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HELP A GUY OUT!!

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Specializes in Oncology.

Just needed to get your attention! Thank you for looking! I just got my RN license yesterday, Wooo! I've been interviewing everywhere and I got lucky and have the choice of Neuro, Oncology, and Telemetry. As a new grad, where would be the best place to get my experience? I would like to one day work in an ER or ICU, so I was looking at Telemetry because of this, then again, I don't think telemetry sounds all that fun. When the nurse manager for neuro explained her unit, it sounded fascinating and as if there were many interesting cases to see. Then there's oncology which I think would be a great experience as I enjoyed it during my peds rotation. Please provide me with some feedback. Much appreciated.

anh06005, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Cardiac, Home Health, Primary Care. Has 6 years experience.

I think neuro and tele can be beneficial in the ER or ICU if that's what you're sure you want to do. You may wind up loving somewhere other than what you expect right now. Example: I thought my Home Heath rotation was the MOST boring thing on earth in school. After working tele for a little while I moved to HH and was there for 3 years until I graduated with FNP. I absolutely loved it!

Just a word of warning to just get a first job and enjoy it. Find out what you like or don't like because once you start working your interests may change!

Good luck in wherever you wind up! Experience ANYWHERE will help you in the long run

I vote on tele! You will get a bit of everything there.

Neuro sounds good, but very challenging. I did not like it myself and honestly is the area I liked the least of everything I've seen.

I have had exposure to Oncology, Telemetry, and Neuro (not ER). My vote is telemetry. Not boring at all! You are exposed to everything, with the added cardiac issues as well.

Farawyn

Has 25 years experience.

I like Oncology the best, but I have more of a medical backround than cardiac/surgical.

Out of the 3 Tele was the most "exciting".

Congrats and Good luck!

Littleguccipiggy

Specializes in Oncology. Has 2 years experience.

I've worked oncology all my baby RN career, so that's all I know. We have tele on our unit (although sometimes the war room will call us with funky rhythms and we'll say "crrraaappp! What do we do with that?" But we do see a lot of different things - massive debulking surgeries, fever/neutropenia, and you'll be a pro at blood/blood product transfusions. Will it prepare you for the ER? Probably not. But you'll see our patients come in through the ER, so you'll need to understand why its important when their last dose of chemo was AND what kind of chemo it was.

Really, the moral of the story is, go where ever you'll think you'll be happiest. You may change you mind later on, but all of the units sound like they have something to teach you later on.

dream'n, BSN, RN

Specializes in UR/PA, Hematology/Oncology, Med Surg, Psych. Has 28 years experience.

Personally I really would dislike Neuro. No my cup of tea. Love Oncology, but I think Tele will prepare you better all around for the ER/ICU

emtb2rn, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency. Has 21 years experience.

Dude, ER nurse here, of the 3 choices, tele would be give you the best background for the ER.

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience.

"Fun" and nursing do not belong in the same sentence. None of them will be fun.

Telemetry will give you the cardiac/pulmonary experience you need in the ER.

emtb2rn, BSN, RN, EMT-B

Specializes in Emergency. Has 21 years experience.

"Fun" and nursing do not belong in the same sentence. None of them will be fun.

Not sure i agree with that. Well, maybe on the floors, but i certainly have fun in the er. Not always but often.

xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

I vote Tele. As I always say there is more to it than just the unit. Are these all at the same hospital? If not which has the best benefits, which is closer to home, which offers the best training, and which has the least turn over. THAT is what I would focus on.

ChronicSG

Specializes in Oncology.

Yes these are all at the same hospital! Thank you very much for the insight. If you all say that tele is the best place for my future goals, I'll definitely take it into deep consideration. I just personally didn't resonate with the manager and this IS a 2 year commitment to that unit. I just interviewed at another hospital and their commitment is only one year once training is over and they're offering neuro, pulmonary, and general med surg. We'll see... Just don't want to put my eggs in one basket just yet. Thanks to you all once again!!

ScrappytheCoco

Specializes in Emergency/Trauma/LDRP/Ortho ASC. Has 3 years experience.

Choose Tele if your goal is critical/emergency care.

nrsang97, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuro ICU and Med Surg. Has 20 years experience.

I think telemetry is your best choice if you want to go to ER later on. That will give you the most experience you need.

ChronicSG

Specializes in Oncology.

Hello everyone, thanks for all your insight! Unfortunately I misunderstood and they said out of those 3 units, one of them would call me if interested. When the hospital called me, they only told me the unit floor number. I decided to to go check out what it was and it was oncology and hematology! Honestly I'm just happy I got my first job a month out of school at an excellent hospital. Although it's not Er or icu, I'm fortunate that it's a field that interest me and that I got the job less than a month out of school. Nurses are known for their versatility so I'm gonna soak up as much as I can and then later branch out. Once again, I appreciate the help. - CSG RN

TriciaJ, RN

Specializes in Psych, Corrections, Med-Surg, Ambulatory. Has 40 years experience.

We're happy for you. You sound very flexible and upbeat and those traits will stand you in good stead no matter where you go. Do keep us posted and let us know how you are getting on. :writing:

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Thank you for the update!

Hello everyone, thanks for all your insight! Unfortunately I misunderstood and they said out of those 3 units, one of them would call me if interested. When the hospital called me, they only told me the unit floor number. I decided to to go check out what it was and it was oncology and hematology! Honestly I'm just happy I got my first job a month out of school at an excellent hospital. Although it's not Er or icu, I'm fortunate that it's a field that interest me and that I got the job less than a month out of school. Nurses are known for their versatility so I'm gonna soak up as much as I can and then later branch out. Once again, I appreciate the help. - CSG RN