A common trait among most nursing environments is the fast-paced nature, which demands quick thinking and adaptability, as well as occasional physical exertion (such as lifting patients). If you ever experience burnout in one nursing role, you can always explore a different area and give it a try.
If your heart is set on helping others, nursing is the perfect career choice for you!
After 20 years of direct patient care, I grew weary of not feeling appreciated or heard by administrators and decided to look elsewhere. There are many options available for nurses, but I took a chance in a job where I was being asked for my opinion all the time - nurses in this industry review medical information and evidence and provide an assessment of what people can and cannot do from a functional standpoint. We work alongside vocational rehabilitation specialists to try and get people back to work after an injury or illness.
Working from home allows me to start my day when I want, be present for my daughter while she was in school, and saved me from a daily commute. Are there downsides? Sure. It can feel like you are isolated when you work remotely and since my wife works outside our home and our daughter is no longer living here after graduating from HS, the house is quiet except for our pets. For some people, this can be a challenge and it still can be for me too some days, but not often. But my work is interesting and challenging and requires me to be an investigator of sorts, pulling together information to form a picture of how people are doing, then taking that information, offering an opinion and explaining my rationale and support for it.
The company I work for is very supportive. They pay me well and offer really excellent benefits. This is the best environment I have ever worked in and I cannot see myself changing anytime soon.
Best of luck to you as find your path.
Most of my work is telehealth, which I do from home. Furthermore, I do home and office visits. It is very convenient and flexible. My schedule is set up a month in advance, and I choose which days and times I'm available. One of my primary responsibilities is performing Medicare's annual wellness visits. Sometimes I will conduct wellness visits at the patient's home as well. Approximately 7-8 patients are scheduled per day. Visiting clients at their homes requires a lot of driving. Moreover, I do annual visits from an office, doing everything I would do at home, but the patient comes to me.
My schedule is very flexible, which I really appreciate. One of the best things about nursing is the variety of work environments and opportunities.