RN looking for a transition from bedside nursing, feeling stuck

  1. Hi all,

    So I am in a predicament that I know SEVERAL other nurses (my nurse friends included) can relate to. So I am going on my 6th year of nursing, the last 4 have been in ER and prior to take I was a med-surg RN. I also have done per diem and clinical instructing for a college institution.

    I am a Canadian RN currently living in Texas. I recently quit my full time job (I got another part time at a freestanding ER which is much better) because the working conditions were deplorable. For example, I often would go 12 hours with only a 15 minute break, and when I did end up taking my full break I would come back to new patients, several orders and no help. Lets just say this department wasn't into team nursing.

    Anyway I'm feeling stuck. I have been dissatisfied with many of my nursing jobs. I have been spending lots of time researching different avenues of nursing that I may be interested in. No I am not interested in hospice/home health, not into informatics, don't particularly want to be an NP but I wouldn't mind going back to school to get my Masters.

    I am interested in the general umbrella of health and wellness. My ideal job would be working as a RN in a non hospital settings where I provide wellness coaching and public health services mixed in. I am aware of health coaching courses you can do, but there doesn't seem to be a market for health and wellness nurses. And if there are jobs they are severely underpaid.

    I am quite frustrated because with all my research I feel like I am not finding the answer I am looking for. I created a blog last year to share my experiences as a Canadian RN moving to Texas which I am very happy with, I was also thinking of nurse blogging.

    Is anyone out there feeling the same like me? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    About LaurieMakingA'way, BSN, RN

    Joined: Dec '12; Posts: 17; Likes: 1
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  3. by   CoolKidsRN
    My current full-time job is in a non-hospital setting. There are plenty of non-traditional nursing opportunities out there. With your skill set, you are extremely marketable. The key is to put yourself out there in the best light. I highly recommend networking and talking to recruiters. I would also look into jobs at insurance companies, medical diagnostic companies, etc. Good luck and feel free to PM me with any specific questions.
  4. by   anewsns
    Have you looked into community/public health? Also My moms a health coach and loves it. She does her own business and telehealth as well which I guess is in high demand, she gets customers for that all day. She's not a nurse though, but I know some nurses do this. For coaching just have to get a little experience before being marketable, but it's worth looking into certification. There's a lady who does some articles on here I believe her name is Melissa Mills? She did one about nursing through the generations and also I believe the one about motivational interviewing and she's a blogger. She may talk to you.
    Last edit by anewsns on Dec 1, '17
  5. by   Green Tea, RN
    I have a year of med surg and another year of operating room experience so far. I honestly regret from chosing nursing. I don't like it.
    I currently work part time in the OR and take a few graduate level classes to get non-nursing master's degree. Once I get a master's degree, I will say goodbye to nursing for good.