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What Specialty should I try?

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I have been currently working on a cardiac step-down unit for almost a year now. The pts are typically have higher acuity than average med-surg floors, and our nurse to pt ratio is usually 1:5. It is a extremely stressful job and I feel like I have become burnt out.  I am relocating to different area which means I will need a new job. My question is what area of nursing should I try next? Is there any area nursing that is less stressful? I been thinking about do Pre-op, PACU, dialysis or even an observation unit. However, I do not know what they really entail and if they are little bit less stressful. I am open to any area of nursing. 

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I moved to the OR and while it's very different from bedside nursing, it feels more exciting than stressful.  Pre-op is a decent environment, especially in the same day surgery environment, where nurses take turns staying later in the evening when surgeries run late, but don't work any weekends or holidays.  PACU requires ACLS, and here at least, we do have occasional codes and other emergencies there. 

You could also try endoscopy or an outpatient surgery center.

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