To my dear fellow nurses - page 2
My nursing journey has been quite an interesting one; in a matter of 2 years post-graduation, I managed to work in a hospital, in a school, in home care and shortly I will be a travel nurse. How did I do it? Long story, but... Read More
- 1Feb 12 by MyUserName,RNI totally could have written this. I spent two years as a floor nurse and many times wondered if nursing was just a big mistake. I started home health 5 months ago and really love it. The charting at home is no fun, but I really love being a nurse again. Love my patients and the autonomy.
- 1Feb 16 by SlightlyHumerusSabr- Thank you for your enlightening post. I have a weird question regarding hospital nursing from a new grad perspective (I'm a new grad and debating my next move). Maybe it's just me, but I sense there is a belief that a new nurse needs to work in the hospital setting for 6-12 months to learn prioritization, exercise all the skills we learned in school, and generally earn our 'stripes' as a new nurse (and that provides a good launching pad for any/all other nursing fields). So I am applying to only hospital jobs. I know myself well, and I am terrified of the complexity of balancing a 5-6 pt workload! Accurately! Without killing anyone! I also know that my heart lies with therapeutic communication with my pts, be it in acute care, oncology, home health, or the hospice setting. So my question for you is, should I go with my heart and find a job that provides a more relaxed atmosphere, or do I go with what I've heard and get my first job in a hospital to 'earn my stripes' and help my resume (that would then provide the launching pad needed to get into acute care, oncology, home health, or the hospice setting…etc.)? Sorry if this seems convoluted! I'm a convoluted thinker!
Thanks for your (and anyone else') advice!
- 0Feb 16 by SabrSlightlyHumerus, thank you for your question; it does not seem convoluted at all! I will second what LadyFree28 said and definitely keep ALL of your options open. Nursing is not what it used to be anymore; not everyone starts out or stays in the hospital setting. Also, you can learn the same skills you would learn in a hospital in home care in a much more relaxed atmoshpere. Each area of nursing has its pros and cons. In the hospital, there seems to be more security in some ways than in home care. For example, (and not to scare you) though the atmosphere is relaxed, you're more likely to be sued in home care should anything go wrong than in the hospital.
As for earning your stripes, what field do you anticipate on using these "stripes" for? Managerial? Administration? Education? Clinical? The list abounds! While you have a bit of thinking to do, I implore you to take the first offer that makes you feel comfortable, safe, and secure as well as offers numerous opportunities for growth. If you do that, you can go anywhere; hospice, oncology, home health, acute care, anything! Everyone needs to learn the basics but your field will determine how much of the basics you will practice on a daily basis in your chosen specialty.
I hope this helps you, SlightlyHumerus. Keep me posted