If you could work anywhere..

  1. Hi all,

    Just a nice simple question. I will be graduating in December. I am at a position in my life where I could go anywhere and work. In other words, I don't have anything or anyone holding me back. So, enlighten me. Where would you go if you could? In each of your opinions, where is a great place for nurses to be?

    I'll appreciate all input.
    Thanks!
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    For me it is Thailand. And that is exactly where I am now and I wouldn't change a thing.
  4. by   MelissaRN
    I wish I could get an OR position in the hospital I'm at now instead of having to go to a smaller one further away for some training. Oh well it will be an experience and I'll have normal hours.
  5. by   happystudent
    Brigham and Womens Emergency dept. (Bean town Ma.)
  6. by   ang75
    travel nursing. To go where ever I like whenever I like would be fabulous!
  7. by   loerith
    WTG on the nursing career! You are starting a real adventure!

    As a new nurse I would go to the largest. most modern, teaching facility I could find and would try immediately to get into a critical care area. Many large medical centers have excellent orientation programs and will take new grads into ICU/Open Heart Recovery/ER etc.

    Good luck!

    loerith
  8. by   GottaBeanRN
    Thanks all!

    Just wondering. Are new grads the only ones elgible for the 8 or 10 wk orientation phase into a hospital? For example, I do not want to go into a critical area just yet but it may be of interest to me at some point. Do hospitals orient ALL new nurses not just new grads?
  9. by   suzanne4
    You would get the full orientation to Critical Care, as you would be new to that area. Just like if you were going to transfer to the OR. You just would not need the basic orientation for new nurses that the hospital provides as you would have completed it already. However, if you changed hospitals you would start all over.

    One of my best friends has over 25 years of Critical Care experience and she is moving to another state. Her orientation is going to be three months.

  10. by   jett01
    Quote from suzanne4
    For me it is Thailand. And that is exactly where I am now and I wouldn't change a thing.
    As an aside. My wife and I adopted a little boy (soon to be three) from Cambodia in 2002. I'd like to go back someday. Was only there a week. Very poor country with a sad history. How'd you get involved in Thailand?
  11. by   Dayray
    India - in some village, someday I will go. my wife and I talk about it all the time.

    I would be there now but I think it's best for my kids to grow up here.
  12. by   loerith
    i went straight from nursing school to a CICU and have never looked back. You dont have to buy the concept that a lot of folks are selling; namely, that you need 1 year in med surg first..blah, blah, blah :chuckle

    I used to work in an open heart ICU. Each new grad had a 1-1 preceptor and went to classes for 3 months. I would guess that 95+% of them did just fine. I would personally recommend ER or ICU.


    Love and Peace,
    loerith
  13. by   askater11
    I work contigent at a hospital on telemetry and ICU units.

    I had two days orientation on both telemetry units. And 4 days on a ICU unit. It was NOT enough.

    Plus I've been a telemetry R.N. 8 years prior to hiring and a stepdown RN for most of that. The ICU is not very high acuity compared to the other stepdown hospital I came from.

    Make sure the facility gives you at least 6 weeks. The place I work at would've given me 6 weeks if I took a part time or full time position. I honestly don't see the logic there.

    I wonder how the orientation goes for agency nurses.

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