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QuestionableTimes has 6 years experience and specializes in Critical Care.

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Been in ICU bedside for almost 7 years, never thought I’d see the day I say that. May not be a lot compared to others but for my young of 27, it feels like forever! 
 

I start AGACNP school this fall. I don’t start clinical until Summer 2021.

The thing is I want a break or reprieve from the ICU. I won’t go into details, but I’m just tired and burned out. 
 

What are some NONE bedside jobs that I can do during NP school? It seems most none bedside jobs will be M-F and 8-5 type of jobs that will undoubtedly compete with my clinical needs for school.

I CAN work part time but I would rather work FT to save money for a home and pay off school as I go.

Ideas? Suggestions?

Currently I’m an RN, CCRN and I’ll have my BSN in July and start my MSN in August. 1.5 years experience in a post surgical specialty ward in a level one trauma and 5 years in ICU at a level one trauma, experienced with balloon pumps, CRRT, and PA catheters.

What doors are open to me in July?

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nznurse93 has 3 years experience as a BSN and specializes in ED, med-surg, peri op.

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I would recommend working PRN float pool. Still bedside. But you can choose your hours, full time while you can and then don’t have to worry about fitting in clinicals around work. Plus change will be a good thing if your burnt out! And it’s a good chance to try areas of nursing you may be interested/curious about. 

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adventure_rn is a BSN and specializes in NICU, PICU.

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I've known a handful of people in the same boat who have switched to PRN PACU and loved it. You still only have one patient, and compared to the ICU it's a little less hectic (you see the occasional emergency, but you're not running codes left and right). No crazy families demanding ice, no morally distressing palliative cases. It's always day shift, but still has flexible hours. With ICU experience, I'm sure it would be an easy transition.

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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I would suggest maybe 3/4 time work instead of full-time. (Pay tuition as you go, but back off on saving for a house.)

Not burning out during school- and doing well- are good priority goals...

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Clinical instructor for students working on their BSN?

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KatieMI has 6 years experience as a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in ICU, LTACH, Internal Medicine.

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One idea I seriously contemplated was acute dialysis. It takes up to 6 months to get independent with it but it is technical, cool, requires good grip of pathophysiology and pharma and well suited for someone with ICU experience. The shifts may be long but once things are running they can be very calm, I saw many nurses quietly doing homework in the meantime. And you can do as much or as little of associated "bedside" part as you feel like. 

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QuestionableTimes has 6 years experience and specializes in Critical Care.

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14 hours ago, Newbie4567 said:

Clinical instructor for students working on their BSN?

Wouldn’t I need an MSN for this?

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PollywogNP has 43 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, LPN, NP and specializes in Med-Surg/Tele/ER/Urgent Care.

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Any urgent cares in your area?

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Numenor has 8 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in Internal Medicine.

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On 5/8/2020 at 5:15 AM, adventure_rn said:

I've known a handful of people in the same boat who have switched to PRN PACU and loved it. You still only have one patient, and compared to the ICU it's a little less hectic (you see the occasional emergency, but you're not running codes left and right). No crazy families demanding ice, no morally distressing palliative cases. It's always day shift, but still has flexible hours. With ICU experience, I'm sure it would be an easy transition.

PACU is not 1:1 at most places. I have always had 2 patients anywhere I went. PACU was certainly better than ICU but its not sunshine and rainbows, it definitely has its downsides.

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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17 hours ago, QuestionableTimes said:

Wouldn’t I need an MSN for this?

Most probably.

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Numenor has 8 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in Internal Medicine.

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17 hours ago, QuestionableTimes said:

Wouldn’t I need an MSN for this?

As a clinical instructor (like at actual clinical sites to supervise), no you won't.

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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13 hours ago, Numenor said:

As a clinical instructor (like at actual clinical sites to supervise), no you won't.

In my state, the community colleges wanted MSN preparation for clinical instructors in the ADN programs. It must not be a standardized requirement...

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