Good luck. I am glad you have enjoyed your cardiac experience so much! I am a new grad (May this year), and got my first job as a nurse on a telemetry unit. I had a clinical and a preceptorship on this unit, and while I hated cardiac stuff in class, I loved the clinical experience I had here as a student, so I applied for a job, got hired, and have never looked back! I always thought I would go into ED nursing, but I am enjoying this unit so much, I may never make the jump to the ER. There is never a dull moment here. We get the heart patients, but we also accept medical pts here too, so there is always a variety. The most surprising thing for me is the relationship between patients, family, and us nurses. I never thought I would enjoy the level of interaction I have with them. I have met some amazing patients, and awesome families here. Whether it's seeing them leave the unit to go on with their lives, or helping a family through their grief over the death of a loved one, I enjoy it all (even though it is sad sometimes). I have had pts write or call, or family tell me "Thank You for being here" even though I felt I didn't do anything (especially when it is a death).
I love the bonding and relationships I develop with the pts and family, and I go home, even after a hard day, knowing I gave the best I had to give for the patients and family.
Even if I am not assigned to a patient I have cared for before, I try to stick my head in and say hello to them, so they know I care.
The best part is that almost all the other more seasoned nurses here are the same way, so I have really great examples to learn from.
This was also the ONLY unit during school where we students were eagerly welcomed, and not treated as a burden. The nurses here really wanted to teach us what they knew, and sought us out to do skills, etc. even though they could have done it way faster. I knew I wanted to be here so I could teach future nurses, and give them confidence, and help them look forward to being a nurse.