I NEED ADVICE!--Please!

  1. Thanks for reading this:
    I graduated nursing school in may, took boards in july and passed. I was working up at a camp over the summer as a counselor and would cover Thursday/Fridays' for the camp nurse, so I haven't had time until now to search for a nursing job.
    I am currently looking and I don't know where to start. I liked Pysch the most, b/c it wasn't like your typical m/s floor, and I surprisingly enjoyed it. I've applied to a couple of behavioral hospitals, but haven't heard anything as of yet.
    I had my first interview yesterday by a long term care facility, and they offered me a job on their skilled nursing floor. They were all very nice, and it seemed like a nice,clean facility...but will I get experience?
    I need advice....as a new grad and new nurse I'm SCARED to death to go to m/s I DID NOT enjoy m/s rotations at all. I always felt anxious before every clinical. I don't want to end up hating nursing, as I see so many m/s nurses feeling. However, I want experience b/c eventually I do want to do camp nursing. Do you think that a skilled nursing floor in a LTC facility would provide me with experience?
    What area should I look for a job?
    I am applying for m/s positions..but as I said I just really don't want to do it. Everyone's said, "Do what you love" but how do I know that if I go into Pysch or something that's not your typical m/s that I will end up not liking it, and then I'll be left with no remembrance of any skills that I picked up in nursing school. :uhoh21:
    I don't know...I am just so confused about what to do...I would LOVE anyone's experienced opinion!! Thank you so much!
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   HeatherLPN
    Does the LTC facility have an Alzheimer's/Dementia unit? That's what I do at mine, and we also get all the residents with psychosis/behaviors too. So you do get to work with mental health somewhat. That's the area I enjoy, but it was hard to get into around here as an LPN. I said I'd never work LTC, but didn't realize the different aspects of it and am so glad to be working where I do.

    Also, you can still use your skills--caths, sometimes IV's, occasional wound care, tubefeeds, ect.
  4. by   TXNurseBSN
    Just my 2 cents. I went into m/s just to get the experience even though I did not like it. I am now miserable and looking for a way out. Try to hold out until you get a position in something you think you will enjoy instead of accepting something you know you will hate. I learned a little late that experience can be gained in a lot of other areas other than m/s. Best of luck!
  5. by   MIA-RN1
    I absolutely hated the stress of MS when I was in school and decided right away to specialize. I am in postpartum and its the best fit for me at this time in my life. So no, you don' t have to go into med surg. However, if you want to do emergency or ICU nursing, lots of places want you to have MS experience first. It doesn't bother me, I don' t want that stress either. BUt think in terms of your future.
    If you are going to be a camp nurse, why not look for a job in peds? If you want hospital nursing that is. You can get into an ambulatory clinic or office to get out-of-hospital experience for the types of walk in and first aid stuff that you'll see as a camp nurse. Try to find a clinic that has walk in for the best experiences of not knowing what will walk in the door.
  6. by   xt1
    What makes med/surg so bad?
  7. by   MIA-RN1
    Quote from xt1
    What makes med/surg so bad?
    for me it was the amount of unpredictability. There are many patients with many variables. Plus like I said, I am not interested in a super fast pace. Not that postpartum is slow by any means, but there is more of a sense of predictabliity in terms of what can go wrong.
  8. by   Hooligan
    xt1, I can't speak for others here, but for me, I like the idea of getting into a specialty because I would rather be really proficient in one area rather than a Jack of all trades in Med/Surg. I'm just more comfortable that way but everybody is different....I too hated med/surge and will be looking for a position in L&D or Peds. I excel in these areas because they interest me....I went into nursing to help others...not to become a martyr. If i went into med/surg, I'm afraid I would end up playing the part of a martyr....
  9. by   ginger58
    When I got out of school I had a mixed job: ER, PAR, and IV! Didn't really suit me and I decided to try camp nursing. I had to get rid of my apartment and then I went off to camp for two months. I liked the job but then I faced finding another job. The worst thing that happened was a bee sting and shock and that was pretty exciting! It's a lovely way to spend a summer in an area you like. Are there many psych facilities in your area? Maybe they do some staff ed/CEU programs you could get involved in and get your foot in the door. Or call the manager of the place and ask him/her what they would advise.
  10. by   xt1
    ahh I understand... I'll let you know my opinion once I get to that point :P
    I want to go straight to the ICU or at least right now I do. Only because I have to have critical care experience to get into grad school. I guess I could work somewhere other than ICU its just what the school recommended.

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