final year nursing pre grad helppp!!!


hey guys, im at the point in nursing school where i have to pick my final pregrad practium and i am beyond confused!! i have been placed in l&d/postpartum, neurology, respiratory, peds and i still have to do community! i know for sure that i hate peds dont get me wrong i love kids when their healthy but it is not a type of nursing that i am passionate about.

SOO i have it narrower down to five areas i am interested in: er, mental health, or, icu and public/community health

can you guys give me advice on the five areas i chose, what was it like, did you learn alot etc?? so i can narrow my list down


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It depends on where you want to be when you graduate or whether you're just looking for well rounded skills experience. I chose to do my ip in mental Heath because I knew I wanted to get a job there after graduation. If you want to build a more solid skill base then med/surg is a great option. My IP gave me some great experience in working with an interdisciplinary team, learning to advocate for my patients and communicate with docs. I spent a lot of time learning the mental Heath act, forms, consent and capacity boards, patients rights advocates and ethics. Psych meds, ECT and CBT. The experience I gained there helped me to secure a job on a mental Heath inpatient unit at a large hospital and I really enjoy my job and this field of nursing.


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hey cdnbscn, that sounds so interesting!! I wasnt lucky enough to get a clinical placement in mental health, but I love learning about mental health and I am passionate about it! Did you have a clinical placement in mental health prior to your final placement? Im in ontario, so i was looking into CAMH maybe ill try volunteering there

joanna73, BSN, RN

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Specializes in geriatrics.

At the end of the day, funding dictates whether you will be hired on. Choose an area that interests you OP, but also know that you'll need to be flexible.


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I did do a mental health placement during third year and then put in for a mental health placement for my IP. I'm also in Ontario. Feel free to send me a pm if you have any questions.