Is your first job your dream job or "just experience"?

  1. 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 those nurses who went right into what they wanted to do. I guess I'm kind of in that "med/surge first" trap.

    Is anyone else's first job just for experience? If so, where do you want to go after? How long are you planning to stay? I have no idea where I want to go yet, but I am getting restless and am interested in seeing if anyone else is in the same boat as me.
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Allison S.
    My job was intended as just a way to get experience (12-hours every Saturday and every Sunday, no less.) But I am warming to it, and may stay around for a while. As I don't work forty hours/ week, I am thinking of another part time job (or two) in order to get some more experience. Is this an option for you? There certasinly seem to be enough opportunities around my region anyway.
  4. by   Heather333
    I went straight into NICU which is what I wanted to do. My thinking was...why spend time on Med/Surg learning how to assess an adult when I really want to work with neonates. Seemed like a waste of time to me. But I think if you want to work with adult patients and feel like you need a little time to get your skills down, do 6 months then look for something you are interested in.
    No matter where you are working as a new grad, it is very hectic and overwhelming. I still feel that way and I sure that I will for a long time.
    Best of luck to you!

    Heather
  5. by   researchrabbit
    My present job (which is also my first job since graduating two years ago) fits me, but my dream job is traveling the world, reading books and eating whatever I want while simultaneously looking like Cindy Crawford. I don't think Nursing is going to cut it in that area, but until I figure out how to swing it, I like my job a lot.
  6. by   caliotter3
    My first job was the only job I could get and I had to talk my way into that one. The area I was in just did not have openings, nursing shortage or not. Almost all graduates of the local nursing programs leave the area to find employment. Eventually I had to do the same. But I did get some good experience for what it was worth.
  7. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    My first job was a job I just got to hold me over until the job I wanted opened up. But it was an awesome job, and I learned alot there. I even miss it somedays when my supervisor is talking to me in that drone quality and I drift away....

    Heather
  8. by   WalMart_ADN
    i'm working my first job in nursing, pediatrics, oncology and med/surg and i LOVE IT!!!!!
  9. by   LPN & EMT-CT
    I started out in Med-Surg and still do it on a PT basis and it is really good experience, and a lot of places if you are new to nursing , they want you to do Med-Surg for 1 year or so, it varies, before going on to a speciality. But if your heart is pulling you to do something, go for it. I also work in Correctional Nursing and ER, love both of them, as well as volunteer with a local rescue squad. OHHHH, AHHHH love open compound fx's and helping a AMI, and or hypoglycemia or anaphalaxis, it's a rush!!



    Don't ya love nurse and the things that happen to our pt.'s that we find so interesting and everyone has to see the gorriest thing that comes in the ER or out in the field.

    David
  10. by   NurzofFaith
    I graduated in May, and had some desire to work in a couple or areas...(OR or Critical care, NICU). Each for different reasons. I ended up taking a position in a cardiovascular ICU and I am liking it alot!!

    I am hoping this is not only a good learning experience but will pave the road to my future dream job...but I dont know what that job will be yet. Until then I am a happy camper..LOL

    ~Channa
  11. by   huggietoes
    I had the opposite experience, I went into ICU as a new grad, thinking at the time that is what I wanted. However, I just did not enjoy it at all, it got to the point that the thought of going to work made me nauseous! I tried med/surg and love it, the pace is hectic which I like and the staff is wonderful. If you do not like what you are doing now, get out. Life is too short to pigeon hole yourself in a position that you despise simply for experience sake.
  12. by   ShannonRN2010
    Well...I mean my dream job is getting paid to sleep in and play on the computer all day so... I wanted to work the Urgent Care because it seems to me to be a good step up from being a SPN. Its nothing that is going to be...overwhelming you know what I mean? SO yes it is experience for the most part.
  13. by   Jen in Van.
    this site is soooo helpful! I am thinking of getting my BSN and I was wondering how one focuses in on their area of choice--- now from your emails it seems like new graduates have general training then specify on site? (correct me if I;m wrong.)
    Could someone please give me a list of the options out there for RN's- sounds silly but I only know neonatal, ICU, family, pediatric, ER...? Do I have to work in a hospital? And if some one could tell me what a community health nurse does exactly I would be so so so appreciative!!!
    thanks!
  14. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by Jen in Van.
    Could someone please give me a list of the options out there for RN's
    WHOA! Loaded question! The options are endless! I couldn't even begin to answer that question....

    Heather

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