If not bedside, where do you work? - page 2
I'm looking into alternatives to bedside nursing. I'm in too much pain to be able to do anything but my job at this point, so I definitely need something less physical. I don't want to live at my... Read More
Dec 19, '06I'm a clinic nurse. I work for a busy HMO-clinic-based ENT practice. Each doctor has a nurse and we're responsible for their clinic/patients. We answer their voicemail, do post op calls, run the clinic when the doctor is in, do basic things like pull nose packing, remove sutures/staples/drains, triage phone calls for appts. I love it.
Dec 19, '06I work for a large insurance company owned by a very large university health system in my city. I do Utilization management which entails talking to hospital URs about pt's in acute care at their facilities. The pay is good. It is steady daylight, we have weekends and holildays off. I sit in a cubicle in the middle of the city and pay $8 a day to park. That plus the commute into and out of the city every day are the down side. But you can't beat the hours. My salary is comparable to the nurses in our hospitals. I have done this type of job for about 16 years and I know this one is the place where I will stay until I retire. It has a generous pension plan fully paid by the company. That is hard to beat, and the reason I will stay here.
Dec 19, '06Ten years ago my diabetes became harder and harder to manage with bedside nursing, so I went into Quality Management. I am responsible for hospital wide performance improvement including Core Measures and coordinate the activities for continuous survey readiness (JCAHO) at a 134 bed hospital. Fortunately, I have a BSN degree which has opened the door for job opportunities away from the bedside.
Dec 19, '06Wow, thanks for all of your responses! I will be PM'ing some of you for details, but tonight I have to work, so I need to get back into bed.
Someone mentioned going to the doc about my s/s, but to me, it'd be pointless. I don't have anything that's treatable, unless you count expensive orthotics not covered by my insurance and pain meds, which I cannot take as they put me to sleep.
A visit to my chiropractor is on my Christmas to-do list.
Meantime, I spent a few hours beefing up my resume and getting together a good cover letter and updating my references. Those insurance case manager jobs sound like they're right up my alley, but I'm certainly willing to try other areas, so please keep 'em coming!
Dec 27, '06Please don't write off those expensive orthotics...
Someone has given you great advice to help you deal with foot pain.
WHY aren't you taking said advice?????
You instruct diabetic patients in insulin, diet etc....you need orthotics to help with your musculoskeletal problem!
Orthotics have made a huge difference, no longer dealing with planter fasciitis. the $400.00 cost allowed me to continue WORKING along with pain relief without meds many days.
Please take care of YOU so you'll be able to continue carring for others.
Dec 27, '06Personally, I loved public health. The bene's were great but the pay was not. I did disease investigations and we dispensed federally funded vaccine to providers who, in turn, gave me monthly reports to tend to. We also organized immunization clincis. I was an LVN but my job title back then was "Public Health Tech". Currently, I am a LVN in a hospital and hoping to transition to RN beginning in May. I will consider returning to public health after I get my RN.
Dec 27, '06Although I work part-time in bedside nursing (three shifts per week), my full time job and love is medical writing and editing.