Hi all, some months ago I received great advice on this forum about getting out of nursing. Well, I did and this month will be my 7th month as a health unit coordinator (more of like a receptionist for a clinic). I'm thinking of moving to another state. The particular city is very small. It will be the first time I've lived on my own and I'm dreading if I will be able to make enough money to support myself. In this particular town there are some nursing homes close by that I may be able to apply for some clerical positions, but I know I will be able to get a DEFINITE job as a nurse.
I'm feeling very anxious about not being able to find a job in a new city, and ultimately have been thinking about getting back into to nursing (something that I truly hate). I've had 3 nursing jobs in the first year after graduation, never made it off orientation, but they were all on first shift. I think one thing that I despised was the constant interruptions on first shift (like going into my patient's room with meds only to find the room empty because physical therapy has taken the patient, doctors interrupting my assessments by blowing up the cell phone they make us wear to ask stupid questions that they could find the answers to on their own, the constant admissions, the dieticians interrupting me to "talk" to my patients, patients families preventing me from doing dressing changes because they want to "talk some more, so can you come back later to change the dressing?" etc.) I've been thinking about being like a .5 (that is pretty much all I can stomach of nursing) like on third shift. The particular hospital I was thinking about has a rule of no visitation after 8:00 P.M. so that would be cool with me, there are no "visits" from physical/ occupational therapy, priests, dieticians, etc. on third shift, there are no doctors walking around writing tons of orders on third shift.
I know I'm going to get the ol "You should stay out of nursing if you hate it so much" replies but I may not have a choice. So if any of you work, or have worked, third shift, can you tell me some of the positives about it as opposed to first shift? (Second shift is out of the question because of other things I will be doing).