I need help choosing the correct specialty for “now” to help pave my path to my ultimate goal in ER or ICU.

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I need help choosing the correct specialty for "now" to help pave my path to my ultimate goal in ER or ICU. I've been an LPN since 2017. I've only had a year of experience working in geriatrics prior to becoming a stay at home mom.

I graduated from an ADN program December 2022. My skills are rusty but I flourished in my classes. 

Currently, I need a job that can offer flexibility in scheduling due to child care. With that being said, a Nurse residency program will not work out due to the vigorous schedule/ rotation. 

 

I have per-diem and part time offers for the following.... 

-Acute care rehabilitation hospital (Encompass)

-Ambulatory care 

-Inpatient Psychiatric hospital

-School Nurse

 

Which starting point would you pick and why?

Any other suggestions?

Specializes in CVICU.

Hello,

My father started at encompass and is now in the neuro ICU. He said it helped him develop the necessary skills... that being said it was a longer pathway, with him moving specialties to eventually get to ICU. If you start in inpatient psych you could go to the psych ED from there? Depends on what you want to do! Ambulatory and school RN are so different, I work ambulatory now and I can imagine it would be hard to transition back to ICU. 

hope this helps a little!

Specializes in ICU.

Acute care all the way. I think that will assist you in taking care of more acute patients and less chronic.

I would also look into a critical care residency program once you meet all requirements to be applicable for a program. This will be a great way into critical care 

 

Hope this helps ? 

Specializes in SRNA.

The ED is very flexible. You have 7a, 9a, 11a, 12p, 1p, and 3p shifts. So go straight to the ED if that is where you want to go. 

Specializes in ICU | Critical Care | CCRN.

@emmym

It's been few months since last post, any luck with making your decision? How's the journey coming along? 

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