I always smile when I read about student nurses or those interested in nursing state unequivocally that they want to be an ICU nurse or an ER nurse or a peads nurse.
I myself thought I wanted to be a midwife (L + D) (I am Irish trained). But after my 4 weeks on the maternity unit I realised that it was defiantly was not where I wanted to be. Too much exposure to a section of the population that does not believe in prenatal care and expected the health service to provide everything for them.
However I fell in love with colo-rectal surgery and the care of them post operatively on the wards.
Did you end up where you thought you would be as a bright eyed student?
I seem to have, yes.
When I went into school I was interested in Hyperbarics.
Going through the program I enjoyed L&D a lot and considered Midwifery for a while. Coming out of school I was just looking for any job I could find and wound up in Neuro ICU. I hated that for about six months and then got pretty comfortable and started liking the job. I really like taking the sickest patients. Turns out I like adrenaline (I did not know that about myself).
Then a job opened up in Hyperbarics. They needed an ICU nurse to go into the chamber (it's a multiplace) with vented patients. We're the only 24/7 chamber in the state and I'm the only critical care nurse in the hospital that works here so technically when I'm on call (also 24/7) I'm covering the state.
Taking someone on a vent, sedated and critical gets really exciting when you're using primitive equipment (no IV pumps for drips, no defibrilator, extra-basic monitor) in what's effectivley a submarine that's 60 or so feet underwater.
Because there's not a lot of these patients I also work ICU contingent in a large urban trauma center to keep my critical care skills current.
I also thought I'd like to teach, so I teach clinicals a few times a year.
I really enjoy the challenge of working in those environments. So it turns out I'm doing something I was really interested in from the start.
Last edit by 313RN on Feb 3, '12
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Feb 3, '12
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Hell no! I hated my psych rotation in school. The class was interesting but psych nursing wasn't what I wanted. I'm not sure what I wanted--probably progressive or tele--but I knew what I didn't want: L&D and psych. But when you graduate during the start of the new grad job crisis and life deposits you as a new grad in a psych facility, which you voluntarily choose over a PCU because you had a toddler and psych offered the better hours...
Fortunately for me I fell in love with psych nursing and I don't regret my decision. Sometimes I wish I had some more of the medical side of experience, but overall I'm having a lot of fun in psych. Plus if I really want the medical experience, I could go get some.
But I'm also a relative youngster as far as my nursing career goes. Who knows where it will go?
Last edit by Meriwhen on Feb 3, '12
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