I'm a nursing student in my third (out of four) semester. I have a ways to go but before I know it, I'm going to have to start interviewing for jobs. I already know that I want to go into something related to pediatrics but there are so many choices.
I've been thinking NICU since before I started nursing school
. I haven't had my peds rotation yet, but I have had OB and was in the nursery for two 12 hour days. I've never had clinical days that great...and I know the nursery is very different from NICU, but one baby I was working with went into respiratory distress and we had to take him up to the NICU and it was then that I thought "I think this is what I want to do."
But, as usual, I'm starting to second guess myself. I'm wondering if the fact that most patients have the same diagnosis in the NICU will get to me after a while. I only say that because I just switched floors in clinical and I'm now in a cardiac floor. I know first of all, that cardiac specialties aren't for me (I'm not sure why, it just isn't my thing) and second of all, I really don't like the lack of variety in the patients. Turns out that I like variety more than I knew...
Which led me to think of PICU. It seems like that speciality has the most variety out of all of them. But I'm wondering if it'd be TOO much variety. Also, one of the things that makes me interested in the NICU is being able to follow the babies and families until discharge. That doesn't seem like the case in PICU...
We have a Children's hospital near here, and other options are Pediatric Med/Surg (I'm not an adult med/surg person and I think I would prefer some form of ICU since I'd rather be with 1-2 patients with a higher acuity, but was thinking Peds Med/Surg may be a way to get some experience) , Peds Onc/Hemo (I've really thought about this one. I just spent about 5 weeks on an adult oncology floor and really like oncology. I'm also going to be doing my work study in the same oncology floor so I feel like I would at least know something about oncology, even if I still would have so much to learn about pediatrics) and Peds Oncology ICU. Peds Oncology ICU is also starting to interest me more and more.
I didn't mean to write such a long post! I guess I'm talking things through to myself more than anything, but any advice from any peds nurses out there would be great!