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Where to go after ER nursing

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by Lasanga123 Lasanga123 (New) New

Lasanga123 has 5 years experience and specializes in ER.

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I've been in ER for 3 years and the burnout is insane. I'm sick of the verbal and physical abuse and the constantly working short and having the most unsafe assignments ever (intubated pts with 4 other patients etc). I'm so burnt out its affecting my mental health pretty bad. I really want to leave but I have no idea where to go. I am not interested in ICU whatsoever and I have a morgage so I cant afford to go back to school for my masters right now. I'm so lost on what to do its causing me really bad anxiety. If anyone has any ideas that would be greatly appreciated :) 

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laflaca has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Rightly or wrongly, employers tend to have a high opinion of ER experience even in completely unrelated settings.  So with your current resume, you're probably in a good spot! 

Maybe try thinking about what you want and like (instead of what you don't want)....what kinds of hours, what working conditions, what patient populations you like, variety or predictability, a big or small place, hospital vs community vs an office, more on a team or more independent...and then the practical stuff, like how much money you need to make.  Check posts on this site and read discussions about different specialties, and start asking people you know about other work they've done, or other jobs they've heard of.  Start applying and go on some interviews, treating it as a research project for yourself as well as a Job Search.  You might be surprised at where you end up. 

From the ER I went first to public health/epidemiology and then to school nursing  It was like landing on another planet, in a good way.   🙂 Good luck!

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I went to Case Management, and now I work for an insurance company from home. 

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I went to outpatient oncology. No weekends, holidays or nights. Patients that actually need me because they’re sick, very sick but we also get to know them really well. Autonomy, respect from the providers and the chance to use my assessment/critical thinking skills every day. Heaven. But don’t get me wrong. We are super busy seeing upwards of 140 patients a day and sometimes are short-staffed. We don’t have the support that acute care units have when things go south and are usually considered (and talked to) like we are somehow less than “real” nurses. Plus the emotional toll of working in oncology so it’s not all sunshine and roses. Despite all of that I really love what I do and I’m an died-in-the-wool adrenaline junkie. 

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