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  1. Hello, I am currently a nursing student and will be graduating in December. I am really nervous about working as an RN. I am still not sure what area I want to work in. Everyone says I should do Med/surg first. I am single and have no children, so I am open to traveling or relocating and learning new things! I just don't know where or what area. Any suggestions? Thanks
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  3. by   J. B.
    Quote from April showerz
    Hello, I am currently a nursing student and will be graduating in December. I am really nervous about working as an RN. I am still not sure what area I want to work in. Everyone says I should do Med/surg first. I am single and have no children, so I am open to traveling or relocating and learning new things! I just don't know where or what area. Any suggestions? Thanks
    WOndering if where you are now has placement for you it seems that from a comfort zone working in the eara you are in now would be easier. As for MEd Surg verses any other area. one with a peseptor program would be benifical even if you moved to new location as a new grad.
    If no preseptor programs available then a place with great staff and a team enviorment that works together so orientation can assist you in howning your skills in that area.
    I would guess you might eliminate those areas you don't want and then decide which one you will delve into.
    Remember no one expects you to know everything and if you are willing to ask for help and ask questions when you dont know you will do fine.
    Enjoy your patients and sprinkel as much perfume as you can....if you do you are bound to have some fall on you too.
    Terry Mason
    AKA John Bosco
    Last edit by J. B. on Jul 7, '04
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    Hi and welcome! You could ask you question in the career advice forum (or it's called something like that anyways) and you might get some more answers!
  5. by   RNIAM
    Hi and welcome!
  6. by   April showerz
    Thank you all for your comments. I am new to this whole message board/Forums "thing". Please forgive my posting errors:imbar , all suggestions and comments are appreciated!
  7. by   suzanne4
    Welcome to our cozy little group.
    And congratulations on seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
    At this point, I definitely would not consider travel nursing or angency work. You should have at least one year full-time work experience under your belt, and preferably two before even attempting this. When you work as a travel nurse, they are expecting an experienced nurse who can just jumpinto any and all situations. Would you even feel the least bit comfortable doing this?
    Sure, you may find some agency that will hire you without the experience, but remember that it is your license on the line, not theirs.

    When you finish school or are close to it, see what jobs are available in your area. If nothing appeals to you, then you may want to spread your wings a little, but just keep your eyes and ears open right now.

    Good luck..................
  8. by   G.Allen div.1
    Quote from april showerz
    hello, i am currently a nursing student and will be graduating in december. i am really nervous about working as an rn. i am still not sure what area i want to work in. everyone says i should do med/surg first. i am single and have no children, so i am open to traveling or relocating and learning new things! i just don't know where or what area. any suggestions? thanks
    hi there. my name is garry, and i'm a registered nurse (associate charge nurse) in australia. good luck with completing your course. i would agree with the advice you've been given, but look beyond that and use it as a grounding while you find an area that grabs your interest. another option is to go "agency" nursing (this can be diving in at the deep end), which gives you a wide variety of situations and workplaces.

    wishing you a fulfilling career, with lots of

    garry
  9. by   dedjim
    Quote from suzanne4
    At this point, I definitely would not consider travel nursing or agency work. You should have at least one year full-time work experience under your belt, and preferably two before even attempting this. When you work as a travel nurse, they are expecting an experienced nurse who can just jumpinto any and all situations.
    Not only do I agree with this but I'll say that most REPUTABLE agencies will not hire a new grad (unless they have a preceptorships program and even then I'd be asking about their reputation). A year's experience is considered minimum. If you find an agency that will hire you right out of school, check around to see what their reputation is in the community. A company like that could be the one that would leave you twisting in the wind if anything happens.

    Look for preceptorships in an area as general as med/surg. If, however, you are looking to go into peds, look for a preceptorship in a peds med/surg setting. There is a HECK of a lot to learn in that first year and you want to do it in as supportive a setting as possible. If you can find a 3 month preceptorship, snag it. Once you have some experience under your belt you'll also have a better idea of what you want to do when you grow up. Me? I'm still looking. After 20 years :-)

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