Sick Of My Job, Want Out

  1. So....................let's say you've finally had it up to *here* with your job, and you're looking to get out.

    You want to make the same money you do now, but with NORMAL HUMAN HOURS like the rest of the planet, not "healthcare" hours.

    You're sick of liability concerns, sick of dealing with docs, sick of dealing with needy patients who have quite frankly sucked you dry. You want a normal life and a normal sleep schedule and you really don't care if your job is "exciting," as you've learned a long time ago that your job does not equal your identity.

    What profession would you choose? I've thought about research assistant, lab work, hell even working in HR as a nurse recruiter. What do you think? Where would you go? What would you do?
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   spineCNOR
    I have given serious thought in the past to going back to school to be a veterinary technician, but for an associates in science degree these folks make half of what nurses make.

    What other line of work can we go into that pays roughly what we make now, that doesn't involve heavy lifting and disrespectful treatment???
  4. by   Stargazer
    If I got fired from my job today and had to start over and didn't particularly feel like going back to the bedside, I'd probably get a job as a nurse clinician/trainer or sales rep (more travel involved there, though) for a pharmaceutical or medical equipment company--one that manufactures a product or products I respect, like this one or this one.
  5. by   aus nurse
    WARNING!!! Shay this in no way answers your question lol...I am interested in what other people say too for suggestions

    I too got sick of it all and was well and truly "burnt out". What I have done with this move is to join the casual pool at the 850 bed hospital here. I love it! I go to different places, always have someone who knows the ward on to do all the responsible things and I just get to nurse my patients again. I am no longer the senior RN on who runs the ward, troubleshoots everything..blah blah blah, you know the story.

    I always worry I will get bored if I leave acute nursing. Years ago I spent 2 years in a pathology collection centre, doing venepunctures. It was great for a few months doing the normal hour thing, but then it got pretty ordinary. Make sure whatever you pick you still gonna enjoy your work.

    OK...over to someone more helpful lol
  6. by   shay
    LOL @ aus.....

    You have no idea how mind-numbingly fantabulous being a phlebotomist sounds right now. I freakin' love to stick people. Hey, sue me. I get off on getting a brisk flashback...... I would love to be on an IV team, but unfortunately, they're doing away with IV teams at most hospitals.

    I'm more looking to get the hell away from the bedside. It's just too risky and dangerous and quite frankly I'm sick of it.
  7. by   aus nurse
    I do understand completely Shay..I too worry how much longer I want to do this....they want more and more outta you every day....
    What about nurse educator? I don't know how it works there..here you need the education degreee thimmymebob, but you can be a clinical instructor without it. Which means you get to be the tutor who supervises the students on their ward clinicals placements, and don't have to do all the classroom stuff.
    Sounds cool to me...any chance of that there?

    P.S. NOONE is pleased to see you when you are a phlebotomist
  8. by   shay
    I just found a nurse educator job posting, funny you should mention that.

    Trying to compose a cover letter.......hmmmmmmmm.....................
  9. by   aus nurse
    Shay, if you get stuck, do a google search for nurse cover letters...you get some samples to follow from some sites. That is what I did a few weeks ago. My mind went blank sitting here trying to be impressive when I did mine
  10. by   Stargazer
    I'm happy to lend a hand, too, Shay. I look at a lot of resumes, CVs and cover letters every week.
  11. by   aus nurse
    Ooooh Stargazer, wish I had known that 2 weeks ago lol
  12. by   Stargazer
    Oooops!
  13. by   LasVegasRN
    How about the wonderful world of Nurse Case Management? Bankers hours, no weekends, no holidays, no on-call, just docs who need your help and patients who are usually exceedingly appreciative.
  14. by   l.rae
    Shay, when l was reading your posts, l was thinking.."she's steelin the thoughts right from my brain"..LOL...l am giving serious thought to this same issue....l am thinking school nursing...then pick up some prn hours in summer as hosp. etc...also, l am interested in case management, don't mean to sound stupid, but what exactly is it...LV?............LR

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