Only wanting one area of nursing?
- 0Mar 17, '11 by DreamyEyesIs it just me, or am I crazy?
I'm in nursing school right now and I have NOOO desire to work in a hospital. None. Is this normal? I feel weird for wanting to be a nurse but hating the hospital... I'm just trying to get through the clinicals and graduate, so I can go the area I really want to be in: Geriatrics.
l LOVE working with the geriatric population, especially those with dementia and Alzheimer's. I have been working for the past 4 years as a CNA in assisted living/LTC, and I plan on staying there when I graduate as a nurse. I really feel like it's my calling.
I just feel weird because most people in my nursing class hate LTC, and they all want to work in either ER, L&D, or ICU.
Am I the only wacko here?
- 0Mar 17, '11 by ~Mi Vida Loca~RNI think it's good, we need nurses everywhere. There are a few people in my class that want nothing to do with hospital nursing. I spent a day in the ICU and I didn't like it at all. I went into nursing for L&D as well and after a clinical there, it's not what I thought. Maybe down the road I will rethink it. I did however LOVE the ED!
- 0Mar 17, '11 by MoogieNot at all! Gerontology nurses are desperately needed in subacute care, long-term care, primary care, education, and research. It's a growing field due to increasing numbers of elderly in the population as well as the increase in prevalence of Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Gerontology is not for everyone---as you can tell by the varying interests of your classmates. However, nearly all nurses are going to end up being "reluctant" gerontological nurses because this is the population that uses more health care resources.
I applaud you for your enthusiasm and for your ambitions! (Gero is my passion, too.)
- 0Mar 17, '11 by SunbabiLPNI've been a LPN for 9 years and my favorite place to be is among the elderly. Usually my full time job is in a long term care or short term rehab facility but I also keep a variety of part time or PRN jobs that give me more experience in case I ever decide I want to try something new one day. I'd recommend at least PRN at a hospital to get acute care experience under your belt. I've found that no matter how much I love my job with the elderly experience in other fields is priceless.
- 0Mar 17, '11 by tokyoROSEThat is not weird at all. There are many opportunities outside of the hospital. I applaud you for wanting to go into geriatrics-- we need good nurses there. When I was in LTC clinicals, I adored the residents. They had so many stories to tell and would let me do whatever I needed to them!
- 0Mar 18, '11 by pitayaNo, that's great. If all nursing students wanted to work in a hospital, then that would mean that all of the nurses who worked outside of the hospital would not be pursuing their passion and would be working jobs they hate. That is a horrifying thought. I think nursing school places a lot of emphasis on hospital nursing because it is the most common and a place where everyone can learn a lot.
Personally, I'm with you. Sometimes I feel weird because I don't want to work in a hospital. I want to work in public health and I am getting a nursing degree specifically to complement that, yet when I say I don't want to work in a hospital or do floor nursing, I still get, "Well, then what would you do?" LOL I am learning to appreciate hospital nursing more and more as the program goes on, but it's not where my dreams lie.
- 0Mar 18, '11 by CrunchyMamaNot crazy at all! I also worked in a nursing home as a CNA before becoming a mom and I always said once I became a nurse I would never work in a nursing home, lol. But now that I'm in my last semester, I quickly realized that I hate the hospital setting and love when I get to take care of a patient over 75 years old, lol. So for me, I'll probably end up being a nurse in a nursing home. I feel it's right. Good luck to you!