I'm just starting my accelerated BSN program. I'm having a hard time envisioning myself as a nurse, because there are so many kinds of nurses, that I just don't know where I'm going to fit in. I'm looking for some suggestions as to which kinds of nursing experiences I should seek to experience while in school, so that I can find the right fit for me.
I've taken heaps of personality tests and am an ENTJ (definitely type A). I've worked in molecular biology labs, for pharmaceutical companies, and reviewing research for 8 years. I don't want to stay in research or work for pharma.
I know a lot about vaccines, infectious diseases, immunology, genetics. I know how to read and interpret a lot of different kinds of labs. I know a lot about drug interactions and metabolism. I know a lot about thyroid issues and cancer. I have no problems making decisions and stay calm during emergencies. I work really hard (like sprinting hard) and then peter out too soon. I mean I can't sustain my pace for more than two days. My boss says I do the work of three people in half the time. I'm terribly anal about documentation and I write too much. I have a lot of experience writing standard operating procedures. I have interpreted paternity tests, western blot results for Lime's Disease, all manner of lab results, medication interactions, helping people understand risks and what it will be like to be a bone marrow donor, describing what someone should expect is going to happen for various surgeries, describing why a doctor has prescribed a drug, and helping friends figure out if their symptoms are due to their condition or a drug side effect. People call me or ask me to go to their appointments with them, I research their issue, and then we talk. They like to hear it from me, because I am their friend, I do my research, and will not describe anything I don't know. Generally, people seek my help because their doctor doesn't have the time to teach them everything they would like to know about their condition. I do enjoy teaching people about their condition. Also, I have quite a few Vietnamese and Japanese friends who like to discuss alternative medicines, but don't want to discuss it with their doctors. I research these and provide them with evidence for or against and discuss whether or not they can incorporate both approaches (AHRQ AND NCCAM are good sources). I always tell them to discuss everything with their doctor - I'm don't counter what the doctor has suggested. Only once have I suggested the doctor was wrong; the doctor did not read a positive Lime's Disease result correctly and I told them to get a new doctor. They did and I was right.
I'm very petite - so am a little worried about physical handling of large patients. I don't EVER pass the buck though.
I expect too much of people who work for me and I tend to think a lot of people are not very smart - it's the ENTJ thing - I can't help it. People who are not self starters drive me insane. If I say, "This is now your task to complete every week;" I don't want to have to tell you to do it every week. I just want it done. I'm terribly logical. Good math and critical thinking skills like a lawyer.
My personality tests results show that ER nursing and ICU nursing might fit. I know I would like travel medicine/infectious disease (as in planning vaccines for travel internationally - not traveling around the country as a nurse).
Does anyone have any other suggestions for things I might not have thought of? Do you know any nurses that sound like the kind of person I am?