What kind of nurse do you want to be? - page 2

by MeekaNichole

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I know we're only in prenursing & some just started or have gotten accepted into the program, but I was just curious if you guys had an idea of what kind of nurse you wanted to be? Like which specialty? Or department. And if... Read More


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    Quote from brenay
    Why did you hate ICU? & why didn't you like the ER?
    Getting to shadow some of the nurses in both ICU and ER, I just did not enjoy ICU at all. I just did not form an interest in it, but the nurses I met that worked ICU loved it. It's one of those area's where either it's for you or it's not. As far as ER, I enjoyed it somewhat, but not as much as I thought I would. The spark for me just wasn't there. I found Ortho horribly boring, but as with ICU, the nurses I met that worked the unit loved it. It just depends on what interests you.

    I loved Neuro though. I enjoyed Cardio-Pulmonary too.
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    Ultimately I want to be a school nurse, but peds would be great too! I have also considered oncology, but like someone else said, employed at all will be fine until I reach my goals.
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    Quote from x_factor
    Getting to shadow some of the nurses in both ICU and ER, I just did not enjoy ICU at all. I just did not form an interest in it, but the nurses I met that worked ICU loved it. It's one of those area's where either it's for you or it's not. As far as ER, I enjoyed it somewhat, but not as much as I thought I would. The spark for me just wasn't there. I found Ortho horribly boring, but as with ICU, the nurses I met that worked the unit loved it. It just depends on what interests you.I loved Neuro though. I enjoyed Cardio-Pulmonary too.
    This is interesting . I volunteer at the hospital but I have not shadowed before. I think I should now. I thought about ER & ICU but what if the spark is not there for me either? However, cardiology has always been interesting to me. What did you enjoy about cardio pulmonary? Sorry about all the questions! Hope I am not annoying you.
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    Just now finishing up an EMT certification, and clinicals in hospital ER shadowing a tech has been the highlight. I think that when I get school lined up that ER will be my first choice after learning thr ropes on the floors.
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    Quote from brenay
    This is interesting . I volunteer at the hospital but I have not shadowed before. I think I should now. I thought about ER & ICU but what if the spark is not there for me either? However, cardiology has always been interesting to me. What did you enjoy about cardio pulmonary? Sorry about all the questions! Hope I am not annoying you.
    I enjoyed cardio-pulmonary for the same reasons I loved that part of A&P when I first took it, the inner-workings of the heart fascinates me. I enjoyed it just because I learned so much listening to the nurses, and seeing the different diagnoses that came through the unit that were related to the heart. The heart controls so much, it was a learning experience I just personally enjoyed.

    Everyone will find their favorite area though, and once I become a working nurse, I'm sure my interests will change too, so I am not set in stone with where I'd like to end up, rather I just have future goals, but I am open to change. My friend is an RN and through school she felt "destined" to work ortho, she loved that aspect and did a rotation during her senior year of school in ortho. She graduated, landed in ortho, and hated every second of it after a while. She'd never had a desire to work in the ER, but accepted a position there to get out of ortho, and loves every second of her job in the ER and has been there for years ever since.

    With nursing school, as a student you need to go into it with an open mind. Having career goals are great, but be open to the possibility of change, and go into each clinical rotation with an open mind. You never know what you'll be exposed to where it just clicks that this particular area is for you, even if it's an area you never thought you'd see yourself.
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    I wasn't interested at all in nursing until this past summer. My husband was diagnosed with neck cancer, and a scary hospital trip that included a trach, feeding tube and a Stevens-Johnson response left me terrified. The nurses and respiratory therapists were instrumental in giving me the eduction and confidence I needed to be able to take him home and take care of him. I hope hope hope that no matter what type of nursing I'm able to do, that I can help the families as much as my husband's nurses helped me.
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    Although I am open to change during clinicals, I am leaning towards ER nurse. I like the fast pace, not knowing what is going to happen that night. But have to admit that I will accept any position to get my foot in the door and some experience. I worked in Orthopedic surgery for 5 years and it really doesn't interest me. I also worked in an OB/GYN office for 10 years, but having had my own experience with childbirth, I don't think that is the best place for me .
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    Like a PP said, I too would like to be an "employed" nurse. I start my ADN program in a few weeks, so my opinion may soon change once I begin clinicals. At this point I have no real opinion due to lack of experience. I have always found ICU, ED & L & D interesting, but we'll see what happens when I get my feet wet. Although I'm pretty sure I will shy away from peds. I can deal with an ill/injured adult just fine but I don't know how well I can handle a very ill or injured child. Hopefully once I become more experienced I might be able to handle it a bit better.
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    Since befoe I started nursing school, I was highly interested in the Operating room. Every time I had the chance to have my clinical done at the OR, I'd ask my professor. Since she knew that was the specialty I wanted, she would let me do OR. I loved it at first, then the newness wore down. I still like the OR, but I was missing the patient contact aspect of patient care... SO... now I'll be concentrating on urology (adults only), which I find fascinating. If it wasn't for urology, I would consider oncology or palliative care.
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    I want Adolescent Psych or Burn. Would also consider ER and Trama.


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