What To Do?
I hated nursing school with a passion. It wasn't hard.... it was boring as hell. I did very well, with little effort. The instructors even mentioned that the only time I paid attention was Critical Care and Emergency. Nothing else did it for me. So do I want to teach? Fuck NO! Not in the classroom anyway. I don't give a shit about care plans, concept maps and all that other crap. Nurse practitioner's seem to have some autonomy, but when it boils down to it... its the same old crap day after day. Even the acute care NP's (cardiology, trauma) usually get stuck with the crap that the doc's don't want to do. I think I would be bored as shit. CRNA's seem to have a good life. Normal hours, good money lots of autonomy. Two years of school, you can't work while you are in the program.... so we would have to live on a cop's salary for two years. Not exactly feasible. Then I would get to stay in an OR, within four walls behind a sheet. Does that appeal to me??? Fuck no!
So where does that leave me? I don't want to teach within a school, I don't want to do someone else's scut work (even advanced scut!) and I would be miserable trapped in the OR day in and day out.. no matter what I got paid. I wonder what is out there for me? I love flying, but I know that even that isn't a job you end a career with (not that I am ANYWHERE near the end!). As a dual provider will that open some more doors? Who the hell knows. There are days when I see the residents and think to myself... "I can do that." But do I really want to? I'm not interested in giving up another 7 years of my life.
If I could travel, maybe do (pseudo-advanced) medical care in places far away. I think that is what might suit me. Any suggestions?
On a lighter note... I overheard this the other night when I was in charge.
Doctor: "Ms Smith we think you have had a small heart attack, so you will be here for the duration."
Patient's Adult Child (after Dr leaves): "Mama... whats a duration?"