Easist Nursing Areas? - page 3

This is a stupid question. But, if I'm an older RN with health problems and still want to work, what would be the best area for me that is not so physically demanding but pays decent? Some have... Read More

  1. by   nimbex
    OK, I just worked a shift at this job you are looking for. In my hospital it is the cardiac surgery step down- NO don't let that scare you off.... they don't take ANY drips, they come out with a cordis (central line for labs), maybe chest tubes and epicardial wires. All of them ambulate in the rooms. The are all exhausted and just want to be left alone to sleep at night.

    The ratio is 3 patients period, you assess every 4 hours with VS. Your main meds are just pain meds.....

    In my CCU, I take 3 ICU patients with Q1 hour stuff routinely!!!!!

    They slept all night, I read a book!!!!! ONLY 3 patients!!!!

    I won't say which hospital... because I'm going begging for a transfer stat!

    Good luck.... there are low ratio, low acuity stepdowns out there... don't rule them out if you don't have experience... with the nursing shortage we take new grads to the ICU
  2. by   researchrabbit
    I work in research too. At my last position we had a disabled nurse. Doing pharmaceutical research is very sedentary; there is a lot of paperwork. You also have a lot of responsibility, depending on how involved your physician is with the study. You also have to make sure you are working for an ethical physician (some of them really bend, if not break the rules)
  3. by   mattsmom81
    I too am looking for the less physical jobs in nursing due to injuries, surgeries, MVA's etc. Unfortunately there are lots of competition for these jobs. They are hard to get into.

    Plus once we are injured we are seen as a high risk hire.
  4. by   doobiedo
    I have been in a pharma company for 3 yrs and love it. However it appears the best way to get in is through an agency. I needed to get off my feet for health reasons and it is staving off surgery for me at this time. The pay and benefits are alot better than the hospital also.
  5. by   bungies
    Originally posted by Woodchuck
    ... there's a distinction to be made between physically easy and emotionally easy, the latter of which varies widely with the individual. Working with hospice patients is emotionally challenging, occassionally physically, but the "easiest" work I've ever done just because I love it so much and find the morale and support staff so well-established. It's all relative.
    If you want to be happy as a nurse you have to consider your own strengths

    A defining feature of Hospice work is the incredible amount of maturity required. As an older RN, your appreciation of the life circumstances of your patients - although not necessarily the illness experience (?!! I don't know your own experience, of course) would make you a very special Hospice nurse. But you might be a born teacher or salesperson.

    What would you do for work if money, health, age and other considerations didn't matter? If you think about this, you might be able to find a niche in nursing which plays your strengths.