Hi! I honestly didn't know where I wanted to start out at. All I knew is that I wanted to end up working in pediatrics. I'm a new graduate and I've got a job lined up working in CCU which I start in August. Originally, I was going to go into Med Surg, but I ended up going on an interview for CCU and was totally impressed with the department. They were clean and very organized. I had a good feeling with the staff. They seemed to be very realistic as to my potential working there as a new graduate. They said that I could learn the job, but that there would be days I would go home crying. I was told, it would take at least a year before I would feel totally comfortable working there. So, I was given a pretty good picture of what to expect. I like challenges, so I felt this would be a good opportunity for me.
When you go through clinicals, you may get a sense of what your calling is. Peds was mine. I also liked maternity. When I went on my interviews, I didn't care about the bonuses they were offering. As a matter of fact, I ended up choosing a hospital that doesn't give out bonuses. I looked for other things like: is the hospital staff happy; how long have most of the people worked there; is the floor well stocked; is it clean; are the shelves, equipment organized; how is the patient satisfaction there; how long is the internship; how many preceptors will I have; what kind of schedule can I expect to have; will I have to sign a contract with them; etc... Going through clinicals, you will get to work in several different hospitals (usually). This is a good opportunity for you to observe how they are run, and to make notes, and decided if you'd want to work there in the future. I hope this helps. Good luck with school. I know you'll do just fine.