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Is it a bad idea to return to the hospital?

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by Blue_Moon Blue_Moon, BSN (Member)

Blue_Moon has 18 years experience as a BSN and works as a RN.

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6 hours ago, SobreRN said:

It sounds as if working in a hospital would be a good fit for you as you enjoy that environment. I worked in hospitals nearly 20 years and feel just the opposite; I'd done some home health/hospice, out-patient chemo. I started in corrections a few years ago and found my niche, if the patient get threatening or just belligerent back to the cell they go so most are very polite, still keep skills given health problems do not keep anyone out of prison as they once did. I love the autonomy, I see patients scheduled and most things I do not need to call the doctor on, those I do I just see everyone and call doc when I am done but that is me. I ran from bedside nursing saying I'd eat out of dumpsters before returning but it sounds like a great match for you. Take my spot 🙂

"I'd eat out of dumpsters before returning"  LOLOL!

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience and works as a case manager.

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Think outside the box. You want to make a move, but it doesn't have to be to hospital nursing. Explore your options. I ended up working from home. Your skills can take you anywhere.

Best wishes.

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Blue_Moon has 18 years experience as a BSN and works as a RN.

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Trust me, I have been exploring many options. I don't want to work from home. I know some people love it but I'm practically stuck in front of a computer all day already and I want to get away from that. I don't want a nursing home or dr's office. I really don't want to work five days a week. I don't want to drive around all day from house to house esp in this area where it's not the safest. The only place that has what I'm looking for is the hospital at this point. Even if I decide not to stick with it forever, it will still give me a break from this and open doors for something else. Almost every job wants recent clinical experience and they don't count this.

I know many people are burnt out on the hospital. I'm burnt out on what I'm doing even though it's easy. 😔 

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You do make a good case for leaving.

And you make a good point that one can become "done" with other settings just as some people are over hospitals. To this I would only say that some of the disillusionment with hospitals has to do with ethical matters and recent sweeping changes that are pretty widespread. Not exactly the same thing as what people traditionally call burnout.

I agree with all those who say you should trial it this summer. It very well might be the invigorating change you're looking for - but there's no way I would resign without being much more certain of that.

 

 

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Flare is a ASN, BSN and works as a School nurse firefighter.

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While i've been a school nurse steadily since 2003, i have worked a multitude of "filler jobs" to fill summers and pick up PRN work.  This includes applying for a position in med surge nursing.  I didn't get hired for bedside nursing, but they did hire me for administration and then I spent the following 4 years as prn ADN.  So, my point is that if you feel stagnant in your position as a school nurse, then looking at your options in other fields of nursing may be just the thing.  You never know what opportunities are out there unless you check your value and marketability in the career world a bit.  However, if you're walking away from a pension and a retirement and thinking that starting over is the best plan, then just be sure that you've investigated all the information about cashing in or deferring your pension or transferring your 403b.  I'd hate to see you miss out after putting in so many years.  

Good luck!

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Wishing you lots of luck. I left bedside nursing to be a nurse liaison for a Hospice company. Now, I get to see from far the brutality of bedside nursing with bullying, demanding families, short tempered doctors and time spend more in charting than caring. I did my time and truly don't know how I survived those years. I'm certified as a Vascular/infusion nurse so I had been contemplating getting a P-T to do what I love.

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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I am back on med-surg after many moons away from the bedside. The pros are: zero time for boredom. That's a big thing for me. When I'm bored, or have big gaps between tasks, I focus on the clock. For me, that makes the day unbearably long. I love it when I'm so busy that hunger reminds me it's past lunch. More time off, as you stated. New stuff, no day is ever the same. Friendships... I've just made it my policy to not get involved in gossip. It's so much easier now that I'm older. I don't care if someone calls me the worst name in the book, as long as they aren't dumping work on me. I can handle it. The cons are: the computer charting on excel programs. Dear sweet Lord, what an absolute horror. It makes an already hard and time consuming job, harder. I don't mind the computer. It's an enjoyable way to pass the time. But injecting what amounts to about 4 hours worth of charting between medication administration and general exception charting to a 12 hour shift is very difficult, for me anyway. The computer documentation is really my only complaint. I'm an empty nester too. 

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i'm so burnout. i'm questioning either starting over at the VA or do outpt primary care clinic. 

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Blue_Moon has 18 years experience as a BSN and works as a RN.

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Thanks for all the replies! I think I’ll take the advice to wait until summer if I’m still interested in making a change and trying a prn position. I don’t want to lose a good thing because I’m going through a slow spell at work. Also someone mentioned be careful of making major life changing decisions when a major life change is coming up so that also made me think I should slow down and really weigh my options. Best wishes to everyone!

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