During school, I worked for 3 1/2 years on a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. I liked the critical nature of the pts, and I like the heart. I really liked the people I worked with, but I eventually got tired of having the big heart focus, and having a more long-term focus sometimes. I also did a 12 week internship in a Level I trauma center in the ICU's there...in Medical ICU, Trauma/Surgical ICU, Burn Unit, and stepdown. I liked the variety of the MICU, I loved the trauma in T/S and Burn, and the burn pts were all very complex and had really interesting stories about how they were burned. When I graduated, I did a new grad internship; 8 weeks in the ER, 8 weeks in Cardiovascular Recovery Room (where pts go right after open heart and other vascular surgeries). I decided CVRR wasn't for me b/c of the big cardiac and surgical focus. Now, I am currently a new grad RN in the ER I interned in, and I really like the huge variety of pts in the ER, and the non-long-term focus...they come in with a problem, and you either fix it, or they get admitted and it's not your problem anymore. Might sound bad, but I like the short term part of it, although I do miss forming relationships with pts like I got to in the various ICUs. I'm still considering going back to the Level I ICU in a year or so, or working in the ER there. Labor/delivery, chemical dependence, online nursing, public health, school nursing, and clinics are also possible interests of mine for the future.