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Will there be more outpatient jobs after this is over?

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Now that I am out of work because I'm sick, I'm pretty sure I hate bedside nursing. Don't get me wrong - the work is meaningful, but the meaning gets lost when politics, crappy administration, and total lack of protection and regard for nurses set the scene for every 12 hour shift. It's a wonder I didn't get sick earlier.

So as I sit on my couch feeling feverish and wondering why I got into nursing in the first place, and how much of a failure I am for being a new grad nurse and already wanting to quit, I've realized what I do like. There were certain settings I loved. I really want to work outpatient - schools, clinics, primary care, outpatient behavioral or mental health centers.

Once I've recovered, I need to get back to work ASAP for financial reasons. None of us know for sure when the pandemic will be "over". But do you guys think that there will be more non-bedside nursing jobs once it is? Will there truly be outpatient positions I can get as a relatively new nurse? I cannot imagine working bedside for much longer. It is severely detrimental to my mental and physical health, even without COVID-19. Kudos to all of you who have worked bedside for years! I don't know how you do it.

4 hours ago, friendlyskies said:

Will there truly be outpatient positions I can get as a relatively new nurse? 

if you're perseverant you should be able to find one. remember nothing comes easy anymore for most people.