I'm a relatively new grad of '08 with 6 months experience on an orthopedics floor. I will soon be starting a new job in the OR at a pediatric hospital. While I am truly excited to start in this field of nursing, part of me is still hoping that somewhere in the future, be it 3, 5, 10 years.. i may have the opportunity to work again with "conscious" patients, perhaps on the floor or otherwise.
I know there are parts of nursing, such as the patient contact, that I will surely miss.
That being said.. How do you suggest I keep my skills and knowledge updated? Did any of you working in a specialty such as the OR switch to another area of nursing and find it difficult to cope? How did you work through it?
Thanks for the suggestions!
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