OK. So, here's the deal. I just turned 50. I'm a retired USAF officer and went into nursing to do something meaningful, stimulate my brain, earn some travel monies...
So, here I am, two years into my career. I work PRN in two different hospitals here in the Denver area. Love my coworkers in both hospitals. But, here is my sort-of secret. I'm not sure how long I can do floor nursing on Med/Tele units without wearing myself out, not as much physically as psychologically. Granted, I'm fortunately PRN so if I can take time off, I do that. But I don't want to be a slacker either.
Then, in the middle of my night shift last night, I had an epiphany of sorts. Here it is. Nurses that are in great jobs that they love don't leave. Sometimes for decades. These are the awesome *secret jobs we floor nurses grinding away with a difficult patient population don't hear about.
So, here is my question. What are the great nursing jobs out there? The ones people don't leave. The ones where our time is valued. Where we aren't ground into the dirt by the work and we love what we do.
Excited to hear some ideas!