Is your first job your dream job or "just experience"? - page 2

I am a new RN and have recently started my first job working in a med/surg floor position. I took the job to get my nursing skills down, but it is so hectic and overwhelming! I am almost jealous of... Read More

  1. by   Lilith
    I think you can only find your dream job by trying out a variety of areas. Before, and while in, nursing school I worked in as many areas as an aide/tech/student nurse as I could to get experience. One night, I was "floated" to the ER. I tried everything to get someone else to switch with me, as I pictured it as a horrible place where doctors yell at you! So off I went...and fell in love! Transferred there as a tech, and was hired there right out of school as an RN. They haven't hired a new grad there for 15 years, but made an exception for me based on my track record as a tech. It is my dream job, and I love it! Still, it is very intense, often overwhelming, and consumes so much of my time and energy in learning it feels like I never left nursing school. Wouldn't recommend it to most unless you are very dedicated to it totally consuming your life for the first year of so.

    Areas I worked in before ER included med-surg, cardiac/tele, ICU, maternity, ortho/neuro, and nursing home.
  2. by   neuroRN
    I am working neuro/trauma and have been since I graduated in May. I like it, but I miss my Cardiac patients that I do get once in a blue moon on the floor I am on. I really want to get into the ICU but figured I should get some good experience before I go.

    Any suggestions from anyone about how long I should work on the floor before going to ICU??
  3. by   MelissaCT
    I got what I thought was my dream job: labor and delivery.

    I am a new grad and it is very very stressful. Some days I think, "am I cut out for nursing?" and other days I think, "I'm cut out for nursing, but maybe in a less critical/stressful area!"

    But I don't think I would be happy doing anything else.
    Yes it's terribly stressful, but don't most new grads feel this way?
  4. by   GPatty
    I am going to be working as an LPN in LTC for awhile. While I love the elderly, I'm not sure if this is where I want to be when I get my RN.
    I don't really know what I want to do, to be truthful!
    I loved surgery, but do I want to do that EVERYDAY? And Med-Surg was cool, but do I want to do that EVERYDAY?
    I'm stuck in that mode...
    I would love to travel, but with a family, I don't think that's very feasible right now.....and I may be to old by the time I have my RN.
    *SIGH* It'll come to me.....
  5. by   NICUNURSE
    My first job is my dream job. I just graduated and am working in the NICU. That's what I went into nursing school to do, so that's what I'm doing. I love it and wouldn't want to do anything else.
  6. by   ERDIVA2B
    I got my dream job after school! I was very fortunate to get a job before graduation a t a Level 2 Trauma center! I always wanted to be an ER /Trauma RN ! the hospital I got the job with sent us through a Critical Care class based on AACN guidelines and an ER Class based on ENA standards that was 2 months long with exams and quizzes along the way, lab days, and clinical days, I must say it was a great preparation and bought us all time as GN's to study for the NCLEX and we all took the boards after the course! It was a great review and expanded our knowlege base. I am on orientation with a coach now at the hospital, they give us up to 6 months precepting butmost people only need 2 or 3 months. I am lucky since most hospitals do not have a comprehensive training program for new grads and just throw you to the wolves right away!