As an LPN I worked in a small community hospital for 8 years. As flex pool I worked med/surg, tele, behavioral health, and ICU. Since it was small, all the diagnoses got clumped together. If the needed a tele box, they were on tele, if they needed close monitoring, ICU. If they were a BA52, they went down the hall for 72 hours once cleared, if they had insurance, for behavioral health. It was kind of like a one stop shop. I got so much exposure there that it was a great base. It also helped when deciding to work agency, because then you go wherever they send you, sink or swim if you've never seen it before.
That hospital went under and is no longer around. When I got my RN I went to a large trauma hospital. I later found out that if you work on one floor, that's pretty much what your exposure is-because they are busy and always full you won't float much if staffing is done right. If I had not worked at that small hospital before hand, I would have freaked when I went to an ortho floor for an agency shift recently. All the braces and gadgets I remembered from years ago, nothing current. Always good to start somewhere that you'll get to see a lot. It will help later on down the road.