3 Years out of school - Happy in life

  1. Hey all,

    I just felt the need to share my experiences as an RN in the world today. I have been an LPN since Oct 2012 and got my RN Sept 2013. I have already worked in a bunch of different areas of nursing. I was lucky enough to be able to land various jobs before finding what I want to do with the rest of my life basically. I am currently 32 years old. I started working when I was 16.

    History of me:
    - Pharmacy technician for 10+ years in both retail and hospital setting
    - Secretary for a Hospice
    - Office assistant for a non-profit
    - Local Coffeehouse Manager/Barista
    - Cashier

    NURSING jobs:
    - Long-term Care facility with lots of vent/trach patients (LPN)
    - Med-surg-tele nurse
    - Cerner Analyst contract for a local hospital system (went around and helped nurses transition from paper charting to EMR - loved that)
    - Home Health (short-time)
    - Managing a Doctor's office
    - Research/HEDIS nurse for an Insurance Company (Current job - started as a contract and got hired on full-time last Nov).

    I currently work in informatics and now I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. I am very computer-based. I love computers when it comes to healthcare. I do a lot of chart reviews, audits, coding, and data extraction. As much as I loved working with patients and working clinically I realized I love this more. I work at home, that gives me opportunities like traveling often that I would not be able to do with other nursing jobs. As long as I have a WiFi connection, I can work. I live in NJ and have traveled to Colorado and Arizona to see some friends (I worked during the day on Eastern time - typically 5a-1p) and then hang out with friends for lunch/dinner.

    It has been a long time since I could say with 100% sincerity that I love my job! It has also been a long time to where I feel I achieved a happy balance between my professional and personal life. Thank you for reading and have a great day!!
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    About seanynjboy, ADN

    Joined: Jun '12; Posts: 211; Likes: 205
    Registered Nurse; from US
    Specialty: Medical-Surgical, Supervisory, HEDIS, IT


  3. by   studentnurse312
    Thanks for sharing! It's really helpful to hear what other nurses are doing and where they have found their place.
  4. by   Neurotic Student
    That's great! I'm also 3 years out of school. I can't imagine ever going back to school, but never say ever!
  5. by   sunmaidliz
    Sounds like heaven. I have a wonderful job as a case manager working mostly from home. Non traditional nursing does not get enough credit. I really think non traditional nurses are the happiest.
  6. by   seanynjboy
    Ditto - but as a whole nurses do get some recognition at least (ie nurses week, most trusted profession). I still get the "oh wow" reaction when I tell people I am an RN. That always makes me smile.
  7. by   seanynjboy
    I can't imagine going back to school either. I have my ADN and once I am with this company for a year they pay up to $5000/year for BSN and up to $7500/year for Grad school. I have 2 out of 10 classes done for my BSN and had to stop...I am in the "don't want to go back but want to get it over with" boat...