Not a lot of posting in the specialties board so I thought I would ask here. I am very interested in learning about these specialties and wanted to know what a "day in the life" might look like AND what type of illness/injuries the patients might be suffering from and what your role is in treating.
1. Nero floor nurse - So I figure this would be victims of head trauma or brain tumors, but what else? Are most patients awake or on vents? What is a day in the life on this floor like? What are the pros and cons? What do you need to do to get on this type of floor? Any specialty training needed? Will they typically hire new grads?
2. Public Health - Anyone worked PH? I can see the potential for great rewards for your soul in helping folks who are in desperate need of care and education! By and large are they happy to have the help or are they unappreciative? What kinds of things do you see? Will they typically hire new grads? What are the pros and cons?
Thank you so much for the input! I take the TEAS in one month and send in my application to Mercy on Dec 1. I have a back-up plan, of course, but regardless of where and when I go I can't wait to begin this journey and am so excited about everything I'm going to learn! I was originally going to apply straight to a PA program but felt I could not make that type of commitment without knowing where my affinity lies and I know that clinical rotations in nursing will help me in that area. I also believe that nursing will give me a more well-rounded knowledge of health care - it feels more holistic than the disease treatment models MD's are trained in. Anyway, I know there are a LOT of areas of nursing that I will not get to see on clinical rotations and I'm not sure how else to learn about them to find out if they are something I would like to do. Any suggestions on how best to broaden your "toe-dipping" experiences outside of your school's clinical experiences?