Sometimes a change in function may be more appropriate than continuing on to role change. Not all nursing areas are the same and some might be a better fit. I might recommend PACU. While it’s task oriented, you will likely only have 1-2 patients at a time and typically they are gone in an hour ish. It’s technically a job you can coast in, but also a job you can transition into other areas.
Another consideration is care management. The VA hires these RNs to reinforce their primary care teamlets. It’s a lot more patient monitoring with a pseudo provider idea; though technically exceptionally run by a physician.
NP work isn’t without its drawbacks. In today’s climate, anyone who is not currently a working NP (outside of some specialties like psych) are going to find the job landscape difficult. You will still find yourself working five 8s and if you end up a hospitalist or doing other hospital work, expect just as wonky of a schedule. You can expect to also do many extra hours closing charts or researching conditions as you will frequently take work home with you. At least if you’re worth your salt in patient ownership.
You will still deal with families, only on a different plane. You will be educating everyone in the room the ins and outs of everything you’re recommending for your patient. Patient interactions are not always one on one and while families may regard a provider higher than a nurse, they will also distinctly remember your name for any reason they don’t like you.
It’s hard me to qualify happiness in a job. I feel good about my position and more involved in my patients. I know more and work harder to make important decisions for patients I never had to worry about before My pacu, pain management, and care management background definitely aren’t as fulfilling job wise. But those roles also had their benefits. But as I stated earlier, I feel anyone taking on more debt now will be hurting in the job market in the next few years.