I would love any advice, thoughts, experiences, and constructive criticism.
I graduated from nursing school with my associates degree in May of 2011, at 26 yrs old. I passed my boards in June 2011 and started my first job in July 2011 on a tele floor. I had gotten a scholarship
and so I had six months of orientation into this role. Although there is always so much to learn in nursing I can say I was very prepared. After orientation, I spent another 2 1/2 years on the same unit. Eight months before changing nursing career paths I changed to night shift in desperation for a different environment as I was miserable on dayshift. I was very naïve at this part of my career and confused about what I wanted. Needless to say night shift lead to my last straw with bedside nursing, so to speak, and with my bad thyroid, being overweight, and being burnt out I took a decision to go into disease management away from bedside nursing. This was in July 2014. This was a shame, as looking back I was an awesome bedside nurse, and they were going to start prepping me to be a clinical manager.
Immediately I was very bored with this new role and most certainly believed it was too soon in my nursing career to move away from the bedside. I had thoughts of going back to the bedside per diem just to keep my skills up. I never did that and now I have regrets. The disease management role transitioned into case management for the managed-care sector.
Fast forward to 2016 and I went back to school to get my BSN. Over the last two years I've had a lot of opportunity to self reflect. I LOVE the profession of nursing. There are so many opportunities within the field to make a difference in peoples lives in so many various ways.
I graduate in two months with my BSN. Ironically, for my capstone rotation for my BSN I was placed back in the acute care setting to follow a nurse manager in one of our local emergency rooms. I had my first clinical day this past week and can honestly say I had a blast. Now I completely understand that I'm following someone in a leadership role and this is entirely different from working in the ER. However, the experience has me very intrigued and confused as I really miss the acute care setting. At least I think I do. This ER is a level one trauma center and I was able to observe a trauma come in and this lit a fire in me. I think I moved away from acute care too quick and I didn't explore what my passion in nursing really is.
I plan to enjoy the next eight weeks in this rotation and soak up everything that I can. I'm not one to make any rash decisions but I think I need to make a change. Now I know it's crazy to think of going from four years of case management to working in an ER. Has anyone had a similar experience? Honestly, I have had a lot of life changes since my previous experience at bedside and can definitely say that I was in a bad place in my personal life as well that I think contributed to my decisions.
Please, tell me your thoughts, and any experiences any of you might have had going back to acute care after a hiatus.