Quote from FransBevy
I've been training for the last few months as a chronic dialysis nurse after spending years as a surgical/telemetry/ER nurse in an acute care facility.
I love my patients but I do miss the buzz of new faces and being in the middle of things.
What are the pros and cons of both?
Thanks so much!
Do you like to run your own show? Go acutes.
Do you thrive on multi-system puzzles? Go acutes.
Do you like to be the go-to person in facillitating problem-solving for several different departments, docs and RN's ? Go acutes.
Can you handle making a loose outline for the day, and filling in the blanks as you go? Go acutes.
I love acutes. Keeps my brain happy.
Caveat: no two acute programs are the same. I couldn't do acutes if I was "on-call- indefinitely" as some programs are run. I have steady hours, with limited and shared call, as opposed to many for-profit entities that contract with hospitals.
I go in at a certain hour and bust a hump to get it done before the call RN for that day takes over in the evening.
I like to think my patients are better off at the end of the day after I've seen them. In acutes there is that "instant gratification" in fixing a problem, that you do not necessarily see in the cattle-call that has become outpatient dialysis.