Non bedside nursing Option ... and a side question bout Nails? - page 3

Im currently a ADN Nursing student and i work as a Tech. I hope to get my BSN soon after i finish my ADN. I've enjoyed our clinical so far, but i have a strange feeling i will not enjoy bed side... Read More

  1. by   NurseBlaq
    I'm trying to figure out why an ADN student is already looking for a way into management and non bedside nursing. Also, trying to figure out why you're willing to put all education aside for nails. You have to first graduate, take NCLEX, put in some years in patient care (nail free), then go back to school for a BSN, MSN, or something along those lines before administration or non-bedside is a consideration because you would need experience and/or education to even be a valid contender for those positions.

    What's the fascination with nails? LOL
  2. by   KelRN215
    Quote from K+MgSO4
    I have an MHA and currently a NUM. I cover incharge shifts if someone calls in sick and no other person is available esp around grad programme rotation and the seniors are precepting.

    I am in the middle when the emergency buzzer goes off, facilitating family meetings, complex d/c planning etc. The first part of NUM is "nurse".
    It has not been my experience, at least where I've worked, that nurse managers are willing to do these things. Like I said, mine didn't know how to use our EMR or log into our pyxis and that was her excuse for why she couldn't do patient care.

    I do know one nurse in my personal life who works as a nurse manager on a maternity unit and she loves when she has the opportunity to do direct patient care. She's actually back in school to become a midwife. Unfortunately she's the exception, not the rule.

    Going back to the OP's point about nails. Today I was at a home visit for one of my pre-adoptive patients and a woman from the adoption agency the state contracted was there too. She had hideously long fake nails that looked incredibly unprofessional and I couldn't stop thinking when I looked at her "how do you even wipe your own behind?"
  3. by   Kratoswife
    Quote from lovelyc
    I Love taking care and helping people but i can tell i don't think i would not want to bed side the rest of my life. So in looking for Great non-bedside jobs I'm looking as to be able to go to school now while im young to get whatever education is needed not wait till I'm older and ready to change to go back to school.
    Try working as a Laser Nurse.

    Work on passing the Nclex. Good luck and don't give up!
  4. by   Savit0123
    Yeah there's plenty of jobs that are not bedside. I used to work as a nurse auditor for an insurance company and basically we would just come into the hospitals and audit them to make sure they following proper protocols. Meanwhile there are also positions with some insurance companies that actually let you work from home which is amazing. Also there's none beside nursing jobs such as allergy testing for environmental and food allergies. But unfortunately the nails would have to go for that position. Bedside nursing is not really that great especially if your in medsurg.
  5. by   Alex_RN
    Quote from kratoswife
    work on passing the nclex.
    officially the best answer thus far
  6. by   Pedi_nursey03
    I first got hired as a brand new nurse in an urgent care center which was outpatient. I liked the fact that it was fast paced and you didn't have to deal with the same patient for 12 hours. Unfortunately, I did not learn much. I am now a bedside nurse, and learning a whole lot. I have realized that bedside is just not for me. I advise you that as a new grad you start off doing before and gain some experience. Once you feel confident in your role, I would start looking to move over to outpatient.
  7. by   katydidit1964
    I don't believe the OP is targeting management just employment opportunities that require less bedside care. Those type jobs include positions with insurance companies, case management, utilization review, QM, chart review, possibly even drug reps. That is not saying that many of these jobs don't require experience as they do. But if that's your goal know that at the start of your career and work towards that goal.
  8. by   jena5111
    Even if you don't consider your nails a risk for patients, how do you overlook the personal risk? Despite gloves, artificial nails can harbor tons of bacteria over the course of a shift when exposed to the typical patient-care petri dish environment.

    Yuck.

    Any nursing position that involves direct patient care should probably require short, natural nails.

    I get biweekly pedis but only have fingernail polish when I'm on vacay.
  9. by   Chrispy11
    Lots of doctors` offices list positions. One I came across was phone triage. You can have the nails in an office job. But the NCLEX comes first.
  10. by   Leader25
    The one non"bedside" I did temporarily was working for a blood bank screening company,you still have to touch and interact with people.The other jobs you need experience in the real world ie. "hospital" before you qualify,even the cruise ship nurses must have solid experience in the ER, .The nails are a big time NO in any service,all enhancements are verboten, gel polish,even any chipped nail polish ,they catch you and you will be written up and sent home,maybe even permanently.
  11. by   lovelyc
    im Currently heading into 4th semester and will have one more semester after that to go. Yes im focus on passing each semester than NClEX. I just plan on enrolling into the next phase of schooling with in 6 months of passing NCLEX so im trying to start my research into what i need so as to look at the right schools , and right path. I do plan to do bedside for at least 2-3 years everyone must pay homage to nursing before moving up. The nails aren't that big of deal more a curiosity question.(I can live with gel and normal nail polish)
    Last edit by lovelyc on Aug 1 : Reason: add
  12. by   GenieToBe
    Quote from lovelyc
    im Currently heading into 4th semester and will have one more semester after that to go. Yes im focus on passing each semester than NClEX. I just plan on enrolling into the next phase of schooling with in 6 months of passing NCLEX so im trying to start my research into what i need so as to look at the right schools , and right path. I do plan to do bedside for at least 2-3 years everyone must pay homage to nursing before moving up. The nails aren't that big of deal more a curiosity question.(I can live with gel and normal nail polish)
    There are many other jobs in the healthcare industry not just the bedside care (e.g. medical device manufacturer). The job requires you to give talks or provide training on the medical devices. However, the bulk of your nursing experience should come from either ICU or Oncology or Dialysis.

    Yes, you can have acrylic and/or long nails.
  13. by   Carrie_RN
    There are so may things you can do. In the hospital/clinic/LTC facility, there are infection control nurses, nurse educators, quality control nurses. I worked as an MDS nurse in long term care, and now work in informatics for a long term care organization. I have friends that work in home health, administration, wound clinic, public health and school nursing. However, most of these jobs all require MINIMUM one year bedside experience and usually minimum BSN (some require MSN). I suggest working at the bedside while you finish your BSN, then look into other opportunities. Look at your county and state job postings for nurses. Just because you don't love bedside nursing does not mean you chose the wrong path.

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