Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
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 chiropractors and I refuse to get pain meds.
I have an ADN, plenty of (adult, especially geriatric) clinical experience, very strong office, writing, and teaching skills. I do not want to be a manager, nor do I think I would like to be on salary.
I am willing to learn but have zero desire to go back to school.
Sounds like you're in a similar place where I was a year ago. I was in a lot of physical pain from pushing my forty-something, out-of-condition body through four 8-hour shifts per week on a Med/Surg floor, and I knew I had to make a change. I had no idea how I was going to accomplish this, however; I'd been trying to convince myself for years that I really should go back and get my BSN, but the trouble was, I had no desire whatsoever to do so.
Luckily, my current position as DNS in an assisted living facility doesn't require a bachelor's (although it was 'strongly preferred' according to the job description), and since I hope to continue in this same job, or one like it, for the rest of my career, I'm no longer feeling the pressure to go back to school. It's also much easier on me physically, as I no longer do 'bedside' care, except when I want to follow a particular situation or just give someone a little extra TLC.
Now, I'm one of those weird people who actually LIKES being a manager, but if you don't, you could try utilization review, discharge planning, even geriatric case management.........many organizations are willing to train a nurse with lots of experience in lieu of a bachelor's degree. I wish you all the luck in the world, Angie; please keep us posted and let us know how things are going.:spin: