I currently work on a crazy busy medical/oncology/palliative unit in a city relatively far away from my hometown. I have 2 years of experience and have learned a TON because of the sheer patient diversity we see on our floor. IVs, CVADs, blood products, chemotherapy, crazy wound dressings, chest tubes, tube feeds, TPN, trachs, PCAs...these are all things not uncommon to our floor.
However, now that I have some experience under my belt, I want to move closer to home, meaning I'll be needing another job. There is a hospital job opening in my hometown on an ortho unit. All that I remember from my ortho placement in nursing school was a lot of hip and knee repacements.
I'm used to seeing new things every day (like I said, on my floor, we see a ton of diversity, more than I've ever seen on any other unit I've been to in school). I'm used to high acuity (febrile neutropenics, anyone?) and keeping up with a fast paced environment. I like variety and some complexity to keep me on my toes. I'm worried that ortho might be too...monotonous? I don't want to do just hip and knee replacements all the time, you know? But, things always look different from the perspective of an inexperienced 2nd year nursing student compared to a full-fledged RN, right? So perhaps I was just missing things as a student that I'd be aware of now that I'm a nurse with some experience.