It's that time. I'm 3 months away from my national licensing exam (eek!) and every 2nd person I meet or that hasn't spoken to me in a while asks "so where do you want to work?" (where=what kind of nurse)... it's really starting to get on my nerves--- because I want to shout at them "I DON'T KNOW"!
I'm very sure as to what I DON'T want: pediatrics, ER, Cardiac, neuro, OR, dialysis, hematology.
I'm most inclined towards oncology. But i'm afraid of starting in such a specialized field...
I don't want to go to a general ward, for example- internal medicine, because I just finished 38 shifts on that ward and never felt comfortable (constantly stressed)- the nurses says it takes a year and a half for a new nurse to finally feel comfortable there. I couldn't hack that, even if it's "the best thing a new nurse can do" according to my preceptor. I want a "field" that has a root cause for the patient being hospitalized, not a smorgasbord of illnesses that I saw in internal medicine.
This is starting to stress me out.
End of rant.
Jun 18, '13
by Stephalump, RN
I have no clue what I want to do either. Nothing I've done so far has reached out and smacked me in the face as "the dream" so I'm still one of the few undecideds in my cohort.
I'm not too worried about it, though. I feel more sorry for the people who came into NS wanting to do one thing and one thing only who will probably be doing everything but. I'm just going along for the ride and seeing where this career takes me.
Edit: I should add that I DO have an idea of what I want to do - research. But I have to get that clinical experience somewhere first.
Last edit by Stephalump on Jun 18, '13