anyone else decided for sure what they want to be when they grow up?

  1. :chuckle

    well, i've finally decided that i must be involved in surgery in some capacity. i love everything about it. pre-op, intra-op (although i must admit that anesthesia is the big selling point here), and post-op.

    just finished up this week's clinicals there and it's a no brainer. i want to go to a job that intrigues me, that i'm excited about getting out of bed for. i think that surgery is it for me.

    so what about everyone else? has anything clicked for you so far?

    anyone that wanted to do a speciality and then decided different after experiencing the clinical with school?
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   kimmicoobug
    Easy for me, as well. I love OB. I have wanted to do OB since I was pregnant with my first. As I entered my program, OB was my destination. I also like Med-Surge. If I can't get into OB, Med-Surge is my second choice. I also love the heart and respiratory patients. Diabetes, too.
  4. by   farmmom
    I haven't gone to classes yet but I want to work either in the mental institution up the road or the prison who always need a nurse
  5. by   maire
    OB is where it's at for me. It's in my heart, in my blood.
  6. by   AmyHall
    I also am interested in surgery or pediatrics. At first I thought about Labor & Delivery but everyone I talk to wants to do that. Its so great that there are so many options out there. I figure if I'm not happy with surgery, I can go somewhere else.

    Amy
  7. by   PennyLane
    Leaning towards ICU, PICU, peds, or oncology. I'll hopefully figure it out when I start clinicals!
  8. by   Hooligan
    Well...I know where I DON'T want to to be...LTC. It's definately not my cup of tea! I'm thinking L&D right now...but I'm sure I'll know a little better later. Right now I'm just taking my CNA class.

    ~Bean
  9. by   Momto2Boys
    Yet another..........I want to work in Labor & Delivery!
  10. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by bean 76
    Well...I know where I DON'T want to to be...LTC. It's definately not my cup of tea! I'm thinking L&D right now...but I'm sure I'll know a little better later. Right now I'm just taking my CNA class.

    ~Bean
    I agree with Bean on this one! Not LTC. Wouldn't it be HORRIBLE if I did all my clinicals and hated them as much as I dislike LTC???

    I am hoping to find my niche during my rotations.
  11. by   Hooligan
    Wouldn't it be HORRIBLE if I did all my clinicals and hated them as much as I dislike LTC???
    YES!!! I know what you mean! I'm taking a CNA class right now and working in a LTC facility and I was thinking that just the other day! I'm just so anxious for this class to be over...my week ends suck right now! I go to work all week on top of having class Monday and Tuesday nights and on top of that I get to look forward to spending 6 hours of my Saturday in our LTC facility! PLUS we're remodeling my house right now so it's in complete chaos!!!! I'm exhausted!!! Ah....end of rant! Thanks!

    ~Bean
  12. by   ntigrad
    I have spent the last two days in a CHF maintainance unit and think it's really cool. Not every hospital has them, but it's kinda like a clinic where CHF patients come in and sit in recliners for four hours while CHF drugs infused. We weigh them, do lying, sitting, and standing vitals on them, pulse ox's and a Q and A assessment. Then once every hour after that. We serve them breakfast and lunch and by the time lunch is over they are usually ready to go. Takes four hours for the meds to infuse. They are people who other wise would be in and out of the hospital with Chronic CHF. Some come several times a week, some every other week, depending on how severe they are and what their need is. It is quiet most of the time, but every hour, you've got 10-12 sets of vitals to take and people to wait on. The older ones tend to nap all morning. Then when they all leave, you set the rooms up for the next day, do charting and get info into the computer file. We also gave out some flu shots today. Then one woman asked me why her lips were numb and said her neck hurt. After she popped a nitro pill and we put some O2 on her, she felt better.
    I have never wanted to work in a doctor's office at all! I love floor work! But this is a little of both. And if it's slow, you can always float over into the cardiac medical unit.
    Just sharing!
    Jill
  13. by   Kaleigh
    I'm a second semester student right SMACK in the middle of my OB session. I like it, it's pretty cool to actually be able to talk to the patient (until now, all my pt's have been either comatose, delusional or literally almost dead). However, what I have loved the most was my rotation in the high risk antepartum clinic! I never thought I would like the clinic setting but I absolutely loved it! There were so many teenage girls there (most 15 & 16) who had never had a day of prenatal care in their lives. The doctors just run in, check FHT's, check fundal height, prescribe some vitamins and Fe pills and run out. The nurses are very busy ( there were 54 pt's to be seen the day I went) so there wasnt a lot of time for them to talk to the pt's. I just made it my personal duty to talk for at least a few minutes to the teenage moms who were having their first babies. I have never felt so good over anything I have done! I felt like I was actually making a difference in some of their lives. I think maybe counseling is for me. Who knows?
  14. by   zacarias
    Rena,

    I also love OR!! We studied periop in depth in 2nd quarter and then I observed in 3rd quarter. I loved that you only have ONE patient at a time! hehe I also like the whole environment. I mean it is nothing like floor nursing, but it's still nursing and exciting!!

    Zach (seriously considering OR upon graduation but we'll see)

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