Evaluate Your Options
At some point in every nurse's life, working shift work in the emergency room or throughout the hospital gets on their nerves and takes away from the satisfaction originally found in the career. Part of a self-evaluation should include other positions in the community that requires skills, experience and the confidence of years of practice.
On a separate page, list all the different occupations that require a nursing degree or medical education that may appeal to you for personal and financial reasons. For instance, a school nurse gets a fixed salary with small yearly increases, but gets excellent benefits from the state or county that includes a generous vacation package and retirement plan. This is an option for nurses with a specialty in pediatrics and have excellent communication skills to interact with children and adults -- especially stressed parents.
We touched on Case Management above. The role of the nurse is to ensure that patients gets their needs met, however, this job may not be for everyone since often, the firm they work for gets paid for by the insurance company or corporation whose main intent is denying services and procedures. In this private position, nurses establish their own appointments and handle their own case load at convenient hours. Nurses interact with other service providers and develop permanent connections in the community that can be beneficial in changing careers in the future.
Private practice is another option worth looking into since most doctor's offices have regular hours with the occasional alternating Saturday. The salaries are varied depending on the need and qualifications but for those who need steady work with standard daylight hours, this is good option.