I am planning on applying to accelerated BSN programs sometime within the next year. I know that I want to be a nurse, and I have had great experiences volunteering/shadowing in the NICU and in OB/GYN. I also think that I will enjoy public health nursing and perinatal, or anything related to women's health and infancy.
However, I have recently had experiences volunteering in Oncology and the Recovery Unit (PACU). I have not enjoyed these experiences at all. I am getting very discouraged because a lot of people are telling me that all of the nursing jobs will be in these areas (especially geriatrics).
I am just wondering how hard it really is to get a job in the NICU or OB/GYN departments? I understand that I may have to work in another department as a new grad, but I do not want to be in one of those areas for the rest of my career.
I also realize that I may change my mind in nursing school when I am doing rotations, but as of now I really like any area that works with women or infants.
Thank you for any input.
Oct 5, '12
by TheCommuter, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Your question is highly dependent on the region in which you plan to work.
In general, specialties that involve intense physical labor and more exposure to older patient populations (med/surg, ortho, long term care, acute rehab, oncology, dialysis, pulmonary, etc.) often have higher employee turnover rates and will be easier to enter. This is partially due to society's overall negative valuations of aged people.
Since an extremely high value is placed on youth in America, the nursing specialties that involve more exposure to younger patient populations (pediatrics, labor & delivery, reproductive medicine, ER, postpartum, NICU, PICU, teen clinics, etc.) are coveted, have low employee turnover rates, and are usually far more difficult to enter.
Keep in mind that, due to the economy, some new grad nurses are not immediately able to find jobs upon graduation in certain cities and states. Sometimes more than one year passes before they land that first job, often in a specialty they never envisioned.
Last edit by TheCommuter on Oct 5, '12