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What was I thinking??????

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Those who read the journals know this story, but about a month ago I went from 17 years of floor nursing to a desk job. I work in the admit-transfer center. Basically I get people beds throughout our hospital, from the ER, PACU and in-house, getting the big picture. It takes a nurse because we have specialties that other smaller hospitals don't have and I have screen those, talk to docs and get admission orders, etc.

I hate it. I hate sitting behind a desk most of the day being stuck in a small office with just one other person with no windows. It has it's challenges but it's boring. Also the docs aren't always the easiest to work with when there's a transfer, especiallly if it's an "unfunded" patient.

I hate leaving at the end of the day not feeling like I've made a difference in anyone's life, other than aggravating them by making them take admissions and transfers.

I won "Nurse of the Year" at my facility back in May because I have a passion for nursing and patients, and I don't feel that anymore. What was I thinking taking a desk job????

I'm going to look for a clinical position, but the past two months have been hard on my facility and they are looking to cut staff, rather than add to it.

I'd appreciate advice, support, positive thoughts and prayers as I go through this transition.

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Those who read the journals know this story, but about a month ago I went from 17 years of floor nursing to a desk job. I work in the admit-transfer center. Basically I get people beds throughout our hospital, from the ER, PACU and in-house, getting the big picture. It takes a nurse because we have specialties that other smaller hospitals don't have and I have screen those, talk to docs and get admission orders, etc.

I hate it. I hate sitting behind a desk most of the day being stuck in a small office with just one other person with no windows. It has it's challenges but it's boring. Also the docs aren't always the easiest to work with when there's a transfer, especiallly if it's an "unfunded" patient.

I hate leaving at the end of the day not feeling like I've made a difference in anyone's life, other than aggravating them by making them take admissions and transfers.

I won "Nurse of the Year" at my facility back in May because I have a passion for nursing and patients, and I don't feel that anymore. What was I thinking taking a desk job????

I'm going to look for a clinical position, but the past two months have been hard on my facility and they are looking to cut staff, rather than add to it.

I'd appreciate advice, support, positive thoughts and prayers as I go through this transition.

You've definitely got my support, positive thoughts and prayers. As for advice: I was surprised to read about you leaving inpatient care because every post I used to read about you as a nurse was so awesome...so caring.... I agree with you. You are NOT a "desk person". Get back to nursing. If need be...take your great nursing self elsewhere. Military hospitals are hungry for nurses like you. I'd love working with you Tweety! I wish you well! Have you thought about becoming a patient educator? Public health nursing? Just a couple thoughts. :twocents: :icon_hug:

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Thanks so much Renee. Lots to think about. I do appreciate your prayers.

So good to see you my friend!

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Ditto Tweety! Now go to the Good Morning Thread and have some breakfast I worked hard preparing EARLY this morning for my allnurses buds! :)

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You have my prayers and support too, Tweety. And don't beat yourself up over taking that job. You never truly know til you try something new. Now you know. Good luck!

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Hey Tweety - as a former nursing school teacher used to say "You only know what you know". And . . you didn't really know what it would be like to work at a desk job trying to find beds for patients (a worthy goal :up: and an important job).

Take some time to search - don't jump at the first nibble.

And you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

steph

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Ditto for me!!

I feel your pain, Tweets.........I didn't know how bad I'd be at administration until I did the job for several years. Going back to the bedside was the best move I ever made. You'll find something soon, you're too good a nurse to be wasted behind a desk!

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Go where your heart tell you to go Tweety! Stay with your own and yourself

and analyze...why you choosed to move in that position, why did your expectancies was, why you are unhappy now, what you wish, what you want to do, where you are happy...and go for it! Don't let your ego to tell you... go for hapiness...only you know what you want to do....

If I was you.... I could not be you, lol, but if I was you, always I will go with my heart...I know what means to be unhappy, totally unhappy with a position that you are not fitted for, and how much hapiness you could have when you are where you fell like part of....you need to find that position... where you are happy!

A big hug!

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interesting, in that reading your posts these past 1-2 months, i've 'sensed' discontent from you.

seriously.

kind of an, "i'm going nuts" monotony.

you will always belong at the bedside, tweety.

if not a floor nurse, at least a position where you have direct interactions w/those in need.

moving upwards, isn't always the ideal we strive for.

someone's going to scoop you up, i'm sure.

you're just too darned charismatic, personable and proficient.

time to get networking, tweety.

and keep us updated.

we believe in you.:redpinkhe

leslie

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Tweety:

Of course I'm praying.

You will make the right choice.

You like people and have the heart for nursing.

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