God help me - I graduate in six weeks and have no idea what I want to do...

  1. Ugh - I feel like I'm the only person in the world who feels this way. I am going to start applying for jobs on Monday (I've put it off long enough) and I have no idea what I want to do. I am that person who is interested in EVERYTHING, and could see myself pretty much doing anything except working in a NICU (did that for peds and didn't enjoy it at all).

    Problem is, pinning is December 8.

    I'm smart, have gotten outstanding grades in school, and feel confident about getting hired - it's just I don't know what I want to be hired TO.

    This is not good...I'm scared to death. I've never actually been so nervous about something in my life.

    Someone PLEEEZE tell me I'm not crazy....
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  3. by   Jilaweez
    You are NOT crazy....
    there are just too many choices, luckily you have chosen a profession that allows you the flexibility to choose and change your mind.

    Congrats on your graduation!!!

    I wanted to add...have you checked into new grad mentoring programs at your local hospitals? Where I live they have some where you spend time on several different units in addition you choose two specialty units to work on for a few weeks each. It is a nice way to work in different areas and find a good fit for you. Good luck.
    Last edit by Jilaweez on Oct 20, '07
  4. by   deeDawntee
    Remember that fear and excitement have exactly the same body sensations!! So I suspect that you are experiencing at least some real excitement to get out there and be a nurse.

    Get yourself into a new grad orientation if at all possible, it will allow you to see what different areas of the hospital is like.

    On the other hand, I would also use this time to learn to trust that the exact right opportunity will show up for you and all you have to do is watch for it. Trust your path, and be open for the new experience when it shows up. The truth is you sound like the type of person who will make whatever decision you make work for you, so just relax and enjoy the process. You can't know what you don't know. Trust that the right job will be there for you. It is called faith.
  5. by   Achoo!
    I wasn't sure either, and I just interviewed for a med-surg position. I know I like variety, so I figure it's a great place to start. Hopefully I'll get it. Who knows until I really get into it how I will like it. I guess we just have to jump in feet first and as the other poster said, have faith!
  6. by   Conrad283
    A great thing about nursing is that aren't subjected to one area. If you take a job somewhere and you don't like it, you can simply move to another until you find something that tickles your fancy.
  7. by   MotivatedOne
    The new RN program sounds like a good idea to me. I'm not really sure about the hiring process after you're fresh out of school considering I haven't even finished my pre reqs yet but maybe you could apply for a floater's position. That would definitely allow you to work in different units. I don't know if you have to be at the hospital for a certain amount of time to be considered for the float pool, or whether you have to have a certain amount of experience but it's worth looking in to.

    Good Luck!