Have any of you practicing RNs/LPNs never worked in a hospital?

  1. I am curious to know whether everyone has worked in one, or if some of you have always worked outside of the hospital, like in LTC, clinics, etc. I know that most nurses do work in hospitals but there seem to be more and more kinds of healthcare settings everywhere you look. Hope you'll share your stories.
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   KittyPaus, RN
    I haven't worked in hospital. I feel incomplete because of this. So many positions want 1 - 2 years med-surg experience.
    I have worked in intermediate care (2 years) and home health (4 years).
    I am looking forward to seeing responses to this. I am wondering if it will be more difficult for me to go to hospital now after having been away from acute care for so long? My only acute experience is as student.
  4. by   sjoe
    If you are interested in what other nursing specialties are like, check out the many many many "nursing specialties" forums on this very BB. I was amazed to see how many there were.
  5. by   researchrabbit
    I have never worked in a hospital, always done research studies. I've been offered hospital jobs (psych & oncology) but they don't pay as well and the jobs aren't as time flexible.
  6. by   school angel7
    I'm a schoolnurse here in our country, I have not work in the hospital setting since ive graduated and that makes me feel a little insecure.:zzzzz
  7. by   WayneRN
    I haven't worked in a hospital. I've done LTC, oncology, rehab, and now occupational health.
    WayneRN
  8. by   WayneRN
    PS: NO insecurities here! Just never desired to subject myself to the punishment of hospital nursing.
    WayneRN
  9. by   live4today
    I have worked in clinics, hospitals, home health, and a brief stunt in LTC. I liked Home Health the best!
  10. by   Rustyhammer
    I've done the hospital thing. I'm currently working LTC as the MDS coordinator. Flexible hours, no staff to supervise, and people generally stay out of your way. However, I'm looking for something with some type of retirement benefits.
    -Russell

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