In any case, Rick, you are very marketable; with your clinical and managerial skills, you really could get your foot in the door at some other institution. Have you looked at what's available? Have you updated your resume? You could find a new job, perhaps go back to school.....anything is possible.....it's up to you. There ARE some nicer jobs out there; sometimes with a pay cut, but the hours are much better.
One nurse I work with used to be an ICU nurse, and now works at my clinic managing coumadin patients. All the INR results get sent to her, and she adjusts the coumadin dose based on the result. She also still has patient contact by doing coumadin teaching, lovenox injections, fragmin injections, etc. And it's Monday through Friday, 9-5.
Just something to think about. Life is too short; don't spend it at work or recovering from work.
Take care of you. :kiss