Which way should I go?
- 0Oct 23, '13 by knat90That seems to be the question that I can't find the answer to. So, I thought I would ask for some advice. I am about to complete my ADN program and begin my career. Up to this point my focus has been to become an RN, and now that I am just about finished meeting that goal the question is... what is the next step?
My long term goal is to continue my education all the way to CNP, but I will be working on that over the next ten years. My immediate goal is to get my first job. I have had a lot of nurses tell me that the best plan is to spend a couple years on the medical floor to strengthen clinical skills and general knowledge. I have had the same amount of nurses tell me that I should figure out where I want to specialize and pursue a job there.
I would love to hear feedback form all of you as to whether or not you went straight into a specialty or not for your first job, and what you think where the advantages & disadvantages where.
Thanks for the feedback!
- 1Oct 23, '13 by LakeEmerald, ASN, RNWent straight into my specialty (Emergency) right after ADN graduation. I love ER and I've been there 2.5 years. In order to strengthen my knowledge, I plan to be "dual employed" in the ICU starting in January at the same hospital (2 days a week in ER, 1 day in ICU). I feel like after ICU for about a year, I'll be prepared to branch out into just about anything. I don't think going into med surg would have helped me build knowledge any faster. I almost have my BSN, too. I am doing online school while working full time.
A disadvantage of going to ER is that I don't get to see what happens to the patients once they leave the ED (admitted to hosp). LOTS of advantages. I got to do what I loved instead of waiting. Best wishes to you.
- 1Oct 24, '13 by RNperdiemThere is more than one way to get were you want to go.
I started in med-surg. Why? Because in the recession of the 1990s, they were the ones who would give a new graduate nurse a job.
New grads in a slow economy aren't in a position to be too picky.
Pros: hospital experience, employment, multi-tasking skills, senior nurses used to working with new grads.
Cons: didn't actually like med-surg, overwork, very dependent on CNAs for quality of care.
The best thing about this job I was grateful to get but didn't like is that it gives me something to compare other jobs with. You won't here me complaining too much about my current job.
- 0Oct 25, '13 by knat90Wow, straight to the ER! I spent one clinical day in the ER and quickly realized that I admire the nurses that work there, but it is not for me. I did not like the adrenaline rush... a pt. said "I'm having chest pains." and I thought I am too! Seriously... thank you for the feedback. It is nice to hear about a positive experience like yours.
It is also great to hear about your experience going straight med/surg. I am precepting on the medical floor and already see how stressful it will be if that is were I go. I appreciate the list of pros & cons you gave. Thank you for sharing your experience.
As for relocating.... Not for another year