Nurse tech position/floors?

  1. Hi!

    I'm applying for a nurse tech position at a university hospital, and on the application it asks me to rate the areas I'd most like to/least like to work on. I've never worked in a hospital before, so I don't know what to expect.

    Anybody have any suggestions as to the best place to start out? I want to learn and see and do as much as possible but I don't want to completely overwhelmed.

    Oh yeah, I'm in my second quarter of an ADN program...

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  3. by   perfectbluebuildings
    I've heard med-surg is a good place to start and see a variety of things, but is also usually very busy!
  4. by   NICU_Nurse
    Do you have any idea at all what area you *might* be interested in working on after graduation? Anything that has fascinated you? What made you decide to go to nursing school? Let us know! It would help to guide you if we knew a little more about your motivations/interests. ;>)
  5. by   srose
    Hi Kristi!

    I am really really interested in labor and delivery (the area that initially made me want to be a nurse) but as I go on more in school I also feel pulled towards the ICU or the CCU...I would love to work in those areas, but I hear that nagging voice in the back of my head, that voice that tells new grads to start out in med-surg...argh! Should I just go for what I'm most interested in, assuming that I'll get the experience with everything else in school? Or is it bad to limit myself to a specialty at this point? Maybe it doesn't even matter...LOL...

  6. by   llg
    I always say, "Go where your heart tells you to go." No matter where you go, there will be good days and bads, advantages and disadvantages. At least put yourself in a place where you want to be -- then make the most of the advantages and work a little to compensate for any disadvantages.

    Too many people do what they think they SHOULD do, get side-tracked, and end up regretting that they never gave their dream a chance.

  7. by   nursejenrad
    Hi Rose,
    When I first graduated from LPN school in 98 I worked at a VA hospital Med/Surg Tele floor. I think it was good because I got to do so much and became really comfortable-lots of skills,IV, leads, and so on.
    I am now in a BSN program and have been working for agency for a year and now im a nurse consultant for a managed care facility. I have to start clinicals this month and I am SOOOO out of practice and I am nervous. When you do not use the skills everyday, it becomes scary.
    Pick a floor that has alot going on. It may be crazy but you will learn. Med/surg will be a very positive learning experience for you.
    I would not like to be doing that forever but I will get back into a floor nursing after I graduate. You do not go through all this to work on files and answer phones.
    Take care!