Is your first job your dream job or "just experience"? - page 2
I am a new RN and have recently started my first job working in a med/surg floor position. I took the job to get my nursing skills down, but it is so hectic and overwhelming! I am almost jealous of... Read More
Sep 28, '02I think you can only find your dream job by trying out a variety of areas. Before, and while in, nursing school I worked in as many areas as an aide/tech/student nurse as I could to get experience. One night, I was "floated" to the ER. I tried everything to get someone else to switch with me, as I pictured it as a horrible place where doctors yell at you! So off I went...and fell in love! Transferred there as a tech, and was hired there right out of school as an RN. They haven't hired a new grad there for 15 years, but made an exception for me based on my track record as a tech. It is my dream job, and I love it! Still, it is very intense, often overwhelming, and consumes so much of my time and energy in learning it feels like I never left nursing school. Wouldn't recommend it to most unless you are very dedicated to it totally consuming your life for the first year of so.
Areas I worked in before ER included med-surg, cardiac/tele, ICU, maternity, ortho/neuro, and nursing home.
Sep 28, '02I am working neuro/trauma and have been since I graduated in May. I like it, but I miss my Cardiac patients that I do get once in a blue moon on the floor I am on. I really want to get into the ICU but figured I should get some good experience before I go.
Any suggestions from anyone about how long I should work on the floor before going to ICU??
Sep 28, '02I got what I thought was my dream job: labor and delivery.
I am a new grad and it is very very stressful. Some days I think, "am I cut out for nursing?" and other days I think, "I'm cut out for nursing, but maybe in a less critical/stressful area!"
But I don't think I would be happy doing anything else.
Yes it's terribly stressful, but don't most new grads feel this way?
Sep 30, '02I am going to be working as an LPN in LTC for awhile. While I love the elderly, I'm not sure if this is where I want to be when I get my RN.
I don't really know what I want to do, to be truthful!
I loved surgery, but do I want to do that EVERYDAY? And Med-Surg was cool, but do I want to do that EVERYDAY?
I'm stuck in that mode...
I would love to travel, but with a family, I don't think that's very feasible right now.....and I may be to old by the time I have my RN.
*SIGH* It'll come to me.....
Oct 5, '02My first job is my dream job. I just graduated and am working in the NICU. That's what I went into nursing school to do, so that's what I'm doing. I love it and wouldn't want to do anything else.
Nov 17, '02I got my dream job after school! I was very fortunate to get a job before graduation a t a Level 2 Trauma center! I always wanted to be an ER /Trauma RN ! the hospital I got the job with sent us through a Critical Care class based on AACN guidelines and an ER Class based on ENA standards that was 2 months long with exams and quizzes along the way, lab days, and clinical days, I must say it was a great preparation and bought us all time as GN's to study for the NCLEX and we all took the boards after the course! It was a great review and expanded our knowlege base. I am on orientation with a coach now at the hospital, they give us up to 6 months precepting butmost people only need 2 or 3 months. I am lucky since most hospitals do not have a comprehensive training program for new grads and just throw you to the wolves right away!