Hello fellow nurses,
I work in Canadian hospital in Sub acute medicine unit for one year now and also start my NP online program May 7th at Athabasca University. Since I graduated I had burning desire to work in high acuity floor and learn the highest level of medical knowledge in the scope of practice for RNs.
After I graduated in 2008 with my 4 months old baby and with great support from my husband I was able to secure a job in a long term care in 2009 ( had to take 1 year off due to baby, and didnt find hospital job due to recession). Worked there for about a year and then went off to 2nd mat leave from may 2010 to april 2011. Finally was offered a dream job (i.e. a full time hospital job) but in Sub scute medicine unit (consisting geriatric population who is too weak or unstable to go home or retirement home and would wait on our unit until nursing home bed offered).
I applied to ICU few months ago with internal hospital posting and was denied the position as I was competing with other nurses who had experience in acute floors.So if I want to apply again I should be working on any acute floor.
I keep wanting to leave this floor because I feel like I am not going to get ahead and be able to work in high acuity nursing ever. My floor is physically a bit heavy but very much stress free. During 12 hours night shifts, after performing my complete patient care including q hours checks on them I would be able to spare easily 7-8 hours to do my school readings (currently I read threads on allnurses.com in my free time during night shift
Now, given the stress free environment of this job my very close reletives and friends are suggesting to stay on this floor while I go to school (thinking practical). But I keep wanting to move on. I also know that any acute floors I may be going to will have very crazy busy days and busy nights too. Also more chances of making medical errors due to pressure of work.
Staying on this floor makes me wonder did I go to nursing school for 4 years so that 75% of my job would include doing personal hygene for the patients, feeding them, assisting their heavy weak bodies getting in and out of bed to chair and chair to bed for most meals and dealing with harassment and abuse due to mental disorders r/t aging...and much more? Please dont get me wrong, I do not mind what I do and I always keep in mind that when pt. behaves in certain way its due to their underlying condition. But, isnt it time to move on for me and apply in my practice what I learned in my final year of BScN rather than what I learned in my 1st year?
Should it matter that I am starting a masters course in nursing, which itself is stressful and have 2 little girls at home who need my attention and except being physically heavy this floor is stress free? or Is it worth transfering to high acuity floor right now to satisfy my hunger of working in an acute floor, but at the same time feel a high stress of learning new skills, learing to work in a fast phased enironment, more chnces of making errors and possibly not having that extra time during night shifts to do some school readings so I can spend few extra hours at home with my daughters?
I am not a very good writer but I hope you understand my situation. I will appriciate your input so much. flipping the coin has not helped me so far. I need practical answer. PLEASE PLEASE HELP.
Apr 22, '12
Knowledge is never wasted. I would have been a career student if I could have afforded it. I understand completely the need to pursue your education. Having said that, your career choices don't point in the same direction as what you're saying. You have consistently taken a path that will make obtaining that ICU or NP job harder.
There are two BIG reasons for continuing education.
Personal satisfaction without a correlating job advancement or getting a "better" job. Are you sure you still want what you think you want? If you do, then you need to start getting experience in the areas you eventually want to work in. JMHO
Life sometimes has a way of altering our dreams before our brains figure out the same. Best of luck to you.
I edited simply because it sounded negative.
That was not my intent.
Last edit by imintrouble on Apr 22, '12
Apr 22, '12
Sorry I am removing this one because it was the same as last one.
Last edit by Kookie2412 on Apr 22, '12