Good morning! I am a nursing student about to begin my ADN program here in southern Florida (September, please hurry!). I am very interested in the infectious disease speciality and have been researching how to best approach obtaining the proper experience and education required.
I originally began my college career as a microbiology major with a focus in virology. Unfortuneatly, due to personal circumstances, I had to take some time away from school and focus on other things. Luckily in my hiatus I discovered a passion for nursing and am very excited to be back in school pursuing it. When I began exploring specialities, I came across infectious disease nursing, further feeding my excitment. Combining my [rather abnormal] passion for bacteria and viruses, with caring for and educating patients? Yes please!
In posting this, I was hoping to talk with nurses actually in this field, or others pursuing it like myself. My questions are:
Where are you employed (hospital, public health, etc.)?
What does your day usually consist of?
Are you more of an educator or on the floor?
What kind of education and/or experience did your employer require?
How did you go about getting into this field?
Do you enjoy your job?
Any other feedback would be lovely! Give me the good, the bad, the nasty, the happy, everything you can think of!