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What else can I do? Help please

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Specializes in new grad. Has 2 years experience.

Hi all the nurses out there, 

I am about to hit a 1-year mark on a very busy med/surgical floor, which I am tired about being a bedside nurse (floated frequently since 2-3 months on my own including 2 months of taking care of COVID patients). Hospitals worry about too much patient satisfaction (I get it), often times, we do not have staffing on the floor for night (1 CNA for the entire floor which we have to help out a lot of things), and that make me unable to like what I do. Right now, seeing more people are leaving, that makes me think what else can I do especially with combination of IT. All I know so far is nursing informatics, but anything else? Appreciate all your input and thank you all nurses!

Chickenlady, ADN

Specializes in ER, GI, Occ Health. Has 7 years experience.

Case management maybe? 

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 10 years experience.

With one year of experience you aren't going to find that many doors open to you. Informatics generally wants 5 years of experience. Case management 2-5 years. Insurance companies want 5 years or more.

You can consider doing outpatient - clinics, community health, home health, LTC, SNF, etc. These will all, of course, have their own challenges, but there is zero shame in not enjoying inpatient care. Unfortunately the better jobs away from the bedside want a lot more acute care experience than you currently have, so you will have to look around a bit.

speedynurse, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in ER, Pre-Op, PACU.

Have you thought about trying a different bedside nursing job before you leave bedside nursing? One experience does not shed light on all nursing fields or experiences or units. I had one terrible unit....hated it...then a highly stressful job but learned a TON....now I am in a job where it’s still bedside but is relatively low stress. As others have said, a lot of non-bedside jobs require experience and you need more than a year. They may be out there but the job market is hard right now. 

mmc51264, ADN, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in orthopedic; Informatics, diabetes. Has 9 years experience.

There is a lot of burnout going on right now and so many non-bedside stuff is being done remote. I am not even sure how they are orienting people new to those positions. 

I agree with others, one year of experience is not much for most of the non bedside positions. 

I have experienced Med Surg and Surgery as an RN (BSN) and decided to leave Nursing for good. I went back to school for a graduate degree in Applied Statistics, and now I work in Clinical Research. You say you know IT. If you learn a programming language like SAS on top, it will be great to work as a Data Analyst in Clinical Research. Your Nursing experiences will not be a waste in the field. I love my job now.
Good luck!

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T-Bird78

Has 6 years experience.

I’m seriously burnt out and am strongly considering getting out of direct care also, but I’m an LPN so my options are very limited regarding what I can do in non-bedside nursing. I was talking to another mom about her job selling/writing insurance policies, she works from home, she earns free trips, she doesn’t get yelled at about having to wear a mask. . .must be nice. Any non-clinical options for LPNs, or should I start looking at insurance stuff?  

CommunityRNBSN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Community health. Has 3 years experience.

It doesn’t include much IT, but I love my job at a Federally-Qualified Heath Center!  No nights or weekends, it’s an 8-4:30 job. Every day is a different adventure; our clients are often homeless people, people with mental illness, brand-new immigrants, etc. Mine pays the same as the local hospitals but I’m sure that varies according to location. 

crystalpan

Specializes in new grad. Has 2 years experience.

42 minutes ago, CommunityRNBSN said:

It doesn’t include much IT, but I love my job at a Federally-Qualified Heath Center!  No nights or weekends, it’s an 8-4:30 job. Every day is a different adventure; our clients are often homeless people, people with mental illness, brand-new immigrants, etc. Mine pays the same as the local hospitals but I’m sure that varies according to location. 

Hi, 

How many years of experience does it require? thank you. 

 

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crystalpan

Specializes in new grad. Has 2 years experience.

Thank you all for your replies. I do know that there are not that many options available for my limited experience. I am just thinking what non-bedside nursing jobs I can do and I am willing to go back to school for it. Thank you all for your time.