Options other than bedside nursing

  1. Hi all,

    I've been a nurse for only 3 years and I recently have been feeling burned out. I really feel right now like I just don't want to take care of people anymore. I'm not sure why, this seems to have just come out of nowhere. I just started a new job as a float pool nurse in a large facility and, while I certainly don't hate it, I definitely don't love it. I don't know if that figures into it or not. I also have been taking care of people at home with chronic illnesses and maybe that has to do with it, I don't know.

    I have worked at a physician's office for a month, and while I think it would be okay, I can't afford the drop in pay right now.

    I have an associates, and I know that limits some options, but I am not in a position right now to go back to school.

    ARE there any other choices out there for me other than bedside nursing? I wish I knew why I felt this way so I can fix it. I just dread going to work in the morning.
  2. Visit ParrotHeadRN profile page

    About ParrotHeadRN

    Joined: Nov '02; Posts: 153; Likes: 6
    Hospice Case Manager
    Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in Med/Surg; Critical Care/ ED


  3. by   suzanne4
    Almost every single area is open to you except for teaching and some management postions. And then there are positions that you create for yourself. What are your interests when you are away from the healthcare arena. How could you tie those in with nursing? Perhaps you just take some time off from nursing and see where your heart takes you. Find some other type of work for lets say 90 days while you give your mind time to think.

    Hope that this helps................
  4. by   suzanne4
    Another question: If you could do anything that you wanted, without regard to the education that you have right now, what would it be? Try thinking along these lines............................and see if you can come up with something..........
  5. by   menetopali
    watch the facility job boards and try to slip into a surgical job. i work perioperative services in an outpatient department with only an associates degree. it's a whole different kind of nursing than at the bedside. most of our patients are relatively healthy as they are outpatients (though we do get inpatient procedures sometimes) and the care that they require is usually associated with the sedation that we use or specific procedural concerns.
  6. by   Nurse Ratched
    Quote from menetopali
    most of our patients are relatively healthy
    And more importantly, largely unconscious - there are definitely days that's an appealing thought .

    Back to the OP's question: is it strictly the hospital setting (goodness knows that can make anybody crispy in pretty short order) or are you up for a different patient population altogether? If you are sure you want to get away from the bedside, check down the list of specialties on the forums home page and see if anything suits you.

    Personally, the increased pay I could make working full time at the hospital versus my office job is SO not worth it. Perhaps you could consider looking at things from a different angle - is there a way for you to afford to make less money in a job that's more desirable in terms of work and hours? (The pay difference in my area is pretty minimal when you compare base salary - it's the charge and shift diffy that bumps you up in the hospital - and who wants more responsibility and crappy hours?)
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    What can you do with a nursing degree:

    Work for the Red Cross--blood drives
    Correctional Nursing
    State Health Nurse
    Nursing Magazine Editor
    Occupational Health
    Tele health Advice nurse
    Urgent care clinic

    The world is your Oyster--explore it.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Apr 14, '04