I am an RN who recently moved to another state and is in the process of applying for my license. Prior to the move, I worked as a Dialysis Nurse in an outpatient setting, but I am taking this transition time to consider training as a wound care nurse.
[FONT=lucida grande]Now that I have some work history as a nurse, I have mentally inventoried what I like about the profession and what frustrates me. I know I prefer:
[FONT=lucida grande]1. chronic care (like to get to know my patients)
[FONT=lucida grande]2. working with adults especially geriatrics (versus kids)
[FONT=lucida grande]3. "hands on care" (versus managing techs, aides, etc.)
[FONT=lucida grande]4. understanding the "science" behind medicine so as to be able to contribute to the "bigger picture" ( eg not able just dressing a wound, but also working with other healthcare professionals to figure out what other issues are impeding healing - eg poor nutrition, disease processes, etc).
[FONT=lucida grande]5. educating patients about their condition and how to manage it.
[FONT=lucida grande]I am hoping wound care will cover all those "likes" plus avoid some of the frustrations inherent in how in-center dialysis is currently provided - the "getting people on/off" the machines quickly , staffing clinics based predominately cost factors, not what would allow you to provide the kind of care you'd like, etc
I'd love feedback on whether my perception that wound care is in line with my preferences is accurate and how much the "bottom line" impacts on job satisfaction.