Advice needed

  1. Hello everyone!
    I am reasonably new to this forum but I would like to ask a question.I am not sure if I am requesting this in the right forum but here goes:
    I became a R.N. in 1988. I was a single parent at the time and my sons were young. I worked pediatric float at a local childrens hosp., did some limited adult med -surg. I also worked limited time at the VA SICU. I have done Community Nrsg, home health care and since 1997 I have worked in Psych.I am currently on a travel nurse assignment in NC.
    My question is : I want to leave Psych and go and do something different.However since I have been in psych since 1997 I have noticed that people are unwilling to hire and train me for a different area.So I am taking an R.N. refresher course to help me have a little leverage.I am interested in Womens health, O.R., or something different.
    I have a great deal of internest and understanding of alternative medicine but i dont want to go that route right now, plus I am not qualified as yet.
    Thanks for your input!
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    About fawnsternurse

    Joined: Jun '03; Posts: 227; Likes: 54
    R.N.; from GA , US
    Specialty: 24 year(s) of experience in psych, medical, drug rehab


  3. by   webbiedebbie
    Please pm me. I may have some information you can use. Where in NC? That is where I am from. I'm also considering travel nursing and am trying to find good companies.
  4. by   fawnsternurse
    Hello webbiedebbie!
    For some reason I am not successful with PM ing you. Feel free to contact me via my email address.
  5. by   bellehill
    fawnsternurse-most hospitals will offer a "re-entry" program in which you have an extended orientation and some extra educational opportunities. As far as traveling you will be expected to have a two day orientation period on the floor and then be on your own. Hope this helps!
  6. by   WriteStuff
    Hi fawnsternurse,
    I read your post and am jumping in here as a member of the "sisterhood" of Nursing for the past 32 years and with a broadbase of experience in Nursing.........primarily acute care.

    I don't know anything about you, how old you are, etc., however, it sounds like you are searching for a place to "land" so to speak for the longterm in the profession. It also sounds like you are taking the correct and important steps to get there.

    Since I'm now on the "other end" of my professional curve and staring retirement in the face I just want to throw in one thought that may or may not be helpful.........but you did venture forth and ask.

    That is the idea of mentally setting aside all of your surface thoughts, ideas, and preconceptions about the profession as you know it so far. And now you are saying: "What a stupid thing to say." Well, maybe it is........but what I'm getting at is the importance for us, as Nurses, to take a personal inventory. A soul-searchig kind of inventory where we get quiet, connect with ourselves and look for, examine, uncover the passion or passions that lie within us and see whether the passion or passions are relative to the profession we have chosen. If there is a "fit" it can be empowering in many ways. By discovering such passions we unleash the potential of the gifts and talents we are born with and whatever we choose to do after that is in fulfillment of who we are - and as we move in those directions doors will open seemingly effortlessly.

    I sound like some kind of pontifficating philosopher so forgive me for assuming this is what you wanted to hear. I'm sharing this because of my own experience as you have probably guessed by now. My leap into the Nursing Profession was off the springboard of pleasing other people and NOT from a passion I held for wanting to be a Nurse. My heartfelt passion from as far back as I can remember was to be a Writer! But I had an army of "dreamkillers" in my camp who convinced me that "being a Writer would not pay the bills!"

    Fortunately I learned to love nursing and it has been a lifelong, productive and positive adventure..........and has paid the bills......and all the "dreamkillers" are dead now so I cannot thank them.........LOL. BUT........guess what.......because of my years in the profession I now have a wealth of experiences to draw from when it comes to my writing!

    Just wanted to share with you and wish you all the best in your search. May it lead to the personal fulfillment and satisfaction you deserve.

    Bonnie Creighton,RN
    Mental Health Consumer Advocate
  7. by   fawnsternurse
    Thanks so much for those who wrote in response to my post.Special thanks to you Bonnie for your well thought out response.I could not help noticing that you are a Mental Health Advocate and per reading my post I have been working in Psychiatry since 1997. Yes, you are correct I need to get quiet and need to rediscover my passions and what I am here for, my purpose. Coincidently enough that is what my church's message was all about today. Being authentically yourself.If you are an oak tree be an oak tree instead of a willow tree. I would say that there is some synchronicity going on here.
    Thank you for reminding me that I need to rediscover and be authentically myself and not what someone else wants me to be.
    For those of you who wanted information on what travel agency I work for please go to my profile and you will find my personnal email. Feel free to drop an email and I will be more than happy to email you the information on what agency I work for and how to contact them.
    Thanks all!