Getting Away From Bedside?

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by CCRN14 (New) New

I am a Critical Care RN. I love what I do - HOWEVER - physically I can not keep doing bedside nursing. I have physical disabilities that are only getting worse and I need to be out of the heavy lifting/pushing/pulling. Especially since patients seem to be getting larger, and the staffing smaller in number to assist with lifting the pounds.

I have my BSN. I am not sure if I should peruse Adult NP and try for doctors office, or try for DNP and do research, or what. I don't know what other options there are that will allow me to make the same amount of money I do now, or close enough to it, and not have to be in the hospital bedside setting.

Can anyone give me some ideas?

Pneumothorax, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Flight. 1,179 Posts

im in the same boat. im currently a flight RN, (with my BSN) but the schedule, the hours, etc. I need a change. I dont want to go back to bedside. Id like to get my NP, but my current schedule wont allow regular days off that i could do class & clinicals.

Any suggestions as to what areas I can go into would be appreciated. :)

Oceanpacific

Specializes in Infection Prevention, Public Health. Has 33 years experience. 204 Posts

Within hospitals you could look at Patient Safety, Quality Management, Risk Management, Infection Prevention.....

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience. 6,764 Posts

There are approximately a gazillion things away from the bedside that you are qualified for. Start by researching this topic on AN.

Myself, I work from home for an insurance company. Good luck.. you can do this.

SierraBravo

Has 3 years experience. 547 Posts

im in the same boat. im currently a flight RN, (with my BSN) but the schedule, the hours, etc. I need a change. I dont want to go back to bedside. Id like to get my NP, but my current schedule wont allow regular days off that i could do class & clinicals.

Any suggestions as to what areas I can go into would be appreciated. :)

There are plenty of online NP programs from accredited institutions. If you're in NY, you're limited to about 1 school that you can attend for an online NP program (SUNY Stony Brook). But other states are far less conservative than NY. It's worth a look. Obviously when you get to clinicals you will have to deal with your work schedule somehow...

ladyvp05

Specializes in Operating Room. 110 Posts

Maybe try insurance. My friend got a RN job offer at blue cross blue shield for $69,000 starting pay. They may pay more in your area. This is in arkansas. I also hear people talk about united healthcare and express scripts

Pneumothorax, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Flight. 1,179 Posts

There are plenty of online NP programs from accredited institutions. If you're in NY, you're limited to about 1 school that you can attend for an online NP program (SUNY Stony Brook). But other states are far less conservative than NY. It's worth a look. Obviously when you get to clinicals you will have to deal with your work schedule somehow...

i can do my NP curriculum completely online..thats crazy. i had no idea!