I'm in the job market again after taking a few months off for personal reasons. Because of the stress of my last inpatient position (1:6 ratio), I decided I was done with clinical nursing and was considering something like cancer navigator (have always been interested in oncology). However, something happened that made me rethink. But maybe I'm not thinking rationally?
I did clinic dialysis for 5 years before I had kids and later worked PRN in a hospital inpatient unit. I didn't leave because of the job - I loved being able to work with only 1 or 2 patients at a time (1 if they were in ICU or ER), it was honestly the least physically demanding and exhausting inpatient job I ever had (those including med/surg and stepdown). The reason I left? The manager and a few of the nurses were absolutely horrible - enough said, that's not really what I'm writing about.
After that I worked for several years in an inpatient facility (not a hospital), which was very stressful because - among other things - the high ratios I mentioned above. Like I mentioned above, I'm now looking for a new job and considering my options.
Just today I ran into a former colleague from the hospital inpatient/acute unit, whom I had always gotten along with very well. She said the unit has completely changed and the problem employees/manager are long gone. She made it sound like a wonderful place to work and recommended that I apply (she said she would give me a good reference). I never thought I would ever consider dialysis again - but now I am.
I would, of course, get a thorough orientation. At this time, only PRN positions are available.
My question: Have I been away too long to get back into something as specialized as dialysis? Have any of you returned to dialysis after several years away, and how did it go? Is it like riding a bicycle - you don't really forget - or did you have a hard time?
Maybe this is foolish but it can't hurt to apply... if only for practice for other interviews.
Thanks for any comments!
P.S. They always say - dialysis, you either love it or hate it - well I loved it, but hated the outpatient clinic stress (and no, I could never do that again).