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Hello! I've been an ER nurse for 4.5 years now and I feel like i'm bored....

I know... how does one become bored in an ER? I've reached out for more opportunities and have been promoted to Charge RN but leadership isn't the challenge Im craving.

Anyone have any idea what a new next step would be? I've thought about NP but primary care sounds terribly boring....Maybe a CRNA?

Help! Whats a good next step?

Lunah, MSN, RN

33 Articles; 13,733 Posts

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 15 years experience.

I've gone from the bedside (mostly) to trauma education and process improvement (PI). I am really enjoying the change after a decade+ of ED. Have you thought about going into education, or do you want to get out of the ED setting altogether?

Boomer MS, RN

511 Posts

Specializes in Med Surg/ICU/Psych/Emergency/CEN/retired. Has 17 years experience.

I think continuing your education is exciting, and that's what I did when I was bored. With your experience, teaching could be an option. Being a CNS and a Trauma coordinator would be another suggestions. That would require a master's with a focus on critical care/trauma track. Both interesting and would build on your knowledge base and moving to an advanced practice role. So many want to be NPs and CRNAs now, so they are possibilities too. Can you shadow people in these roles? I nod off thinking of primary care NP role, but it might be a nice change from the hectic ED. Good luck. Lots of options out there for those who want to move on.

stephd83

2 Posts

I interviewed for the ED Educator position and did not get it :( the other person had more experience than I do so I understood but I was sad to miss the opportunity.

Boomer MS, RN

511 Posts

Specializes in Med Surg/ICU/Psych/Emergency/CEN/retired. Has 17 years experience.
I interviewed for the ED Educator position and did not get it :( the other person had more experience than I do so I understood but I was sad to miss the opportunity.

If that is what you want, another opportunity will come along for you. At my age, I've learned that lesson!