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I took a break for about 5 years, alittle from burnout and alittle due to health reasons. I found that I missed nursing and got back into it. Luckily, I did not have to take a refresher course. One hospital required it from me and the other one didn't. I chose the one who didn't.
While I was off, I did clerical type jobs...one was telemarketing for a women's catalog (which I really loved, but couldn't pay the bills on $5.00/hr) and the other was Radiology transcription. This last one paid a lot better ($14/hr).
I really did miss nursing after awhile and of course I missed the money.
Like yourself, I too took a five year hiatus from nursing due to health reasons. I wasn't stressed as a nurse at that time, but since reentering the nursing field a couple years ago, the stress is unlike any stress I'd ever encountered when working as a nurse. My! Things had REALLY changed for the worse in nursing when it comes to staff nursing. The violence, the abuse from patients, visitors, doctors, and yes...even from other nurses, especially nurse managers and admin had all become increasingly more hostile than I'd ever remembered. I am now NOT motivated to "settle" for any old job in nursing. I am sure of what I can tolerate, and what I can't. When working as an inpatient nurse today, one needs to be far more scrutinizing when it comes to placing one's nursing license on the line in many of today's hospitals because I am finding it isn't all about the patients for the "right reasons", but it's all about "MOOLAH, MOOLAH, MOOLAH".
Today's nurses are treated like machinery working with parts on a factory assembly line instead of human beings working in the healing occupation for the sick.
I have worked non nursing jobs before, and enjoyed them for the most part. Every job has a downside, but when the downside is majorly off balance from the goodside, somethings wrong big time. Retail and many non nursing jobs do not pay enough to survive on especially when the bills and survival financially are all on one person as it is with myself. So.......I'm being careful to not jeopardize my license or my health when searching for another nursing job now. I just don't want to work in another nightmare environment like those I've worked in since my return to nursing a couple years ago. I've been out of work now since April 27th, and living on savings, my IRA account fund, credit cards, and help from friends and family.........all which ended last month because I no longer have any funds whatsover coming in.
I'm not giving up though. I'm still job hunting. Can't work nightshifts anymore, and that's all the offers I've been getting.