RNperdiem, you and I must have come onboard in the same era. I, too, came out of nursing school with no clue which direction I wanted to go. For me, the local hospital was the first best choice. They helped me get into school, and the director of nursing and night shift supervisor acted as my mentors for several years. I count myself blessed for the guidance they gave me,,,,even if I hated them for it at the time!!!! :spin:
Anyway, it wasn't until I worked several areas of the hospital that I found what I wanted. Initially it was E.R., then later, O.R.. I work surgery now, have for nearly a quarter of a century, but I still love to hang out and help in emergency when I can.
With the students I see now, at least with the local nursing schools, they give them a chance to see different nursing roles, all from the safe confines of nursing school. So when the new grads come out, I think they have their eyes a little more open, more aware of the different avenues available to them. Places seem to be a little more open to hiring new grads then they were in the past.
Hope that helps.