Dear Nurse Beth,
I've been an LPN for almost 10 yrs and thinking about getting my RN, but the problem is I've come to the conclusion that I don't like bedside care, but enjoy the 3 12hr shift. M-F type of work is not fitting for me. Are there any other non-bedside nursing position that offer 3 12-hr shifts?
Dear Wants 12 Hour Shift,
That's a tough one because 12-hour shifts are typically offered by clinical facilities for clinical nurses at the bedside.
I really can't think of a non-bedside 12-hour position...maybe dialysis? Although the dialysis units I'm familiar with have 8-hour shifts.
Getting your RN is going to open up far more opportunities for you, and eventually, you'll be able to choose the working hours and setting/specialty that works for you.
This won't happen right away, though. Be flexible at first. As a new grad RN it's advisable working at the bedside for 1-2 years to learn your new role. From there you can qualify for many different roles with hours that fit your needs.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!