What do you do and how long have you done it? - page 4

I have been on this forum for a long time and do not think that I have ever seen a thread like this posted, perhaps I am wrong, but I would really love to know what area of nursing each member works... Read More

  1. by   Chrislynn2003
    I work in the OR as an RN (new grad) for the past 11 months. And I don't think it's boring like some say. It's very busy and challenging.

    Christine
  2. by   hipab4hands
    Quote from RNPATL
    Wow, what a neat bunch of nurses on this board. Keep em coming .....
    13 years as a RN.
    I've worked in ortho, cosmetic surgery practice, urgent care, allergy/derm clinic/ and currently work as a Telephone Triage nurse.
  3. by   joules300
    Hello All,
    After getting married at 19 y.o. and having three children, I began my health care career as an EMT. I worked nights as an ER Tech for a couple of years when I decided to try nursing school. I went to the local community college and got my ADN. Worked med-surg for 6 months -> tele, dialysis, cardiac step down for two years (with some per diem home health care and cardiac/pulm rehab mixed in) -> ER for 2 years -> Pedi for a year -> back the the ER for 5 years and got my BSN in 2002. I am currently doing Pedi and ER. Come September I am off for a new adventure!! I am leaving the local community hospital that I have worked at for my entire health care career to work as a nurse educator (both classroom and clinical) in a LPN program. I am excited, nervous, and a little scared about this huge transition. But, after 16 years in acute care and the last child off to college, I am ready to see what other nursing roads there are to travel. If there are any nurse educators out there with any advice/words of wisdom, I would love to hear from you !! Thanks !!!
  4. by   joannep
    Hi,
    You all sound so much younger than me! I have been a nurse for 22 years.
    I am certified in perioperative nursing and renal nursing and I have a Master of Nursing Leadership.
    I specialised in perioperative nursing for 17 years, specialising in Vascular Surgery, then had a change in career direction and specialised in renal nursing for 5 years, working in the renal ward, acute dialysis and chronic dialysis units.
    I have held middle management positions such as clinical nurse specialist, and associate unit manager positions in both speciality areas.
    After completing my Masters degree I applied for a DON position in a Day Surgery and was successful, so I am in a management position at the moment.
    I am finding it very challenging, and occasionally very stressful, but I hope that I am here for the long term.
    Joanne
  5. by   Tweety
    My story the last 14 years : started off medical/oncology, went to med-surg and the unit was turned into the trauma unit. Then did nuero, medical tele. Basically, you can say I've been a med-surg nurse for the last 14 years.
  6. by   imenid37
    RN for 17 years. Worked LDRP/NSY/GYN for last 7.5 years. Mother baby for 6.5 years prior to that. My first 3 years as an RN were spent on post-open heart tele unit (what the heck was I thinking?). I hate administrative games, but I love the patient-care aspects of the job. I am hoping to pursue an MSN degree and would like to become a perinatal nurse-educator. We all need better compensation. Whether we like our jobs or not, as nurses we save and enhance lives everyday. There are many people who wouldn't or couldn't do our job for 6 figures.
  7. by   JWRN
    Been an RN for 12 years now. Started out on Ortho/Neuro floor (very busy, very physical), then Cardiac tele, then CCU, then MICU, then SICU, then trauma ICU, then Cardiac cath lab, at this point I graduated with MSN degree in 2000, and have been a Critical care CNS now for right over 4 years...And have 18 hours toward my PhD...but right now I am taking a break from school...I enjoy my CNS role, I like the hours and perks (free trip to NTI with regular paid time for it to boot, free dinners with drug reps, chapter author)...
  8. by   veteranRN
    Currently-Auditor in compliance at a hospital and part-time LTC

    Previously- Med/Surg, ER, ICU, Home Care, Office nursing,
    Hopsital Corpsman/EMT US Navy
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    i was a nursing assistant for one year, lpn for twelve years and eight months, and an rn for five days!
  10. by   daraowl
    I have wanted to be a nurse since I was 10 years old. I started working in a Nursing Home when I was 15,as a Nurses Aide, Boy that was a shock. Nursing HOmes in the 70's were not nice places. During nursing school I work as a Nurses Aide in Peds ICU, PICU, for 2 years, the day I took my finals I became the Charge Nurse on nights. I was responsible for the 7 bed PICU and the 30 bed Peds floor. I did 5 years of Peds, 6 of CVICU/Trauma ICU. Saw the first use of the Swan-Ganz Cath. 15 years Neuroscience/Neurotrauma. Last 3 years as Clinical Director of a SICU. CCRN since 1988, CNRN since 1992.
    Member of AACN since 1985, founded a chapter in GA and then again in VA. Served as president in both chapters and on several committees.
    Active with the Boy Scouts of America. Was the Medical Director of a BSA Camp for 6 years. Camp is ALOT of fun!!! I strongly encourage working with a camp, there are several different types that are all ways in need of nurses!
    I LOVE being a nurse! I have been in the nursing field for 30+ years! I would not want to be anything else! Oh... I have seen alot... alot that I wish I had not seen, but Nursing has come a long way and I am VERY Proud to be a NURSE!!!
  11. by   joannep
    Quote from daraowl
    I LOVE being a nurse! I have been in the nursing field for 30+ years! I would not want to be anything else! Oh... I have seen alot... alot that I wish I had not seen, but Nursing has come a long way and I am VERY Proud to be a NURSE!!!
    AMEN to that, I just totally agree with you!!

    Joanne
  12. by   RNPATL
    Quote from daraowl
    I have wanted to be a nurse since I was 10 years old. I started working in a Nursing Home when I was 15,as a Nurses Aide, Boy that was a shock. Nursing HOmes in the 70's were not nice places. During nursing school I work as a Nurses Aide in Peds ICU, PICU, for 2 years, the day I took my finals I became the Charge Nurse on nights. I was responsible for the 7 bed PICU and the 30 bed Peds floor. I did 5 years of Peds, 6 of CVICU/Trauma ICU. Saw the first use of the Swan-Ganz Cath. 15 years Neuroscience/Neurotrauma. Last 3 years as Clinical Director of a SICU. CCRN since 1988, CNRN since 1992.
    Member of AACN since 1985, founded a chapter in GA and then again in VA. Served as president in both chapters and on several committees.
    Active with the Boy Scouts of America. Was the Medical Director of a BSA Camp for 6 years. Camp is ALOT of fun!!! I strongly encourage working with a camp, there are several different types that are all ways in need of nurses!
    I LOVE being a nurse! I have been in the nursing field for 30+ years! I would not want to be anything else! Oh... I have seen alot... alot that I wish I had not seen, but Nursing has come a long way and I am VERY Proud to be a NURSE!!!
    Thank you for sharing .... your experiences are wonderful and like you, I also love being a nurse. There are times however, when I question that love.
  13. by   Boo439
    I hope my comments are welcome... I have been a CNA for a little over a year now. I got a job at an ALF the day I graduated from my CNA class. I worked there for 6 months and got bored with it so I applied at the local hospital and got the job the next day. I have been there since and will stay there until the day my husband and I move out of state.

    I am currently taking the pre-req's for the RN program. I am weighing my options between taking the LPN program online then bridging over to RN or just going straight to RN.

    Pro - save gas money on lecture days for the LPN program, which will be done online.
    Con - Have to take an extra semester to bridge over to RN.

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