I'm a senior BSN student -- nontraditional (age 43), high GPA, self-motivated and all that stuff... but I'm very ADD and am absolutely TERRIFIED of having to juggle more than 2 patients at a time. I KNOW I don't want to do med/surg... actually I'm not at all interested in hospital work.
I think I eventually want to do either primary care, Peace Corps-type clinic work in other countries, or community health -- situations where I'm more likely to be able to focus (hopefully one patient at a time?) and work with less stress. I know my limits, and I make mistakes when I can't focus.
My nursing program finishes up with 200 hours of practicum -- usually in either med/surg or ICU -- but sometimes they'll allow good students to work in other units if we can arrange it.
Three questions (somewhat related):
1. If I DON'T do either med/surg or ICU and find something else, am I knocking myself out of the running for a lot of jobs?
2. What other areas should I look at that will allow me to focus on one patient at a time? Will the lack of med/surg experience be tremendously detrimental in those areas?
3. Are there any other hospital units that are good for practicing skills but have lower acuity/stress/patient loads?
Thanks for any advice!