My biggest concern is actually what you addressed. I want to be on a floor with adequate staffing first (and training). Throughout my rotations in nursing school
I haven't seen that yet. I am in Georgia and have been at the Atlanta area hospitals if anyone in this area can weigh in more specifically on good hospitals/floors. My school may have just put us on the busiest floors or maybe it was just how it worked out for me or maybe they are all like that, with my limited experience I don't know.
As far as experiences I enjoyed or have considered, for one, I liked the OR. My only concern with OR is that it wouldn't count towards the "1 year" of med-surge experience most people recommend for new grads or that I might lose some skills from not practicing them. I also liked the special care nursery (preemies). The pace felt better than other floors. I also like knowing I wouldn't be ambulating any fall risks. That part of a lot of floors makes me uneasy. I'm doing my community rotation now at a health department and I LOVE it. Again though, I wouldn't be getting my 1 year of med-surge experience and I'd risk losing skills. I didn't go to L&D during my OB rotation, I was in postpartum other than a rotation in the NICU and a rotation with an LC. So I don't know if I would like L&D or not (thoughts?).
So those are basically the experiences I've had that I've enjoyed, certainly I haven't seen everything but maybe this will help people make suggestions about other floors with similar characteristics. As for floors I didn't like, I didn't like the cardio-thoracic floor, it was incredibly stressful. I also didn't like the long-term-acute-care floor.
I can't wait to hear if anyone has any ideas. Originally I wanted to do ER but I am terrified I don't have what it takes and I am obviously not strong in pharm yet. I would still consider it if others say it is doable but I am not sure if it is the right job for a new grad. Maybe someone can weigh in on that, too?