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Non-bedside nursing jobs while in TPAPN?

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So I'm a nurse who for all intents and purposes should probably have not become one - I have Asperger's & did fine in nursing school & clinicals - but completely couldn't perform working full time as a nurse with my social issues when I was on my own.

I showed up to work under the influence of alcohol (huuuuge mistake for which I am paying for dearly), was instructed to enroll in TPAPN by the board. I already went to inpatient treatment, I've been sober for 6 months, things are looking better.

I did a lot of self reflection and I realized bedside nursing is not something I can excel at. I'm looking at nursing research jobs, informatics positions, occupational health, insurance etc. jobs that don't require as much patient interaction but still fall in the nursing realm.

I understand that now as I get involved in TPAPN my job prospects & potential employers are going to be very limited now when dealing with patients. Would employers be more open to hire a nurse for a hands-off role than a bedside position?

rn1965, ADN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Women's Health, LTC. Has 25 years experience.

It is worth a shot. Go for it. Let us know how it turns out.