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  1. Colleen8080

    12 years a Slave (called nursing)

    Hello, I feel like your post reminds me of what I have been going through. I have been an RN for 14 years and I recently just put my 2 weeks in last week. I don't have another job lined up. I plan on taking a break for 2 or 3 months and finding an RN job outside of the med/surg setting, that I have will do next. I was getting sick ALOT (I was so sick I had all the covid19 symptoms but I tested negative-never been sick like that before in my life-it could have been a false negative who knows). I also had the lack of sleep/anxiety. I was barely sleeping before shifts since the panendemic. The whole panendemic, mask wearing for 12 hours, some snotty coworkers. It was just all getting to me. I have 2 little kids at home and I was constantly worried I was bringing it home to them. I could barely functions for about 2 days after working. There were some nights I didn't sleep at all from worry. My Dr. prescribed me some hydroxyzine which I take here and there for sleep. What was also a turning point for me was that I had floated to the ICU as an nurse extender. It was such an awful shift seeing patient's suffering and then I had to put someone in a body bag after they passed. I probably had to do that about 5 times total since being a nurse. I thought geez I don't do that often but I hate hate hate it. I said to myself I don't want to have to put anybody in a body bag ever again. I had been burned out a long time at my job, but I made alot of money just being part time. That's why I know it was so hard for me to leave for the longest time and I didn't have the support from family, because they thought I was lucky making all kinds of money. I am looking into maybe medical transcribing or remote RN work at home type stuff. I understand the pain your going through right now. Maybe consider a different RN job or something else temporarily?
  2. Colleen8080

    Changing career temporarily

    I am considering learning how to be a medical transcriptionist so I could work from home. I have been an RN for 14 years and I recently just quit my job as a medical/surgical nurse. I want to take a break from the craziness and take a step back from it for a few months until I can figure out which direction I could take as an RN outside the med/surg setting. Has anyone tried medical transcribing as an RN or prior to becoming one? From what I have read they prefer you to be certified in it. I am just wondering how to find out about the ins and outs of it and how did you like it?
  3. I was considering of getting my MSN for family nurse practicioner at University of Phoenix. Has anyone ever attended the program there? Or is currently there doing that program? I was wondering if it's group work or individual more? Is it lots of paper writing first year or is it mainly discussion questions. And is it all online?

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