Anyone go from RN to RT?

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NewGradHell in Edmond, Oklahoma

44 months ago

I graduated with my ADN-RN in May 2010. Have started a new job in ICU and have become very depressed, to the point of where I may need to seek help. I am pondering the idea of becoming an RT. I want to know how common it is for nurses to become RT's. Honestly, I think I am more suited to specialize in one area of health care rather than being so broad and spread myself out in nursing. I dread work and I am not really a people person per se, I am very quiet and shy. But I do know how to be assertive. I feel like I missed my path. I don't really like dealing with poop at all and rather deal with secretions and suctioning, no thats not the only reason, but its also the fact that RNs are responsible for so much and they pay is the same or less. In my area, RTs are paid the same or more than RNs, RTs deal more with alot pts, can move around, deal only with airway management, seem to be more technology based. I have thought about grad school, but I dont want an MSN degree. NP and CRNA programs are very competitive, and I have a very low gpa from undergrad, with my excessive hrs, it would take yrs to pull up. I am very confused as I sacrificed alot to get through nursing school and now I want to begin again in another specialty. Ive thought about a lot of nursing specialties but they are basically off limits to unseasoned nurses. any advice welcome

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dalewis6 in Las Vegas, Nevada

44 months ago

Hi.I have been an RN for 12 years and I felt exactly the way you do at the beginning of my career. I felt that we are held responsible for everything. Not only their physical care but their spiritual and emotional wellbeing. You jumped in with both feet didn't you. ICU as a new grad? Wow. That is definitely taking on alot. I say just hang in there. Stay where you are for at least a year and then look around the hospital for something not so intense. Med/surg is not as emotionally draining as icu; however, it can be physically exhausting. I have worked med/surg, icu, clinic, recovery, case management and preop- which is my current position. Recovery room welcomes RNs with ICU experience. All of them have the pros and cons. You will need to stick with it and get more used to it. You will feel better in about your decision to become a nurse in a while. You are in recession-proof field.

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NewGradHell in Edmond, Oklahoma

44 months ago

Thanks for your comment. Yes, I guess I did jump in feet first into this career and am regretting it daily. I took an ICU job as that was my first job offer and I didnt feel like I could be picky. I have actually thought about trying postop, preop, clinic or psych positions after a year or so. I dont think ICU is for me. You are right in that I need to stick with this ICU for at least a year. I suppose I should give this career a chance. I guess it's not a common path for RNs to become RTs; I dont want to trade one area of health care for another and still not be better off than before. I hope I can make my RN degree work for me without having to institutionalize myself again.

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