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  1. Cabana

    Two Nursing jobs

    Hi all! I recently decided to make the transition from the hospital to an office position. I left my hospital job due to some personal anxiety pertaining to the position. With that being said, the unit I was on is a covid unit and hurting for nurses. At my new job I’ll have wednesdays and weekends off. Would it be a bad idea to work the office job and stay PRN the hospital job? I honestly feel bad for the floor nurses struggling and I was thinking it could try to help out on the wednesdays I don’t work the office job. Is this an unrealistic/over ambitious idea? I like the idea of staying bedside PRN for just some hours during the week to keep up on some nursing skills as well as help out the unit, but don’t want to end up being overwhelmed with it. Was just curious on if anyone has done this before or had any thoughts on it, or even hear from nurses that work 8-5 five days a week. TIA!
  2. @Grengemly thank you for your response, I appreciate it! I’m glad you’re in an area that’s better for you! I’m hoping I feel the same way when I start soon, it makes me feel a little less nervous about it after hearing your story! :) I know the grass isn’t always greener but it’s hopefully worth a shot trying!
  3. @Hoosier_RN do you think if I were to find myself not liking the office setting that I would be able to return to the acute care setting if I were in a better mental state? I know job availability in whatever area I’m in can have an impact on it but do you think employers in a hospital setting would shy away from me after having office experience? Thanks for your input!
  4. I’m currently transitioning into an office job after working in the hospital as a new grad for about 4.5 months. I know it’s a little bit of a quick job change from the hospital setting but due to some severe anxiety I’ve decided to try the office setting instead before I dismiss nursing as a whole. I’m hoping that the transition to an office job will allow for me to get some of my anxiety in check along with help me decide if nursing is for me or not and gain some experience. With that being said, if I continue with nursing I would like to go to grad school for FNP, Healthcare Administration, or Nursing Informatics. I’m hoping I enjoy the new office setting, but in the event I get my anxiety in check and want to try the hospital setting again or need it for some experience for grad school, would it be possible for me to get a job back in the hospital setting with mostly office experience? I’m also curious on if there have been any nurses that have been in the office setting and made the transition to the hospital setting after? Was just curious about this in the event I end up needing/wanting to go back to the hospital after gaining some quality office experience. Thanks in advance!
  5. I love this response! Eventually everyone finds the right place for them! I’m currently in the process of doing so and even though that is very anxiety inducing in it’s own, it’s a step in the right direction in finding what works best for you! @Stillcrazyafteralltheseyears can I ask how many areas in the office you’ve worked in and what settings you enjoyed the most? Just curious as I’m looking into making the switch as well! Again what stillcrazyafteratheseyears said, thank you for sharing your story! Know that you’re not alone in your struggle and do what’s best for you!
  6. I’m in the same boat as you currently. I’ve been off orientation for about 4 weeks on a busy med surg unit and I've been miserable. With that being said, since the middle of my orientation I’ve been straight forward about my anxiety to my manager, and I’ve seen two therapists as well has have a medication change that hasn’t seemed to help. After showing them I’m trying everything I can to make it better, they agreed they didn’t want me to be miserable. I currently have two office job offers and I will most likely be done on my unit in about a week. Try talking with your manager or educator and see if they have any resources. Since I was up front and honest with them from the beginning I’m not leaving on bad terms there. Maybe try that route and see if they are able to help in any way. I agree with nurse beth, try seeing a counselor and other options like maybe starting on some anxiety medications. I know it’s easier said than done, but try to have fun or do things you enjoy on your off days. I’ve struggled with getting out of bed and crying on the couch on my off days but honestly sometimes distractions from it are really helpful. I’m sorry you’re feeling this way but you’re not alone! Do what’s best for you!
  7. That’s awesome you have so much experience! Do you think that if I went to an office job and sorted out my personal anxiety that I would be able to get back into the hospital if I felt ready to? I know it depends on the area I’m in but I’ll always be around an area with a major city. I’m hoping by going to an office I’ll have some structure and be able to get my personal anxiety more in check so I can handle the different schedule and other things that come along with a hospital. I am in no way saying an office job is easier I just want to see if I would even have a chance of getting back into the hospital if I found myself in a better mental state and wanting to return back to it. I’m not necessarily saying I would return to the same hospital but since I am leaving on good terms with the unit a charge nurse mentioned if I wouldn’t be burning a bridge with my current hospital.
