Life outside of hospital nursing? - page 2

Another night from Hades! Argh! I have HAD it with acute care hospital nursing. Tonight I had a full patient assignment/also Lead RN. No breaks for anyone. No unit secretary after the 1st 2 hours.... Read More

  1. by   Tweety
    Gee, you just described a day in my life.

    Good luck and I hope you find peace.
  2. by   K O'Malley
    If you want to get away from demanding families try OR, PACU, cath lab. True, you won't have as much pt contact but will only deal with one at a time in cath lab and OR and a couple in PACU. There is stress in these areas but the stressors are different than what you experience on a hospital floor. Don't stay in a job you are miserable in. Keep searching until you find the right place.
  3. by   JNJ
    Any pediatric experience Kona? There are lots of underserved children in the community; Regional Centers usually organize payment for their care. You can do this thru an agency or as an independent. Pay is around $25 per hour.

    There is also a Medi-Cal program allows an RN to do the same type of work with pay about $32 per hour. I work this way as an independent contractor for Medi-Cal. Note that I am not a Nurse Practitioner - just RN.

    Look hard and choose carefully; but please know many of us have been in your illfitting shoes and have stepped out into a better working life. List what you need/want/would like and work from there. Ask specific questions online. There are some awesome answers out here. Luck to you and empowerment. JNJ
  4. by   TiggyBee
    I just left a similar situation and went into rehab nursing. What a difference! The pace is much more relaxed, better staffing, pay, lower stress and guess what? You can even sit down once and a while! I would NEVER go back to hospital nursing, and money is no reason to stay in a job you can't stand. Your health, sanity and licence are much more important than that!!! And with the shortage you can find another job in a heartbeat - just be sure you aren't getting into another situation like the one you're in now.
    Good luck to you and keep us posted.
  5. by   hapeewendy
    I did community nursing for a year, loved it , fantastic, made a huge difference in the lives of my patients and it was less stress than the med surg job I'm working at now - slightly less pay though

    another option is nursing reasearch, I was lucky enough as a fairly new grad to get hooked up with an MD who did a TON of research , mind you it was medical, pharmaceutical for the most part but still great experience and FANTASTIC $$$$$$$$$
    you learn a lot that might benefit you later should you pursue any research opportunities
    either way , I feel your pain right now , I understand how you feel because lately, I've been feeling the same way....
  6. by   CseMgr1
    Look into Case Management.
  7. by   Going80INA55
    There are way to many opportunities out there for nurses for you to stay in a position that you are not happy in.
    Don't waste your time or energy.
  8. by   Brita01
    Hi Kona. You asked about private duty. I work private duty 36 hours out of the week and it was one of the best choices I ever made. Twelve hour shifts of almost no stress whatsoever. I am there and only there for my one patient, so he gets my total attention. I've had this job since September and still can't believe someone's paying me money to do what I do.
    I am an LPN, but there are positions available for RNs. The private duty RNs for my Louisiana agency make about $20/hr, which will probably be a pay cut for you. But if you're like me, the pay cut will be worth the stress free environment. I don't use a whole lot of my skills in private duty, so I keep them up by going to work in a hospital med/surg unit once a week. Hope I was able to help you.
  9. by   hoolahan
    With regards to the LTC manager, not sure about the weekend deal, but in the LTC center's around here, due to constant call-outs, the supervisor must be floor staff and supervise, and take call, which means EVERY time you take call, you end up going in as staff. It is the reason I wouldn't enter LTC for all the tea in CHina. NO amount of money could get me to do it. If you choose this route, be sure you ask about how staffig emergencies are handled, you may buy more stress than you had before.

    Home Care is great, except for the paperwork. Check out my web site for more info (These are info pages only, not a solicitation.)

    You may enjoy ICU as well.

    The home care would also be a great option to get into an insur co as a case manager. It is pretty hard, at least around my way, to get a CM job w/o HH or Dischrage planner experience.

    There is more call for private duty peds by me than adults. Bayada has a preceptor program where they train you to do peds vents at homes. It's not for me, but lots of nurses enjoy this, see posts in the HH forum here.
  10. by   researchrabbit
    I've worked in research for 12 years now. Love it.
  11. by   zudy
    Kona, I left a miserable work situation a little over a year ago to work in a neurosurgery clinic. Making more money, have time for my pts, and I've learned so much. I work in a pool in the ER to keep up my skills. Hang in there!! There are options! Let us know how you are doing.
  12. by   lemRN
    i've been a nurse since '02. i graduated LPN in december of '01 and graduated RN school in may of '05. i don't even know why i went back!!!! i am so sick of nursing. the only reason i'm still in it right now is because of the MONEY!!! i'm a traveling nurse and it pays GREAT!!!! other than that, i hate it. i'm looking for a career change. I'm currently working in the hospital right now, and i desperately want to get out!!!! i know that i'm not gonna make as much as money as i do now doing something else, but i need to get away from the hospital. if anyone have any suggestions, i'm open to them. i've also tried LTAC and i hated that also. it's just like another hospital!!! that's what i'm trying to get away from.
  13. by   ORSmurf
    Try an outpatient surgery center. You could work OR, pre-op or PACU. The pace is still fast, but the patients are much more routine and are healthy. No one stays overnight, you don't have to work nights, weekends or holidays. I was pretty nervous leaving the security, $$$, and benefits of the hospital, but it was the best thing I could have done. I love it!