Feeling Lost!

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Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 3 years experience.

Started out at a big research/teaching hospital on a med-surg unit (I am still there almost 2 years). Doing my BSN online. 

Originally I had figured I really wanted to do ICU/ED/Flight type of thing. My mind is circling back to my pre-med in college days where I really wanted to do primary care. 

Everything is frozen because of COVID. I probably won't be able to get into ICU for another year but I'm getting really antsy. Likely could get a position in primary care to see if I like it enough to pursue FNP-- but if I don't like it then it feels like I would have to start all over again.

I'm decent at med-surg, some days I hate it but usually it's all good. Even though many other nurses have left-- there's always one more person in line for charge/preceptor type responsibilities... 

Just looking for what more experienced nurses think of how I'm feeling (as many have been here before surely).

 

Thanks for any input! BTW

Happy new year!

Lunah, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 14 years experience. 33 Articles; 13,658 Posts

You say you "probably" won't get into an ICU, but have you applied? Are there networking opportunities in your facility that you could leverage? 

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 7 years experience. 3,981 Posts

On 12/31/2020 at 3:44 PM, DarthIntravenous said:

I probably won't be able to get into ICU for another year but I'm getting really antsy.

Come to the Midwest, you can probably get an ICU pretty quickly.

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DarthIntravenous

Specializes in Med-Surg. Has 3 years experience. 3 Posts

On 1/1/2021 at 5:02 PM, Pixie.RN said:

You say you "probably" won't get into an ICU, but have you applied? Are there networking opportunities in your facility that you could leverage? 

At my facility there is a unspoken freeze on transfers. Departments are only taking experienced nurses and some other exceptions (floor nurses not being one of the exceptions...).

@NICU Guy What region/state are you in? I have been thinking about midwest for awhile now.

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 7 years experience. 3,981 Posts

16 hours ago, DarthIntravenous said:

What region/state are you in? I have been thinking about midwest for awhile now.

Louisville, Ky