What nursing specialty would fit me best?

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What nursing specialty would fit me best?

I am a nurse with 5 years experience in medsurg tele on eves/nights. I had a very short attempt at case management within the same hospital, but it was not a good fit. I couldn't wrap my mind around all the insurance stuff, the constant communication with a million different patients and staff, and the overwhelming pt case load. Ultimately I went back to my floor where I stayed for another year, but I couldn't ignore my burn out any longer especially with being a new mom. So most recently within the last 2 months I transitioned to a cardiology office where I do medication refills, coumadin management, triage pt calls, and room pts for providers. It's M-F, no call, no major holidays, or weekends. Sounds cushy but this job comes with its own headaches. First being that I experienced bullying from my orientator from day one, I called her out on it after a few weeks then it got a little better. I also work primarily alone which is kind of well, lonely. I don't think I like the M-F schedule either, and I just feel like a glorified customer service representative. I'm feeling quite bummed because I never thought that I would be questioning my career choice this much. I want to make another career move since this doesn't feel like the fit for me either. I saw an opportunity for an OR nurse residency and thought.... hey maybe this would be for me. I have been doing so much research about the OR and I am on the fence about applying. Would it be just another dud of a career move like case management or the cardiology office job? Would it provide me with the work life balance I need being a new mom? Would it give me the fulfillment I want in a career? Would I be able to handle the stress of the OR? Some of these questions I obviously have to answer for myself but if anyone has some input on how to help guide me through this I would appreciate it. Pros and cons of working in the OR? Do you think the OR would be a good career move while having a baby at home? Has anyone else been through a similar predicament and has any words of encouragement to help a girl get through this career crisis? I'm searching for answers and am scared I will make the wrong move ?

Thank you 

Specializes in OR, Nursing Professional Development.

Please head over to the OR forum and my profile to check out my articles and posts from other OR nurses to get a better idea. Ask to shadow, and please pay attention not to the surgery itself but to what the nurse is doing.

Specializes in PACU, Stepdown, Trauma.

I work in PACU/pre-op and it offers the best work/life balance that I've found — much better than bedside nursing. There are a huge variety of shifts and start times available: 8, 10 and 12 hours, and start times from 5 am to 1:00 pm (plus night shift/weekend staff). Positions are both full time and part time. We have quite a few staff who have younger children, and it seems to work well for them. 

The hospital I work at offered a great residency program, so I was able to start without having critical care experience. I had several years of surgical tele experience, much like yours from the sounds of it. Look around for a hospital close to you with a similar residency program — I know they're out there! 

There are no primarily PACU residencies near me, but there is this 6 month OR residency that is available at a hospital 10 minutes away from me. The orientation sounds very in depth which makes me more interested in applying. I think this OR residency would give me the satisfaction/challenge I crave in a career change. I also wouldn't have to worry about having a 6 pt assignment like on the floors and not feel so bored/lonely like I am in this office setting. I'm sure the OR comes with it's own headaches, but I am completely aware that no field of nursing is stress free. 

@Rose_Queen Thanks I will head over to the forum now. And I have shadowed in a cath lab which I assume would be similar to an OR. I found the nurse's role quite interesting. She was really working her butt off in that room though LOL. I wish I could shadow in an OR but I frankly don't have the time. I work M-F and Im sure there are limited-to-no opportunities to shadow on the weekend.  But I have been getting opinions of people I know who work in the OR and doing my own research of the field.

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