Dear Nurse Beth,
I am a recently-licensed RN looking for some career advice and guidance. This summer, after graduating nursing school, I have been working at an outdoor education summer camp as a camp nurse, which I love, but is soon coming to an end because the position is seasonal. I have a couple of options and choices to make as I move forward...
1) Accept an offer to work full time on a Med-Surg unit. This will be as a "New Nurse Residency" in a city I am unfamiliar with and don't know anyone in, but in a very supportive work environment. Also, I will get full time benefits (health insurance, tuition reimbursement, etc...)
2) Accept an offer to work part time in a local Wound Care Center, and also as per diem at the environmental education center I currently work at. This idea appeals to me because I won't have to move far away, both work environments are also very supportive, and I enjoyed Wound Care during nursing school. The cons are I wouldn't get any benefits until I go full-time, and I would be working more hours during the week.
I understand that generally, it is a good idea for all new nurses to get that "year of Med-Surg" under their belts, but the truth is, Med-Surg never appealed that much to me; I would more like to specialize in a specific area. The crux of my issue is that I am not sure Wound Care is a field I would want to stay in forever, and I'm concerned the skills I would acquire are not transferable, or nursing "marketable."
My bottom line question is: How possible is it to get out of Wound Care once I'm in it? Are those skills eventually transferable to other fields?
Thank you folks ahead of time for your time and attention!
Congrats, Sarah RN!
Take the MedSurg New Grad Residency position. Please, please, before it’s gone.
You can learn wound care at any time later, but you can only get a new grad residency opportunity now and for a few more short months. It’s not about whether MedSurg is your ultimate specialty of choice, it’s about a year of supportive training and transition to practice that will give you experience, credibility, and make you marketable.
Working part time and per diem as a new grad is a career death sentence. It is possible to find yourself painted into a corner with few options. You don’t want to take that risk.
Good luck to you,