i am in your shoes because of back problems and other multiple medical problems. i went into medical coding and thought it was a blast. i liked working with numbers and my nursing background was a real help. i learned coding from a local vocational school. it doesn't pay as well as nursing unless you get a national certification in it which is just to take a national exam (it's not like taking the nclex). now, i've decided to go back and get an aa in health information management which is the broad umbrella under which medical coding belongs. i'm finding, again, that my nursing background is so very helpful and with my background as a hospital nurse i am practically sailing through the classes. the outlook is good: desk jobs in hospitals and other facilities doing a variety of healthcare related paperwork. the pay, when i take the hrit exam and get that certification (again, this is not like licensing, it is voluntary certification), will get me up close to rn pay and possibly over it.
prior to going this route i worked as a telephonic nurse for a large insurance company. these jobs are a little hard to come by since the turn over is low, but they are strictly sit down and work at a computer and talk on the phone jobs.
i spend a lot of my free time on the student forums here on allnurses helping the student nurses (except when it is slow, like now and i venture out to the regular nursing forums). i particularly enjoy helping them with nursing care plans
(so many just do not understand how nursing diagnosis works), medication calculations and procedures. i've amassed quite a bank of files with nothing but internet links to webpages of information that is helpful for them. i get a great deal of satisfaction from that and feeling that i am, at least, doing something constructive with my time, as well as giving back my knowledge and encouragement to the newbies. without this, i would probably go nuts. i also read in my spare time. thankfully, i'm off wellbutrin because i used to just cry all day long at my predicament.