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  1. I am new to research nursing (5 months). I am involved in a couple of different studies and enjoy learning about the protocols, working with the physicians, etc. However, I was not fully prepared for how many people it can take to get one task accomplished or that you have to figure out how to do a lot of things on your own. I am learning to adapt to this but wondered if others had this experience in the beginning? I am speaking mostly from learning about opening a new clinical trial and all the details that go with this. I figure things will go smoother with time?
  2. BSNinOK

    maintaining employment as research nurse

    Dear Wren, Thanks for the additional advice. I have been wondering about whether certification would be a good idea and have had conflicting advice on that. The programs I have looked at seem quite interesting but expensive. I thought it might be helpful to "reintroduce" me to the research setting since I have been out for awhile. I like the idea of staying at the university setting as much as possible as my husband is a professor there and our daughter attends school near there and it would be convenient. But I understand the value of networking for other possibilities. With regard to certification, did you obtain it after you were a research nurse for awhile? I am waiting a few months before actually applying--a new research division is being set formed and there will be more opportunities. While certification in the beginning might not increase pay, it might make the transition when starting out easier. I know there are some certifications you can only obtain after being in research awhile but there are a few courses that are designed for a new reserach nurse. Any thoughts?
  3. BSNinOK

    maintaining employment as research nurse

    I, too, would be hired by the University and imagine it is a similar setup to UF. I currently work in an office and my doctor will be retiring long before I will be ready and so no position (other than hospital) is a long-term guarantee, I suppose. Research seems to have more interesting and varied opportunities and that is why I am thinking of returning to it. I have been out of the hospital for over 10 years and have NO desire to return. Thanks for all the input.
  4. BSNinOK

    At home medical transcription

    I did this for about a year when my daughter was younger. I took several classes at a local community college to get a certificate and then was hired by an internet company, MedQuist. I know there are other programs for training, many advertised on line but I decided to go the local college route. With a medical background it was a fairly easy thing to pick up but getting fast at typing was more of a challenge. It was convenient to be able to do it out of my home but the pay is very low--you often get paid by the line and you have to be really fast and really accurate to make any money. I also did some work for a local medical office where the pay was a bit better but still low. I felt like I was working all the time trying just to make a few hundred dollars per month. I did enjoy the flexibility of my schedule, i.e., I could work any time of day and set my own hours but it is very hard to make much money at it, especially if you are used to a nurse salary. I think when you read about nurses making a decent income this way they probably have their own business and are connected with several medical offices. It takes awhile to get yourself established that way, though.
  5. I am pursuing a clinical research nurse position and wondered what experience others have had it keeping employed as a research nurse once a particular study is completed and the grant is finished. I will be at a university and figure there are usually enough studies going on that there will always be something available. Does this seem to be the case for most people?
  6. BSNinOK

    I want to change jobs, be a Walmart Greeter

    I worked labor and delivery for 10 years and unfortunately, tragic things happen, thankfully not often. I remember having that same thought about being a Wal-mart greeter :) We are nurses because we care so much and put our hearts into caring for our patients and it takes time to process and heal ourselves when something sad occurs. While it does sound like staffing on your unit needs to be much better, and I don't know all the details, this sounds like an event that probably couldn't have been anticipated or prevented. Yet, because we do care we revisit the incident trying to understand. If you can, try to think about all the special experiences you helped families with--you never get tired of the miracle of birth. I agree with the previous comments to take some time to think about a move but if the staffing is not improved you might consider a new place. If you have the strength, with time you might rally to improve the staffing on your unit. Wishing you peace in whatever you decide to do.
  7. Thank you for you input. I figured that was probably the case but I did notice that some of the nurses running the research programs at the University I am considering are masters prepared (the general research nurses are not necessarily, though). By the way--I noticed your location of Gator Nation, FL. I moved from Gainesville to OK four years ago--my previous research study was through UF. How about them Gators--double national champs!!
  8. I have been and OB/GYN nurse (RN/BSN) for 20+ years, 10 in labor and delivery and 10 in office nursing. I worked as a research coordinator 10 years ago for a 3-year study and am now thinking about returning to research. It doesn't seem any advanced training beyond BSN is usually required but sometimes "preferred". I am wondering what others experience is with this? I have considered taking an online clinical trials course for review but they are expensive--also am considering getting my MSN or MPH, to allow for additional opportunities/positions. Any input would be wonderful!