I'm in my third semester of an ADN program and I really admire all of the floor nurses that are so good at their jobs. I want to enjoy floor nursing and I'm very disappointed to say that I just don't. I enjoy coming to the floor and getting my assignment. I check out the chart, recent labs and test results, diagnostic and consultation reports, I love getting the whole picture together and the pathophysiology behind what's going on with my patient. And then the shift starts and it goes downhill from there. I'm not as comfortable with people as I am with the data. (I've got a master's in science already). The thing is, our experience in nursing school
is relatively limited to patient care experiences. My clinical instructor has mentioned that research nursing or infection control nursing might be good fits for me. I think I would love research nursing (I've checked out that board here), but maybe there's something else I'd like even more. But, how do I find something I don't even know exists? For anyone that's ended up in a smaller niche area, how did you find it? Thanks.