What inspired your choice of specialty? - page 2
what inspired yall to choose the specialty you did? did you figure it out in clinicals? or through trail in tribulation on other units after graduation? and best of all, any cool stories that go... Read More
May 27, '09ER. It is high energy and keeps me motivated to learn more and more. Now I am trying to position myself in forensics.
To some extent it is more the reason I chose nursing. I saw it as an opportunity for lifelong learning and honing of skills (due to the constant new developments). I have never been disappointed. To some extent it may not have mattered what I specialized in because, as I gained more experience, I realized that there were few specialties that did not allow for constant growth and learning.
May 27, '09What inspired your choice of specialty?
May 27, '09Absolutely loved CVICU! Knowledge about anatomy and physiology of the heart is not enough, there's more to it in CVICU than that. Knowing, understanding, and managing how hemodynamics, critical care drugs and complicated machines (IABP, CRRT, ventilators to name a few) can work together to save a patient's life is completely amazing. I have said this over and over, if you can take care of open heart patients, you will be able to take care of anybody thrown at you. I still miss taking care of fresh open hearts, sometimes.
As of now, I am a clinical instructor and where do I get to send my students? One unit is CVICU of course, so I am also able to help the nurses I worked with previously, with their open heart patients.
May 27, '09i started in med-surg
then the 1980's aids epidemic hit with no safety needles
had to leave fast 'cause i would literally prick my finger at least once per shift
nbch: aaaaaah...i found and never left the comfortable bed of psych nursing.
:imbar oooooppps!!! now i've got to dodge agitated, combative patients---
where are the needles???
May 27, '09ED. Worked ICU and med surg for some experience but always knew I wanted to work in the ED. It was the 5th largest trauma center in the US. We saw 400 patients per day. Lots of action and some real funny stories to tell. I loved every minute of it.
May 27, '09I was always better at the theory than the practice (A's on the classroom stuff B-C on the clinicals). I did work in the hospital for a while but serendipitously got hired in a case management/risk management job (also have a degree in business). Fell in love with case management immediately. Also started doing life care planning a few years ago. It is the perfect combo of using clinical knowledge without doing hands-on patient care. I love it.
May 27, '09I decided I wanted to be an ER nurse after being a volunteer in the ER at the age of 13 (having a Dad who worked administration at the hospital helped). After graduation I worked in a level one trauma center for 2 years, then went to a super small hospital. I could never get the shift I wanted (long story), and stumbled in a public health job (school nurse). Now we're relocating and I'm taking a position in the OR. Initially the schedule appealed to me, but it seems very interesting, always new procedures and growth, and I like the sense of teamwork.