I am a new grad nurse and I have a few job offers - one on a medicine ward and two in LTC/geriatrics.
I've heard from so many nurses that they hated medicine, but that it's a great place to start and learn a lot. Because I'm an INFP personality type, I'm not sure that I will be able to handle the fast-paced crazy environment. I'm actually terrified about it!
I've worked as a Nurse's Aide in LTC for the past two years and I really feel in my element when working with elderly.
So, I'm torn between medicine and LTC. I feel pressured to start in medicine just to learn a lot and build up my skills, but I feel like I will end up doing geriatrics anyway because I am more drawn to that environment - where I can really get to know patients, build relationships, take my time to give care, etc.
Any advice/insights would be appreciated!!!
Nov 20, '11
Apply to things that interest you. The personality type tests can be helpful in learning about yourself, but they shouldn't define you.
Nov 20, '11
I would say to you to try and do a year of med/surg. That way, you can get a handle on a fast-paced environment, learn heaps quickly and you will always have that under your belt. You can do LTC later on and build on that as a career. Not all med/surg is bad, sometimes at night you get time to talk to older people. But most medical wards are full of the elderly, and you may have many admits/discharges as well, and surgical is fast paced everywhere I have worked.
I would urge you to get 12 months of this under ur belt then you can pursue your other dreams.
Nov 21, '11
Thanks for your input, I appreciate it!