the ONLY two places that I enjoy are the ER and the ICU/CCU. I guess i liked the nursery too... but i hated postpartum. I do not like med-surg nursing because I am more of the "treat 'em and street 'em" type of person. I like tubes, needles, cracked chests, head injuries (fresh, not post op). I am not that great with geriatrics on a long term basis... but I like them for shorter periods. Med Surg is not a good fit for me. I have seen little kids have very painful and involved surgical problems, stay in bed for maybe 2 hours, and then THEY WANT TO GO THE PLAY ROOM! Tough little kids! Then I see adult patients that have minor surgery and you have to about light a match under their butts to make them TCDB.
i LOVE the ER. The people in there really need you, and they know it. I have never had a patient in the ER say that I am "just a nurse", and they never come across as thinking that I am just a glorified chamber maid. I love the autonomy (and even as a student, i get more than enough of that). I love the fast pace. I love real trauma! Gets my heart going, my brain flying, and I have never had a Doc in the ER treat me badly (several on the med-surg floor have). I dont like seeing the same DX all the time, as it gets repetitive and boring. My hospital is pretty small, so the M-S floor is full of COPDer that complain that they cant smoke in their rooms, and hip patients. I mean NO offense to any med surg nurses out there! I am not saying that med surg is easy! actually it is much harder to me then the ER, just because I get soo bored! Census is usually really low, and there is not that much to see.
I like ICU too, because I love monitors, tubes, vents, and the like. And I like supporting the patients families.
The only part of the ER i DONT like is the people who come in at 2am with a problem that they have had for months. What about TONIGHT AT 2AM MADE YOU THINK IT WAS AN EMERGENCY??? Drug seekers, and mean drunks (but i like the funny ones).
yup, im a student, lost to learn, lots to see, probably niave, but i know when I see something that I like
Plus, I like the guy nurses in the ER. I have always gotten along better with guys than gals. Is that wierd?