****Off the bat, I don't intend for this discussion to deteriorate into a debate over which area of nursing is "real" and which isn't -- so I applogize in advance if this happens.
I've been working full time on an inpatient psychogeriatrics unit and, well, things are starting to feel a bit like the place is a pressure cooker (I'm sure you've all been there).
I have the option of cutting my hours down to part time (.6 EFT) for the sake of my sanity. I am very tempted. I'm looking at this as an opportunity to branch out a little.
As much as I love geriatrics, the work climate is absolutely psychotic (for lack of a better term). The drama of it all is killing me.
I applied last week for a (well we call it CASUAL up here) prn job as a street nurse in public health. I've always been facinated with the health promotion and risk reduction point of view of nursing. Plus the salary rules. If this doesn't work, I'll look for something else. What I'd really like to do is to get into counselling or else work in a sexual health clinic, but don't know if this is do-able.
I'm remembering back a few years, to a conversation with a friend of a friend of a friend who, held several jobs in nursing. She had her main, "career" job which was working in a busy ER and her "fun" job working in a dental clinic monitoring people under anaesthesia. I just loved her attitude. What a great way to ensure that you do not over-extend yourself, just limiting your time spent focusing on your "real-career" job and learing new skills at the same time.
May 26, '03
My apologies if this is a bit off topic but -
I work in veterinary medicine (ADN student as well). I was in a similar situation as you describe before I went back to school - I had my "main" job and my "fun" job.
My main job, 40hrs/wk, was working veterinary ICU for a specialty practice. I did all the after-hours care for the Sx dept, Internal Medicine, Cardiology and the occasional Optho case. It was strictly dog/cat. I still do that same job now. I work alone and I enjoy the responsibilty level plus it has taught me incredible self-reliance and improvisational skills.
My fun job was actually the clinic I left to work for the specialist practice. I worked a 6-8hr shift every other Saturday for a former zoo vet who would basically see anything (except primates, big cats and hoof-stock). Not only did I get to see some really interresting species (among the more unusual - a lemur, a pair of wallabys, a coatimundi, and svereal venomus snakes) but I was also the primary lab tech - I spent 80% of my time behind a 'scope and loved it - Gram's stains, manual WBC diffs, mycology, parasitology, etc. The doc was a pain in the tush but the job was incredibly interresting. I referred to that shift as my "play day".
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May 26, '03
JBudd, I was a Cub Scout and Webelo leader for many years too! Loved teaching their CPR and first aid course...the boys are so enthusiastic and fun, aren't they? Also did the school stuff...PET program (primary emergency training)
My 'hard' job is very part time in critical care. My fun 'paid' job is working flu clinics in the fall winter...love visiting with the elderly clients in a non bedside role.
Also enjoy volunteering at the womens' shelter.
Last edit by mattsmom81 on May 27, '03