Thanks a lot! I really didnt know what types of patients I would have in the Step Down unit (PCU). I worked as a Nurse Assistant in Med-Surg for 2 years, and also had a full semester of clinicals there, so I KNOW that I really do not enjoy it at all. I like ICU better (more personal time with patients, and more critical thinking). I am not completely thrilled with ICU, its a better fit for me than med surg, but not perfect. But, it seems that if I want to work for this hospital in the Emergency Department, there is not a way that I can get around this. Basically, I just need to get through 6 full months in a "not-so-perfect-fit" area to get where I really want to be. But, I do not want to be miserable during those 6 months either
And I am pretty sure I would enjoy the more critical patients more than the general M-S patients.
This MIGHT actually be a good thing. I'll be more sure of my skills before I have to use them to emergency situations full time. Just because I really dont like working somewhere I dont want to, It can still be a terrific learning experience as long as I keep my mind as open as possible. Atleast I will be working, finally earning a paycheck, and learning hospital policies as I go.
I graduate in May, and post-grad life is finally starting to become more of a reality. I think culture shock is starting to set in. Bills, student loan repayments, lots of new things, this grad-track program was not something I was planning on dealing with.
I would be extremely interested in talking to anyone who has worked PCU and Med-Surg, just to hear the differences. If anyone has AOL Instant Messenger, that would be even better. Im BrandyBSN on AOL too, so PLEASE CONTACT ME!
You can think of it is you "good dead" for the YEAR for helping out a confused senior nursing student
Thanks a lot!