my BSN and maybe I can get the types of jobs I want. I just don't want to spend all that time and money to end up in the same boat. I wish I could not be a nurse anymore but I don't know what else to do with my life. Please help ! 

The0Walrus specializes in Psych.

I'd say go for your BSN. There are so many jobs you can't even get close enough to breathe the same air without having that. Without my BSN no hospitals called me back. Now that I've gotten my BSN it's not so difficult to get call backs. I also got accepted into the wound, ostomy, continence program. Everyone is pushing for it so just go back and get it. University of Texas in Arlington is the cheapest I've seen it. The degree really opens up a lot more opportunities.

My friend has a case management job and he doesn't have his BSN but that's one person out of maybe 3 who doesn't have his BSN.

Coffeelover specializes in Medical Surgical Telemetry and Home Care.

@The0Walrus Thanks for the feedback! Do you think if I get my BSN I can get jobs that are not hands on? I love critical thinking and all the educational aspects of nursing, just not hands on and on the floor ( I know I'm in the wrong profession) but If the BSN would help me out of it I would get it in a heartbeat . Also, any advice on what job I could do while in school?

The0Walrus specializes in Psych.

Oh yeah. The BSN classes I didn't think were difficult and some of those classes I don't feel helped me too much. It's just me though. I'm sure they will in some way, but just the fact that you have that degree opens up tons of opportunities. My friend who doesn't have his BSN does wound care. Apparently because I will have my wound, ostomy, continence certificate and my BSN I'll get paid more. WOC nurses don't need to do bedside nursing either. If you work in  a hospital to my understanding you walk in, do your wound care intervention and you give your recommendations. In NY you can't touch a hospital job without your BSN. In NJ I think there's maybe 2 or 3 hospitals in the state that will allow you to work without your BSN but even they tell you to get it within 3-5 years. I know you don't want to do bedside, but hospitals have nurses on the back end. Many of those hospitals want you to have your BSN.

If you even want to go for school nurse, become a nurse educator, or do nursing informatics, you still need your BSN for those programs. Many states are the same way. Get your BSN or there's very limited areas you can work.

Coffeelover specializes in Medical Surgical Telemetry and Home Care.

@The0Walrus that's great, thanks so much. I will probably go back and get it asap then. That must be why I keep getting rejected from the non bedside positions. I just need to figure out where to work in the meantime. I am beyond burned out on bedside. I consider Working at a store or Starbucks LOL.

@The0Walrus I just saw the link you sent. Thanks so much! 

The0Walrus specializes in Psych.

LOL don't work in retail. I wouldn't go back to those jobs for anything. You can try psych nursing. That's technically not bedside nursing. Patients are always moving around.

Coffeelover specializes in Medical Surgical Telemetry and Home Care.

@The0Walrus haha I will try to avoid retail, gotta make the money to pay back loans. Maybe I will look into psych. Thanks ! 

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