I have been an aide on an oncology floor for almost 3 years. I am nearing the end of my 2nd semester in school and trying to look ahead at my preceptorship and beyond. I have always thought emergency medicine would be a great place for me. But I just took my pharmacology test on the cardiac system and didn't feel real good about it. So now I wonder if I shouldn't just stick with what I know and work here as a nurse until I am comfortable with being a nurse. Or should I keep looking into what it takes to be an ER or critical nurse? And for emergency medicine I don't know what further education I would need. Has anyone been in this situation or have suggestions/ Any and all are welcome. Oh, by the way I also have 3 kids and work part time to keep my scholarship
. So I am used to the hectic and intense time schedule. :chuckle
Apr 3, '05
Lots of people are torn in my school about this same thing as well as myself. Prior to NS I worked at a rural hospital and even did clinicals there but now that I am getting closer to graduation I am really torn between going back there or pursuing my dream of oncology nursing. The hospital that I am looking into is about an hour away vs the rural is like 20 minutes. Of course the rural hospital doesn't have any specialty areas so I would most likely end up on med-surge which is ok, but...............The rural is definately my comfort zone b/c I know everyone and all the hosp. bs that goes along with it.
I think that I am going to wait and see how the interiew for the bigger hospital goes and try to narrow it down. If that excites me, I don't know what I am going to do about where I will go
I guess we could write down the pros and cons of the situation. I was kind of hoping that I would already know where I wanted to go but I have no idea what to do!!
As far as the cardio meds go, I think that would come with experience to some degree or I would hope so b/c I don't really know alot of the oncology drugs.
Last edit by grinnurse on Apr 3, '05