Dear Nurse Beth,
I have been an LPN for 20+ years and recently became an RN. I have worked at the same job for almost 10 years in Home Health. My problem is that I am severely burned out with direct patient care. I am currently in school working on my BSN and will graduate next Summer. I have been looking for other jobs because I feel like I need a change.
My problem is that even though I have so much experience it really doesn't count because it was LPN experience. I feel trapped and it feels like I don't have enough experience to go anywhere besides a MedSurg floor, which I really do not want to do. Any advise? My ultimate goal is the go into management and I hope to continue on to my Masters degree.
Dear Burned Out,
Congratulations on getting your RN and working on your BSN!
I would work MedSurg and here's why.
You need some solid acute care experience as an RN if your goal is to be nursing leader.
You are burned out as an LPN-recently-turned-RN -in-Home Health, but you will not be
burned out as a new grad RN in MedSurg. In fact, the change in role and practice setting
may be just the thing for your burnout.
You will be challenged by caring for higher acuity patients, and learning new skills.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!