I just graduated from nursing school in May and I am super excited to be a new nurse. Throughout nursing school, I saw myself as either a L&D nurse or a NICU nurse. I precepted in the NICU during my last semester and I absolutely loved it. I kept telling myself that I would not just take "any job" and that I would wait for one that I really loved. Well...the job market is pretty tight and I felt stressed about taking a job to help support my family, so I took a med-surg type job and I hate it!! For the first few weeks I cried after every shift because it's just not my passion. While my co-workers are super friendly and helpful, and the patients have been great, I just can't see myself doing this long-term. I feel like I have lost my passion for nursing because this is not what I really want to do. At my facility, I have the option to transfer after 6 months if a position becomes available. It seems like forever because I miss my mommas and my babies!! Anyone else start in a different field and then switch? Any advice for making myself more marketable for L&D/NICU? I hate the idea of leaving my unit after such a short time, but I don't want to get burnt out so early in my career. Sorry for the long post and thanks for reading!!
It's called "paying your dues".
Is nursing the only profession where new graduates generally feel that they can hand-pick their "dream jobs" right after obtaining their license? I mean, I want to drive a Porsche 911 but I wasn't bummed when that wasn't possible right after I got my driver's license. Not to sound rude, but so many new nurses have this sense of entitlement & it's really annoying.
Simply put, suck it up & play the best hand with the cards you've been given... anyway, landing a "dream job" right away without any "real" experience may cause disappointment - might be in your favor to get some experience & perspective before entering your "dream job".
You may have your "dream job" but are you that patient's "dream nurse", especially one without experience? If I started to drive a Porsche 911 right after obtaining my driver's license, imagine the potential for horrible outcomes...
At any rate, good luck & keep focused on your patients - nursing is & always will be about the patient, not ourselves.
Last edit by nursie_nursie_415 on Jul 20, '12