What do you do and how long have you done it? - page 3

I have been on this forum for a long time and do not think that I have ever seen a thread like this posted, perhaps I am wrong, but I would really love to know what area of nursing each member works... Read More

  1. by   Imagin8tion
    After Graduation I worked for 1 &1/2 years med/surg(couldn't wait to be done with that!) and currently at 9 months of ER(community hosp). I am and associates degree RN and will be returning to school for my BSN in the fall. I'd like to end up in PACU or cardiac cath unit.

  2. by   southern rn
    I currently work on a telemetry unit/ICU stepdown in a smaller hospital. Have also worked med-surg, ortho, skilled care, etc. Have been an RN for a little over 14 years now. I also worked as a CNA for about 3 years during high school and college. I haven't ever had a job not medically related!
  3. by   ragingmomster
    I worked for 10 years in LTC as an LPN and tried hospital nursing in sub-acute and post-partum for a few months to years along the way. I was ready to quit nursing altogether when I took a HUGE leap into corrections nursing. Now I am back in school, working M/S in a 100 bed community hospital and will finish my BSN in 5 months.After that it is on to labor and delivery while I go on for my MSN/CNM to deliver babies and teach in an ADN or BSN program. (14 years total experience)
  4. by   stressednurse
    Paramedic for 4 years while I went to nursing school. 1 year in med/surg then ICU/CCU in a 12 bed unit that did fresh open hearts (this facility also did sex change operations and I got pulled to that area occasionally). After 2 years of that I went to ICU/neuro and was on a specialty flight team for 6 years. This team was doctor assisted and was one of 3 teams in the USA that would transport patients on ECMO LVAD and RVAD. (cardiac bypass and left and right ventricular devices). I traveled as a nurse for almost a year and worked in a level I trauma center for 6 months then off to an Open Heart center for 2 months and back to the specialty flight team (I was surprised they took me back after resigning to travel) Total burnout placed me supervising in a large(325 beds) LTC facility with a sub-acute unit. I am still there after 4 years and now I think I am ready to go back to hospital nursing for a year so I can travel again.
    Other little things were Nurse aid for about a year after high school in 1975 while I was establishing a horseshoeing business. And working as a unit clerk in a busy suburban ER friday and saturday nights while I was going to medic school.
    Next step is to make sure my 14 yo daughter has an education (two adult kids already) then I am off to explore the world.
  5. by   Katnip
    Graduate with a BSN last May. Spent a year in a step-down unit, both medical and surgical. Will be starting in an ED next month--what I've wanted to do all along.
  6. by   gaulkari
    I have been working Oncology since I graduated from nursing school last December. Most of our pts are gyn Onc, but we get a mix of almost every other type of cancer you can think of.
  7. by   RNPATL
    Quote from TMPaul
    I'm an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse- Board Certified (APRN-BC, AKA Nurse Practitioner) working in Adult hEalth for the past 11 years. I also teach the community health nursing classes for The University of Phoenix-online, and am a member of Homeland Security's (via FEMA) National Disaster Medical Services (NDMS) for Tennessee.
    Wow, what an exciting career path you have chosen. Perhaps I will have you as one of my instructors as I complete my degree.
  8. by   RNPATL
    Wow - thank you everyone for all the wonderful responses. It truly is wonderful to see the vast amount of experience on this board. No wonder so many nurses come here when they have questions that they need answered. The educational as well as experience on this board is overwhelming to me. Keep em coming .... this has been really great to read.
  9. by   weetziebat
    I was an LPN for about 10 years and the job I enjoyed most during those years was in NBICU. Stressful, but so rewarding. Then went back to school for my RN and have worked in postpartum, nursery, M/S, ICU/CCU, ED, a drug dependency unit, spent 7 years working in the Middle East (adored that), and now am working with MR/DD clients. Have recently been thinking about a change - to return to hospital nursing. We'll see
  10. by   Brenda-RN,BSN, WA.
    How nice of you to ask about all of us! I have been working in Post partum for 8 years. The past 6 years as an RN, BSN, the other 2 as an LPN working my way through school. Before that I was a CNA for home health, and loved that as well. I absolutely LOVE my job. I am thinking of some day working in ICU, I am very interested in that. I could never work in pediatrics. My 5 yo son recently had emergency open heart surgery, which, thank God, was a success, but I don't know how those nurses do it. I look up to them so much, and have tremendous appreciation for them, but I don't think that I could do it, probably because I had a personal experience. I can't imagine ever being anything else. I think nursing is the best career. Good luck with school.
    Quote from RNPATL
    I have been on this forum for a long time and do not think that I have ever seen a thread like this posted, perhaps I am wrong, but I would really love to know what area of nursing each member works and how long they have worked there. If you are aspiring to another area of nursing or are in school, please share that as well.

    I have been an RN for 4 years and was an LPN for 17 years. I work in open heart step down and a surgical recovery unit. I am applying to actually work in CVICU and should know in the next couple of months if I have been accepted. I am currently in school and hope to complete my FNP after graduating from UoP. Once I am done, I would like to teach as an adjunct professor as well as maintain my hand in the clinical environment. Once I am done with school, I am not sure if I will pursue more degrees .... I am anxious to have school behind me. Thats me Thanks for sharing. :spin:

    PS - I have been told that my advar looks like an older version of Harry Potter with a moustache.
  11. by   ksfrn66
    I, too, did my tour of duty on Med/Surg in a 330 bed community hospital. Then I was pulled to ICU one day and fell in love! Worked FT in ICU for 5 years then got the critical care burnout bug. Did home health for 1 yr (hated it ) then was laid off for 6 weeks - who would've thunk it? I have been perdiem in ICU/CCU at same hospital for 8 years and work FT teaching 2nd yr nursing in an ADN program. Got my ADN in 1990 - BSN 1999 - MSN in 2003.
  12. by   HawaiiRN
    Just started my 7th year as an RN and did tele for 1 year, Cardiothoracic ICU and currently Surgical ICU/trauma ICU (with some travel assignments) total ~2 years and ER ~4 years. Also did some flight nursing during that time. Prior to nursing I worked as an ER tech for several years and also was a paramedic. My staff positions and travel assignments have taken me literally across the country!! Now looking to settle down for awhile and I am applying to Nurse Anesthesia programs. :hatparty:
  13. by   happystudent

    I 've been a Nurse for 8 whole days! I am training in tele/med-surg. I worked as an ED tech for a year prior to graduating. I will be heading back down to the ed Next year. Can't wait to go back..lol

    Thanks for asking!