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I know this topic is sometimes addressed on the yellow side, but asking here; Does anyone ever think of transitioning out of nursing altogether to another career/job? Do you personally know of or heard of any nurses who have?  In five-six years, though I won't quite be at retirement age, I'm seriously thinking of hanging up my hat and doing something completely unrelated.  Then, I'll have been an RN for almost 35 years and although I've been blessed and nursing has been pretty good to me, I'm tired and really think I would prefer something else that is less stressful, more predictable, and that I don't take home with me.  I know that my salary (and likely my Social Security) will take a hit and not sure I could afford it but....? Ideas...thoughts...regrets?

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Yup, what tmb says.

I left nursing twice, (though I kept my nsg. license) once when I worked for 2 years with wildlife at a nature museum, and once to go to school (for something that would not have panned out like I thought it might). When I went back to nsg I did Home Health, then later I did Private Duty. Then I retired and hubby and I came to live w/ MiL , which is pretty much like 24/7/365 Private Duty. But it won't last forever. But I absolutely would not EVER go back to nursing in ANY facility. If I ever have to work again, I'd rather be a grocery-store bagger than a nurse. Besides, when it came time to renew my nsg license, the cost of that plus the ever-increasing number of workshops and classes I was required to take (and pay for out of my own pocket) I said phooey, and I let my license lapse.

I would rather be poor and happy than well-paid for enduring all that stress.

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38 minutes ago, No Stars In My Eyes said:

Yup, what tmb says.

I left nursing twice, (though I kept my nsg. license) once when I worked for 2 years with wildlife at a nature museum, and once to go to school (for something that would not have panned out like I thought it might). When I went back to nsg I did Home Health, then later I did Private Duty. Then I retired and hubby and I came to live w/ MiL , which is pretty much like 24/7/365 Private Duty. But it won't last forever. But I absolutely would not EVER go back to nursing in ANY facility. If I ever have to work again, I'd rather be a grocery-store bagger than a nurse. Besides, when it came time to renew my nsg license, the cost of that plus the ever-increasing number of workshops and classes I was required to take (and pay for out of my own pocket) I said phooey, and I let my license lapse.

I would rather be poor and happy than well-paid for enduring all that stress.

Thank you No Stars-your response actually helps a lot!  Though it’s certainly hard work, I think it would I would much prefer bagging groceries, stocking shelves, sorting mail...for a change and not have the constant worry/stress of caring for sick patients.  I thought I was the only one!

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You could keep up your license 'just in case' and take a hiatus from nursing. It would probably do you a world of good.

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I left direct care- I'm now in staff development. There are days where I miss the clinical environment, but not enough to go back.

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On 2/17/2020 at 3:54 PM, Rose_Queen said:

I left direct care- I'm now in staff development. There are days where I miss the clinical environment, but not enough to go back.

If you maintain clinical insurance coverage you could volunteer occasionally...

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3 hours ago, toomuchbaloney said:

If you maintain clinical insurance coverage you could volunteer occasionally...

Currently I’m “volunteering” with helping out with OR call due to a mass exodus. I’m getting my fill of clinical exposure for the time being 😂😂

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