I'm graduating from my ADN program in about 6 weeks. I passed through with flying colors - 4.00 GPA and excellent recommendations from my instructors. I was a "returning" student, 30 y/o, have a previous bachelor's degree.
Problem is, I am not too excited about my prospects upon graduation. My program was in a rural area and all of our clinical experiences were in the same community hospital. I was also a nurse extern at this hospital while in school on med/surg/telemetry (basically an aide). I did my preceptorship on another med/surg floor at this same hospital with some orthopedics.
I have come to the realization that I REALLY hate working med/surg. I learned a lot on my preceptorship from a clinical standpoint, but I truly cannot imagine myself working as a floor nurse in that capacity. I hate the work, the stress, the patient population, and just know I would be miserable there. This was not what I envisioned doing in nursing - I guess I had my head in the sand.
To complicate things, I am also pregnant with my first child and plan to stay home until after the birth and I feel comfortable returning (probably 4-6 mos.). When I am ready to return to work as a new grad, I am deathly worried that there will be nothing for me that I can stand. Most of my experience has been in med/surg, which I fear will pidgeonhole me in there.
When I decided to go to nursing school, I thought the options were vast. I kind of saw myself working in a clinic or doctor's office setting, or some kind of outpatient surgery. L&D might be an option, but going into school I thought that would be a ridiculous choice for me as I had never been pregnant. It seems now like the options are so much more limiting for a new graduate.
Anybody have advice for me, experiences to share? I am so worried that I've just wasted the last 2 years of my life (I know that sounds dramatic, but the thought has crossed my mind...
Mar 26, '07
Yes, I am aware that most home care agencies (if not all) will not take new grads. And I do agree with that policy - it wouldn't be safe to send new people out in the field alone. However, this is what I'm talking about - it seems that you need to have a couple of years of med/surg to do just about anything. At 30 years old and having spent 7+ years in school (undergraduate plus the ADN now), I really don't want to waste too much more time doing something with my life that I don't enjoy at least somewhat.
Last edit by secondfiddle on Mar 26, '07