I began as an accounting major at community college...after 1 semester I was BORED to death, so I looked at the other majors offered, & I loved the show ER, so I said I'll try that (I'm not a brain, but I'd say I'm lil' above ave when it comes to school). So I took my pre-reqs (which I enjoyed, although hard at times, especially A&P I & II), then I began clinicals. I enjoy learning new skills, but once I've done them a few times, it's not like "wow" anymore, it like they can train anyone to do this. My 1st clinical was a nursing home & basic m/s. I hated the nursing home, the waiting on people constantly (it's not a hotel). the m/s rotation was not at the greatest hospital & I was very nervous b/c I'd never really been in a hospital, let alone work in one. Then I relocated to upstate NY, needed to take a year off nursing b/c the nursing dean had such a crazy schedule for me I would be unable to work to pay for my new house I just bought.
So, during the year off of nursing, I got my AAS in Animal Management. I loved learning about animals & caring for the animals. I had my clincal rotations at a local zoo, we did husbandry & did lil' projects. Towards the end I felt lil' tired b/c the weather is harsh in the "north country". I was going to go for my bachelor's in zoology, but most jobs start around $8-10hr... you can't live on that.
So, I finally got a schedule I could work w/ & began nursing school
again. This time I got a job in a hospital so I would feel comfortable in the setting. I worked in the ED as a unit clerk. I loved the people I worked w/, the excitement of the ER, & the overall atmosphere ( the nurses & docs new a few of us were students so they took the time to show & teach us things...like reading a CXR, interpreting EKG's, ABG's. Gave me a great headstart in school.
Second semester was m/s & maturnity. m/s was ok, I like learning new skills & applying them. maturnity was fun, I was leary about it, but I actually loved it...I loved working w/ the babies. I thought about the NICU, but I'm not sure about working w/ such sick lil' babies, I think I'd be crying too much. unfortunately, I only saw an eversion (turning the baby around in the mom's tummy) & no deliveries - so I never got the full experience...no body was in labor when I had my day in L&D. A sidenote to that, I rarely see openings in L&D or matty, & when I do they require min 1yr exp or cert lactation consultant. It like one of those you need exp, but no one will give you a chance.
Third semester was m/s & peds. m/s- I'm beginning to grow tired of the routine on m/s, but I still like trying out new skills. peds, thought I love it, only liked when I had a baby younger than 1-1.5yrs. the toddlers I don't have the patience for. ( I don't have any kids of my own, which I'm sure has alot to do with it).
Fourth semester m/s & community nursing. m/s -tired of it, but figure it's gotta be better & I'm soo close, stick in there. community - I went to a few places, peds clinic, OB-GYN clinic, & cardiology office. I liked the pace of the clinics, the cardiology office was boring on the office side, but I helped w/ stress tests in the back & that was fun...but I think b/c it was something new.
I've know for a while that I don't like LT care. i loved the ED pace...sick person comes in 1) fix, send them home, 2) stablize, admit, 3) try to stabilize & transfer out if necessary. Very short term time w/ pts. on the floor, you're stuck w/ the pt for several hr to several days depending on your work schedule.
I'm actually a peoples' person, although I'm sure the above says different, I like to help people, but I just get so worn down, sometimes resentful towards demanding or combative/confused pts. I feel bad, but they frustrate me, especially pt that come in walking , then a day late play the woo is me, I can't do anything myself. Very few people deteriorate that quickly.
I went into nursing looking for a rewarding career, working w/ people, continually learning & applying technical skills, & making a decent salary... only to discover that I'm hating my job!!!
any advise is appeciated...thanks!!