I spent some time in rural nursing (Canada) and I have to say I LOVED it. Rural nursing really is my passion.... HOWEVER.... right now I am in ICU, but am not exactly a happy camper. I am learning so much (that's what's keeping me there).... I plan to go back into rural nursing in 5 months. My "plan" is to eventually speacialise in remote flight nursing and I know you need ICU/ER experience....
So, if you spend a few years in rural nursing, how easy is it to get hired back into an urban hospital ICU/ER?
Do larger centres respect your background as a rural nurse? Anyone have experience with this? (particularly in Canada)
Thanks. I have nothing but respect for the rural nursing specialty (and it is a "specialty"!) - you guys are truly AMAZING.. and uber-knowledgable!
Feb 7, '06
So... all in all, ya'll think being a rural nurse can have its' advantages as a critical care applicant? It's funny, becaue whenever I mention that I would like to go into rural health, the confusion on peoples' faces are priceless. They usually respond......
"Oh.... (pause).... but WHY? That would be so boring!"
I see it as quite the opposite.... variety being the spice of life. Most of my co-workers in the ICU tell me I'll miss looking after the "really sick ones..." However, ICU is quite the fascinating field... and you really don't get experience with the really sick ones in rural hospitals because they are transported out so quickly.
On the flip side, has anyone ever BEEN an ICU/ Tramua/ ER nurse (I'm talking in large facilities) and chosen rural health? How did you find it, and do really miss the "sick ones"? Or other nurses - anyone have co-workers who came from this situation? How did they fare in rural health?
Last edit by Camelhappy1 on Feb 7, '06