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yeah I'm looking for a career in nursing. right now i'm looking at the possible specialisations. What is your specialisation or where do you work?
Are nurses required to work 12 hr shifts?
I'm a Cardiac nurse, also called a "Tele nurse." On our unit, we have telemetry patients. Each wears a pocket-sized monitor that sends an ekg to a monitor screen at the desk. We can see what rhythm their heart is making and we can quickly treat the "bad" rhythms.
Our unit is fast-paced and exciting. I enjoy it because I am a "gadget fanatic." I enjoy the science of cardiology as well as the human aspect.
On our unit, patients can "crash" very quickly. So we have to be ready to do CPR and shock patients when it's appropriate. You've probably seen the doctors do this type of procedure on TV shows like "ER," but many of the things you see doctors do on that show are things that nurses do in real life on units like mine and on the critical care units like Intensive Care Units or Coronary Care Units.
I usually notice that guys going into nursing like to be a part of a very fast-paced, active unit, and I hope that you'll consider Telemetry nursing.
I work 8 hour shifts at night. Others work 12-hour shifts. Some of us work a couple days a week, others like me, work a full 40 hours.
I also have a lot of educational opportunities at my hospital, so if I ever get tired of Telemetry I can always go do something new and different.
Hope that helped.
And the hardest thing for me about my job? Hmmm....I guess it would be feeling like I should stay and finish. Nursing is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week job, and if I did that, I'd never get to go home and get a break!