  8. I honestly haven't really heard much about more of the "office-type" jobs for healthcare systems, but it is something I would like to look into a little more. Do you have any resources I could use to find more information pertaining to that area of nursing? Thank you!
  9. Luckily with one of the offers it would only be four days a week, which is nice. They've been pretty upfront and honest so far about the hours and things like that as well which has been helpful. How was your experience in a few different offices? What was it like making the switch to and from the hospital and office settings, did you feel like you were able to find jobs in both settings when you looked to leave?
  10. I've heard this a lot from other nurses, but I feel like some of the anxiety I have isn't necessarily from being a new nurse. I hear people say it's part of being in your first year which is very anxiety inducing but I feel like a lot of the time I get anxiety every single day I'm off due to the idea of even just being there, let alone the other anxiety that comes along with being a nurse. Even then sometimes, and I know I should've known this going into nursing, that the schedule I have as a nurse gives me anxiety as well. I struggle spending the weekends and holidays away from family and friends, which is something that also in a way makes me feel like a failure when it comes to nursing because I should be able to handle the anxiety and I should be able to handle the schedule but for some reason I am really struggling with it. I would love to be able to say okay I can get through this for a little longer and then decide but mentally it has affected every aspect of my life even outside of work.
  11. Do you think in any office setting there's this kind of opportunity to learn and grow? In the place I'm highly considering now, I would do more office stuff like rooming and checking out patients along with doing allergy shots and starting IV's for infusions and also rotate being a phone nurse as well. Did you go on to stay in an office setting or did you go back to the hospital? Thanks for your input!!
  12. @Wuzzie Thank you for your comment, I appreciate it! Luckily I’m in a spot where I don’t have too many bills and no kids, which is helpful financially. I’ve been lucky enough to find a few office jobs that only pay a few dollars less an hour than what I’m making where I’m currently at. My thought is to take a step away from the hospital setting and see if the office setting is better, that way I can determine if it’s the setting that’s giving me anxiety or if it’s nursing as a whole. I have one more week left on my current unit and then I will make the switch to something else, most likely office. I totally get that offices also have their downsides and that it’s not always greener on the other side, but I’m wondering if it would be better based off of my personality, as I’m an anxious person in general and am hoping a more structured environment will be better. Since starting work I just can’t tell if it’s the setting I’m in or the whole field that makes me so anxious all the time. I can’t even relax on my days off as I’m either thinking about work or crying on the couch. I mean, worst case scenario I go to an office job and get my anxiety in check and some experience there, and then return to the hospital when I feel better able to handle it, right? Genuinely asking, as I don’t want to be putting my nursing career down the toilet due to my own personal anxiety. Do you think grad school programs like healthcare administration or nursing informatics or something along those lines would still accept someone with more office experience than hospital? Thanks for you input!
  13. I’m a new nurse and took a job on a busy medsurg floor and started in early June. After almost four months of constant anxiety, seeing therapists and having some medication prescribed, I still feel so anxious that I never stop thinking about work and don’t even enjoy my days off. It's affected my everyday life, relationship, and perspective on nursing. I either don’t sleep well or feel like I can’t get out of bed, I cry constantly when I’m at home and at work and I just don’t feel hungry anymore. I’m at the point where I question if I picked the wrong career field as a whole. I’ve had multiple conversations with my manager at my current job and she’s been nice enough to agree I shouldn’t stay where I’m miserable. I’ve applied to and been offered a few office jobs. I’m hoping that a change in setting is what I need to enjoy my career choice as a nurse. I’ve always had the plan in my head that I would be a bedside nurse, get my experience, and go to grad school. Any advice for someone going into office nursing? Also, what kind of grad school education I can get with minimal hospital experience and some office experience under my belt? TIA!