Hi, I am having a mental dilemma because I'm worried about the future of my career in nursing after I graduate nursing school next year.
I have been working on a PCT on a med-surg/ortho unit for nearly 1 year now. Furthermore, I have just started my 2nd semester of nursing school. My manager is very supportive of my school schedule, even making me PRN in hopes that I will work there as a nurse when I graduate. The problem is that I don't think I want to work in med-surg. I feel a little burnt out and I'm not even a nurse yet! I admire all the sorts of things I see on this floor. We get basically everyone and I can't say that I haven't seen it all. However, sometimes, we are shortstaffed or simply the workload is too much to the point where it's hard for teamwork to happen. I consider myself a good PCT but I see how stressed the nurses are when they have really horrible assignments (6+ patients sometimes-3 of them may be total care).
I am leaning towards cardiac or even ICU, but many nurses have told me that experience would be really good before moving into ICU. I have some nurses told me not to even go into medsurg or at least not that floor after I graduate because it's "too much". I don't want to call ICU boring( excuse my ignorance)
After reflection, I guess my problem is not the actual work. I find it all quite fascinating, but the ratio. Our turnover is pretty high, but we do have a few experienced nurses(20+ years) left.
So, I guess my question is this? Would I be burning bridges if I decided not to take a position on that floor, if offered. I never signed any contract to work there when I graduate, but I would like a recommendation if possible should I decide to apply elsewhere. I would hate my experience to go to waste if the place that I applied at decides to call my job and my job doesn't give them a good reference.
Does being a med-surg PCT make me valuable in the eyes of employers, particularly those in cardiac or ICU or even ER ( for some reason, I feel like I would do well in the ER, since our med-surg seems like one at times at the pace it's going).
And I am aware that jobs are hard to come by, but I am just trying to see what exactly I need to do secure a desired position when I graduate.
Thank you so much!!!