I have one semester left before I graduate from the ADN program. I was wondering if I should specialize or if working on the floor for a year or two before would be best. I am interested in the ER, but just in general which is better? any thoughts?
When I graduated in the 90's it was required to work the floors first. After 6 mths I transferred to a specialty. Then i left the hospital for 20 yrs and returned and got hired into a specialty I'd never tried. I'm now back on the floors for a while. I think it's truly in your best experience to work the floors first for a while. You gain regular experience with all types of things and learn how different diseases affect the whole body. You also learn how to prioritize, multi-task, all the charting and computers in a less critical area. I think it makes you a more rounded nurse and it helps you be less stressed when beginning a specialty. Good luck with whatever you do!
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