What do you love most about your floor/specialty? - page 2

I am in my last semester of school and was wondering what you love most about the area of nursing you work in? If you can't stand where are you working then where do you want to work? Thanks! Laura... Read More

  1. by   scrubwearer
    Quote from LauraLiz
    What kind of setting do you guys work in, in psych?
    I'm at a state hospital so we get a lot of MIW's, 72 hour holds, people who have charges and need to be stable before going back to jail etc.
  2. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from LauraLiz
    What kind of setting do you guys work in, in psych?
    Started in inpatient acute care--short stay (think 2 weeks or less). Currently working two jobs: outpatient and psychiatric emergency room.
  3. by   Ntheboat2
    Psych here also and love every minute of it. It's weird because I used to think people who said things like, "Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day" etc. were just full of total crap. However, I really feel like I've found my spot. I never dread going to work and I'm actually curious to know who I'm going to see each day and what the day will bring. No job is 100% sunshine, but this is the closest thing to it that I've ever experienced.
  4. by   kirsnikity
    I work in labor & delivery and it's where I always wanted to be. I love that I get to assist in bringing new life in the world. It never fails to amaze me. I get to be a part of a very special time in a woman's life. Women don't forget their birth experience.
  5. by   WindyCDE
    Diabetes Educator and Health Writer -> I work on my own schedule, in my jammies, on my laptop at home. Need I say more?
  6. by   buytheshoes11
    I work in med-surg. I see a lot and get to do a lot and hone my nursing skills. It's a good job but I know that I won't stay in this type of nursing for the rest of my career.
  7. by   Hygiene Queen
    Another vote for psych!
    You should have seen the pt we had yesterday... whoa!
    No details other than I was constantly formulating an defense/rescue/escape plan throughout the shift.
    Fortunately, things remained cool.
    Not a whole lot of fun at the time, but definitely interesting.
    Never ever boring!
  8. by   nurseprnRN
    I am an independent legal nurse consultant, case manager, and life care planner. I work out of an office in my home. I love the commute. No dress code in the office. I can also make personal phone calls from my desk prn, and my dry-cleaning bills are small. My colleagues are awesome, smart, goal-directed women (all women but one so far). I travel some, get cleaned up and dress fancy for clients some, and take a day off when I want to. What's not to love?

    Of course, I'm older'n dirt to some of you whippersnappers, and had mumblemumble years of bedside, teaching, clinical, and case management experience first. But I liked all of that, too.

    (Don't ever let somebody tell you that more education in nursing won't get you anywhere.)
  9. by   DroogieRN
    I'm in ICU. I didn't start there, however,; I started on telemetry. You'll get lots of opinions, but I don't personally recommend ICU for a new grad -- you'll get lots of varied experiences, and develop good time-management skills, if you start on med/surg or tele right out of school. In ICU, I love that you can be incredibly focused on your two patients, know everything about them, know the docs well, and have a great deal more autonomy than is possible on a medical floor. I love the critical thinking that you can develop caring for patients with multiple concurrent disease processes. It is never boring, and things can change in an instant. I don't love that a great many of our patients die, or else are shipped off to LTAC and die there. Very seldom do I actually discharge a patient to home (usually it's a patient who has had a carotid endarterectomy -- lots of those go home from ICU, at least at my hospital). It can wear on you to lose patients week after week and watch families grieve and/or make decisions to withdraw treatment. It might be the eighth patient that week you've had with these issues, but often, for the families, it's their first time dealing with something of such magnitude.
    Last edit by DroogieRN on Feb 11, '13 : Reason: Punctuation
  10. by   turnforthenurse
    I work on a progressive care unit. Each day is different. You see and learn a lot of things. Some nights are literally hit the floor and run but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I also love my coworkers and I have an awesome team, so I think that makes a huge difference!!
  11. by   marycarney
    I've done everything from NICU to geriatric psych (and everything in between). My current job in PICU is my favorite. It is clinicially interesting (esp. the congenital heart defects), not too much lifting (I'm 58 and most of our patients are babies/ toddlers) and we have a group of six intensivists who staff our unit 24/7 (so I never have to deal with residents).

    I am also involved in research, and have a second job as an adjunct with an online university. (Got two more kids to get through college you know!!)

    What do I want to do when I grow up? I'd love to be an outreach coordinator, educating staff at smaller hospitals about emergent care for children and the ins and outs of the home ventilator population. OH - and I want to start a certification organization for healthcare employers to recognize them as 'night shift friendly' employers. Other than that? I got nothin'
  12. by   Scrubmouse RN
    GI, not the most glamorous place, but the hours are great (Monday thru Friday between 630 am until 5 pm-ish depending on the shift you work.) No holidays or weekends. Patients are generally healthy yet you can utilize some nursing skills such as IV starts etc. Free lunches from the reps that push their wares on our docs. There are cons such as it can get repetitive and there is call.
  13. by   torymax23
    I have worked ICU for 7 years and a float pool for 3 years. The last 10 years I have been a dedicated PICC line nurse and I can say this is my favorite part of my nursing adventure. Why? It's a mini-challenge everytime you insert a line and when a patient tells you that your technique was very minimal in pain, it makes me feel good that experience was a good one for the patient.