before i graduated, i spent 8 weeks working in the burn center here. i was offered a job, but chose not to take it.
: diverse patient population: infants, peds, adults, pysch, trauma, chronic medical conditions, etc. the staff (all staff
- the unit clerks to the cna's to the nurses to the nurse educators) were the hardest working and most cohesive staff i've ever seen. lots of oppurtunities to learn about a variety of medical conditions and treatments. kind of like a whole nursing school
education in one package.
: it was just so damn hard
. the unit is often chronically understaffed. the patients are so complex that i couldn't keep up half the time- you know it's not just the burn, but kidney failure from the trauma, broken bones from the mvc, etc... the baths/dressing changes were very hot and long. all of the nurses in our hospital generally agree that the burn nurses are the hardest working
nurses in our institution. what the patients have to go thru is heart-wrenching.
i think i did a good job while i was there- but i chose to stay in the micu i had worked in while i was in school. i think i just wasn't ready to take on burns as a full-time job.
good luck with your project!