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I completely agree with the first part of cyc0sys's advice, but I'm not sure about the second piece. RT or x-ray would take you in a different direction from nursing, but it is still very much bedside care. There is even less room for advancement in non-nursing ancillary roles (like RT and imaging) than there is in nursing, so if your goal is to get away from the bedside then I don't think that's the right route. However, if your plan is to simply make a change, then it could work. Do realize that RT and x-ray programs are just as intimidating and nit-picky as nursing programs
. For instance, my x-ray tech friend who graduated a few years ago said that nobody in the program was allowed to sit down during their entire 8 hour clinical day even if they weren't doing anything, which sounds miserable.
Even as an RN-ADN, OP will still have to do bedside unless she goes into school nurse or health clinic. I've seen insurance companies offer new grad positions for phone triage but outside of experience or a BSN, admin options are limited.
RT or Rad Tech programs, where I'm from aren't as heavily wait listed. The requirements for admission, courses, grades, and clinical hours isn't as stringent as nursing. But this obvious varies by area and it doesn't change the fact you're still going to work your butt off. I simply suggested this as a backup or alternative if OP decides bridging isn't for her.
While some treatments and diagnostics are done by RT at the bedside, managing vents and neb tx aren't the same a bedside nursing. Rad Tech involves zero bedside.
The advancement potential and wide variety of specialties for RN is a huge selling point. But that comes with a great deal more of responsibilities, yet the pay for RT is comparable to RN, ADN with 0 years of experience. If RT doesn't do their job, it still falls on the RN if patient has a negative outcome. The inverse doesn't apply. The other downside is for RT is work location. You may have to move to find work since there isn't a huge turnover like nursing.
Rad Tech doesn't possess the huge job possibilities as RN but there is lots of room for career advancement by certification and education. You may have to move to find work since, once again, there isn't a huge turnover like nursing.