I am a 3rd semester ADN student who will be graduating in May.
I haven't loved my clinical rotations which have primarily been adult med/surg. When I started the nursing school route and people would ask me where I thought I would like to work, I always said my interests were ER and NICU.
I did an internship and have continued to work as a tech in a lower-level ED. I don't love it like I thought I would and am now leaning toward my NICU interest. My reasons are varied, and while management/admin in this ED has expressed being very pro-new graduate nurses, the nurses and a tech have heavily suggest that I get med/surg experience first. I have concerns that in the middle of the night when things hit the fan, I wouldn't have the support of the staff I am working with this mentality (I've heard the backbiting that goes on). Additionally, being a student still, I have a TREMENDOUS amount of fear about how much I know that I don't know yet.
I have a shadow set up next week in both the NICU and the cardiac/transplant units of a local children's hospital. One of my regrets about my school is that we primarily do clinicals in adult med/surg locations. There are many schools in this area and clinical locations are apparently difficult to get.
What are the things I should be looking for and asking about when I am doing these shadows?
Since they will only be 4 hours in length (each), I want to get the most out of the experiences that will hopefully help me determine if this is truly where I want to work. I have a tremendous desire to be the best at what I do; this is something I am finding frustrating in school knowing that I am getting bits and pieces and not feeling confident about any of it on the whole. I understand this hospital where I am shadowing loves new grads and has a good orientation/training program. We did a 4-week peds rotation through here and the nurse recruiter was very encouraging.
I wish we had more exposure to the various areas of hospitals where we might someday be employed as it's quite frightening to try to make a decision that so heavily impacts our future careers right out of school. I am also a VERY non-traditional student (older) and don't feel I have a lot of time to move from job to job for years to find my niche.
Any suggestions on how I might know this will be a good fit?!?!
Thanks all! :Snowman1: