Little background info. Right now I am a veterinary technician. I have been doing this for 10 years, and for the most part I love it. But I want more. I want a better paying job, more respect, more autonomy, more room for growth. The vet tech field is getting better, with specialty areas, but for the most part it is a stagnant field. Many techs get fed up with the lack of opportunities and limited pay, and a good number of those people go to nursing school. It seems like a good transition. They enjoy nursing, doing treatments, anatomy and physiology. And the best part, they will make 2-3 times as much money.
So I have been thinking about nursing for a few years now, off and on. My mom is also a nurse, and actually keeps telling me I should leave my field and go into nursing, that I would be good at it. But the thing is, I don't really see myself doing floor nursing. Now I am taking some prereqs, and have my CNA. But I hate it. Not the patients, I love them. But the constant running without a break. Never feeling like I can get everything done. Or can spend enough quality time with each person, like they deserve. Having 8 to 15 patients is just crazy!
Being a vet tech, my favorite area has always been surgery. I love the one on one contact with each individual patient. I love the whole process of calculating drugs, premeding, inducing, intubating, monitoring anesthesia, and recovery. I really enjoy the team atmosphere. Watching and assisting with surgery is just cool. I am a very organized, anal person, and I like all the attention for detail that is needed in surgery, from monitoring the patient to the set up of instruments. The body (be it animal or human, how it works, what it can handle) is just amazing to me. I think it would be fascinating to work in a human OR.
So I guess my question is this: how many of you that currently (or have) worked in the OR, went to school knowing that is what you wanted to do? That floor nursing was not for you? And the only place you could be is in the OR? Do you think going to nursing school with one specialty in mind can be a good thing, or is it a hinderance?
I worry about going to school and not getting a job in the OR. Now, I don't mind putting in my dues if the hospital prefers you have floor experience first (seems like some do, and some want new grads to train) or if there are no openings. I could work a year or two getting experience, as long as I knew I would eventually end up in the OR. But being stuck on the floor for years, a decade, not for me. I would rather go to Surgical tech school, make less money, and have less responsibility, if it meant knowing for sure I could only be hired to work in surgery.