What do you love most about your floor/specialty? - page 3

by LauraLiz

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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


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    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.)
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    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.
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    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!!
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    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'
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    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.
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    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.
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    Oncology! Specifically, outpatient radiation oncology. One other RN and me managing about 65 daily radiation patients with two full-time radiation oncologists. In addition to that, new patient consults, education, follow-ups, and special radiation procedures. I thought I might lose some of my skills working outpatient but we do IV starts for hydration, port-a-cath accessing daily, trach suctioning if needed before treatment, and conscious sedation for our GYN internal radiation treatments. I take my ACLS in May so I can actually do those along with the bone marrow biopsies we sedate in office.

    Most of all, love love love my co-workers and doctors. 99% of us have been with one of the radiation oncologists for 8 years or more. My co-workers and I have worked together for so long we really do feel like a big family and our patients see that and they love it. Due to most radiation treatments requiring at least 6-8 weeks of treatment we really get to know our patients. I will admit it is so nice to meet a nervous patient for consult, help aleviate their fears, answer their questions, and then see them all the way through their treatment and even for the years after when they come for follow up visits. Of course as ya'll might guess, this can lead to super happy moments but also super tragic and sad moments. Wouldn't change it for the world!
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    I work in pediatrics and absolutely love it. Caring for not only the child but the family is both challenging and rewarding, and an integral part of what we do. I feel very fortunate to work where I do; we have an amazing team and I'm really proud to be a part of it.
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    Work everywhere now that I'm a "floater" in two hospitals but the two that are dear to my heart:

    Liver/Kidney/Pancreas transplant: anything this specialized and I get excited bc you really get to know your stuff. There is SO much patient education to be done! Liver patients can really teeter on the fence of life and death sometimes so that kept me on my toes. Also, all the cutting-edge meds we got to try to first made me feel like I was on the edge of awesome.

    Cardio-thoracic surgical IMC: I love the heart, it just makes so much darn sense! It's like the *opposite* of neuro for me. Problem valve? Replace it. Chronic afib? Burn a little pathway for the SA node to find the AV again. Left ventricular failure? Left ventricular pump. Lung nodule? Wedge resection. I mean, thank god I'm not the surgeon. I didn't say *that* was easy...
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    I love my unit... the people that I work with, for the most part, are like my second family. We all love being with each other and make work fun. I work in OB and love my patients. They don't forget this part of their lives. OB is a lot of teaching and I really enjoy that aspect of it. Plus, who doesn't love babies? I absolutely love going to work.


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