Here's my situation: I'm an ADN student graduating in May. I'm 29 years old and currently work as an extern (pretty much a CNA) on the tele floor of a community hospital. I plan to stay at this hospital when I graduate. I have always been interested in ER nursing, but we only get 1 day in the ER to observe as students so it's been hard to make a judgement call based on this limited time. This is a "second career" for me, so I am still learning basic patient care from scratch, but I do consider my critical thinking skills to be strong. I'm trying to decide whether to do my preceptorship in the ER and try to get hired there upon graduation, or do my preceptorship in ICU or general tele and get hired on the floor where I currently work.
The monkey wrench in this situation is that my husband and I want to have a baby (our first) this year. I know, sounds crazy trying to do this as a first-year nurse, but many factors have weighed into our decision and we feel that now is the right time. I am wondering which choice might be easier on me considering our plans. I have more familiarity with the tele floor, but it is certainly not an easy place to work either. Regarding the ER, it is a community hospital as I said, so serious traumas get flown out. Although I ultimately see myself in the ER, I wonder if given my situation it might be best to get the general med-surg experience while I deal with a pregnancy and then head to ER when I have more experience.
I am trying to find a balance for what is best for my family, nursing career, and mental health :chuckle, which makes for a tough decision. But any advice and input would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.