Agree 100% Kelly ! You either love it or you hate it.
I love it !
Been at my clinic over 5 yrs. now and have never been happier. Started as a tech (still am) but am getting ready to take my NCLEX RN hopefully by Christmas.
I think the best thing to do is stop by a few clinics, talk to the DON and ask permission to "hang out" a few days here and there.. talk with some of the patients..(they LOVE it !)..ask a lot of questions, and watch what the nurses do. If it turns you on, then you'll have your answer !
Most companies will put you through a mandatory trng. period (classroom style) before ever putting you on the floor...just to learn the basics. You then have an orientation period on the unit floor as well, where you will learn about the meds,etc.
In my 5 yrs, we've only had to code once. Each company will have their own protocol regarding this.. usually 911 and cpr.
The patient contact and "family" atmosphere is the best ! But this usually only in the smaller clinics.. get into the BIG ones, and there's problems...high staff turnover rate, burnout, no time to get to know the patients or teach them..just "get 'em in, get 'em on, get 'em off, get 'em out"..before the next group comes in. The smaller units (30 or less pts.) is definately the way to go.
Yes, it DOES get into your "blood" !