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Hi everyone, 

I am working at a hospital on a telemetry unit taking care of 6 patients. I really do not love what I am doing which is sad because I am a caring person. I feel like I don't have time to really connect with my patients due to the amount of documentation and other responsibilities that are expected of us. I still like nursing but I feel like working as a RN in the hospital may not be the right fit for me. I dread going to work every day and become overwhelmed just thinking about it. I was wondering if there's anything else I can do with nursing out of a hospital setting? I have tried looking things up but some of the positions I have found only hire LPNs. Any ideas? 

Thank you! 🙂

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Public Health for the City or County, School Nursing, Teaching like ata community college, 

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"nursy" has 40 years experience as a RN and specializes in ICU, ER, Home Health, Corrections, School Nurse.

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Wound care clinic, Infusion, Doctor's office, Hyperbaric, Infomatics...

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Home health, insurance company, case management/utilization review, clinics, campus nurse at a college, educator at a hospital or college, corrections, government work (county, state, federal)

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Hoosier_RN has 20 years experience as a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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Dialysis clinic

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

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On 12/13/2019 at 1:00 PM, Red Shirt 6 said:

Public Health for the City or County, School Nursing, Teaching like ata community college, 

I would generally not recommend that someone who is unhappy as a nurse (at least at this point) leave to go teach other people how to be nurses.

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FolksBtrippin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health.

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13 hours ago, Jedrnurse said:

I would generally not recommend that someone who is unhappy as a nurse (at least at this point) leave to go teach other people how to be nurses.

She's not unhappy as a nurse. She's unhappy at her job. 

Maybe that seems like the same thing, but it's not. I was unhappy in the hospital, but I always loved being a nurse. 

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

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38 minutes ago, FolksBtrippin said:

She's not unhappy as a nurse. She's unhappy at her job. 

Maybe that seems like the same thing, but it's not. I was unhappy in the hospital, but I always loved being a nurse. 

Even so, I don't think that segueing directly from an unhappy nursing position to teaching nurses is the best strategy. Plus, judging by the OP's name, she/he doesn't have enough experience to go down that career alley. (yet)

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FolksBtrippin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health.

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20 minutes ago, Jedrnurse said:

Even so, I don't think that segueing directly from an unhappy nursing position to teaching nurses is the best strategy. Plus, judging by the OP's name, she/he doesn't have enough experience to go down that career alley. (yet)

I see your point. It would be better to find your niche in nursing first so that you pass along something good instead of passing along your resentment.

Unless you were going to teach NCLEX prep. That might be appropriate for the OP.

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Hoosier_RN has 20 years experience as a MSN and specializes in LTC, home health, hospice, ICU, ER, dialysis.

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Part of what you will qualify to do will count a lot on nursing experience. 

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I understand how the OP feels. I hated being the hospital, even when I was doing clinical for school. I always felt rushed and overwhelmed. I only went because I was told to get a year of med sure experience. But I left after the 6 months. I’ve work in outpatient settings and I love it. Patient education was always my favorite and now I have time to do it. I’ve done wound care and primary care, and I’m about start in public health since I relocated. Just because I hated the hospital doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be a good instructor. When I was paired with students at the facilities I worked at, they always said I did a great job and I was very thorough when explaining things. OP keep trying different areas until you find your niche. I got jobs that I didn’t think I would get. 😊

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6 hours ago, FolksBtrippin said:

She's not unhappy as a nurse. She's unhappy at her job. 

Maybe that seems like the same thing, but it's not. I was unhappy in the hospital, but I always loved being a nurse. 

Yes I definitely still love being a nurse but like you said, the setting is making it hard for me to enjoy giving patient care! 

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